Even if you are lucky enough to be able to shoot everyday it is still useful to have a checklist to make sure you don’t forget any vital equipment.
Normally the main camera bag is easy enough to remember and I also have a smaller shoulder bag to carry filters, adaptor rings, lens cloths, iPad etc. A torch if going out in the dark, wellies if going near water and so on.
One evening last week I took a trip down to Kimmeridge on Dorset’s Jurassic Coast to shoot the sunset. As I opened the boot of the car I suddenly realised that there was an essential piece of equipment missing, the tripod! A very strong wind was blowing in from the sea and I tried resting the camera on rocks and driftwood to no avail, the camera moved during each exposure.
With darkness looming, and wanting to come home with something to show for the evening, I thought I would try some ICM (Intentional Camera Movement) where the camera is deliberately moved during the exposure to create an artistic effect. I have to say that this has always been a ‘last resort’ technique for me, despite it being championed in various quarters, but like any form of art it does have a time and a place.
So from now on I will practice what I preach to my workshop clients and use a checklist!
Here are a few images from that evening, the first is very much unintentional camera movement (UICM – UCM?!) as the camera moved on the rocks during the 0.3 second exposure.