Valerie Pohio  

Dwarfed by Valerie Pohio

November 2020 - Dwarfed

November 2020 - Valerie Pohio

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November 2020 - Valerie Pohio

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About the Image(s)

This month’s image is attached. I had a bit of fun with this after attending a workshop on ICM (intentional camera movement) which can gave a bit of an impressionistic effect. I was walking along the beach and there was a tiny stream running out to sea which had cut into the sand. Lovely patterns were reflected in the water. A slight movement of the camera and I had towering cliffs overlooking a wide gorge! I added the people to the image to strengthen my imagined perspective. To help achieve these effects, it’s a good idea to use shutter priority. Depending on the light 1/13 was my “go to” and I also closed down the aperture. If the day is particularly bright you could add an ND filter.

As you will see, I have done very little to the image apart from remove an awful lot of dust spots…..never change your lens at the beach on a windy day…and adding the figures! ICM is a lot of fun and you can leap around twisting and turning your camera for the most incredible effects…and some disasters. However, a good composition makes the idea a lot less hit and miss. The woman I did the workshop with was called Judy Stokes and it’s well worth having a look at some of her images on-line. I found them quite stunning. I hope you like them too. I added another one I did, just for a different example.

I found this on the internet and it sums up pretty much how I felt when I learnt this technique:

One of the reasons that I have grown to love ICM is that it enables you to capture a landscape in a unique and personal way that cannot easily be reproduced. It can even breathe new life into overly familiar landscapes, letting you see and capture something new about a location you may have photographed many times before. If you are struggling to find inspiration for your next photographic project, or you want to get your creative juices flowing, this is a technique that you should try at least once. It is relatively easy to take some striking shots, you are sure to end up with a unique set of landscapes and it can also be a lot of fun

Camera settings:
ISO 100
lens 240240 Sony
Camera A7111

7 comments posted

Karl Leck   Karl Leck
Hi Valerie, Camera and zooming movement images can create beautiful impressions of scenes. This scene without the figure has beautiful, soft color tones. The figure is ambiguous and definitely the subject in a beautiful landscape. I like the interesting balance caused by the top ling going right to left and the figure seeming to go left to right, a vague yin-yang. These ambiguous images don't excite, they soothe. Looks like you are having lots of fun. Karl   Posted: 11/08/2020 20:06:20

Lauren Heerschap   Lauren Heerschap
What a great way to turn a rivulet into a canyon. The figure helps encourage that transition and is a good idea. Your eye is led across the image in an S shape. I don't know what I would have commented on had I not had your explanation, but it does cause the imagination to kick in. The sand has become trees with your effect!   Posted: 11/09/2020 18:11:39

Marie Miller   Marie Miller
Love, love, love! This image definitely tells a story, I love the colors and the story I see in your image. You've got my creativity flowing again. I visited Judy Stokes' site and wouldn't mind doing this in person with her in New Zealand once it's safe to do so. Some of my friends have done this with amazing results. One friend combined it with color grading to tell his story. Thank you for inspiring me.   Posted: 11/09/2020 22:43:12

Valerie Pohio   Valerie Pohio
Thanks for the positivity everyone! I hope you've been out with your cameras and been amazed at what you can achieve. It's a bit like opening Xmas presents when you check the results :-)   Posted: 11/09/2020 23:09:30

Judith Lesnaw   Judith Lesnaw
Val, thanks for introducing us to Judy Stokes. I was not familiar with her work. I am definitely a fan of ICM. The warm colors in your image are beautiful. Great idea to add the two figures. They are so tiny that I first took them for dust on my computer screen. Perhaps if they were placed in a lighter area of the image they would be more prominent. Keep experimenting!   Posted: 11/10/2020 15:06:07

Sandra Irwin   Sandra Irwin
Thank you for using and discussing this technique. It's very similar, I think, to the one I used in my photo (tho I didn't know it had a name). I saw the podcast of Charles Needle and then got one of his books to start experimenting. I also followed Judith's example and explanation a few months back. I think the image of the water and the "cliffs" works well, but I didn't see the figures at all until I read Judith's comment and went back and looked for them. They look a bit like broken off tree trunks poking up out of the water rather than people. I think it's great we can all share and learn thru this site!   Posted: 11/11/2020 16:53:32

Peter Newman   Peter Newman
You have shown us a creative way to create an interesting image from one that might not be so interesting but for your use of ICM. I agree with Sandra's comment about the people. I suspect that may be due to the low resolution of the image. If not try with a silhouette with a Gaussian blur.   Posted: 11/12/2020 16:24:06


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