Thursday, 26 June 2014


I first started experimenting with ICM or Intentional Camera Movement about 2 years ago, when a photographer friend of mine was up on holiday with us and showed me some images he had created. I was hooked! The technique entails moving the camera during exposure resulting in images which have a soft, painterly quality to them depending on how much and how quickly the camera is moved during the time that the shutter is open.

A lot of experimentation is required - a small amount of camera movement retains some of the stronger details in the image, whilst a larger range of movement produces more abstract images. For me, a large part of the enjoyment of the Intentional Camera Movement process is the randomness and unpredictability of the end result. Each movement is different, the length of the exposure changes and one can’t really see what you are actually attempting to capture. You can see more of my work at

Here, the shapes of the rocks on the beach can still be seen - the exposure was 1/5th sec

This shows a 1.5 sec exposure with a little movement across the scene.
Here the exposure was 2 seconds, but I only moved the camera slightly from left to right

A 3 second exposure with a slow, steady camera movement across the beach and waves

Monday, 16 June 2014


Went out to Buffalo Bay on Sunday - the wind was howling and it was pretty cold. I couldn't take any long exposure shots as the wind was too string and was moving my tripod. Tried a couple of ICM exposures and really liked the first image posted below.
All the images were shot with my Olympus EM-5 with the 12-40 Pro lens.

Intentional Camera Movement

The "wild side" at Buffalo Bay

Sea foam abstract
Heading back to the car

Also wanted to add this image which  I shot at Plettenberg Bay a few weeks ago.

Tuesday, 10 June 2014


About 2 weeks ago, I went to a photographic outing arranged by Ian Fleming, a photographer friend from Knysna. It was very well attended with over 30 fellow landscape enthusiasts gathering at the "wild side" at Buffalo Bay. At first the pending sunset didn't look as if it was going to be too great, but the later it got, the better it got!
I didn't try any Intentional Camera Movement (ICM) shots as the rocks in the foreground make for (to me) rather unpleasant dark brown/black shapes. But I did manage to capture some long-exposure seascapes with my Olympus EM5 and the 12-40 lens. Hope you enjoy.


Went down to Cape Town last month to attend a very close friend's 70th birthday celebrations. While there, I made a point of going to Saunders Rocks at the end of Sea Point as it's a great spot to shoot seascapes. The weather god's were definitely friendly towards me, responding with a truly spectacular sunset. Hope you enjoy the pics.