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Izumi's Diary Page 79      Tuesday 28 May 2013  
         
         
Sunday in the Park with Fog
 
         
     
 

Hello!

Today I think I can show to you that there is a truth in the saying ‘Less is More’. On this morning I awoke to an unusual quietness. A look out the window showed me that the streets of my world were shrouded in a lovely mantle of fog. So I told PEN that it could be rather exciting and I jumpered up and together we set forth.

It was actually a day that I had been waiting for ever since Summer left us. I told PEN we would have a morning of things half-hidden and yet therefore revealed, a morning where the viewers could weave their own tales into the happy photographs. When I turned him on I felt him give a little tingle which I took to be anticipation.

Now I have learnt that sometimes what you expect to be for some reason is not. There is no reason for this – it’s just the way it is. And thus it was. In my head I could see all the happy photographs awaiting capture by PEN and display here for you. But in my eyes very few were there. Although you would expect the fog, swirling around me, revealing and then hiding pastel-coloured shapes, some moving, some still, to provide a feast of opportunities for PEN – people backlit by street lights, car headlights and shop windows – there were almost none.

 
     
     
         
 
 
 
Foggy Station  (035)
 
 
Olympus E-PL1 w 14-42mm, 1/60 sec, f/3.7, 320 ISO, 34mm (eqiv)
 
         
         
         
 
 
 
Foggy Street  (256)
 
 
Panasonic LX7 Infrared, 1/60 sec, f/3.7, 320 ISO, 24mm (eqiv)
 
         
         
     
 

But this rather disappointing start had moistened my appetite and I was not going to let a bit of damp atmosphere defeat me. As I have mentioned before, when necessary Izumi can be a very determined girl!

As the fog wasn’t showing any sign of lifting, I decided to go to the large park nearby, via a detour to collect the infra-red camera, and have a look there.

I remembered what my uncle used to say: "If you don't go, you'll never know what isn't there".

 
     
     
         
   
Foggy Chimneys
   
Panasonic LX7 Infrared, 1/125 sec, f/2.8, 80 ISO, 24mm (eqiv)
   
         
         
         
 
 
 
Foggy Run  (221)
 
 
Panasonic LX7 Infrared, 1/200 sec, f/2.8, 80 ISO, 40mm (eqiv)
 
         
         
         
   
   
Foggy Run  (206)
   
Panasonic LX7 Infrared, 1/100 sec, f/2.8, 80 ISO, 55mm (eqiv)
         
         
         
   
The Party's Over
   
Panasonic LX7 Infrared, 1/125 sec, f/2.8, 80 ISO, 55mm (eqiv)
   
         
         
         
   
   
Hair of the Dog
   
Panasonic LX7 Infrared, 1/200 sec, f/2.8, 80 ISO, 60mm (eqiv)
         
         
         
 
 
 
Foggy Walkies
 
 
Olympus E-PL1 w 14-42mm, 1/60 sec, f/4.6, 200 ISO, 54mm (eqiv)
 
         
         
     
 

I think you know that on Sunday mornings I visit my friend Mai's café when I have finished photographing at whatever location I wanted to explore early that morning. It is nice to have a hot coffee and chat to my friends and review the morning's captures.

When I felt the possibilities were exhausted at the park, and as the fog was thinning, I headed for Double Bay only to find the fog was still lingering around the coastal parts. A coffee I can have at any time, a happy foggy photograph is a lot rarer to encounter, so I continued up to the old lighthouse on the coastal cliffs.

And it was a journey not taken in vain.

 
     
     
         
   
Foggy Light  (230)
   
Panasonic LX7 Infrared, 1/600 sec, f/3.5, 80 ISO, 24mm (eqiv)
   
         
         
         
   
   
Foggy Light  (233)
   
Panasonic LX7 Infrared, 1/2500 sec, f/6.3, 80 ISO, 24mm (eqiv)
         
         
         
 
 
 
The Magpie and the Lighthouse
 
 
Panasonic LX7 Infrared, 1/2000 sec, f/5, 80 ISO, 24mm (eqiv)
 
         
         
     
 

There is something about photographs in fog, whether it be the thick soups of London of the romantic wisps of Paris. I hope you have enjoyed these happy foggy ones, although if we get a nice foggy morning on a weekday I'm sure I can have more happy photographs to show you here.

I did go and have my coffee after the lighthouse, so I hope you are having a nice warm cuppa whilst reading this.

Goodbye from your sometime-foggy but always friendly flâneuse,

Izumi.

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