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Izumi's Diary Page 3      Friday 17 September 2010
 
         
         
Camera Must Try More to be Happy
         
     
 

Hello, here is Izumi again to write to you for your reading. And photograph for your looking.

Now Izumi is normally a placid girl but having a camera with no viewfinder is causing frustrating times for her. Many photographs I have to take with little differences of framing so I can pick the best one (no, that is not quite right - the one that is what I wanted the first time) when I get to the computer.

Here is one such one: 

 
     
         
 
 
 
Art for Breakfast
 
 
Pentax Optio W80 w 5-25mm, 1/800 sec, f/4.2, 125 ISO, 28mm (eqiv)
 
         
     
 

I like the almost black and whiteness of the photograph above with just a patch of blue man and bit of floor for colour contrasting. It is as my eye saw it too, with the low sun naturally coming in the window of the artist gallery, not having to thank Photoshop for assistance. But I did use Noise Ninja for grain smoothness I must admit as the camera only shoots jpeg not raw and has only a little sensor inside to gather light. I took it early in the morning when on my walk to see if a Decisive Moment was also getting up early, so perhaps we would meet and Izumi would be ready for him. I just hoped the camera was ready too, or perhaps he will not get a new battery next time he asks for it.

As you can read, my English still has room for improvement so David thinks up titles for my photographs. I think they are suitable as I agree with him that if a photograph can exist and be happy for viewers to see, then the photographer can have a title for it.

Otherwise it is lazy to call a photograph 'Untitled'.

Here is the camera that I use for the photographs that are for your viewing here:

 
     
 
Here he is in the morning
 
Here he is in the evening
         
         
     
 

At least the camera is digital so I'm not using up film many times to get a picture that should be right the first time.

But then I had a thought – if the camera is one using film then I am looking through its viewfinder at the real subject and adjusting the framing there to make me happy, not on a little television at the back which is making me hold it in an awkward position when I take the photograph. So the old ways can still have some better things in them than modern ones.

If a camera makes me happy then I make the camera happy and the photograph is making viewers happy in a gallery (I told you Izumi has future plans) then it is called all-round happiness.

I do not have a camera for myself at the moment so I am having a loan of one of David's which he is using for his project on koi fishes, which he has put on his website for you to enjoy. I know I do! That is why such a camera goes underwater quite happily, but is not so happy with Izumi on the streets with her wanting to follow in the footsteps of M Cartier-Bresson or Mr Alfred Steiglitz or Mr Jeff Carter. I am looking for a camera that will be best working for me (and with me) but I think he is not born yet. But I do think now maybe he is coming closer with the Samsung NX100 or Fuji X100 and others at Photokina which I can see on websites.

Now I have a question of one thing. Is a photograph still a street photograph if it is of inside a window but I am standing out in the street for taking it? Or inside a house or shop or manufactory if the window or door or gate is open and my camera can see inside? Maybe something more to talk to Mr Jeff Carter about.

Today is becoming a rainy one so I might look at my Cartier-Bresson books and see if he has outside-inside photographs like these. I think if it is good for his goose then Izumi can have a gander, as you say.

Or if the light becomes nice I might go out for some photographing. At least the little camera laughs at rain and wetness so interesting subjects could be ensuing.

Having a wide 28mm (eqiv) lens is helping to see more too. And wetted streets can be very good for interesting lights and reflecting.

Thank you for reading,

Izumi.

 
     
     
     
     
 
 
 
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