Ian Cambourne  

Loner by Ian Cambourne

October 2020 - Loner

About the Image(s)

Something quite different this month. One of the camera clubs I belong to is Lane Cove Creative Photography and they have just one rule and philosophy "There are no rules". Members are encouraged to be creative and stretch usual photographic boundaries. All forms of imagery are strongly encouraged including ICM & OOF. This image was taken at a beach about 90 minutes from home and is an OOF (deliberately out of focus). I acknowledge it's not for everybody, but we are allowed to be different at times.

Taken on an old Nikon D2X; 120mm lens (180 in 35mm speak);ISO 100; f5.6; 1/500; pattern metering & hand held. No post processing except maybe a dust spot removed.

13 comments posted

Stephen Levitas   Stephen Levitas
(Group 32)
Bravo for trying this out. If I were given this assignment, I think I might have tried radial blur either using the focusing ring on the lens while shooting at a slow shutter speed, or adding it in post-processing.   Posted: 10/03/2020 22:12:22
Ian Cambourne   Ian Cambourne
Thank you Stephen. Yes many things can be done in post processing to get to a final result such as this, but sometimes going "old school" and doing it at the time of capture is just plain old good fun. And there's nothing to stop us taking a series of images are varying degrees of blur and choosing our personal favorite.   Posted: 10/06/2020 22:52:15

Trey Foerster   Trey Foerster
I think you were successful in your capture. The various colors are all good and the horizontal levels contrast nicely with the vertical figure. I'd take it one step and add an impressionist painted effect to see where that would go. I'll keep this in mind when I'm trying to figuring out what to try over the winter!   Posted: 10/05/2020 09:05:27
Ian Cambourne   Ian Cambourne
Thanks Trey. Enjoy using your winter snow, while I hit the beaches :)   Posted: 10/06/2020 22:53:43

Cyndy Doty   Cyndy Doty
Ian - I agree, you were successful, and it has a nice whimsical element.   Posted: 10/05/2020 12:11:03
Ian Cambourne   Ian Cambourne
Thanks Cyndy, who says all images have to be sharp all the time? Next time you might be in a waiting room of some kind, have a look at the artwork on the walls. And count the fuzzies.   Posted: 10/06/2020 22:56:15

Jorn Holm-Pedersen   Jorn Holm-Pedersen
A fantastic photograph Ian, ones imagination is challenged.
I love breaking common rules that makes it possible to show what the photographer want to express.   Posted: 10/06/2020 03:16:12
Ian Cambourne   Ian Cambourne
Thank you Jorn. I think "common rules" should be replaced by "optional guidelines".   Posted: 10/06/2020 22:58:02

Sherry Icardi   Sherry Icardi
(Groups 73 & 94)
ICM is quite popular now and I've seen some beautiful examples. They are indeed commonly used in artwork for both homes and public spaces. I think I prefer ICM to OOF. And I particularly like ICM vertically particularly at the beach. I do very much like the softness of the colors and the placement of the vertical figure. The soft colors of a beach are lovely. Have you printed it a at all to see how it would look on a wall?
  Posted: 10/07/2020 07:27:33

Heidi Egerman   Heidi Egerman
I love that there are no rules. I have done a bit of ICM and at first found it sort of tricky. I think you've done a good job for an OOF image. This subject matter works well here.   Posted: 10/08/2020 17:05:36

Jay Joseph   Jay Joseph
I really like your photograph Ian. I had never heard of OOF or ICM before I saw your picture. I like the artistic quality it adds to the shot and how the viewers imagination becomes an important part of the image.   Posted: 10/13/2020 20:42:10

Sanford Morse   Sanford Morse
Well, I've learned some new acronyms for sure.Not sure it's for me, however. I work so hard to get an image sharp.But I'll give it a go.   Posted: 10/15/2020 12:28:19

Stephen Levitas   Stephen Levitas
(Group 32)
I like to note similar subject matters in the Groups. This month, folks have done blurred images in several groups:
Freddie Kelvin in Group 5.
Phillipa Frederiksen in Group 86.
Ian Cambourne in Group 76.   Posted: 10/15/2020 14:22:41


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