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Izumi's Diary Page 70      Tuesday 22 January 2013  
         
         
Waking to a Different Light
 
         
     
 

Hello!

You may have seen the happy photographs that resulted from experimenting with the infra-red camera (Diary Page 66) and taking it to meet the ancestors at the night of the full moon (Diary Page 68).

It is said that gentle exercise is a great help with mental processes, and I can agree as I have many thoughts while I am out walking. One such recent one was that, although infra-red light is mainly used artistically for skyscapes, landscapes and old buildings, how would it react to being used in a more city environment? What if I tried it more in my usual fashion on the streets? Perhaps these elusive Decisive Moments are there but have discovered that hiding under a different light renders them unseen to my normal eye.

So early one morning I let PEN sleep in and borrowed the converted Panasonic LX-7 and set forth down the infra-red light path which, because the camera was seeing light that we cannot, and not seeing light that we can, resulted in colours that are not what you’d expect them to be.

As well as the opportunity for my eyes to see differently, I also like using the Panasonic occasionally because the lens goes to 24mm (eqiv) wide and it also has a wider sensor with a 16 to 9 ratio, rather than PEN's 4 to 3, which I find I can compose within very naturally. In this case, I really do like to feel the width.

 
     
     
     
 
 
 
Newtown Station  (009)
 
 
Panasonic LX7 Infrared, 1/50 sec, f/1.4, 400 ISO, 24mm (eqiv)
 
         
         
         
 
 
 
Into the Light  (073)
 
 
Panasonic LX7 Infrared, 1/60 sec, f/2, 320 ISO, 24mm (eqiv)
 
         
         
         
 
 
 
Aladdin's Cave  (085)
 
 
Panasonic LX7 Infrared, 1/125 sec, f/1.6, 400 ISO, 24mm (eqiv)
 
         
         
     
 

For some photographs I subdued the colours and some I thought were better rendered in black & white.

 
     
     
         
   
The Light to Work  (070)
   
Panasonic LX7 Infrared, 1/60 sec, f/2, 320 ISO, 24mm (eqiv)
   
         
         
         
   
   
Waiting in the Early Light  (048)
   
Panasonic LX7 Infrared, 1/12 sec, f/1.4, 400 ISO, 24mm (eqiv)
         
         
         
   
Early Transport  (166)
   
Panasonic LX7 Infrared, 1/125 sec, f/2.8, 100 ISO, 24mm (eqiv)
   
         
         
         
 
 
 
Awaiting the Early Bus  (012)
 
 
Panasonic LX7 Infrared, 1/5 sec, f/2.3, 400 ISO, 90mm (eqiv)
 
         
         
         
 
 
 
Early Street  (086)
 
 
Panasonic LX7 Infrared, 1/60 sec, f/1.6, 400 ISO, 28mm (eqiv)
 
         
         
     
 

A combination of pre-dawn sky and street lighting can sometimes require slowish shutter speeds, so I played with the camera’s settings…

 
     
     
         
 
 
 
Night Crossing  (013)
 
 
Panasonic LX7 Infrared, 1/20 sec, f/1.5, 400 ISO, 28mm (eqiv)
 
         
         
         
   
Night Lights  (102)
   
Panasonic LX7 Infrared, 1/15 sec, f/4.5, 1600 ISO, 24mm (eqiv)
   
         
         
         
   
   
Night Lights  (104)
   
Panasonic LX7 Infrared, 1/8 sec, f/4.5, 800 ISO, 24mm (eqiv)
         
         
         
 
 
 
Night Lights  (105)
 
 
Panasonic LX7 Infrared, 1/12 sec, f/1.4, 800 ISO, 24mm (eqiv)
 
         
         
     
 

... and managed to capture a few examples of what you might call the happy photographic equivalent of abstract art.

 
     
     
         
 
 
 
Night Bus Stop  (043)
 
 
Panasonic LX7 Infrared, 1/12 sec, f/1.4, 400 ISO, 24mm (eqiv)
 
         
         
     
 

This light is not one that I would want to walk in very often, but when a bit of a change is called for, it can be quite refreshing, as you have seen.

So until next time, when I shall be properly visible, goodbye from your differently-wavelengthed flâneuse,

Izumi.

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