THE GREAT DIVIDE by Toni Ahvenainen

Photograph by Toni Ahvenainen. Sony Nex-5N, ZEISS Touit 2.8/50M, ISO250, 1/80sec, f/10, Raw. Flickr account

Photograph by Toni Ahvenainen.
Sony Nex-5N, ZEISS Touit 2.8/50M, ISO250, 1/80sec, f/10, Raw.
Flickr account

Season of Touit - Picture 5
Week 35, Wednesday

'To see a world in a grain of sand and a heaven in a wild flower. Hold infinity in the palm of your hand and eternity in an hour' - words of William Blake which describe, not only the amazement of nature, but the amazement of macro photography as well. In everyday life, it is easy to bypass the most smallest details and mundane things, but when one focuses on them he will find a another world full of details. In its essence macro photography leans on this continuing process of finding new worlds that are, because of their size, situated beyond our eyesight. Luckily modern photography allow us to cross over this great divide which separates man from the world of insects and other small species. What we find is another layer of nature which is both strange and familiar compared to our own reality. While this is of course a source for natural history – and it has been diligently documented from that point of view – I believe there is still a lot of creative potential for photographers in this otherness as well. Photographers just need to pass the usual point of views and turn it into platform of other stories and episodes. Something which I've tried to do with this picture of ladybird doubting her abilities in front of gorge formed by granite tiles. 'Jump into it or not' – a feeling that is most familiar for everyone from our own world as well.


What is great about the Zeiss Touit 2.8/50M is that it offers great versatility by serving as a standard lens and being optimized for macro photography as well. From the macro photography's point of view this means that it allows one to focus very close up and renders excellent image quality because the optical concept is optimized for shorter camera-to-subject distances. Of course anyone wanting to take close-up shots with his camera for the first time can also capture images below the close-up limits of his lens with the help of affordable accessories, such as close-up lenses and extension rings. Close-up lenses work as eyeglasses for close-up pictures as they magnify the original picture and extension rings allow one to dive considerably deeper into close-up range. However, one cannot expect that they render particularly good image quality because lens used originally and its optical concept is not optimized for close-up range. In practice this usually means strong field curvature in a close-up range and can show as a loss of contrast and sharpness, especially at the corners of the image. This is why it is convenient to invest into modern macro lens as they offer better ease of use and image quality compared to close-up accessories. Lens like Zeiss Touit 2.8/50M offers great versatility as it serves as macro lens and every day standard lens at the same time. It's like two lenses in one and should be considered by anyone who feels attraction for worlds beyond our eyesight.