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Izumi's Diary Page 9       Friday 5 November 2010  
         
         
Walking with My New Friend
         
     
 

Hello, this is Izumi and I hope you can come with me today as I go for an early walk in the streets with my new friend who will help me with looking for that Decisive Moment which is still elusive for me.

 
     
     
         
   
   
Café Reflection III
   
Olympus E-PL1 w 14-42mm, 1/60 sec, f/3.5, 250 ISO, 28mm (eqiv)
         
         
 
 
 
Café Reflection IV
 
 
Olympus E-PL1 w 14-42mm, 1/80 sec, f/3.5, 200 ISO, 28mm (eqiv)
 
         
         
   
Café Reflection V
   
Olympus E-PL1 w 14-42mm, 1/200 sec, f/7.1, 200 ISO, 50mm (eqiv)
   
         
         
 

Now I must explain something of the way I am capturing these photographs that you can see here in the pages of my Diary. I hear people talk and sometimes they are even asking me directly about the 'montages' that I am making, as if I have two or more images that I am putting together in Photoshop.

I think strongly that such a thing would not be in the spirit of the photographs of M Cartier-Bresson or Mr Alfred Steiglitz or Jeff Carter so it is a thing that I would not do either.

No, all the images that I capture and that you see happily here are genuine scenes or reflections as I and my PEN saw them on our walks. Because I shoot RAW I can then make them the best to my vision and emotion in Photoshop and sometimes I crop them for a better composition (as I will show you sometimes here so you can think about if I am right or not), but that is just like putting your hand up in front of your face to cover something that is best not to be there.

I also find that I am made more fully hopeful just by the fact that I can now look through the viewfinder of PEN to see scenes that may become photographs, as you can see too by looking at the photographs all around here.

 
         
                   
                   
 
         
 
Sometimes I am surprised when I am on the street and I suddenly get an idea for a photograph. But I don't think this is a proper Decisive Moment.
         
  Picture by Kikoku Kusanagi          
                   
         
   
And here is the photograph that came out of my surprising thought.
   
   
Fruit Bowl
   
Olympus E-PL1 w 14-42mm, 1/125 sec, f/6.3, 200 ISO, 50mm (eqiv)
         
         
         
 
 
   
Self Portrait I
 
   
Olympus E-PL1 w 14-42mm, 1/400 sec, f/7.1, 200 ISO, 28mm (eqiv)
 
         
         
 

Now I must be honest with my friends and make a confession to you that I am hoping the new camera was not a mistake and that somehow having little difficulties with the other camera was not making me work and think harder for my photographs, and so I was making better photographs because of this tension.

I do not want this to be an easy camera. We have saying in Japan "Success grows on the tree of persistence" so I am being persistent in my seeking interesting photographs and perhaps you can be persistent too when you come here to look at them.

In my country, especially in the olden days of Dynasties and Emperors, craftsmen who were creating art with woodcuts or screens or calligraphy or even statue carving or jewellery making sometimes had a test of themselves by making the work harder than it need be for them. Someone told me once it is like the man who makes swords for Samurai warriors who is putting the steel in the hottest fire of his furnace to make the best and strongest and sharpest and in a way the most truthful of blades.

And if what I am creating is some form of art then I want it to be truthful to the subject and to me and to you as well. Otherwise I would not do it. Please kniow I am most determined on that.

 
         
         
         
   
   
Shadow Street VI
   
Olympus E-PL1 w 14-42mm, 1/400 sec, f/11, 200 ISO, 84mm (eqiv)
         
         
   
 
   
Shadow Street VII
 
   
Olympus E-PL1 w 14-42mm, 1/1000 sec, f/11, 200 ISO, 84mm (eqiv)
 
         
         
         
 
 
 
No Stopping
 
 
Olympus E-PL1 w 14-42mm, 1/100 sec, f/5.6, 200 ISO, 84mm (eqiv)
 
         
         
         
 

And I somerimes think of a Japanese saying as I am walking – amie futtre ji katamaru – which words mean that the rain makes the ground go hard but poetically means that hard activities make you a stronger person. When the light is what I like I will go walking in the rain but until then it does not make me very happy when the light is dull and not contrasty. But I am not an impatient girl (mostly!) and I can wait to become stronger in happy light.

So I am ending my Diary page now and I hope you enjoyed it and I thank you for being here and reading me.

Izumi.

 
         
         
         
 
 
 
 
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