NEXT LEVEL by Toni Ahvenainen

Photograph by Toni Ahvenainen. Sony Nex-5N, Zeiss Touit 2.8/12, ISO200, 1/60sec, f/7.1, Raw. Flickr account

Photograph by Toni Ahvenainen.
Sony Nex-5N, Zeiss Touit 2.8/12, ISO200, 1/60sec, f/7.1, Raw.
Flickr account

Season of Touit - picture 20
Week 42, Saturday

Stop the press!! Today's post was originally supposed to be the last post of Season of Touit before I start my last season. I had already wrote a part of it, when I got an unexpected e-mail which might change my plans. It could be the best thing ever happened in my story or it might not lead to anything, I don't know yet. Right now my project is now in its liminal state (between two stages in plain language) and before I can continue to the next level – that is the last season of Year of the Alpha – I have to wait and see what happens. But this is also good news, because I can continue the Season of Touit at least for a week (might be even more if the e-mail leads to something) and tell you about some things that I haven't touched yet. So, sit tight as I continue to share my experiences with the Zeiss Touits.

One of those things that I haven't discussed about yet, is the Touit 2.8/12's great functionality in small spaces. It's usual that many people associate ultrawide-angle lenses to landscape photography and such, but another area where they really excel are small spaces and interiors in general. As many standard zooms start normally around equivalence of 24mm (which is quite wide) I've still found it surprisingly often insufficient. With the Touit 2.8/12 it's different and it leads me in spaces that I wouldn't have even tried with 24mm lens. While the Touit 2.8/12 extends my possibilities regarding small spaces it also draws them differently which is part of its charm. The exaggeration of perspective makes spaces often look bigger and gives the viewer a sense of "being there" in the middle of the image. I've come to love this character when I get it right and I think the image above exemplifies it nicely: the escalator descent right in front of you making image a somewhat prominent to look at. In the end, this sort image is really a new element in my personal repertoire of visual motifs which would have not happened if I had not started to photograph with the Touit 2.8/12. Just like a telephoto portrait with beautiful background bokeh, it requires a certain kind of lens to be achieved. While many people are investing for nice telephoto lenses, I don't see similar enthusiasm towards ultrawide-lenses. I guess it relates to a fact that portrait with bokeh background is much more well known and used visual motif than things you get from ultrawide lenses. I would recommend to explore the not so well known visual motifs because they can put some personality in your photography. Developing new visual motifs really is the gratification of putting yourself outside of your standard focal lengths.