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Izumi's Diary Page 48     Monday 26 March 2012  
         
         
Impressions of Rain
         
     
 

Hello! Here is Izumi.

So what does a flâneuse who, despite disappointments, is still seeking ways of testing a new pinhole lens do when it is raining but her knees are starting to twitch?

Yes, in the Grand Tradition of Flâneuring, she puts the lens on her camera, shrugs off the dark clouds and raindrops, and goes for a walk.

I think that I was still being affected by the happy photographs harvested from the Resting Place of the Ancestors, which were acquired with the Holga pinhole lens, and I wanted to give the SLR Magic one another try.

Perhaps I was being guided by Higher Forces. They were certainly wetter ones.

 
     
     
     
         
 
 
 
Impressions of Rain IV
 
 
Olympus E-PL1 w SLR Magic Pinhole lens, 1/2 sec, f/128, 800 ISO, 24mm (eqiv)
 
         
         
         
 
 
 
Impressions of Rain II
 
 
Olympus E-PL1 w SLR Magic Pinhole lens, 1/2 sec, f/128, 800 ISO, 24mm (eqiv)
 
         
         
     
 

Please bear in mind that there was a certain amount of uncertainty, if not frivolity, in the venture. I did not know, indeed I didn't really care, if I would come back with happy photographs or not. The important thing for me and my knees was to go and do it. Not being weather-sealed however, my PEN wasn't so eager.

I didn't even care if I came back with many photographs or none. It would be another test of the SLR Magic pinhole and indeed pinholes in general that I felt I needed to do.

Perhaps, I was thinking, something more abstract was the best way to enjoy them, not to expect them to provide anything near the reality that conventional lenses can provide, even with a smaller-sensored camera.

 
     
     
         
 
 
 
Impressions of Rain III
 
 
Olympus E-PL1 w SLR Magic Pinhole lens, 1/2 sec, f/128, 800 ISO, 24mm (eqiv)
 
         
         
         
 
 
 
Impressions of Rain VI
 
 
Olympus E-PL1 w SLR Magic Pinhole lens, 1/2 sec, f/128, 800 ISO, 24mm (eqiv)
 
         
         
         
 
 
 
Impressions of Rain V
 
 
Olympus E-PL1 w SLR Magic Pinhole lens, 1/2 sec, f/128, 800 ISO, 24mm (eqiv)
 
         
         
         
 
 
 
Impressions of Rain I
 
 
Olympus E-PL1 w SLR Magic Pinhole lens, 1/2 sec, f/128, 800 ISO, 24mm (eqiv)
 
         
         
     
 

It really was a case of pressing the shutter button and not knowing what I was getting. Because the photographs were unrepeatable, I did not even look at the little screen on the back of the PEN while I was out.

I decided the best thing to do was look at all the images at the one time when I was back home with a nice hot cuppa and therefore removed from the circumstances of taking them, and the temptation of trying to get a particular photograph.

And I think the last happy photograph made the excursion really worth while. Because of it I was quite happiness in a person.

Truly, sometimes it can rain sunshine. This is not a saying in my country, but it ought to be. In fact, from now on it is - ときどき雨が降る太陽の光 (tokidoki ame ga furu taiyou no hikari).

Now I shall say goodbye from your friendly flâneuse,

Izumi.

 
     
     
 
 
 
 
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