BROWN by Toni Ahvenainen

Photograph by Toni Ahvenainen. Sony Nex-5N, ZEISS Touit 2.8/50M, ISO100, 1/10sec, f/5.6, Raw (focus stacked from 7 images). Flickr account

Photograph by Toni Ahvenainen.
Sony Nex-5N, ZEISS Touit 2.8/50M, ISO100, 1/10sec, f/5.6, Raw (focus stacked from 7 images).
Flickr account

Season of Touit - picture 23
Week 44, Wednesday

When I originally started this season, I said that I would be exploring focal lengths that differ from my standard photography. While I've been doing just that with the Zeiss Touit 2.8/12 & Touit 2.8/50M, using these lenses have unconsciously introduced another theme into my work in this season. Looking at my Flickr-stream it becomes very clear that this other theme is color. Many of my shots have really been about simplifying the subject and let the colors emanate from my photographs. So, while I've been working with very different focal lengths, this season has also been me exploring what I can do with these 'new colors' that I get from Zeiss lenses.

To understand where I'm coming from you need to know that since the day I picked up my Sony Nex-5N about two years ago, I've been on a quest to find the colors and look that I like. I've shot well over 30 000 pictures and edited about 5000 raw-files. While my skills (and taste) have improved in terms of colors and I've considered myself to succeed from time to time, it's only with these two Zeiss lenses that I've felt coming to state of approval for myself. Did I exceed some threshold regarding my post processing skills or did the Zeiss lenses introduce something that was originally missing from my photography, I cannot tell for sure. Maybe it's little bit of both, but the truth is that once I've seen the difference I just cannot imagine to shoot without these lenses anymore. My experience has been that I get more vibrant but still natural and clear colors that react very nicely to my post processing methods. I don't want to imply that there is some magic happening here like 'Zeiss colors' (this would be essentialism), but I do say that whatever I've been reaching for in terms of colors has been so much more easier with these lenses. Maybe it's the different quality of glass elements, T* coating or something else – I would love to hear a solid explanation. And while these lenses are very sharp, have great construction quality, etc., for me it it's foremost the colors what the Zeiss brings to the table.

This sort of accomplished waypoint regarding my search of colors has been very satisfying and comforting experience. I feel I've crossed the most difficult point where I had, not only to learn how to get the colors that I want, but also to conceptualize what I want and why. Because of difficulty related this search, I had, from time to time, a real love-hate relationship with colors. From now on, (I hope) it gets easier. Having accomplished this waypoint I feel my mind is perhaps more open to explore the other aspects of photography. I cannot tell what they are as I don't know it myself either, but I'm sure they will come as I continue to shoot every day.

Ps. Yes, they are peppers. My two years old daughter Aura is a weird child as she really likes to eat peppers. Idea of this image came to me yesterday when we had to buy a new set peppers from the store. To be truthful, I guess most of them goes to food really, but the peppers are often the first thing she eats from the soup and wants to eat mine too..