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Izumi's Diary Page 65      Thursday 8 November 2012  
         
         
The Streets of Summer
 
         
     
 

Hello!

Here is Izumi to tell you that I have been a bit of a detective lately, but not with a very complicated mystery such as the famous ones like Mr Sherlock Holmes or M Hercule Poirot or Mr Roger Carling would have to solve.

I don't know if Decisive Moments celebrate Christmas or not, but they do seem to know that Christmas is coming and, like a lot of people, they assume themselves into a holiday attitude. This I can tell by the fact that my walkings of late have gleaned only a few happy photographs for me to show you here.

So here some of them are:

 
     
     
         
         
 
 
 
The Streets of Summer  (043)
 
 
Olympus E-PL1 w 14-42mm, 1/160 sec, f/7.1, 400 ISO, 84xmm (eqiv)
 
         
         
         
 
 
 
The Streets of Summer  (949)
 
 
Olympus E-PL1 w 14-42mm, 1/125 sec, f/6.3, 200 ISO, 80mm (eqiv)
 
         
         
         
   
   
Summer Oranges
   
Olympus E-PL1 w 14-42mm, 1/100 sec, f/5.6, 200 ISO, 56mm (eqiv)
         
         
         
   
Dressed for Summer
   
Olympus E-PL1 w 14-42mm, 1/640 sec, f/10, 200 ISO, 28mm (eqiv)
   
         
         
     
 

I hope the scarcity is not because I have been deviating down other paths recently, but you know that I like to push the laws of light and optics as far as they (and I) will tolerate to see what happens. And I like to try out different ways of seeing and use different cameras from time to time to find out their particular abilities and likes and dislikes. But not to the extent that you could call me a camera otaku, I trust.

 
     
     
         
 
 
 
Window Carnivale I
 
 
Olympus E-PL1 w 15mm, 1/100 sec, f/8, 1600 ISO, 30mm (eqiv)
 
         
         
         
   
Window Carnivale II
   
Olympus E-PL1 w 15mm, 1/125 sec, f/8, 1600 ISO, 30mm (eqiv)
   
         
         
         
 
 
 
The Streets of Summer  (031)
 
 
Olympus E-PL1 w 15mm, 1/125 sec, f/8, 640 ISO, 30mm (eqiv)
 
         
         
         
 
 
 
The Window of Wishful Posters
 
 
Olympus E-PL1 w 14-42mm, 1/80 sec, f/5.6, 1250 ISO, 82mm (eqiv)
 
         
         
     
 

In fact, on a bit of reflection, if there is one nickname or PEN-name (ha ha) you could have for me (remember the haiku poets all had writing-names as well as their own personal and family names) it would be Optical Girl perhaps, as I regard PEN's lenses as being as important as his body, and after all he is certainly not complete or able to make me happy unless he is wearing one.

So in a way I myself was in a sort of holiday mind-frame as these photographs were all taken with my faithful friend PEN and neither he nor I was called on to do anything out of the ordinary.

And the photograph above of the old posters put my mind in two directions. One was backwards to the olden times depicted on the posters and thoughts of all the photographs I've seen of Paris in the earlier eras and the other was forward to the possibility of myself being in Paris and really following in the footprints of M Cartier-Bresson and the other photographic flâneurs of previous times. I would not be dressed like the Kodak Girl (an early Optical Girl, perhaps?) however and my PEN would replace her Folding Kodak but otherwise our aims and intentions would be similar, I'm sure.

 
     
     
         
 
 
 
Window Carnivale III
 
 
Olympus E-PL1 w 14-42mm, 1/80 sec, f/5, 200 ISO, 56mm (eqiv)
 
         
         
         
   
Summer Windows
   
Olympus E-PL1 w 14-42mm, 1/60 sec, f/3.7, 1000 ISO, 34mm (eqiv)
   
         
         
         
   
Mandy and the Summer Cakes
   
Olympus E-PL1 w 14-42mm, 1/80 sec, f/5.6, 400 ISO, 84mm (eqiv)
   
         
         
         
 
 
 
Summer Dreaming
 
 
Olympus E-PL1 w 14-42mm, 1/250 sec, f/9, 200 ISO, 84mm (eqiv)
 
         
         
         
   
   
Summer Shopping
   
Olympus E-PL1 w 14-42mm, 1/200 sec, f/6.3, 200 ISO, 28mm (eqiv)
         
         
     
 

If there has been a focus or theme to today's happy photographs it is a seasonal one. Some of the days have been quite warm which I hope you can feel by the look of them.

So I'd like to end today's Diary by saying Thank You to my friends Truong, Nhi and Mai at L'Espresso café for all the coffees and toasts and jams and Vegemites* and laughs and smiles and happy times. I know there are more to come.

 
     
  * Of course I like Vegemite. Don't forget that my country invented wasabi.  
     
     
         
 
 
 
L'Espresso Summer
 
 
Olympus E-PL1 w 45mm, 1/125 sec, f/2, 200 ISO, 90mm (eqiv)
 
         
         
     
 

Today I must thank you for coming with me across a rather sparse Serengeti. There were enough wildebeest and other prey to keep this lioness relatively happy, although there certainly weren't the numbers we'd get when the rains come and revive the grasses or during the Great Migration. And I won't even mention Decisive Moments.

But once again it's time for a nice cup of tea and a biscuit and a little bit of relaxation.

Thank you for reading me,

Izumi.

 
     
     
 
 
 
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