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Izumi's Diary Page 41     Wednesday 4 January 2012  
         
         
A Wider Shade of Serendip
         
     
 

Hello! Izumi is here again.

You will please remember that when I went to the old flour mill (in my Diary page 39) I had a slight frustration that the old Pentax 110 lenses that I was hoping to only use as a challenge to myself did not go wide enough for my visual desires. So I had ordered a wide-angle adapter that would fit on the 20-40mm zoom and the 70mm lenses for when I returned to the place.

Which I did. And when it arrived I went out early one Sunday morning with a hopeful heart that I would be able to complete the capture of all the images that were to be found there. But I'm afraid I must tell you that my PEN and I were heading for a destiny of disappointment.

Even though the image just below here has been re-sized and re-resolutioned for these web pages I'm sure you can see that it is not very sharp and there is fringing all over it. You can also see why we were disheartened as the angle of view is what I was missing from the earlier visit to the site. I am not sure what I can do about it, if anything, as Pentax did not make a lens wider than 18mm (36mm eqiv) for that camera and the lenses are too old and now too few for anybody to bother making a quality wide angle adapter.

But Izumi has resilience and there are many more Decisive Moments yet to be revealed to me in my flâneurings along street and path and industrial site.

 
     
     
         
 
 
 
The Old Flour Mill (955)
 
 
Olympus E-PL1 w A20-40mm zoom + w/a adapter, 1/2000 sec, f/2.8, 100 ISO, 9mm (eqiv)
 
         
         
     
 

So in order to capture those very wide images I used the Olympus wide angle adapter on the Olympus 14-42mm zoom. It was fortunate that it was early in the morning so I could sit quietly on a pile of planks and mull over this with my PEN, as he was the one who would have to wear the lens and like me had been looking forward to gathering all the available images with the Pentax manual lenses.

But we decided that what was the most important thing was the final photograph and the actual manner of capturing it was of lesser importance. We also had a bit of admittance to ourselves that perhaps ego and a bit of boastfulness were evident in our desires to use only the Pentax lenses and we should put that aside, put on the other lens, and do what we were there for. We felt a lot better having cleared our air of that and it probably helped us capture the happy photographs that we did and which are here.

I was thinking about our conundrum and talks and resolution while we were meandering about the site and it reminded me of when I was a little girl back in Japan and my uncle was helping me to learn English, which I did by myself at an early age, not as part of my lessons in middle school. One of the books that we read together was called Winnie the Pooh and I remembered that Pooh and his friends also were confronted with similar situations in their lives with each other and how they would resolve them in similar ways and if they could not there was a wise owl called Wol who would guide them to their decisions.

 
     
         
         
 
 
 
The Old Flour Mill (789)
 
 
Olympus E-PL1 w 14-42mm + w/a adapter, 1/200 sec, f/5.6, 200 ISO, 30mm (eqiv)
 
         
         
         
 
 
 
The Old Flour Mill (807B)
 
 
Olympus E-PL1 w 14-42mm + w/a adapter, 1/200 sec, f/5.6, 200 ISO, 12mm (eqiv)
 
         
         
         
 
 
 
The Old Flour Mill (793)
 
 
Olympus E-PL1 w A70mm, 1/2000 sec, f/2.8, 125 ISO, 140mm (eqiv)
 
         
         
         
   
   
The Old Flour Mill (801)
   
Olympus E-PL1 w A70mm, 1/2000 sec, f/2.8, 125 ISO, 140mm (eqiv)
         
         
         
   
The Old Flour Mill (792)
   
Olympus E-PL1 w 14-42mm, 1/250 sec, f/9, 200 ISO, 84mm (eqiv)
   
         
         
         
 
 
 
The Old Flour Mill (802)
 
 
Olympus E-PL1 w 14-42mm, 1/320 sec, f/8, 200 ISO, 14mm (eqiv)
 
         
         
     
 

But to make up for the fact that the very wide shots were not what I had really wanted I looked for close-up details that would be interesting because of their colours or shapes or juxtapositions or shadows or anything else my eye found to focus on.

 
     
         
         
 
 
 
The Old Flour Mill (794)
 
 
Olympus E-PL1 w A70mm, 1/600 sec, f/2.8, 200 ISO, 140mm (eqiv)
 
     
         
         
 
 
 
The Old Flour Mill (813)
 
 
Olympus E-PL1 w A20-40mm, 1/2000 sec, f/2.8, 100 ISO, 50mm (eqiv)
 
     
     
         
 
 
 
The Old Flour Mill (809)
 
 
Olympus E-PL1 w A20-40mm, 1/2000 sec, f/2.8, 100 ISO, 80mm (eqiv)
 
     
         
         
 
 
 
The Old Flour Mill (808)
 
 
Olympus E-PL1 w A20-40mm, 1/500 sec, f/2.8, 200 ISO, 80mm (eqiv)
 
     
         
         
 
 
 
The Old Flour Mill (822)
 
 
Olympus E-PL1 w A20-40mm, 1/2000 sec, f/2.8, 125 ISO,50xmm (eqiv)
 
     
         
     
 

To be a bit different, I went looking for abstract graphical details in the combination of grafitti and shadows original building pieces.

