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Izumi's Diary Page 28     Tuesday 28 June 2011  
         
         
Portraits in Stone
         
     
 

Hello!

Here is Izumi and yes again I have been to the ancestors' resting place but for a different artistic purpose so I hope you don't think I am just having repeats of my actions and being lazy in my offerings to you.

 
     
     
         
         
   
   
Sunrise Cherub I
   
Olympus E-PL1 w 14-150mm, 1/80 sec, f5.6, 200 ISO, 200mm (eqiv)
         
         
         
 
 
 
Sunrise Cherub II
 
 
Olympus E-PL1 w 14-150mm, 1/250 sec, f/8, 200 ISO, 108mm (eqiv)
 
         
         
     
 

Because I have been to the ancestors many times now (and you are maybe thinking that M Cartier-Bresson would not be going as many times himself - and I know you are right but please read me for my reason) and I have been there as a location with interesting morning light and to test the pinhole lenses (which as you know were unhappily not very sharp in most cases to satisfy me), I thought that to have a happy memory of the place I would go there one more time but I had to have a different method in my walking around the resting places.

So I had the thought to look upon the statues as if they had walked into my uncle's studio to have their portraits taken. Sometimes I used to watch when my uncle photographed different people and sometimes also he would let me help a little so it was not so much of a strange land to me.

 
     
     
         
   
Portrait in Stone I
   
Olympus E-PL1 w 14-150mm, 1/30 sec, f/22, 100 ISO, 300mm (eqiv)
   
         
         
         
 
 
 
Portrait in Stone XXXV
 
 
Olympus E-PL1 w 14-150mm, 1/320 sec, f/9, 200 ISO, 98mm (eqiv)
 
         
         
         
   
   
Portrait in Stone V
   
Olympus E-PL1 w 14-150mm, 1/200 sec, f/5.6, 200 ISO, 180mm (eqiv)
         
         
         
 
 
 
Portrait in Stone III
 
 
Olympus E-PL1 w 14-150mm, 1/640 sec, f/5.6, 200 ISO, 300mm (eqiv)
 
         
         
         
 
 
 
Portrait in Stone IV
 
 
Olympus E-PL1 w 14-150mm, 1/320 sec, f/7.1, 320 ISO, 180mm (eqiv)
 
         
         
         
   
   
Portrait in Stone II
   
Olympus E-PL1 w 14-150mm, 1/100 sec, f/22, 100 ISO, 200mm (eqiv)
         
         
     
 

So as I walked up and down the rows of stone I looked at the faces and if I saw an interesting one I asked if I could make a portrait of it.

The soft and warm early morning light seemed to go into the marble or the sandstone of the carvings and give them a glow that was almost like a life that was living inside them.

My PEN liked this and reacted very happily as you can see from these photographs here. Also he was wearing the long zoom lens so we could get close up to the faces as if they were in a studio and I could have my camera the best distance from them for a naturally happy photograph.

 
     
     
         
 
 
 
Portrait in Stone VI
 
 
Olympus E-PL1 w 14-150mm, 1/200 sec, f/5.6, 200 ISO, 270mm (eqiv)
 
         
         
         
   
   
Innocence in Stone III
   
Olympus E-PL1 w 14-150mm, 1/250 sec, f/4, 100 ISO, 90mm (eqiv)
         
         
         
 
 
 
Innocence in Stone IV
 
 
Olympus E-PL1 w 14-150mm, 1/250 sec, f/7.1, 100 ISO, 300mm (eqiv)
 
         
         
         
   
Portrait in Stone VII
   
Olympus E-PL1 w 14-150mm, 1/200 sec, f/5.6, 200 ISO, 270mm (eqiv)
   
         
         
         
 
 
 
Pensive in Stone I
 
 
Olympus E-PL1 w 14-150mm, 1/320 sec, f/7.1, 100 ISO, 240mm (eqiv)
 
         
         
         
   
   
Pensive in Stone II
   
Olympus E-PL1 w 14-150mm, 1/60 sec, f/5.6, 400 ISO, 84mm (eqiv)
         
         
     
 

You will notice that the blue of the skies can be quite different in these photographs. This is not because I was playing with the coloured sliders in Photoshop or anything like that. No, it is the way it came out once I had adjusted the lightness and darkness and contrasts to my liking.

