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One year with Sony Alpha cameras and ZEISS E-mount lenses. Developing my own photographic eye in a in a scratch book manner. Hunting the stream of inspiration and sharing it through a popular blog platform.
This is what 'Days of Zeiss' is all about.




Photographic opportunities

Toni Ahvenainen

Sony Nex-5N & ZEISS Touit 2.8/12 – f/5.6, 1/15sec, ISO400, raw Photograph by Toni Ahvenainen

Sony Nex-5N & ZEISS Touit 2.8/12 – f/5.6, 1/15sec, ISO400, raw
Photograph by Toni Ahvenainen

'There's nothing to photograph'. It's a familiar feeling for any photographer at some point – yes really, been there, done that. And while it's familiar feeling, it's easy to fool yourself thinking that you need to be somewhere far away or there needs to be special circumstances like great light for good photographic opportunities. Sure being away from home or having beautiful golden hour in the park makes things easier, but in the end I think it's just a harmful way of thinking which doesn't open up new possibilities to one's photography. Once you decide that 'the weather is no good today' and leave the camera at home, you don't only cut out the possible photographic opportunities, but also reinforce the way of thinking that good photographic opportunities are somehow rare. It's easy to confirm this kind of rationale by not taking photographs and the field of view only gets narrower. Finally you are lost like a sitting duck with nothing to photograph.

But the truth is that there are photographic opportunities everywhere. We just don't see them, because we are so engaged with all kinds of ideas of what makes a good opportunity for a photograph. While the light is important, good photographs can also be found from the shadows. Even if being far away for photographic adventures sounds great, other opportunities are also present in home. In my personal search for the photographic opportunities I've learned to find some of them while working with mundane every day home appliances like washing machines, ovens, refrigerators and so on. Actually I've been quite surprised how easy it is to find interesting images if one just puts some imagination and effort in to it. Sure not all of them make into Tate Gallery, but it is an valuable experience to learn to make your own opportunities of what you have in hand. At least to me it has been a delight that has turned into a healthy addiction. So watch out for those opportunities that already live within your apartment. For example, the refrigerator offers interesting images easily while I've yet to find a working idea with the blender. And once you run out of the ideas, there are, of course, more home appliances available at the store, hah!