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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.





Toni Ahvenainen

Sony A7 & ZEISS Batis 1.8/85 - f/1.8, 1/100sec, ISO200, raw Photograph by Toni Ahvenainen

Sony A7 & ZEISS Batis 1.8/85 - f/1.8, 1/100sec, ISO200, raw
Photograph by Toni Ahvenainen

As I've already explained before, I somehow lost some of my usual enthusiasm for photography in the year 2015. Looking back today I see many reasons for this. First of all, I had just ended my previous year long photography project (Year of the Alpha - 52 Weeks of Sony Alpha photography). After working actively with my photography for full year I was really tired and was determined not to shoot anything for couple of months. But even after those couple of months I felt I had used all my ideas and the bag was empty. The Sony Nex-5N, which has been the most successful camera for my photography to this day, had been squeezed out of the inspiration and to be truthful I was tired of its ergonomics, predictable look of the files and the lack of a proper viewfinder. So I got myself a Sony A7, but was lacking on the lens department as I only had two APS-C lenses at the start. I thought it could be remedied very quickly, but I was wrong and left with one ultrawide, one medium telephoto lens and a large gap between - a situation which didn't always call up for immediate photography. But all these aforementioned things are kind of excuses, because where it really comes down is a fact that I didn't have any sort of photography project, which would have given me goals and guidelines to follow. I had settled into land of photography without a map and taking photography tours randomly didn't really give me same pleasure I had had before because I was coming home with all sort of random stuff. With this and all other reasons, it's no wonder I lost some of my earlier enthusiasm.

Starting the year 2016, I deeply belief that renewing inspiration is very much possible and it is actually something that all photographers have to do from time to time - you can't keep on doing same over and over again without touching the saturation point. There are of course many ways to do this, but I decided to do what have worked before: I engaged with a photography project that will force me to set my goals and guidelines. In a way I'm drawing the map by myself and going for a photography that I find meaningful for myself. But it cannot be too random or 'free', otherwise I will lose my reference points and cannot see any progression. In short, to make my photography year 2016 meaningful, I need to come up with some personal goals.

So what I'm going to do with the year 2016? How I'm going spend these 'days of Zeiss' and what is coming out of it? I have something figured out and I'm going to go through within the next three or four blog entries as I'm also introducing you to categories of my own photography. Stay tuned.