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Izumi's Diary Page 66      Wednesday 28 November 2012  
         
         
Walking in a Different Light
 
         
     
 

Hello!

Izumi is here again ready to go walking with you along the streets to look for those Decisive Moments and bring back happy photographs. But as I have said before, Decisive Moments are in short supply at this time,

But also I have had a thought. Perhaps it is not that Decisive Moments so much have gone on holiday but that they are hiding from my normal eyes.

And then I had a memory. You may recall that I used several different types of camera when I was at the ancestors' resting place as I wanted to extract as many thoughts and feelings from the area as I could, and sometimes those feelings were more amenable to a panoramic perspective or an infra-red light than what PEN could provide.

So, I said to myself, if the infra-red camera worked in the resting place, would it also work on the street and would it uncover happy photographs that I could not capture by more conventional means? I said this very quietly of course and then I also replied quietly to myself that the proof of the dumpling was in the eating, so there was only one thing to do and that was to do it. And I don't mean eat a dumpling. Although...

I started where I had been before, at the resting place of the ancestors, in order for the camera and I to get into the mood and different way of thinking and seeing that infra-red requires. I know they are not of the streets, but please understand me for that.

 
     
     
             
             
   
   
     
God's Faux Snow
     
     
Panasonic LX2 Infrared, 1/250 sec, f/5.6, 100 ISO, 28mm (eqiv)
     
             
             
             
 
     
 
God's Tapestry
     
 
Panasonic LX2 Infrared, 1/250 sec, f/4.9, 100 ISO, 45mm (eqiv)
     
             
             
             
     
 
     
Grave Scenes  (IR165)
 
     
Panasonic LX2 Infrared, 1/200 sec, f/4.9, 100 ISO, 28mm (eqiv)
 
             
             
             
   
   
     
Grave Scenes  (IR187)
     
     
Panasonic LX2 Infrared, 1/125 sec, f/4, 100 ISO, 28mm (eqiv)
     
             
             
     
 

Anno... It does give a feeling of being real and also a bit not real at the same time.

I decided that I would render these photographs in black and white as that is the traditional street photography mode, and I was experimenting to an extent. Maybe if we think the results are good I shall venture into infra-red colour. I can always revert to black & white if they do not turn out.

I could also not even mention that to you but I would not be a happy girl within myself if I did that, as part of our walkings together, on street and screen, is to be open and honest and say if things work or do not, or surprise or disappoint (remember pinhole lenses?), or please or cause worries.

And I could not hide it from my friend, below, who joins me for breakfast on most mornings. When he looks at me with his bright yellow eyes I know that he is looking beyond my skin and right into the inside of me. He would not visit if he saw that I did not have a true and happy heart.

 
     
     
             
 
     
 
Currawong
     
 
Panasonic LX2 Infrared, 1/200 sec, f/4.9, 100 ISO, 112mm (eqiv)
     
             
             
             
 
     
 
Carnivale
     
 
Panasonic LX2 Infrared, 1/100 sec, f/2.8, 100 ISO, 28mm (eqiv)
     
             
             
             
   
   
     
Street Painter
     
     
Panasonic LX2 Infrared, 1/15 sec, f/4.9, 100 ISO, 112mm (eqiv)
     
             
             
             
   
   
     
Trimket Seller
     
     
Panasonic LX2 Infrared, 1/30 sec, f/4.9, 100 ISO, 112mm (eqiv)
     
             
             
             
   
   
     
Waiting at the Marly
     
     
Panasonic LX2 Infrared, 1/80 sec, f/3.6, 100 ISO, 48mm (eqiv)
     
             
             
             
   
   
     
Hair Architecture
     
     
Panasonic LX2 Infrared, 1/125 sec, f/4, 100 ISO, 28mm (eqiv)
     
             
             
     
 

Unfortunately that particular camera does not have a viewfinder, nor even a place for one, so I could only compose by looking at the little screen on the back, which caused a certain distance between it and me which I found quite uncomforting.

There was not the one-ness and the sense of adventuring and discovering together that I get very much with PEN and also with Little Brother and the Cousins, and also too with the XPan, when I am very good and allowed to go a-walking with him.

If I were going to use him more, and that is an undecided now, I would investigate if there was a better way of seeing what he was looking at. But for now I shall return to the traditional hunting methods of the flâneuristic lioness and see what awaits on the plains before me.

But as for right now, it's cuppa time. Please join me and have a further muse over today's happy photographs.

Your friendly flâneuse,

Izumi.

 
     
     
 
 
 
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