Wow, thank you so much for all the comments and kind words, @rjWilner , @David_Haynes , @Phil_G , @Vanessa_Hill , @Larry_Greenbaum , @Ricardo_Salvo , @Ola_Jovall and @Alfredo_Mora .
Of course we can’t see or know what things will look like ahead of time, given the random nature of the ICM, however, over time you get to learn what motions and conditions can produce certain effects. So in a sense, while it’s quite random, there is actually purpose behind the technique - if that makes sense. Oh, and there was a dusting of snow on the banches - hard to see, but you’re right without the snow on the branches the result wouldn’t be the same.
Hey Phil - we all start somewhere and each of us continue learning. It’s amazing what I’ve learned here and from fellow 'togs.
Ricardo, thank you so much for your comment and question! Yes, the movement starts bottom - up, then just prior to the shutter closing you swipe diagonally away. One of the reasons most ICM’s take so many iterations - because of the timing. ie. You start the vertical swing BEFORE you click the shutter, so it’s “hit-or-miss” where the motion begins; which explains why the bottom is chopped off a bit. Regarding color, I’m pretty sure I did no desaturation. If anything I typically apply vibrance in ACR. I did not go b&w because I wanted to retain the brown/reds of the trees on the right. I think it adds a little richness to the scene - or I should say retains or captures the richness. So yes, tried b&w and it works well, but again, just not as rich (a word I can’t think of any better - and very poor English! ha ha)
Thank you Ola! I appreciate this comment very much because it helps validate the technique and that it has some value. I totally acknowledge that the technique is completely random… (anyone can do it…) Yet, it also can be shown to be very creative. It’s just another tool in the toolbox - and it’s just fun to see what can happen. And in some cases, with intention, rather than random luck.
And thank you @Alfredo_Mora for echoing the value of the technique. Most times it is random luck, but as I mentioned, one learns over time what scenes and conditions have the best potential.
Thank you all! I have a few more from this Yosemite trip, but alas, not as compelling!