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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.

Journal

 

 

First snow

Toni Ahvenainen

Sony A7 & ZEISS Loxia 2/50 – f/11, 1/80sec, ISO1600, raw Photograph by Toni Ahvenainen

Sony A7 & ZEISS Loxia 2/50 – f/11, 1/80sec, ISO1600, raw
Photograph by Toni Ahvenainen


Finland has four distinct seasons and all of them offer interesting opportunities photographically speaking. My favorite of them is summer and with its long nights of fragile light, but maybe that's because I was personally born at July and I've heard a statement that people tend to prefer the same season as they were born at. The second best, for me, are the sunny winter days when the Finland is slowly approaching the spring. The spring itself or the autumn are not that interesting to me, though they too offer a plenty of great light and photographic opportunities too - like I said, it's great to have four distinct seasons. But the difficult part, photographically speaking, are the months between the seasons. From colorful autumn to white winter there is a very dark and wet period when you don't get to see sun too much or any light besides yellow street lights. As much as I enjoy dark low-key photography this dark period is difficult to pass over as it doesn't exactly call you out there to shoot with its cold rains and black windy nights. Sometimes it makes me wonder why on earth did our roaming ancestors decided to stop here and try to live within this part of the northern hemisphere.

 

Sony A7 & ZEISS Batis 2/25 – f/8.0, 1/60sec, ISO200, raw Photograph by Toni Ahvenainen

Sony A7 & ZEISS Batis 2/25 – f/8.0, 1/60sec, ISO200, raw
Photograph by Toni Ahvenainen


Then when the first snow comes the darkness and moisture suddenly disappears giving room for white snow, freezing temperatures and some fresh air. This is a liberating moment as it reminds me why I, after all, like the winter and why it pays to pass by those black and wet days. I took this picture at the local lake shore where people continue to swim at the lake. They have, of course, a sauna to keep them warm as the water temperature is slowly approaching zero within couple of months. The docks already have some icicles in them and during the winter they will be totally covered with ice as the icy steam from the lake freeze all over them. One cannot expect sunny winter days at this moment as their turn is somewhere early spring, but in its own way this bluish grey is very beautiful. Sadly the first snow never lasts very long as the temperature vacillates both sides of the zero for couple of months, which means that the snow will melt at least couple of times unfolding the darkness again and the winter will just have to wait. I cannot say for sure, but these pictures might be the most snow-covered images you will see in this project before it ends at 31st of December. It has been an emerging trend that the permanent snow will arrive to southern Finland only at January, so we'll have to see how it goes. Like I said, it's the months between seasons that are most difficult ones to pass by.