Intentional Camera Movement is a style of photography that does what is says on the tin. You move the camera whilst you take the picture. In most circumstances, blurred images are usually considered a photographic mistake. But done intentionally I find that ICM can be a useful aid to clearing a log-jam of imagination and picture planning.

If I find that I am a little stuck for inspiration I sometimes look at the possibility of using ICM. You need to use a slow shutter speed and a low ISO. So, close down the aperture to f/22, set ISO 100 and move your camera around as you take a photograph. You should get blurred images that are impressions of lines, shapes and intermingled colours. If you find the shutter speed is still not slow enough, fasten a neutral density filter to your lens to drop the shutter speed more.

Don’t be afraid to take lots of images and have fun.

These three images are all ones that I took using ICM.

Nikon D7100, Nikkor 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5



Nikon D7100, Nikkor 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5



Nikon D7100, Nikkor 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5




Winter Challenges

I go to Batsford Arboretum two or three times a year. I can usually find something to photograph whilst I’m there. In winter some of the trees are not looking their best so I try to look for details or other views to photograph.

The first image is of a leaf that I noticed on the ground. Morning dew had formed over it and its light yellow colour stood out against the vegetation on the floor. I deliberated whether to make this a colour or mono image and I decided on the latter. Taken with a short telephoto lens the zone of focus is quite narrow but it works.

Nikon D7100, Nikkor 24-85mm f/3.5- 5.4G




The second image was also taken at Batsford. The Buddha statue was in a shaded spot but the weak winter sun lit it and the bushes behind with a soft light. Although we are in the middle of the Cotswolds, at a quick glance the statue could be in Asia.

Nikon D7100, Nikkor 24-85mm f/3.5-5.4G




The last photograph is of Earlswood Lakes near Birmingham. I was still using my Nikons at the time and I tended to try and use the Fuji in the same way. This caused me a lot of confusion and irritation with buttons and the WYSIWYG viewfinder on the X-E2. I know it shouldn’t have but it did.

Fujifilm X-E2, Fujinon 18-55mm f/2.8-4.0

Photographs #13

I like taking abstract photographs. The individual’s visualisation of something on which they are laying their own interpretation is both gratifying and exciting.

There is always the risk of course that someone may not be able to see what it is you are trying to pull out of an object or a scene, but to a certain extent that is the case with all forms of art. It is as individual as the person making it.

The first two images here were taken at the Coventry Motor Museum. I got in very close and as the images were hand-held, they were at a low shutter speed and a high ISO. Nevertheless, I like what I got out of the images and I think they work successfully as abstract and minimalist expressions.

They were taken with a Nikon D800 and a 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5 lens at an ISO of 3200



Situation Normal


Metallic Gills


The final picture is a re-take of an image I took a while ago again at the Motor Museum. This photograph has always sold quite well for me but I suppose it helps to be in the city that Jaguar Land Rover continues to build. The original image had been taken with an Olympus E-series camera and I wanted to see what the result could be with a camera such as the D800, which has a much better ISO capability in low light. The noise level in the resultant picture with the Nikon was much lower and required a lot less noise reduction.

The photograph was taken with the Nikon D800 and 24-85mm lens.






Photographs #12

The three images in today’s post appeal to me for different reasons. One for texture and detail, one for the questions it asks and the other both for its suggestion of mysterious overtones.

The first picture is in my favourite format of 1:1 or square and monochrome. The plant, is a thistle, with its seeds ready to be blown by the wind to propagate other areas of the countryside. I love the detail that the camera captured and the swirls of tone in the down-like mass of seeds around the thistle heads. It was taken with a Nikon D7100 and a Nikkor 24 – 85mm f/3.5 – 4.5 lens.


Thistle Down


The second image is a set of steps that have started to be overgrown. The steps and the wall through which they run is obviously old. The steps are worn and uneven and made of odd sized and shaped stone, except the second step from the bottom, which has been repaired by what looks like modern bricks. So at one point in the near past, the steps must have been used enough to require repair, and yet now they are becoming overgrown and are evidently not now used as much if, at all. The movement of the eye through the image is from top to bottom.  The convergence of the steps and the light at the top ensures that the viewer climbs the steps to exit the picture. This image was also taken with a Nikon D7100 and a Nikkor 24 – 85mm f/3.5 – 4.5 lens.


To The Light

To the Light


The last image was taken at Stowe gardens. Viewing the portico and door of the temple from below gives the picture both an imposing, dominating and mysterious aspect. The darkness of the set of doors looks threatening and its position between the columns ensures that the eye is pulled and drawn to it. What will emerge from behind them? The title is a reference to one of my favourite heavy metal albums from 1977, which the image reminds me of. The photograph was taken with a Nikon D800 and Nikkor 50mm f/1.8 lens.


Sin After Sin

Sin after Sin


Out and About: Batsford Arboretum

I was at the very nice Batsford Arboretum today with a couple of members of the photo club.  It started off pretty dark and overcast with some fog still sticking around the base of the trees. Knowing that light was going to be scarce, I took my monopod on the shoot, and I’m glad I did as I needed to get some sufficient depth of field with the low light levels.

We did get some sunshine through just before lunch, but before I had even finished my beef sandwich in their excellent café, the light disappeared once again and the gloom descended. Out in the arboretum once again, it was suggested as we looked from one of the high view points over the cotswolds, that we should take a picture of the landscape and turn what would be a boring landscape view into something more interesting in processing.

So, once home and images downloaded,  I used Lightroom and Photoshop to try and give the image a dawn feel to it.  It’s a little overdone, but I enjoyed doing it. The first image is the original, the second the processed version.

Taken with a Nikon D7100 and 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5 G full frame lens.