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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.
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Meanwhile in the kitchen...

Toni Ahvenainen

Sony Nex-5N & ZEISS Touit 2.8/12 – f/5.6, 1/6sec, ISO100, raw Photograph by Toni Ahvenainen

Sony Nex-5N & ZEISS Touit 2.8/12 – f/5.6, 1/6sec, ISO100, raw
Photograph by Toni Ahvenainen

As you already know I'm always searching for perfect photo opportunities. Sometimes it takes a great amount of walking and wandering, sometimes they just flash within my mind when I see some particular scene. With this scene I was initially drawn by the idea that the blue kitchen light would form a certain kind of canal through the darkness which would across the frame horizontally. And most often this is the case: I see some particular element that could be used, but rest of the idea is still missing. I could imagine that many landscape photographers have same kind of early ideas of the composition, foreground details, etc. And just like they have to wait for that perfect moment when light hits the scene in a perfect angle, I need to wait for my mind to refill the initial idea.

I often see these somehow strange scenarios with my mind's eye. Sometimes I question myself if this really any useful approach to photography, but I've kept reminding myself that this is actually something that represents my own photographic eye and visual imagination. The stuff that I see comes from within me and I'm not, for example, trying to refine a widely know motif, etc. And in the end nurturing these visions in my photography seems more worthwhile to me than climbing there at the wilderness in search for that perfect landscape picture. Don't get me wrong, I do have respect for landscape photography as a genre and know some great landscape photographers. But I guess what I'm really trying to say is that going for something 'that's your own thing', even if it doesn't look as hot or credible as the stuff you see, for example, on photography magazines, is worthwhile because you are truly expressing yourself and not the usual motifs that have been used for thousands of times. It's still a better option than trying to be something you're not. I'd rather be a great version of me with all the incompleteness that it comes with than be a mediocre version of some other photographer out there – sorry Mr. Adams, I'd rather follow my own way of seeing things! And if your pictures don't get great attention from others, they still exemplify your own photographic eye, are meaningful to you and, in the end, succeed in capturing you as you where. I find this a very valuable approach to my own photography, but I guess many others could also identify with it as well.

Ps. Lensculture has just announced winners and finalists for the LensCulture Exposure Awards 2015. Be sure to check it out for some inspiration!