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Izumi's Diary Page 22      Tuesday 26 April 2011  
         
         
The Streets Beckon Anew
         
     
 

Hello, here is your friend Izumi again.

After the visits to the cemetery and the photographs with my Pinwide I felt the need to return to the original truth of my purpose which is walking the streets looking for Decisive Moments.

The first morning I walked with the little zoom lens in case I needed his talents then I put on the shoes of M Cartier-Bresson and took the prime lenses with me for their challenges (and pleasures) with focus and aperture.

I walked the old familiar streets on my way to see my friend Noel and also the new streets that I have only been along once or twice before. It has been Easter holidays so I have had many more mornings for walking and also more time in those mornings for hunting the Moments.

Has it all been worth the whiles? You can see below if you like to look.

 
     
         
         
 
 
 
King Street Morning V
 
 
Olympus E-PL1 w 14-42mm, 1/200 sec, f/8, 800 ISO, 46mm (eqiv)
 
         
         
         
 
 
 
Phantom of the Street I
 
 
Olympus E-PL1 w 14-42mm, 1/13 sec, f/4, 800 ISO, 38mm (eqiv)
 
         
         
         
   
Phantom of the Street II
   
Olympus E-PL1 w 14-42mm, 1/6 sec, f/5.6, 800 ISO, 84mm (eqiv)
   
         
         
         
   
   
Phantom of the Street III
   
Olympus E-PL1 w 14-42mm, 1/10 sec, f/5.2, 800 ISO, 70mm (eqiv)
         
         
         
 
 
 
Window Wraiths IV
 
 
Olympus E-PL1 w 14-42mm, 1/30 sec, f/4.4, 800 ISO, 50mm (eqiv)
 
         
         
         
   
Street People III
   
Olympus E-PL1 w 14-42mm, 1/50 sec, f/5.6, 800 ISO, 84mm (eqiv)
   
         
         
     
 

You will see from looking above that I have been adjusting the reality of some photographs to emphasise or enhance their emotions for me and I hope also for you.

I think this makes them happier photographs and I am watchful of myself that I am somewhat subtle with what I do. If black and white is a right and proper way to have photographs and if colour is also the same then a stage in between the two or a combination of them must be acceptable as well.

But it is my art and if it is comfortable with me to do these things then I shall do them for my satisfaction and I hope you appreciate what it is that I am doing and saying through the images.

Sometimes I decide what I am going to do when I am processing the RAW images in Photoshop but at other times I have the picture in the eye of my mind of what will make the photograph a happy one even before I have captured him. I do not think too deeply about such things as I prefer to let my instincts guide me in these matters and as they are images perhaps we should not even seek words to explain or describe what it is that I am doing to them.

 
     
     
         
 
 
 
Night Ranga
 
 
Olympus E-PL1 w 35mm, 1/400 sec, f/2, 200 ISO, 70mm (eqiv)
 
         
         
     
 

I think the Decisive Moments may have been having a holiday too as there did not seem to be many happy photographs for the capturing.

And I know I have pointed my lenses at the shop models before but if I see interesting lighting or compositions or reflections then I think I should take the photograph. Later when I am processing him in Photoshop I can think about his degree of happiness to be shown to you and sometimes I will put him on these pages and sometimes I won't.

I hope you don't think I am being repeating of myself as even the same subjects can be interesting if their components or circumstances change and that is what I am showing here.

So I appreciate you walking in spirit with me and thank you again for looking at the photographs we capture.

Izumi.

 
     
     
 
 
 
 
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