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Izumi's Diary Page 50     Tuesday 24 April 2012  
         
         
Winter Draws On
         
     
 

Hello!

Here is Izumi with a winter resolution. After clearing my mind's eye of the unsharpness with the ancestors, exotic flowers, stormy seascapes and cold early mornings (see my last few Diary pages), I have realised that I have for too long neglected the calling of these pages.

It was time for the lioness with the lens to return from the distractions of other parts and go back to the plains and resume her hunting for those elusive Decisive Moments.

My decision, however, has not coincided with the appropriate weather. Maybe the monsoon is lingering longer this year. And as I have mentioned before the Sydney rain is quite hard and voluminous, unlike the gentle picturesque drizzles of Paris that were so taken advantage of by the likes of Yvon, M Robert Doisneau and he whose footpaths I am always mindful of when on my walks, M Henri Cartier-Bresson.

 
     
     
         
 
 
 
Early Walker
 
 
Olympus E-PL1 w 14mm, 1/4 sec, f/2.5, 200 ISO, 28mm (eqiv)
 
         
         
         
   
   
Crossing
   
Olympus E-PL1 w 14mm, 1/10 sec, f/2.5, 200 ISO, 28mm (eqiv)
         
         
         
   
   
Mr Feathers
   
Olympus E-PL1 w 20mm, 1/25 sec, f/1.7, 200 ISO, 40mm (eqiv)
         
         
     
 

It is being the winter months and my time of walking being rather constant, there is a lot of darkness on the streets which leads to a different type and style of photograph. While some here are in daylight there are those from just before sunrise, which itself was late some mornings because of heavy clouds on the hori zion.

I don't know if the ancestors were trying to tell me something but one morning I kept coming across situations that related to a compact camera or, more specifically, my PEN:

 
     
     
         
   
Anything But Ordinary
   
Olympus E-PL1 w 14mm, 1/30 sec, f/2.5, 200 ISO, 28mm (eqiv)
   
         
         
         
 
 
 
Camera Bags
 
 
Olympus E-PL1 w 20mm, 1/60 sec, f/4, 320 ISO, 40mm (eqiv)
 
         
         
         
   
   
All the News...
   
Olympus E-PL1 20mm, 1/60 sec, f/1.7, 500 ISO, 40mm (eqiv)
         
         
         
 
 
 
Best Shadow
 
 
Olympus E-PL1 w 14-42mm, 1/400 sec, f/9, 400 ISO, 34mm (eqiv)
 
         
         
     
 

And you will see from what you have just seen above, that despite the weather and the earliness there were happy photographs there to be captured.

 
     
     
         
 
 
 
Easter Chickens
 
 
Olympus E-PL1 w 14-42mm, 1/250 sec, f/8, 400 ISO, 48mm (eqiv)
 
         
         
         
 
 
 
Beauty Spot
 
 
Olympus E-PL1 w 14-42mm, 1/500 sec, f/11, 200 ISO, 84mm (eqiv)
 
         
         
         
 
 
 
Renovation
 
 
Olympus E-PL1 w 14-42mm, 1/100 sec, f/5.6, 400 ISO, 62mm (eqiv)
 
         
         
     
 

And then I had a Serendipitous example of how being patient and persistent can pay off and I was presented with the scene that I captured below.

 
     
     
         
 
 
 
Everything...
 
 
Olympus E-PL1 w 14-42mm, 1/125 sec, f/5, 200 ISO, 28mm (eqiv)
 
         
         
     
 

Maybe that was what the ancestors were trying to tell me. Is it a Decisive Moment? I think I can say, with still being a modest girl, that if it is not, then it is very close to being one.

Like the lioness who is always aware of not missing an opportunity to provide dinner for her family, I try to adapt my hunting to the existing circumstances.

And this has led me to a thought and then a decision. It's to do with, and to go along with, the prevailing darkness of these mornings and I shall tell you about it very soon.

Until then, in darkness and daylight, goodbye from your friend,

Izumi.

 
     
     
 
 
 
 
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