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Tampere
Finland

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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.

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Inspiration of mundane

Toni Ahvenainen

Sony A7 & ZEISS Batis 2/25 – f/14, 2sec, ISO100, raw Photograph by Toni Ahvenainen

Sony A7 & ZEISS Batis 2/25 – f/14, 2sec, ISO100, raw
Photograph by Toni Ahvenainen


'Honey, there's something wrong with the washing machine. Could you take a look at it?' Those of you who have kids and families of your own certainly know how much they can take up your time. Like many others out there, most of my photography happens between everything else and I don't have any specific time reserved for it (except for blog posts which I do when everybody else are at sleep). Instead I carry either my Nex-5N or A7 with one or two lenses everywhere because you never know where the inspiration strikes (=when I suddenly find some short moment). Some of my pictures have literally been taken with Meri's baby carriage next me and I've been cradling her while preparing the shot. Then there are other pictures that happen because I'm unable go out and I try to come up something interesting within home.

As frustrating as this sometimes is, it has also brought a certain creativity to my photography which would not exist without these limitations of family-life and everything else. In fact, the origin of these 'dark frames', which have become very dear to me, are based on family-life routines where I could originally find free time for my photography only at night when kids were sleeping. It is kind of contradictory that I've found some of my inspiration from the conditions that don't allow me to put too much time for photography in the first place. To be honest, I believe that without these limitations I wouldn't get anything done because I could always 'shift it for to tomorrow' or search for the 'better moment, light, etc'.

I guess, what I'm trying to say is that there are possibilities and sources of inspiration everywhere except where everything is possible and there are no limits. So, before you follow that train of thought where 'concentrating on photography is difficult as I don't have any time for it', try to see it the other way: limits will guide you to make something interesting out of what you have available right now and following it will eventually get you some place which is, at least, better than browsing photography related stuff from the net (been there, done that). Just keep your camera with you and reach for it at those short moments where everything else except you is busy doing something else.