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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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Whales at the lakeshore

Toni Ahvenainen

Sony Nex-5N & ZEISS Touit 2.8/12 – f/13, 30sec, ISO100, raw Photograph by Toni Ahvenainen

Sony Nex-5N & ZEISS Touit 2.8/12 – f/13, 30sec, ISO100, raw
Photograph by Toni Ahvenainen

Spring has come to Finland and the ice which was there all winter has suddenly melted away revealing water of the local lake again. I did a short excursion to lake shore with the Nex-5N & Zeiss Touit 2.8/12 trying to find something interesting to shoot. To be honest, I find spring to be a challenging season for my photography because it is a kind of 'a liminal state' between dark winter and bright summer. In winter I'm always up to find some dark sceneries and in summer I love to concentrate on activities of our two children. Spring is between these activities and now that there isn't even leafs on the trees yet it's challenging to find inspiring sceneries or other subjects.

So while I was searching something interesting from the lake shore I found these two sempiternal whales resting there and collecting lichen on their skin. This is definitely a motif that I don't do much in my photography, but as I had perfect lens for this type of stuff and light was getting scarce (so that I would not need an ND-filter) I decided to give it a try. After seeing the result on my computer screen later on I had to admit that I had liked it for a change and it was a refreshing experiment. This got me thinking why am I approaching the photography as I do, finding certain genres/styles more interesting than others. It's of course of question that relates to my own photographic eye and I'm sure that there are some by-now-forgotten-but-still-effective early visual experiences that have guided my taste regarding photography. In my case, they are probably related to imagery of popular culture such as movies and comics, but some of them might also originate from the realm of photography as well. It would be very intriguing to be able to go back to those works of art that have defined my taste and obtain a better understanding what I'm trying to do with my photography. This is of course impossible, so we are left to explore our inner visual world by creating images and trying to see if the 'me' is there or not. This is also the potential reason why I liked this particular image – it kind of repeats my need of crafting dark and heavy frames which seem to show more about my inner world than the reality.