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Izumi's Diary Page 76      Friday 26 April 2013  
         
         
Slow Fastness
 
         
     
 

Hello here is Izumi

Autumn and Winter may not bring many comforts to the walking photographer on the streets. It’s colder, darker and, as we have seen, sometimes wetter.

But if we do not want to spend extra time in a warm bed (and that would not be fair to you, Dear Reader, would it?) we must think of ways of turning this to our advantage.

Now you know that I like to try different approaches to capturing happy photographs, and I think that the emotion of an image is more important than the pure technical aspects.

That is not to say that I don’t pay due heed to things like exposure and focus, but in the framing of my world they are not gods who must be obeyed otherwise you keep the lens cap on.

One way of combining what I feel mentally and physically, as there is not enough light these mornings for normal shutter speeds that pause people and events so you can regard them in their detail, is to use the darkness and to allow time as well as light through the lens and onto the sensor.

Instead of the usual 1/60th to 1/500th or so of a second that I use in daylight, which in a way freezes time, I thought ‘Why not see what happens if I capture a much longer slice of time in these situations?’.

 
     
     
         
   
   
Slow Fastness  (731)
   
Olympus E-PL1 w 14mm, 1/8 sec, f/2.8, 500 ISO, 28mm (eqiv)
         
         
         
 
 
 
Street of Light  (735)
 
 
Olympus E-PL1 w 14mm, 1/8 sec, f/2.8, 500 ISO, 28mm (eqiv)
 
         
         
         
   
Slow Fastness  (701)
   
Olympus E-PL1 w 14-54mm, 1/8 sec, f/3.5, 800 ISO, 108mm (eqiv)
   
         
         
         
   
   
Slow Fastness  (728)
   
Olympus E-PL1 w 14-54mm, 1/8 sec, f/3, 250 ISO, 64mm (eqiv)
         
         
     
 

There are techniques that can be used, such as having some things static and other things moving through the frame, or panning with a moving subject so it is (relatively) sharp and the background is a streak or blur.

One aspect that I do like is that unlike a more carefully considered and composed photograph, you don’t really know what you have captured until you see it on the computer at home, although the little screen at the back of the camera can give you an idea, and sometimes a tantalising one at that. It’s somewhat akin to waiting for your prints to come back from the photo shop before you can be pleased with your efforts or not.

This was a time where I found that just staying in the one spot and awaiting things to go past was better that constantly walking along the streets hoping to come across interesting subjects.

 
     
     
         
   
Slow Fastness  (814)
   
Olympus E-PL1 w 45mm, 1/10 sec, f/1.8, 640 ISO, 90mm (eqiv)
   
         
         
         
   
   
Slow Fastness  (801)
   
Olympus E-PL1 w 45mm, 1/10 sec, f/1.8, 200 ISO, 90mm (eqiv)
         
         
         
 
 
 
The Spirit of the Cinema  (597)
 
 
Olympus E-PL1 w 20mm, 1/6 sec, f/2.2, 200 ISO, 40mm (eqiv)
 
         
         
         
   
Slow Fastness  (259)
   
Olympus E-PL1 w 25mm, 1/8 sec, f/2.2, 200 ISO, 50mm (eqiv)
   
         
         
         
 
 
 
Slow Fastness  (319)
 
 
Olympus E-PL1 w 45mm, 1/8 sec, f/2.2, 200 ISO, 90mm (eqiv)
 
         
         
         
 
 
 
Slow Fastness  (396)
 
 
Olympus E-PL1 w 25mm, 1/6 sec, f/1.6, 125 ISO, 50mm (eqiv)
 
         
         
     
 

Because today is more about emotion than accuracy, I shall not say very much. Please just enjoy the happy photographs.

 
     
     
         
   
Slow Fast Feet  (222)
   
Olympus E-PL1 w 20mm, 1/4 sec, f/3.2, 200 ISO, 40mm (eqiv)
   
         
         
         
   
   
Slow Fast Feet  (213)
   
Olympus E-PL1 w 20mm, 1/4 sec, f/2.8, 200 ISO, 40mm (eqiv)
         
         
         
   
   
Slow Fast Feet  (214)
   
Olympus E-PL1 w 20mm, 1/4 sec, f/2.5, 200 ISO, 40mm (eqiv)
         
         
         
   
Slow Fast Feet  (395)
   
Panasonic LX7 Infrared, 1/5 sec, f/2.8, 200 ISO, 24mm (eqiv)
   
         
         
         
 
 
 
Slow Fast Feet  (310)
 
 
Olympus E-PL1 w 45mm, 1/6 sec, f/2.2, 200 ISO, 90mm (eqiv)
 
         
         
         
   
   
Slow Fastness  (532)
   
Olympus E-PL1 w 20mm, 1/6 sec, f/1.8, 320 ISO, 40mm (eqiv)
         
         
     
 

And to finish with here are two happy photographs full of colour and movement that you can put your own feelings into and make of them what you will.

 
     
     
         
 
 
 
City of Light  (206)
 
 
Olympus E-PL1 w 20mm, 1/4 sec, f/2.5, 200 ISO, 40mm (eqiv)
 
         
         
         
 
 
 
The Feeling of Rain  (695)
 
 
Olympus E-PL1 w 14-54mm, 1/8 sec, f/3.5, 1600 ISO, 108mm (eqiv)
 
         
         
     
 

I hope you can be in agreement with me that sometimes being different and side-stepping the rules can still lead to happy photographs.

In fact, if I wanted to be a bit philosophical about life, I would say that having a bit of  contrariness in your character is a good thing, as it stops you accepting too much what is and makes you work for what should be.

Even though I was expanding time I am not the universe so there came a point when I had to stop and go back home. So now I must say goodbye from your time-travelling flâneuse,

Izumi.

 
     
     
 
 
 
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