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ICM and Motion Blur

ICM and Motion Blur • Article by David Hay

Most photography involves trying to get the camera as stable as possible, but with Intentional Camera Movement you move the camera on purpose. David Hay discusses how to use this technique to capture some amazing shots

ICM or Intentional Camera Movement photographs have become more popular in recent years, perhaps in response to the ever more perfect, ultra-high-resolution images that we are used to seeing everywhere. Artistic photographers have turned to producing more impressionistic images which capture the essence of their subjects, if not the fine detail.

Intentional Camera Movement
The best shutter speeds for ICM images are around one or two seconds. During the exposure you pan the camera slowly, horizontally or vertically, across the subject to create streaked images which record the colours and shapes of the subject, but not the fine details. When photographing seascapes it can be...

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David Hay

I took up photography at the age of eleven and have been passionate about it ever since. As a retired biologist I still marvel at the beauty of the natural world and try and capture the colours and forms of natural things around me.

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