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

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