I guess its a Marmite effect, love it or loathe it! Deliberate Camera Movement or DCM I mean. This is a technique whereby you deliberately set a slow shutter speed and move the camera as you are taking the picture which results in…..well…..blurred pictures of course 🙂 ! But this is deliberate blur rather than just accidentally being out of focus and it is designed to create an impressionistic image rather than a factual representation of the subject. I, being a massive fan of the likes of Claude Monet, Georges Seurat, J M W Turner etc, love it! But then, I love Marmite too 🙂 !
These are three of the images I took last week whilst on a walk in the local park. I played around with various shutter speed settings, vertical and horizontal, even circular movement, in order to get a variety of effects. It is of course a ‘hit and miss’ technique because you never quite know what you are going to get, and maybe that is partly why I like it. The unknown and experimental nature of the technique adds to the creative experience for me.
There is also something about capturing the feeling or atmosphere of a scene rather than a detailed record, a little bit like a dream rather than cold reality, that creates a very alternative image and sparks a different interpretation in the mind of the viewer. These kinds of image can’t just be accepted, they need some interpretation by the viewer who can therefore add something – they need to be viewed actively rather than passively.
The great impressionists were very much into capturing the trick of the light rather than the detail and I think that is an amazing ability. They went to extreme lengths to achieve that too – Monet actually strapped himself to the mast of a ship in a storm just to capture the effect of the light and waves. As an artist myself, I have never really had the ability to create impressionistic paintings so maybe I fulfil that part of me in photographic form instead 🙂 !
On a technical note, the pictures were all taken with my Fuji X-T2 and the shutter speeds were 1/2 second, 1/5th second and 1/4 second respectively from top to bottom. This is a good time of year for this type of photography because the light levels are low enough to permit the use of longer shutter speeds without overexposing the images.
I hope you enjoyed viewing the images as much as I did in creating them.
Thanks for stopping by and reading my ramblings.
Until next time,
The Dorset Rambler
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