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Izumi's Diary Page 12      Monday 6 December 2010  
         
         
Hello, Mr Sun
         
     
 

Hello, here is Izumi which you must know by now if you are still reading my words. I hope you are liking them and are even taking photographs by yourself if you are having early morning walks like me.

Last weekend I decided I wanted to do something a little bit different and there was the forecast of much rain for the next week to make the street shooting light rather dull and not having much of the contrast that I like (as your eyes can tell you by reading this Diary).

So I decided not to go to the streets but to a big park near where I am living and I also thought that as there are big hills in this park if I could be there before the sun arrives I would perhaps get different photographs which my camera probably would also like to do.

 
     
         
         
   
Sydney Park Sunrise III
   
Pentax Optio W80 w 5-25mm, 1/50 sec, f/3,5, 160 ISO, 28mm (eqiv)
   
         
         
   
   
Sydney Park Sunrise V
   
Pentax Optio W80 w 5-25mm, 1/60 sec, f/3.5, 125 ISO, 28mm (eqiv)
         
         
   
Sydney Park Sunrise I
   
Olympus E-PL1 w 14-42mm, 1/200 sec, f/5, 200 ISO, 28mm (eqiv)
   
         
         
   
   
   
Sydney Park Sunrise IV
   
Pentax Optio W80 w 5-25mm, 1/50 sec, f/3.5, 160 ISO, 28mm (eqiv)
         
         
   
Sydney Park Sunrise II
   
Olympus E-PL1 w 14-42mm, 1/160 sec, f/4, 200 ISO, 28mm (eqiv)
   
         
         
 

I did not realise until the day how much earlier the light would be coming, but I thought that as I may be making art with my camera and photographs do not have clocks, so I must do it. If I capture good photographs for a gallery one day (I am not forgetting my ambitions) then all times are right and good times with the camera. And my uncle used to say to me “Haya-oki wa sanbun no toku” which means that it is a good thing to get up early in the morning, especially if it is for a worthwhile reason. Which I think this is. So I did.

I also brought along the little Pentax that I started walking the streets with as well as my PEN just to have the experience of using them both at the same place for the same sort of photographs.

 
         
         
   
Sydney Park Sculpture III
   
Olympus E-PL1 w 14-42mm, 1/160 sec, f/4, 200 ISO, 92mm (eqiv), Pinhole Art Filter
   
         
         
   
   
Sydney Park Sculpture IV
   
Olympus E-PL1 w 14-42mm, 1/200 sec, f/4.5, 200 ISO, 100mm (eqiv), Pinhole Art Filter
         
         
   
Sydney Park Sculpture II
   
Olympus E-PL1 w 14-42mm, 1/125 sec, f/4, 200 ISO, 46mm (eqiv), Soft Focus Art Filter
   
         
         
   
   
Sydney Park Sculpture I
   
Olympus E-PL1 w 14-42mm, 1/125 sec, f/3.5, 200 ISO, 82mm (eqiv)
         
         
 

In Australia it is becoming Summertime which means that the early morning light that I like for my photographs is arriving earlier and earlier. I thought it also could be interesting that I was not on the proper streets as I had my new camera and lenses and we could both go to a new place together. There I could see how he takes photographs and he can see what sort of photographs my eye sees for the taking.

Perhaps we can put the search for the Decisive Moment aside for this day as well, and just enjoy Nature being all around us even though we are in the middle of a big city.

 
         
         
         
   
Sydney Park IV
   
Olympus E-PL1 w 14-42mm, 1/200 sec, f/5, 200 ISO, 54mm (eqiv), Pinhole Art Filter
   
         
         
   
   
Sydney Park I
   
Olympus E-PL1 w 14-42mm, 1/160 sec, f/4,5, 200 ISO, 44mm (eqiv), Grainy Film Art Filter
         
         
   
Sydney Park III
   
Olympus E-PL1 w 14-42mm, 1/200 sec, f/4,5, 200 ISO, 46mm (eqiv), Pinhole Art Filter
   
         
         
   
   
Sydney Park II
   
Olympus E-PL1 w 14-42mm, 1/300 sec, f/4.5, 200 ISO, 34mm (eqiv), Pinhole Art Filter
         
         
 

Earlier when I was exploring my PEN I found settings that he calls Art Filters and I decided today might be the place to play with them to see what would result from such actions. Normally I like to shoot photographs without any manipulation as it is better to do them later when I am thinking a bit differently perhaps and there is not the pressure of capturing the moment. That is why I shoot RAW.

But this day is for enquirings and so I put the camera on Art Filter Grainy Film… then I tried Art Filter Soft Focus… then I tried Art Filter Pin Hole… This last one I am wondering about because my uncle had a Zero pinhole camera when he was in his studio back in Japan but it used film and was quite big especially compared with my PEN.

 
         
         
         
   
Sydney Park V
   
Olympus E-PL1 w 14-42mm, 1/160 sec, f/4.5, 1200 ISO, 28mm (eqiv), Grainy Film Art Filter
   
         
         
 
 
Sydney Park VI
 
Olympus E-PL1 w 14-42mm, 1/200 sec, f/5, 200 ISO, 46mm (eqiv), Pinhole Art Filter
         
         
         
 

Anno… these filters are different and they are suitable for subjects such as these but I think such things are not for everyday shooting of the type that I like. But for such times as they are useful are it is good to know that I can carry them around with us and I ask my PEN to put them on when I think there could be a good reason.

Like a birthday dinner, too much richness too many times can make a person not want to continue on her intended path. Maybe that is why such an occasion is only once per year.

I shall look forward to printing big prints and see if dramatic images are the result or it is best forgotten for other photographs.

Now it is time for me to go. I hope you have enjoyed our excursion to somewhere different even though it was a lot earlier than usual.

Thank you again,

Izumi.

 
         
         
         
 
 
 
 
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