I think it was mainly caused by us being there very early in the morning from the sunrise for about an hour, so the angles of the sun's rays kept changing and I was pointing my PEN in all different directions too.

 
     
     
         
   
   
Portrait in Stone IX
   
Olympus E-PL1 w 14-150mm, 1/250 sec, f/7.1, 200 ISO, 160mm (eqiv)
         
         
         
 
 
 
Portrait in Stone X
 
 
Olympus E-PL1 w 14-150mm, 1/320 sec, f/7.1, 200 ISO, 200mm (eqiv)
 
         
         
         
   
   
Portrait in Stone VIII
   
Olympus E-PL1 w 14-150mm, 1/250 sec, f/7.1, 200 ISO, 300mm (eqiv)
         
         
         
   
Portrait in Stone XI
   
Olympus E-PL1 w 14-150mm, 1/200 sec, f/5.6, 200 ISO, 300mm (eqiv)
   
         
         
         
   
Portrait in Stone XII
   
Olympus E-PL1 w 14-150mm, 1/160 sec, f/7.1, 200 ISO, 90mm (eqiv)
   
         
         
         
   
   
Portrait in Stone XIII
   
Olympus E-PL1 w 35mm, 1/2000 sec, f/1.7, 100 ISO, 70mm (eqiv)
         
         
         
   
Portrait in Stone XIV
   
Olympus E-PL1 w 14-150mm, 1/160 sec, f/5.6, 160 ISO, 180mm (eqiv)
   
         
         
         
   
   
Portrait in Stone XIX
   
Olympus E-PL1 w 14-150mm, 1/200 sec, f/6.3, 100 ISO, 300mm (eqiv)
         
         
     
 

Most of the time I can understand why there are particular statues and figures beside the resting places but sometimes what is being shown to me in the carved stone is very odd.

I have not read very much of the Bible books but I know that there are various versions of them so maybe some of these tableaux are from editions that are not very well known or are very old and the stories in them are not read very much any more.

 
     
     
         
   
Portrait in Stone XV
   
Olympus E-PL1 w 14-150mm, 1/80 sec, f/5.6, 100 ISO, 300mm (eqiv)
   
         
         
         
   
   
Portrait in Stone XVI
   
Olympus E-PL1 w 14-150mm, 1/60 sec, f/5.6, 100 ISO, 270mm (eqiv)
         
         
         
   
Portrait in Stone XX
   
Olympus E-PL1 w 14-150mm, 1/60 sec, f/5.6, 100 ISO, 300mm (eqiv)
   
         
         
         
 
 
 
Portrait in Stone XVII
 
 
Olympus E-PL1 w 35mm, 1/2000 sec, f/1.7, 100 ISO, 70mm (eqiv)
 
         
         
         
   
Portrait in Stone XXII
   
Olympus E-PL1 w 14-150mm, 1/250 sec, f/6.3, 200 ISO, 200mm (eqiv)
   
         
         
         
   
Portrait in Stone XXI
   
Olympus E-PL1 w 14-150mm, 1/40 sec, f/5.6, 200 ISO, 180mm (eqiv)
   
         
         
         
   
   
Portrait in Stone XXIII
   
Olympus E-PL1 w 14-150mm, 1/250 sec, f/6.3, 200 ISO, 134mm (eqiv)
         
         
         
   
   
Portrait in Stone XXIV
   
Olympus E-PL1 w 14-150mm, 1/320 sec, f/9, 200 ISO, 104mm (eqiv)
         
         
         
 
 
 
Portrait in Stone XXIX
 
 
Olympus E-PL1 w 14-150mm, 1/500 sec, f/9, 200 ISO, 160mm (eqiv)
 
         
         
         
   
   
Portrait in Stone XXX
   
Olympus E-PL1 w 14-150mm, 1/500 sec, f/9, 200 ISO, 300mm (eqiv)
         
         
     
 

And of course if you have been coming with me for a while you will know that I also had Man Friday with me and the PEN was mounted on him for almost all of the photographs both to make steadiness and also to let me think about the light and the framing without having to hold him in my hands all the time.

