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Izumi's Diary Page 75      Monday 8 April 2013  
         
         
Wet Wednesday
 
         
     
 

Hello!

Here is Izumi writing for you with a bit of dampness around her.

I think that one of the things that makes the photographers that I admire like Nobokuni Enami or M Cartier-Bresson or Vivian Maier or Jeff Carter is their ability to take advantage of situations that are unexpectedly not the best.

Whilst not putting myself in the same category as my heroines or heroes, I did encounter a natural event recently which resulted in what I think are some very happy photographs.

I have captured a few photographs of rainy weather recently but they have not found their way onto a Diary page before this because I was using my Rollei 35S as a bit of a challenge to me and I had been waiting to finish the roll and then process the film.

 
     
     
         
 
 
 
Wet Wednesday  (R1-10)
 
 
Rollei 35S w 40mm f/2.8 Sonnar, T-Max 400 @ 400 ASA
 
         
         
         
 
 
 
The Feeling of Rain  (R1-33)
 
 
Rollei 35S w 40mm f/2.8 Sonnar, T-Max 400 @ 400 ASA
 
         
         
     
 

These first happy photographs were taken with the Rollei and Kodak T-Max film which I processed myself, so they are truly black & white and manual.

Also, at that stage they were not a series, and I would have just put them into a Diary page when I had finished the roll and processed the film.

I had also captured some rainy-day photographs with PEN and the infra-red camera, also not enough for a special page.

 
     
     
         
 
 
 
Wet Walkies  (091)
 
 
Olympus E-PL1 w 20mm, 1/60 sec, f/1.7, 1600 ISO, 40mm (eqiv)
 
         
         
         
 
   
Dancin' in the Rain  (177)
   
Panasonic LX7 Infrared, 1/60 sec, f/2.3, 800 ISO, 90mm (eqiv)
         
         
         
   
The Feeling of Rain  (183)
   
Panasonic LX7 Infrared, 1/60 sec, f/2.3, 800 ISO, 90mm (eqiv)
   
         
         
         
 
 
 
Brolly Man  (180)
 
 
Panasonic LX7 Infrared, 1/20 sec, f/2.3, 800 ISO, 90mm (eqiv)
 
         
         
         
 
 
 
Wet Wednesday  (098)
 
 
Olympus E-PL1 w 20mm, 1/60 sec, f/1.8, 800 ISO, 40mm (eqiv)
 
         
         
     
 

Then one cloudy morning PEN and I were out on our walk when without any warning the heavens opened up and it looked and felt like the monsoon had arrived.

Please have a look for yourself:

 
     
     
         
 
 
 
Wet Wednesday  (637)
 
 
Olympus E-PL1 w 17mm, 1/60 sec, f/2.8, 3200 ISO, 34mm (eqiv)
 
         
         
         
   
Wet Wednesday  (635)
   
Olympus E-PL1 w 17mm, 160 sec, f/2.8, 3200 ISO, 34mm (eqiv)
   
         
         
         
   
   
Wet Wednesday  (642)
   
Olympus E-PL1 w 17mm, 1/60 sec, f/2.8, 2500 ISO, 34mm (eqiv)
         
         
         

             RAIN

This overabundance
Distresses the people in vain;
Oh! Eight Green Dragon Kings,
I beg you, stop the rain.

 
Minamoto no Sanetomo
(1192 - 1219)

 
Wet Wednesday  (638)
   
Olympus E-PL1 w 17mm, 1/60 sec, f/2.8, 1250 ISO, 34mm (eqiv)
   
         
         
     
 

The next morning it was still raining, but not as heavily, so I donned my raincoat this time and went out again. As I turned the corner into the main street it occurred to me that as rain is the most feelingful of weathers maybe I could this time be more impressionistic and try to capture the emotions it engenders rather than a straight reportage of the wet streets.

I knew that it wasn't raining enough to capture any more Moments like the day before, but it was still dark enough for the street lights to be on and there were plenty of lovely reflections on the wet roads.

Perhaps this time I could imagine I was getting wet for Paris Rêve rather than for Paris Match.

 
     
     
         
 
 
 
Wet Wednesday  (650)
 
 
Olympus E-PL1 w 14-54mm, 1/40 sec, f/2.8, 3200 ISO, 34mm (eqiv)
 
         
         
         
   
   
Red Boots  (704)
   
Olympus E-PL1 w 14-54mm, 1/8 sec, f/3.5, 1600 ISO, 108mm (eqiv)
         
         
         
   
Wet Wednesday  (654)
   
Olympus E-PL1 w 14-54mm, 1/60 sec, f/2.8, 1000 ISO, 34mm (eqiv)
   
         
         
     
 

I am calling this page 'Wet Wednesday' to remember my friend Jeff Carter and the series of photographs he took and called 'Saturday Arvo'. And just as not all his photographs were taken on a Saturday afternoon, so not all mine were taken on a Wednesday. But, as he explained to me once, it is the spirit binding all the images together that is the important thing.

As I was processing these happy photographs I had the urge to talk to Jeff and show him what I had captured so I think a little of my sadness at not being able to do that is somehow in the photographs.

But I am telling you about them and showing you instead, which makes me feel better.

 
     
     
         
   
   
Wet Wednesday  (726)
   
Olympus E-PL1 w 14-54mm, 1/8 sec, f/3, 250 ISO, 64mm (eqiv)
         
         
         
 
 
 
The Feeling of Rain  (678)
 
 
Olympus E-PL1 w 14-54mm, 1/8 sec, f/3.5, 500 ISO, 108mm (eqiv)
 
         
         
     
 

Back home with a nice warming cuppa, still a bit damp but well-satisfied, I wonder if these happy photographs could be said to represent Moistened Moments.

Now I shall say goodbye from your intrepid flâneuse,

Izumi.

 
     
     
 
 
 
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