In Constant Motion…

The thing about art is that it occurs naturally, like liquid. Creation is a process, and if you think your product is ever really “finished,” then you’re not doing it right – there are still endless places where liquid can flow.

Another thing about art is that so often ideas come before we have the words for them. Before we learned the technical term for it, we stumbled upon ICM, or, “intentional camera movement.” When daylight was fading on a beach in Maui, we found that the longer exposure necessary to compensate allowed for beautifully dream-like photographs of others walking along the beach.

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Basically, this technique involves long exposure, tricky light management, and moving the camera to capture somewhat of a “trail” or passage of the objects across the lens.

ICM is similar to painting in that we manipulate the tool in order to manifest a certain image. The photographer has a different kind of creative freedom with ICM, and the result is often a ghostly representation of foggy lines and clouded, paint-like images. ICM work can appear as though it’s in constant motion. (ICM…in constant motion…see what we did there?!)

Here’s”Starburst Willows”:

Starburst Willows
We took this shot using the 16-35mm ultra-wide angle lens, at 1/13th of a second, and zooming in during the exposure.
After learning more about ICM and refining our process, we captured “Winter Sunset.” In this one we moved the lens side to side to reveal colors we couldn’t detect with still photography.
Winter Sunset
The more we study and experiment with ICM the more we learn about the infinite ways we can manipulate the lens during exposure.
“Dancing Irises”, captured by moving the lens in fast tiny circles during the exposure:
Iris Dance

“Winter Sky Cattails”, using the flash and up-and-down motion:
Winter Sky Cattails
Zooming to the sky at sunset:
Zig-zagging the lens across “Winter Corn”:


So, what’s your work in progress? What creative juices are flowing for you? We’d love to see your work in motion.

~Laurel and Brian

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