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Izumi's Diary Page 20      Wednesday 6 April 2011  
         
         
Where the Ancestors Sleep
         
     
 

Hello, here is Izumi again after a little while but I have had to take some thinking time after the earthquake and tsunami in Japan, and I have not had the feeling to go to the streets for a few weeks. My PEN understands such things and I hope you do too. In fact I'm sure you do or you would not be coming on my morning journeyings with me through my Diary pages here.

But I had forgotten one thing that is like the changing of the seasons for making the light different at different times in the morning, and that is your daylight saving times. We do not have such a thing in Japan so when I was helping to change all the clocks I felt like the old-time lamp-lighting man who went around the streets of Japanese towns lighting lanterns so people could find their way safely home after the saké bars were shut. And even in more modern times he was still there when street lights were lit by gas and he would turn them on at evening and off in the early morning. I wonder if he ever met a young girl with a pencil and paper who was making drawings of the people and things of the early streets?

But this may mean that the early light that I like will come back again at the time that I am walking. I will know this week, so I will not get too excited for myself yet until I have seen it.

 
     
         
         
         
 
Clovelly Panorama
 
 
Olympus E-PL1 w 14-42mm, 1/50 sec, f/3.5, 400 ISO, 28mm (eqiv)
 
         
         
         
 
 
 
Clovelly Dawn I
 
 
Olympus E-PL1 w Pinwide, 1 sec, f/96, 400 ISO, 11mm (eqiv)
 
         
     
     
 

So because of this changing of the light on Sunday I decided to have a look at a different place that I have not been to before with my PEN and also to give myself a lot of new ideas and challenges. I took my new Pinwide pinhole lens as well to try him out with my PEN and to learn his tricks and treats.

I went right to the edge of the country where it meets the big sea and also there is an old cemetery which I thought would perhaps not give me comfortable and easy images like the streets where I have been to before, but make me think about the photographs that I wanted to capture and the best way of doing so with the normal lens or the Pinwide.

I did not bring the fast primes as I did not want the equipment to be stronger than the subjects or my thinking. I thought that if there were photographs wanting those lenses I could go back there again with them and it would still be early morning light for several weeks to come.

 
     
     
         
         
 
 
 
Headstones I
 
 
Olympus E-PL1 w 14-42mm, 1/320 sec, f/10, 200 ISO, 84mm (eqiv)
 
         
         
         
   
Headstones II
   
Olympus E-PL1 w Pinwide, 1/6 sec, f/96, 400 ISO, 22mm (eqiv)
   
         
         
         
   
   
Morning Angel I
   
Olympus E-PL1 w Pinwide, 1/8 sec, f/96, 400 ISO, 22mm (eqiv)
         
         
         
 
 
 
Headstone III
 
 
Olympus E-PL1 w Pinwide, 1/3 sec, f/96, 400 ISO, 22mm (eqiv)
 
         
         
     
 

So now you can see how the Pinwide pinhole lens shows what is in front of him. I think I need to practice more using him and I think he likes being close up to a subject rather than looking on from a distance. I have written here that his aperture is like f/96 but it actually varies from f/96 in the middle of the photograph to f/128 at the edges. He seems sharper when he is up close too although in the theory of his working all things are the same sharpness, no matter how close or far away they are.

 
     
     
         
         
   
Cherub I
   
Olympus E-PL1 w Pinwide, 1/4 sec, f/96, 400 ISO, 22mm (eqiv)
   
         
         
         
   
   
"Yoo Hoo" - Morning Angel II
   
Olympus E-PL1 w 14-42mm, 1/2000 sec, f/11, 200 ISO, 84mm (eqiv)
         
         
         
   
   
Morning Angel III
   
Olympus E-PL1 w 14-42mmmm, 1/1000 sec, f/11, 200 ISO, 56mm (eqiv)
         
         
         
 
 
 
Morning Angel V
 
 
Olympus E-PL1 w 14-42mm, 1/2000 sec, f/16, 400 ISO, 56mm (eqiv)
 
         
         
         
   
   
Morning Angel IV
   
Olympus E-PL1 w 14-42mm, 1/2000 sec, f/22, 400 ISO, 84mm (eqiv)
         
         
         
 
 
 
Morning Angel VI
 
 
Olympus E-PL1 w 14-42mm, 1/2000 sec, f/13, 200 ISO, 84mm (eqiv)
 
         
         
     
     
 

Anno… it is not being fair to the Pinwide to have a judgement after only one day so I will not, but I do have a feeling that I may not use him as much as I thought I might do.

Perhaps I will think again about the SLR Magic 11mm but it is best probably to save up for the proper Olympus 12mm prime when he is born or the Panasonic 14mm which I can have now for my desires, if only he were faster.

There is much thinking to be carried on in my head but there is plenty of time for it, so I will not worry.

Your friend,

Izumi.

 
     
 
 
 
 
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