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Bruce Grant's picture

Giving ICM a Shot

Inspired by other posts I decided I'd give ICM a shot and I think I like it! I enjoy the abstract nature the shots take on and see this style as sort of a Tetris - easy to play but hard to master. Feedback is most welcome!

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Matthew Lacy's picture

I like the third best for sure. The first one is very similar in tone across the entire image, so has the same effect as though you took a picture of a green wall.

The second looks good, but I think a little bit mor exposure would greatly help it.

The third is my favorite. I love love love how I am drawn into the spot in the top right corner and then sent out by the spokes. I have no idea what you were taking pictures of, but I need one. :)

Number four seems a little disjointed.

Five has a lot of the same things going at it as three, but without the composition. I don't like how centered this is.

Lastly, it should be noted how subjective something like ICM is. Someone can look at technical aspects of a portrait, or a picture of wildlife, but for something as abstract as this, that is nearly impossible. All that is left is personal opinions and impressions. That said, take my words knowing that I'm no ICM expert.

Bruce Grant's picture

I appreciate your opinions and your detailed reasons.

I'm partial to the 1st but i can see your point about the tonality. On the 3rd i actually cropped the top right corner from the center to make it like a sun beaming down its green rays.

Here's the subject. I don't know what it's called but it's spider grass to me

Matthew Lacy's picture

I have a similar post coming up in a few days. I'm on vacation, and have been experimenting with ICM, so as soon as I'm back home and get to my editing PC, I'll be processing them.

Alan Brown's picture

Can't wait to see what you come up with Matthew.

Matthew Lacy's picture

Here's a .jpeg of one of them as a preview. You'll have to wait for the rest.

Bruce Grant's picture

Looking forward to them!

Alan Brown's picture

Totally true Matthew, one mans ICM is another's shaky photos (as my wife calls mine). As with any art, produce what pleases you, and hope that some may follow suite.

Matthew Lacy's picture

I got told yesterday that I need to hold the camera stiller when shooting to avoid blur. :) I suppose it isn't for everyone's taste.

Bruce Grant's picture

I wonder how many times I'll be told that I'm using my camera wrong

Matthew Lacy's picture

So long as you're getting the shot you want, there is no wrong way to use a camera.

Matthew Lacy's picture

I just got told my ICM shots were "kind of neat, but they aren't really pictures," and that I "messed it up with the blur."

Alan Brown's picture

Hi Bruce, welcome to the club! These are a great first attempt, I am drawn by the subtlety of the 2nd.
I have been experimenting with ICM for some time now and can say that it takes quite a bit of work to get an understanding of what works. I encourage you to keep experimenting and remain aware that very few will turn out the way you want.

You can view my site/blog if you want to learn from my mistakes (https://www.alanbrownphotography.com/blog) but check out the work of leaders in the field.
I have included some in my blog but if you really want to be inspired check out ICMphotomag.com. It's an online magazine run by Stephanie Johnson, who use to host an ICM group here at Fstoppers.
The magazine is a subscription (well worth the $10) but if not you can always join their Facebook group (they welcome new users)

Bruce Grant's picture

Thank you, Alan. I appreciate your input. I will definitely keep experimenting as this is a new creative style for me and a nice break from what I normally shoot. Thanks for the links.