I also found that having the shutter on a two-second delay meant that my fingers did not make the PEN jiggle when I pressed his shutter button.

 
     
     
         
 
 
 
"Um, God…"
 
 
Olympus E-PL1 w 14-150mm, 1/320 sec, f/9, 200 ISO, 36mm (eqiv)
 
         
         
         
 
 
 
Portrait in Stone XXV
 
 
Olympus E-PL1 w 14-150mm, 1/320 sec, f94, 200 ISO, 112mm (eqiv)
 
         
         
         
   
   
Portrait in Stone XXXI
   
Olympus E-PL1 w 14-150mm, 1/320 sec, f/8, 200 ISO, 300mm (eqiv)
         
         
         
   
Portrait in Stone XXXII
   
Olympus E-PL1 w 14-150mm, 1/400 sec, f/9, 200 ISO, 200mm (eqiv)
   
       
         
         
   
   
Portrait in Stone XXXIV
   
Olympus E-PL1 w 14-150mm, 1/800 sec, f/11, 200 ISO, 140mm (eqiv)
         
         
         
 
 
 
The Weary Shepherd
 
 
Olympus E-PL1 w 14-150mm, 1/800 sec, f/5.6, 200 ISO, 240mm (eqiv)
 
         
         
         
   
   
Portrait in Stone XVIII
   
Olympus E-PL1 w 14-150mm, 1/250 sec, f/7.1, 100 ISO, 300mm (eqiv)
         
         
         
   
Wings of Heaven I
   
Olympus E-PL1 w 14-150mm, 1/200 sec, f/8, 100 ISO, 84mm (eqiv)
   
         
         
         
 
 
 
Wings of Heaven II
 
 
Olympus E-PL1 w 14-150mm, 1/250 sec, f/6.3, 100 ISO, 160mm (eqiv)
 
         
         
     
 

I know that there are a lot of photographs here but they are all happy ones and sometimes when I go to a place there are not many photographs there to be captured and then I go to other places and it is like Springtime in the Serengeti and wherever I look I see images waiting for my PEN and me.

 
     
     
         
 
 
 
Portrait in Stone XXVI
 
 
Olympus E-PL1 w 14-150mm, 1/400 sec, f/9, 200 ISO, 240mm (eqiv)
 
         
         
         
   
Portrait in Stone XXVI
   
Olympus E-PL1 w 14-150mm, 1/800 sec, f/6.3, 200 ISO, 300mm (eqiv)
   
         
         
         
   
   
Portrait in Stone XXVIII
   
Olympus E-PL1 w 14-150mm, 1/100 sec, f5.64, 200 ISO, 64mm (eqiv)
         
         
         
 
 
 
Portrait in Stone XXXIII
 
 
Olympus E-PL1 w 14-150mm, 1/200 sec, f/6.3, 200 ISO, 116mm (eqiv)
 
         
         
         
 
 
 
Even Angels get the Blues
 
 
Olympus E-PL1 w 14-150mm, 1/320 sec, f/10, 200 ISO, 68mm (eqiv)
 
         
         
     
 

So I hope you have enjoyed what may be my last visit to the ancestors. Perhaps they knew this and made sure that many happy photographs crossed our pathways.

Now to have a nice cup of tea and look again at the results of our creative works, as if they are on the walls of a gallery (no, I have not forgotten). Please join me.

Your friend,

Izumi.

 
     
     
         
         
 
 
 
Cherubum
 
 
Olympus E-PL1 w 14-150mm, 1/400 sec, f/9, 100 ISO, 240mm (eqiv)
 
         
         
         
         
 
 
 
 
 
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