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ICM • Intentional Camera Movement

As the name suggests, ICM involves creating abstract imagery by intentionally moving the camera during the exposure. In other words, deliberately blurring your images. Peter Cairns explains

I like a bit of dragging. Oooh yes, deep in the forest is normally a good place, just when the light is fading. I’m partial to a bit of wiggling too. Down on the beach on a flat light day, you can’t beat a good wiggle. It’s great fun and last time I looked, completely legal. I learnt to drag and wiggle many years ago when running landscape photography tours. If truth be told, dragging and wiggling initially stemmed from a bit of desperation. When the light is ostensibly lifeless it can be tough convincing tour guests that effective imagery can still be produced. Fifteen years on and it’s rare that…

Read this and many more articles in High Definition inside Issue 46 of Landscape Photography Magazine.

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Peter Cairns

Based in the heart of the Cairngorms, Peter Cairns is an award-winning nature photographer with over 10 years’ professional experience under his belt. He is a founding director of The Wild Media Foundation, the social enterprise behind the 2020VISION multimedia project.

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