And there was a good selection.

 
     
         
     
 
 
 
The Old Flour Mill (816)
 
 
Olympus E-PL1 w A20-40mm, 1/2000 sec, f/2.8, 100 ISO, 80mm (eqiv)
 
         
         
         
   
The Old Flour Mill (817)
   
Olympus E-PL1 w A20-40mm, 1/2000 sec, f/2.8, 100 ISO, 80mm (eqiv)
   
         
         
         
   
   
The Old Flour Mill (819)
   
Olympus E-PL1 w A20-40mm, 1/2000 sec, f/2.8, 100 ISO, 80mm (eqiv)
         
         
         
   
The Old Flour Mill (818)
   
Olympus E-PL1 w A20-40mm, 1/2000 sec, f/2.8, 100 ISO, 80mm (eqiv)
   
         
         
         
 
 
 
The Old Flour Mill (821)
 
 
Olympus E-PL1 w A20-40mm, 1/2000 sec, f/2.8, 100 ISO, 70mm (eqiv)
 
         
         
     
 

There were quite a few examples of interesting shadows and lines so after a while my PEN and I were reconciled with the fact that the images we were getting were not the ones we had thought we'd get, but we were happy.

And it was a nice sunny morning too and I like those hours of the day as they are conducive to creativity and thought.

 
     
         
         
 
 
 
The Old Flour Mill (824)
 
 
Olympus E-PL1 w A20-40mm, 1/2000 sec, f/2.8, 100 ISO, 60mm (eqiv)
 
         
         
         
   
   
The Old Flour Mill (828)
   
Olympus E-PL1 w A20-40mm, 1/2000 sec, f/2.8, 200 ISO, 80mm (eqiv)
         
         
         
   
The Old Flour Mill (827)
   
Olympus E-PL1 w A20-40mm, 1/2000 sec, f/2.8, 100 ISO, 80mm (eqiv)
   
         
         
         
         
 
 
 
The Old Flour Mill (829B)
 
 
Olympus E-PL1 w A18mm, 1/2000 sec, f/2.8, 100 ISO, 36mm (eqiv)
 
         
         
 
 
 
The Old Flour Mill (810)
 
 
Olympus E-PL1 w A20-40mm, 1/2000 sec, f/2.8, 100 ISO, 40mm (eqiv)
 
         
         
     
 

But after a while the sun was moving up in the sky and the stark, dark, raking shadows were softening or disappearing, so I did too.

Not yet to home and a nice cup of tea and a leisurely look at the images I had garnered, but to my friend's café and a nice cup of coffee or two. Perhaps one day I will meet you there and we can talk about what I have just photographed and where I can go next time and even more philosophical meanings of our existences.

 
     
         
         
   
   
The Old Flour Mill (820)
   
Olympus E-PL1 w A20-40mm, 1/2000 sec, f/2.8, 100 ISO, 80mm (eqiv)
         
         
         
   
The Old Flour Mill (825)
   
Olympus E-PL1 w A20-40mm, 1/2000 sec, f/2.8, 100 ISO, 80mm (eqiv)
   
         
         
         
 
 
 
The Old Flour Mill (826)
 
 
Olympus E-PL1 w A20-40mm, 1/2000 sec, f/2.8, 100 ISO, 80mm (eqiv)
 
         
         
         
   
The Old Flour Mill (800)
   
Olympus E-PL1 w 70mm, 1/600 sec, f/2.8, 200 ISO, 140mm (eqiv)
   
         
         
         
 
 
 
The Old Flour Mill (799)
 
 
Olympus E-PL1 w A70mm, 1/1250 sec, f/2.8, 200 ISO, 140mm (eqiv)
 
         
         
         
   
   
The Old Flour Mill (812)
   
Olympus E-PL1 w 14-42mm + w/a adapter, 1/1600 sec, f/2.5, 200 ISO, 14mm (eqiv)
         
         
     
 

I hope you have been interested by this place and in a way you are lucky that you did not have in your head the potential happy photographs which I did and which as it turned out I was unable to get.

Pooh Bear at times like this would enjoy a nice spoonful of hunny but I satisfied myself with a nice cup of tea when I did get home.

Until the next time I say goodbye.

Izumi.

 
     
     
     
     
     
     
 
 
 
 
To fully understand my footsteps, please read me from the start.
  
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