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Izumi's Diary Page 64      Wednesday 24 October 2012  
         
         
Festivities Afoot
 
         
     
 

Hello!

Here I am to say Hello after walking the length of the Marrickville Festival and back again and then doing it several times more in search of those Decisive Moments which could be seeking their covers in the crowd in the hopes that PEN and I would not see and capture them.

Did they succeed or did they have no avail? Here today you can decide for yourself.

 
     
     
     
     
 
 
 
Marrickville Festival  (X4-24)
 
 
Hasselblad XPan w 45mm, T-Max 400 @ 400 ASA
 
     
     
     
 
 
 
Mexican Wraps  (X5-12)
 
 
Hasselblad XPan w 45mm, T-Max 400 @ 400 ASA
 
     
     
         
 
 
 
Festival Footy  (889)
 
 
Olympus E-PL1 w 14-42mm, 1/200 sec, f/9, 200 ISO, 72mm (eqiv)
 
         
         
     
 

You have noticed that as well as walking the streets with many other people I had both digital and film with me in the forms of my friend PEN for the digital colour and a certain person's carefully borrowed XPan for the black and white film.

I have mentioned to you before about the different minds that I have to get into because those cameras are so different from each other but in the times before I have had only one or the other with me and so once in that different mind I could stay there for a while. But on this day I was using both cameras depending on the sights that were before me and so my mind was switching every few minutes or so.

And also whereas PEN had on his zoom lens, so I could frame photographs relatively easily, the XPan (who does not yet have a name – if I'm going to be allowed to keep on borrowing him I should have something to call him by, don't you think?) has only two prime lenses, a 45mm and a 90mm. PEN was in his standard (and only) aspect ratio whereas I was using the XPan in his very wide-seeing panoramic mode.

This took me right back to my early days (and Diary pages) of street-walking with the SLRMagic lenses because as then I had to decide on and then set the aperture and if there was a potential Moment presenting itself also focus them by hand. The XPan did help here however by having a rangefinder built in so the focusing was not purely (or Izumi) guesswork.

I must say that I quite enjoyed the mental discipline of deciding on which lens, putting it on the camera, focusing and framing and only then being satisfied to press the shutter.

Never let it be said that the lioness doesn't face up to a challenge!

But if I may be allowed a small confession, the feel and sound of his shutter going off, followed by the whirr of the film being advanced to the next frame, I found to give me such a frisson of excitement that I started to look forward to it, and I enjoyed too the slight frustration of not being able to see the result at the time to see if there was a successful capture or not.

I remember I was once worried about becoming a lens otaku but now I think it is much more likely, and satisfying, to become an XPan and film otaku.

 
 

 

 
 

 

 
     
 
 
 
Gozleme Kitchen  (X5-09)
 
 
Hasselblad XPan w 45mm, T-Max 400 @ 400 ASA
 
     
     
     
 
 
 
Gozleme Hands  (X5-10)
 
 
Hasselblad XPan w 45mm, T-Max 400 @ 400 ASA
 
     
     
     
 
 
 
Waiting for Gozleme  (X5-04)
 
 
Hasselblad XPan w 45mm, T-Max 400 @ 400 ASA
 
     
     
     
 

Also I was interested to note that there were not as many Decisive, or even Festive, Moments as I would have thought. Perhaps it was that with all the people walking up and down the streets, and I realised that in these situations the crowd moves at the speed of its smallest legs, there were just not the opportunities for me to encounter them.

Or are Decisive Moments basically shy creatures, and tend not to appear where there are crowds? If I think back to the happy photographs of M Cartier-Bresson and other street photographers I recall most of them are of one or two people doing something in a rather quiet street.

 
     
     
         
 
 
 
Running Repairs
 
 
Olympus E-PL1 w 14-42mm, 1/200 sec, f/9, 200 ISO, 84mm (eqiv)
 
         
         
         
   
   
Sausage Line  (X5-07)
   
Hasselblad XPan w 45mm, T-Max 400 @ 400 ASA
         
         
     
 
 
 
No 1 Dim Sum  (X5-03)
 
 
Hasselblad XPan w 45mm, T-Max 400 @ 400 ASA
 
     
     
     
 

Still, I was happy with the variety, if not the quantity, of what we captured.

And it will be a year before the event is on again. If I am still living near Marrickville I shall attend and see what my luck brings at that time.

But you can be assured that I will be back on these pages in a much shorter time than that.

So until such a time, goodbye from your footed festival flâneuse,

Izumi.

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