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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.




Summer night

Toni Ahvenainen

Sony A7 & ZEISS Loxia 2/50 – f/8.0, 1/5sec, ISO400, raw Photograph by Toni Ahvenainen

Sony A7 & ZEISS Loxia 2/50 – f/8.0, 1/5sec, ISO400, raw
Photograph by Toni Ahvenainen

Finland is a very sparsely populated country and it's not very uncommon to walk on the streets of smaller town and to not meet anyone there. If you want to know some trivia, I could quote Wikipedia's Finland article and say that the density of population in Finland is only 16 persons per square kilometer (41/square mile). Along with the lakes, nature, sauna and all other Finnish characteristics this is one thing that molds the scenery and makes it what it is. At one summer night I was passing by this small gas station and couldn't help but just to stop and admire the dark summer night silence it was surrounded by. There are probably hundreds of these kind of small self service gas stations in the middle of the forests and by the major roads, and in some odd way they belong to Finnish imagery in my mind. I was just standing there in the middle of the forest looking at this odd sight, and the same time, I could be sure that I could stand there for hours and not meet anyone, maybe only an elk could pass by the gas station as I would try to find the proper point of view for an image. There happened to be a small shelter for gas cylinders there and while there was no one nearby, I climbed on its roof and found the angle to be just perfect for the Loxia 50/2. In some other life circumstances I could see myself road tripping around Finland and just capturing these lonely gas stations that are left there in the middle of the forests. It's one of those odd scenes you must experience if you're ever coming to Finland in summer.