Inspired by a colleague who is currently experimenting with ICM in his photography, I decided to try it out.
While on a walk around West Park in Wolverhampton with my wife and daughter I tried zoom, vertical, horizontal and rotational movements while shooting in a few spots. The rotational ones seemed to work best for me but I believe that was influenced perhaps by subjects available in the location, or at least my lack of familiarity with the techniques and vision needed.
My ISO was a little high here, I should have dropped it right down to allow a lower aperture, which I cranked right up to permit a slow shutter speed of between ½ and ⅓ of a second. I shot with a 3-stop screw-in ND filter and circular polariser on (the later to reduce light that little bit more).
I have a few locations in mind to try this again, such as particular spots in Cannock, with both multiple and single trees to experiment with movement and verticals. Also in mind are some beaches, lakes and even city locations where I would like to try some intentional horizontal motion.
Though I don’t see this becoming a key style for me I appreciate the aesthetic and it is a useful technique that could breathe some new life into familiar locations. It’s also useful being outside my comfort zone (not sure I totally have one yet though) and encourage me to visualise things in a new way.
Hope you like them.