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Izumi's Diary Page 68      Sunday 30 December 2012  
         
         
The Night Airs
 
         
         
 

Hello, it is Izumi here.

Now, what does a girl do when it's a night of the full moon and she is known to have a liking for going to places that can assume new and perhaps unknown characteristics when the nocturnal hours arrive?

Yes, she borrows an infra-red camera from a close friend (thank you, you-know-who) and goes to meet ancestors that she has not met before in a resting place she has not been to before.

She may even regard such an outing as an adventure or perhaps an escapade as she has no idea what she will capture or even quite how she will do it. Will there be Decisive Moments of the Night or some other type of Moment entirely? Or nothing.

And she deliberately does not have a trusty friend accompany her. Yes, this night PEN stays at home.

 
     
     
             
   
   
     
Nocturnal Sky I  (IR289)
     
     
Panasonic LX2 Infrared, 60 sec, f/2.8, 100 ISO, 28mm (eqiv)
     
             
             
             
       
     
Nocturnal Sky II  (IR290)
     
     
Panasonic LX2 Infrared, 60 sec, f/2.8, 100 ISO, 28mm (eqiv)
     
             
             
     
 

When I arrived, just before moonrise, the clouds were in a sort of tortoiseshell pattern, and as the moon rose upwards through the sky so to did the clouds, but I was able to capture a few celestial moments of clouds contre-nuit, as they might say.

 
     
     
             
   
   
     
Nocturnal Sky III (IR292)
     
     
Panasonic LX2 Infrared, 60 sec, f/2.8, 100 ISO, 28mm (eqiv)
     
             
             
             
   
   
     
Nocturnal Palms I  (IR293)
     
     
Panasonic LX2 Infrared, 60 sec, f/2.8, 100 ISO, 28mm (eqiv)
     
             
             
             
   
   
     
Nocturnal Park  (IR294)
     
     
Panasonic LX2 Infrared, 60 sec, f/2.8, 100 ISO, 28mm (eqiv)
     
             
             
     
 

I also tried pointing the camera away from the moon, which resulted in a completely different look for the sky.

Then, as it was quite windy, I pointed the camera upwards to see how the one-minute exposure rendered the movements of the leaves and the branches.

 
     
     
             
       
     
Nocturnal Palms II  (IR295)
     
     
Panasonic LX2 Infrared, 60 sec, f/2.8, 100 ISO, 28mm (eqiv)
     
             
             
             
   
   
     
Nocturnal Palms III  (IR296)
     
     
Panasonic LX2 Infrared, 60 sec, f/2.8, 100 ISO, 28mm (eqiv)
     
             
             
     
 

If I hadn't mentioned that they were tall palm trees, I think you could be forgiven for thinking that they were dandelions only a few inches high. And isn't it interesting that, although there was a long exposure, some of the fronds look as though they've hardly moved?

Not only could I not see the viewfinder on the back of the camera to compose these photographs, but even if I could it would have been too dark to be useful.

I know pretty well what the angle of view of a 28mm lens is, but even so I just had to hope that I was pointing the camera at something interesting. Also, because of the strong wind, I used a little tripod about as tall as my hand so that I could hang on to one of its legs to steady it, and I put it on the ground or a nearby coöperative headstone.

 
     
     
             
   
   
     
Night Sky and Stone  (IR297)
     
     
Panasonic LX2 Infrared, 60 sec, f/2.8, 100 ISO, 28mm (eqiv)
     
             
             
     
 

It will be another month before I can re-tread this nocturnal pathway but even now can say that my mind has been sparked with ideas that I shall pursue.

They may not be what are thought of as conventional Decisive Moments but in these times when Decisive Moments are sparse on the footpaths my brain needs something creative to feed itself upon. Please be assured that I have not forgone my purpose to seek out Moments as did Bashō and Hiroshige and Yvon and T Enami and M Cartier-Bresson and M Robert Doisneau and Jeff Carter.

So goodbye this time from a windy but satisfied nocturnal flâneuse,

Izumi.

 
     
     
 
 
 
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