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Izumi's Diary Page 53      Wednesday 6 June 2012  
         
         
The World is My Angle
 
         
     
 

Hello, here is Izumi again!

As you know by reading my words here in my Diary, I believe that a camera must have a proper viewfinder so that your eye can be close to the lens and you and the camera can be as one in art.

It also means that you are holding the camera in a more steady position than if you have your arms stretched out, which makes for sharper photographs

But as you may not quite know, I also believe that it is good sometimes to be different and to do things differently from the way you normally do them. This does not mean that I have two faces, but more that by being sometimes different I can see things more clearly that if it was always from one position.

Please do not think that this is all a big excuse for what I am going to show you now.

 
     
     
         
         
   
   
Pinhole Street
   
Olympus E-PL1 w SLR Magic pinhole lens, 1/13 sec, f/96, 400 ISO, xxmm (eqiv)
         
         
         
 
 
 
Red, White and Blue
 
 
Olympus E-PL1 w SLR Magic pinhole lens, 1/13 sec, f/96, 400 ISO, xxmm (eqiv)
 
         
         
     
 

You now will know that I was not looking through the viewfinder for these photographs. The idea came from the tests I was doing with the various pinhole lenses in the street (unlike the celestial ones at the ancestors' resting place) where I didn't hold the camera up to my eye but held it by my side or in front of me to get a different angle and height into my photographs.

I was happy with those results so it didn't take long before I was wondering if I could do the same with a normal lens.

 
     
     
         
   
Morning Light
   
Olympus E-PL1 14-42mm, 1/250 sec, f/7.1, 200 ISO, 28mm (eqiv)
   
         
         
         
 
 
 
Intersection
 
 
Olympus E-PL1 w 14-42mm, 1/640 sec, f/10, 200 ISO, 28mm (eqiv)
 
         
         
         
 
 
 
Shadow Play
 
 
Olympus E-PL1 w 14-42mm, 1/400 sec, f/9, 200 ISO, 28mm (eqiv)
 
         
         
         
   
Texting
   
Olympus E-PL1 w 14-42mm, 1/500 sec, f/9, 200 ISO, 28mm (eqiv)
   
         
         
     
 

Anno... Sort of, I think would best describe it, don't you think?

In case you think so, these photographs were not taken because of my boredom, but more because of my wanting to try a different technique to see what the results could be.

Please be assured that it will not happen often. Probably about as frequently as using a pinhole lens (apart from World Wide Pinhole Day).

 
     
     
         
 
 
 
Sensible Shoes
 
 
Olympus E-PL1 w 14-42mm, 1/320 sec, f/7.1, 200 ISO, 28mm (eqiv)
 
         
         
         
 
 
 
Speed Limit
 
 
Olympus E-PL1 w 14-42mm, 1/400 sec, f/8, 200 ISO, 28mm (eqiv)
 
         
         
     
 

Having the new Leica lens, as I revealed last time, has released some of my creative thinking which is why I tried this technique but it is too frustrating when I look at the results and see photographs that would have been happy ones if only the camera had been aimed slightly differently or the shutter had been pressed a little bit earlier or later.

For this flâneuse, frustration is not a feeling that sits easily with my personality so I shall not encourage its visitation in future.

And that brings me to the time to say goodbye for now.

Thank you for looking with me,

Izumi.

 
     
     
 
 
 
 
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