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Izumi's Diary Page 15      Wednesday 12 January 2011  
         
         
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Hello.

Here is Izumi, and I should mention that I have been having talks and thinks with myself because I feel that I have not been walking in the footsteps of M Cartier-Bresson and his friends-in-photography as much as I should have been.

On one side of me I think that my eyes may have been dazzled by the bright lights of my new lenses which are making me neglectful of my search for Decisive Moments. But on the other side of me I think it is good that I have been out walking with them because I have learnt what they can do and are best for, which I can remember in the future when I find a photograph that is needful of their talents.

And even if I am saying it myself without being a boastful girl, some of the photographs we capture together I think can be made into big prints and be happy to be hanging on the wall (of the gallery of course, I am still very hopeful). So if I can have a late New Year resolution while it is still holiday time I will walk the early-morning streets more with my PEN and his other more familiar lenses and see what images there are there to photograph.

I know! I will have a Chinese New Year resolution instead so I will not be late – as long as I do not have to hop down the streets like a rabbit. Kong Hei Fat Choy to my PEN!

And of course to all you people who are looking at my photographs here.

Perhaps it is like the Serengeti Plain that I see in documentaries when the wildebeest go on their walkabout and the lions have to go with them or else they do not have their dinners even though they would prefer everyone to stay home.

I will walk the old pathways I have walked on before but I will also walk in new directions and see what awaits me on those paths. Perhaps there will be surprising photographs that wait for me to ambush them as I walk. Or perhaps they will run away and I will have to chase them. Whatever and whenever it happens, Izumi and her PEN are ready!

So to start one morning I had a long walk to a different part of the street and these are the happy photographs that I captured there.

 
     
         
 
 
 
All Dressed Up… VII
 
 
Olympus E-PL1 w 14-42mm, 1/200 sec, f/5.6, 200 ISO, 28mm (eqiv)
 
         
         
  I think perhaps I have captured all the moments that are hiding in this dress-making shop. But as I say to you I try to be always alert and ready for surprising moments. After all, I cannot know what the light is like until my eyes see it for myself.  
         
         
         
   
   
Blue Mood
   
Olympus E-PL1 w 14-42mm, 1/400 sec, f/10, 200 ISO, 46mm (eqiv)
         
         
         
   
Daily Bread
   
Olympus E-PL1 w 14-42mm, 1/160 sec, f/5.6, 200 ISO, 28mm (eqiv)
   
         
         
         
   
   
Ganesh
   
Olympus E-PL1 w 14-42mm, 1/500 sec, f/11, 200 ISO, 78mm (eqiv)
         
         
         
   
Eliza Street I
   
Olympus E-PL1 w 14-42mm, 1/800 sec, f/11, 200 ISO, 48mm (eqiv)
   
         
         
         
 
 
 
Eliza Street II
 
 
Olympus E-PL1 w 14-42mm, 1/400 sec, f/8, 200 ISO, 28mm (eqiv)
 
         
         
         
   
   
Eliza Street III
   
Olympus E-PL1 w 14-42mm, 1/400 sec, f/10, 200 ISO, 44mm (eqiv)
         
         
         
 
 
 
Street Reflection III
 
 
Olympus E-PL1 w 14-42mm, 1/80 sec, f/5, 200 ISO, 58mm (eqiv)
 
         
         
         
   
Red Bag II
   
Olympus E-PL1 w 14-42mm, 1/400 sec, f/10, 200 ISO, 44mm (eqiv)
   
         
         
         
 
 
 
Red Chairs I
 
 
Olympus E-PL1 w 14-42mm, 1/100 sec, f/5, 200 ISO, 44mm (eqiv)
 
         
         
         
   
   
Red Chairs II
   
Olympus E-PL1 w 14-42mm, 1/100 sec, f/5, 200 ISO, 44mm (eqiv)
         
         
         
   
Tree of Life
   
Olympus E-PL1 w 14-42mm, 1/80 sec, f/5.6, 320 ISO, 84mm (eqiv)
   
         
         
 
Now I had an interesting discovery again when I looked at the next photograph on the computer. I will let you have it too:
 
         
         
   
Street Life V  (note M Cartier-Bresson's dog)
   
Olympus E-PL1 w 14-42mm, 1/200 sec, f/9, 200 ISO, 84mm (eqiv)
   
         
         
         
 
 
Street Life IV
 
Olympus E-PL1 w 14-42mm, 1/200 sec, f/9, 200 ISO, 84mm (eqiv)
         
 

I am a little bit torn with myself to decide if one is better than the other. So I think I shall let you see both and you can decide your own preference. One of the reasons I like the longer one is just that reason, which makes it different from most of my other street photographs. But I must tell you that I think both are happy photographs so I have two birds sitting on one lens, as you may say.

 
         
         
         
   
Umbrella I
   
Olympus E-PL1 w 14-42mm, 1/400 sec, f/9, 200 ISO, 28mm (eqiv)
   
         
         
         
   
   
Umbrella II
   
Olympus E-PL1 w 14-42mm, 1/400 sec, F/10, 200 ISO, 48mm (eqiv)
         
         
         
   
Tea Pot II
   
Olympus E-PL1 w 14-42mm, 1/640 sec, f/11, 200 ISO, 28mm (eqiv)
   
         
         
         
 
 
 
Tea Pot III
 
 
Olympus E-PL1 w 14-42mm, 1/200 sec, f/8, 200 ISO, 46mm (eqiv)
 
         
         
         
   
   
Tea Junction
   
Olympus E-PL1 w 14-42mm, 1/100 sec, f/5.6, 200 ISO, 62mm (eqiv)
         
         
         
 
 
 
Yellow Chairs I
 
 
Olympus E-PL1 w 14-42mm, 1/160 sec, f/7.1, 200 ISO, 84mm (eqiv)
 
         
         
         
   
Window Model XIX
   
Olympus E-PL1 w 14-42mm, 1/160 sec, f/7.1, 200 ISO, 84mm (eqiv)
   
         
         
         
 
 
 
Window Models XX
 
 
Olympus E-PL1 w 14-42mm, 1/125 sec, f/7.1, 200 ISO, 84mm (eqiv)
 
         
         
         
   
Window Model XXI
   
Olympus E-PL1 w 14-42mm, 1/400 sec, f/10, 200 ISO, 44mm (eqiv)
   
         
         
  When I am processing the images on the computer I look at a lot of them in black & white to see if they are happy that way, and some are so I make them thus. Every time I make one like that I think that somewhere M Cartier-Bresson is having a smile.  
         
         
         
 
 
 
Window Model XXII
 
 
Olympus E-PL1 w 14-42mm, 1/200 sec, f/5.6, 200 ISO, 30mm (eqiv)
 
         
         
         
 
 
 
Street Life I
 
 
Olympus E-PL1 w 14-42mm, 1/125 sec, f/6.3, 200 ISO, 84mm (eqiv)
 
         
         
         
   
   
Stepping Out II
   
Olympus E-PL1 w 14-42mm, 1/160 sec, f/7.1, 200 ISO, 50mm (eqiv)
         
         
         
 
 
 
Stepping Out I
 
 
Olympus E-PL1 w 14-42mm, 1/125 sec, f/7.1, 200 ISO, 84mm (eqiv)
 
         
         
         
   
Stepping Out III
   
Olympus E-PL1 w 14-42mm, 1/400 sec, f/8, 200 ISO, 28mm (eqiv)
   
         
         
         
         
 

So there you have my first walk along different pathways. I think it was successful and there are other directions I can follow as well.

Thank you for being with me.

Goodbye for now,

Izumi.

 
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
 
 
 
 
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