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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.




Expedition to ice

Toni Ahvenainen

Sony A7 & ZEISS Batis 2/25 – f/2.0, 1/8000sec, ISO100, raw Photograph by Toni Ahvenainen

Sony A7 & ZEISS Batis 2/25 – f/2.0, 1/8000sec, ISO100, raw
Photograph by Toni Ahvenainen

The amount of light is increasing day by day and winter at the top of the northern hemisphere doesn't seem so dark and black anymore. In fact, I'm really enjoying this new kind of late winter bright light that I always associate with winter memories of my own childhood. For the sake of new light me and Aura decided to make a little 'expedition' to the ice at the lake nearby. Näsijärvi as it is called in Finnish is a pretty vast lake and walking few kilometers on ice did took as pretty far from the shore. Bathing in full sun light in the middle of the ice with no reference points or distractions is very refreshing experience that I could recommend to anyone living in urban environment. Even the soundscape is somehow relaxing there as your own voice doesn't have any echoes and the sound is diffused in to snow (it's the same as with deserts and sand really). At the end of our little expedition we headed to a little rock for a packed lunch. Hot chocolate and a few buttery croissants were perfect and always a certain kind of high peak when going out with children. These kind of the little trips are really a reason to own a camera in the first place...

As you have might noticed, I haven't yet share any pictures with the Zeiss Batis 2/25 and this is actually the first one. Of course I've been using it along with everything else, but I really wanted to wait a bit before I would introduce it into this blog. One of the first thing I and many others have noticed with the Batis 2/25 is the colors this lens provides. Now, I have to say that I'm really obsessed with colors in photography and one of the first things I liked about Zeiss lenses is the clarity of colors they provide. This love relationship originally started with the Touit 2.8/12 about one and half years ago, but working with the Batis 2/25 is really like reliving this experience again and I can say that if there is a one lens that warrants the 'Zeiss-experience' in terms of colors it has to be the Batis 2/25 – for me at least. The colors this lens provides are so vibrant with great clarity and yet they look totally natural and not something one could get when boosting vibrance/saturation in software. Is it something specially designed for this lens or just a by-product of using, for example, great glass materials, I don't know. All I know is that when using this lens I'm getting much better colors to start with and having using it for some time now I just cannot imagine being without it. You've been warned...

Ps. Now that I've shown you the ice, I promise to take you under the ice with the next post!