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Izumi's Diary Page 30     Thursday 28 July 2011  
         
         
Espresso Secondo
         
     
 

Hello!

Izumi is with you again to let you know that a second visit to Double Bay is not to be counted very much because it was a morning of clouds and a little rain so there was not much interesting light for going outside and walking along the streets. There weren't even any good reflections where I could use the backlighting for interesting silhouettes like on the streets of Paris after every little shower.

It was much better and in keeping with the French theme, if not my flâneuric desires, to be in my friend's café drinking coffee and meeting other of her customers so I could perhaps see if they attracted any Decisive Moments for me. Maybe you can see some here if they did.

 
     
     
         
         
   
Espresso Tien II
   
Olympus E-PL1 w 20mm, 1/250 sec, f/3.5, 400 ISO, 40mm (eqiv)
   
         
         
         
   
Espresso Dreaming I
   
Olympus E-PL1 w 14-42mm II, 1/40 sec, f/5.6, 800 ISO, 84mm (eqiv)
   
         
         
         
 
 
 
Espresso Time I
 
 
Olympus E-PL1 w 20mm, 1/60 sec, f/1.7, 200 ISO, 40mm (eqiv)
 
         
         
         
   
Espresso Ziggy
   
Olympus E-PL1 w 14-42mm II, 1/400 sec, f/11, 800 ISO, 68mm (eqiv)
   
         
         
     
 

When I was processing these photographs I had the feeling to see if I could make them black and white and if it made them happy photographs I would leave them that way and have a little smile to myself and a thought for M Cartier-Bresson and Jeff Carter.

And as you can see it did make some of them them happy. Sometimes when my PEN and I are looking at a scene before us we decide at that point that the finished photograph is to be in black and white and at other times it is not until I have it securely in Photoshop that I try removing the coloured emotions and replacing them with ones in subtle shades of grey.

Also I am finding that some of the photographs are happy being more from the impressionist school of images than the realist one. I had a little think with myself and I decided that this was all right as while I admire M Cartier-Bresson and other photographes flânant (as you would say in Paris) ever since I was a younger girl I am not such a slavish follower of his street/candid style that I must reject all others.

And even you will notice that the abstract school has his place in my collection of happy photographs. Maybe they will need separate walls when I am planning the layout of the exhibition.

 
     
     
         
   
Espresso Dreaming II
   
Olympus E-PL1 w 14-42mm II, 1/12 sec, f/5.6, 200 ISO, 84mm (eqiv)
   
         
         
         
   
   
Espresso John I
   
Olympus E-PL1 w 20mm, 1/160 sec, f/5.5, 200 ISO, 38mm (eqiv)
         
         
         
   
Tien & Steve
   
Olympus E-PL1 w 20mm, 1/400 sec, f/4, 400 ISO, 40mm (eqiv)
   
         
         
     
 
 
 
The Third Man
 
 
Olympus E-PL1 w 14-42mm II, 1/160 sec, f/7.1, 200 ISO, 84mm (eqiv)
 
         
         
     
 

Now you are meeting some of the café's customers as I am and I thank them again for letting my PEN capture brief slices of their lives that I can show you here. And I thank you for coming here and looking.

It is nicely different from the images and scenes in the streets and I am happy that I can have a combination of the two. It is a little like having the greener grass on the other hillside as well as the sweetness of home.

So I go now but I will be back soon.

Izumi.

 
     
     
     
     
 
 
 
 
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