Sennen Surfers ICM/Multiple Exposures


thingsthatihaveseen

Link Posted 12/10/2018 - 11:30
Hi all... right... as threatened... a series of icm/multiple exposure images I took of the surfers (and one - very good - body boarder) down at Sennen whilst I was down there over Easter... I'd been wanting to do a project on them for a while, but had never been down there whilst there was a decent enough swell running... I've used ICM to get a sense of movement... traditionally I suppose you'd generally be using super fast shutter speeds to freeze the action, but I was interested in what might happen if you went the other way... shot using the K1 and PLM 55-300 with polariser to slow the shutter speed down... and additive and average blend modes on the Multiple Expsoure front to get the sense of higgledypiggledy-ness (new word) in the line up...

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Thoughts, comments, observations etc very welcome as ever...

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Bill

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Nigelk

Link Posted 12/10/2018 - 12:15
Now you're getting interesting!
They are as ever all good. The ones that really perk my interest are Nos 4 through to 9. Love the tighter crop, shapes and forms described in No.8.
The whole set is right up my street so to speak.
I'll send you out into the wilderness again.

Nigelk

Link Posted 12/10/2018 - 12:18
No 4 is great as well with the two unbroken waves, just the surfer creating the disturbance/white stuff.

1stEverPentax

Link Posted 12/10/2018 - 14:03
Agree with Nigel...very interesting concept well executed.

I too prefer 4-9 where you have something more recognisable as a human shape in there together with great looking ICM waves.

Nice colours as well.

Regards

Karlo
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RobL

Link Posted 12/10/2018 - 15:42
As someone who routinely rejects my own surfer photos if there isnít pin sharpness on the body I like the fresh approach in the closer action shots, probably because they have motion blur rather than just being out of focus and they work rather well. Inspiration for my next Cornwall trip!

LennyBloke

Link Posted 12/10/2018 - 16:03
Not sure how I feel about these overall

No.1 is excellent, as is No.12 but those in between don't do it for me this time But I have to admit I like your willingness to experiment so much - keep it up
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McGregNi

Link Posted 12/10/2018 - 17:01
I think the problem is that the surfer ones look like the results we might expect from a photographer who was inept, and unable to focus or understand shutter speeds ..... We know that's not the case, but we are still stuck with the actual images, what they look like and the impression that conveys. So that overides the appreciation of them as an ICM creative result.

I guess this means it's sort of one extreme or the other that will have the real impact, not a halfway house approach.

Of course 10 and 11 are really lovely!
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stub

Link Posted 12/10/2018 - 18:12
This set just doesn't do owt for me !! I must be too darn thick to understand them...!! Sorry for not being cultured enough Bill...
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coker

Link Posted 12/10/2018 - 23:07
Great set.

7 & 8........

for the pure excitement!

Roger.
The more I look, the more there is to see!

DSP121

Link Posted 13/10/2018 - 05:52
Great. I loved that you applied different shades to the waves. But #3 is good.
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walkeja

Link Posted 13/10/2018 - 10:51
What is the point?
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Nigelk

Link Posted 13/10/2018 - 13:06
walkeja wrote:
What is the point?

What's the point of what? I'm not sure what you're asking.
Perhaps think of your own photograph "Fly the Flag" I think it was called. Consider your photograph then come back to these and look afresh maybe.

Great that this set has sparked a little discussion.

thingsthatihaveseen

Link Posted 13/10/2018 - 17:48
Excellent... always enjoy seeing how these land... and, as Nigel says, the discussion around them that can often arise...

Thanks all for thoughts and comments re these...

John L, Nigel, Stu, and John W... thanks for your honesty and saying what you see... I learnt a long time ago with this that it tends to polarise (no pun intended) opinion pretty strongly either way... something I welcome, so good to have your thoughts...

John W... you ask an interesting question (Whatís the Point?)... and by asking it, Iíd argue youíve possibly already answered it... the point for me is, in this particular case (as with many - though not all - branches of photography), to ask the viewer to consider, or look at, a subject in a way they might not have considered it before... thatís not to say Iím necessarily expecting, or even wanting, you to like it... far from it... beauty is always in the eye of the beholder, and your taste will be very personal to you... but if youíve even momentarily stopped long enough to consider what it is (or indeed the value of what) youíre looking at, then for me in many ways that is already job done... anything else that you may take away from it above and beyond that is a bonus for me...

Nigel K, Rob, Karlo, Roger, DSP... thanks for your thoughts and positive feedback re these... my own favourites are also in the range that youíve described (Four to Eight), which is interesting... Nigel, thank you for the commission! I will be heading out again...

FWIW, my intention with these, and specifically the reason to use ICM (and the Multiple Exposures in the opening shots) in this specific instance, was to embrace and explore the movement of the surfers, rather than deny it, and to see what came as a result... and I chose these ones (from the 800 or so that I shot - ICM is very hit and miss) as they were the best balance between the form of the surfers, and their movement through the water, which was the story I was seeking to tell... not perfect for sure, but pretty pleased with them all in all...

Thanks again all...

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Bill

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alfpics

Link Posted 13/10/2018 - 21:59
The multi-exposure ones haven't worked for me on this occasion; however I really like no 5 (the surfer) and also the waves of no 8 both of which I guess are just ICM. Also no 11 - super composition and colour capture. Thanks for sharing your work Bill.
Andy

Sry

Link Posted 13/10/2018 - 22:06
I'm in the "problem" camp with these, albeit probably not the same problem as others - I just feel my computer screen cannot do justice to these images, in which I sense great potential. I would really like to see these (even more than with "regular" images) in print. Not necessarily very large, but large enough to accomodate the immersion I feel they command.

Some seem to tend towards impressionism (1, 3, 10), some towards minimalism/abstraction (2, 11, 12), others towards some kind of alternate dimension of movement (4-9, the most promising set to my taste).

Something about viewing them on screen just hits me wrong for some reason - but oh how I can imagine the results on a smooth coton rag...

thingsthatihaveseen wrote:
the point for me is, in this particular case (as with many - though not all - branches of photography), to ask the viewer to consider, or look at, a subject in a way they might not have considered it before...

Yes, absolutely...

thingsthatihaveseen wrote:
and I chose these ones [...] as they were the best balance between the form of the surfers, and their movement through the water

4-9 definitely hit that nail... and much more!
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