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Offline Kalainen

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Hello dear Sony Alpha photographers,

I'm totally new to this forum, but I would like to introduce my new photo blog Year of the Alpha – 365 Days of Sony Alpha Photography, which I am starting today 1st of Jan and will last whole year. Idea of this photo blog is to share every day a new photograph taken with Sony Alpha camera system (currently Nex-5N) and a small diary like description go with it. Essentially I'm trying to find other Alpha-crowd, who might be interested to follow my blog. In practice it means I'll post on this thread daily, providing also the link to the blog. I hope my photographs will add to this forum as well.

You can read more about my blog here: http://www.yearofthealpha.com

For me this photo blog will work as a canvas for my photographic development, but I sincerely hope that it will also serve as source of inspiration for other Alpha-photographers here too.

I hope you will enjoy this little adventure,
Toni Ahvenainen.

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Re: Introducing Year of the Alpha – 365 Days of Sony Alpha Photography
« Reply #1 on: January 02, 2014, 12:07:50 AM »
And here is my photograph for day one:



Seeking new angles

"I don't know where this photo blog will take me, but I do know it gives me new kind approach to photography where I can’t just take photographs, I also have to learn to make them. I want to find new angles for my photography and develop my photographic eye to see things differently. To have a little bit structure in my photo blog, I’ve decided to divide it to 5 seasons, which all carry an individual abstract theme. My first season is about blackness (first 73 days). It can mean all sorts of things, but in practice I’d like to think I’m trying to find different ways of using black in photography. It’s my first love in photography and it’s what I want to do right now."

Read full post on my blog: http://www.yearofthealpha.com

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Re: Introducing Year of the Alpha – 365 Days of Sony Alpha Photography
« Reply #2 on: January 02, 2014, 04:32:53 AM »
Welcome Toni.  Nice to have you on board and I like your opening shot, just the right DOF to see a person there but not take the focus off the lens...john
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Re: Introducing Year of the Alpha – 365 Days of Sony Alpha Photography
« Reply #3 on: January 02, 2014, 09:30:27 AM »
Welcome Toni.  Nice to have you on board and I like your opening shot, just the right DOF to see a person there but not take the focus off the lens...john
Hi John and thank you for your kind words. :)
Looking forward to familiarize myself with new forum & community.

Toni

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Re: Introducing Year of the Alpha – 365 Days of Sony Alpha Photography
« Reply #4 on: January 02, 2014, 10:23:09 PM »


Trying out my new freedom

"So, today I have an abstract picture which I like for reason that is unknown for me. With this picture I follow the expectations I’ve set myself: blackness. I like it, but setting out for unknown paths easily introduces a problem where one has difficulties to decide how it should be looked at."

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Re: Introducing Year of the Alpha – 365 Days of Sony Alpha Photography
« Reply #5 on: January 03, 2014, 06:59:52 AM »
Hmmmmm, there is a lot of negative space at the bottom....john
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Re: Introducing Year of the Alpha – 365 Days of Sony Alpha Photography
« Reply #6 on: January 03, 2014, 06:18:41 PM »
Welcome aboard Toni!

I'll agree with John about the second one. The DOF is nice in first one.

Good luck with your 365 project.

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Re: Introducing Year of the Alpha – 365 Days of Sony Alpha Photography
« Reply #7 on: January 03, 2014, 10:33:43 PM »
Welcome aboard Toni!
I'll agree with John about the second one. The DOF is nice in first one.
Good luck with your 365 project.
kurt
Thank you for kind words Kurt. :-)

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Re: Introducing Year of the Alpha – 365 Days of Sony Alpha Photography
« Reply #8 on: January 03, 2014, 10:35:54 PM »


Ambiguity of blackness

"One reason I like blackness in photography is because it often changes mood of the picture. In darkness things become more ambiguous and not so easily defined. When we don't see everything, our mind fulfills hidden details and bends the interpretation. If you ever walked alone in forest at night you know it's a short cut to our subconscious. Everyday things, which are boringly ordinary, change to something else."

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Re: Introducing Year of the Alpha – 365 Days of Sony Alpha Photography
« Reply #9 on: January 04, 2014, 11:17:40 PM »
Another day, another picture:



Being away

“Natural mobility of life creates problems when you have a photo blog with ambitious plan to post one photo every day for full year. When I’m home it’s easy to edit photos, write journal and publish them – if I’ve managed to get the picture of the day; but I take that for granted here. When I’m away things get different. I can always shoot, if not prevented by some special reason, but I need computers, software, connections, electricity etc. to work on my photos and get them to you. Having a blog for full year definitely introduces situations where I’m away and don’t have all this available, even in a world where mobility is global trend and networks are expanding to everywhere.”

Read full post on my blog: http://www.yearofthealpha.com

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Re: Introducing Year of the Alpha – 365 Days of Sony Alpha Photography
« Reply #10 on: January 05, 2014, 03:32:08 AM »
Both nice images but I really like the lighting on the young lad peering out....john
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Re: Introducing Year of the Alpha – 365 Days of Sony Alpha Photography
« Reply #11 on: January 05, 2014, 06:34:29 PM »
This is a GREAT series Toni...
There are people who actually think LENS stabilization is better than sensor shifting!

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Re: Introducing Year of the Alpha – 365 Days of Sony Alpha Photography
« Reply #12 on: January 05, 2014, 10:32:49 PM »
Both nice images but I really like the lighting on the young lad peering out....john
Thank you for your kind words John. Aura is actually a she and she is looking inside a washing machine while playing with her sleeping-cat. I put a small led light in that machine and it came out better than I imagined.

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Re: Introducing Year of the Alpha – 365 Days of Sony Alpha Photography
« Reply #13 on: January 05, 2014, 10:33:58 PM »
This is a GREAT series Toni...
Thanks Cholly!

Toni

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Re: Introducing Year of the Alpha – 365 Days of Sony Alpha Photography
« Reply #14 on: January 05, 2014, 10:35:38 PM »


Day 5 of 365
"We are heading home from Christmas holidays. This particular winter in Finland has been abnormal because the lack of snow. Usually we have had a lot of snow by January, but for some reason there is none, at least in southern Finland. Scenes and landscapes look black and ugly because there is no white snow to illuminate them. But this suites me fine."

Read full post on my blog: http://www.yearofthealpha.com

Toni

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