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snapsy
Registered: Feb 24, 2008
Total Posts: 4757
Country: United States

Normally when I photograph in the woods I don't expect the woods to stare back at me. NEX-5N + 35mm OSS:






100% crop:






ulrikft2
Registered: Oct 21, 2009
Total Posts: 2102
Country: Norway

Nex-7 + sigma 19/2.8:







Kalainen
Registered: Jan 01, 2014
Total Posts: 150
Country: Finland







Season of Touit - Picture 1
Week 33, Wednesday - Introducing the Season of Touit
"Today I'm starting my fourth season at Year of the Alpha - 52 Weeks of Sony Alpha Photography. Like earlier seasons this one also carries a special theme which will define my photography for the next ten weeks. While the earlier seasons have dealt with blackness, personal memories and summer photography, 'Season of Touit' will concentrate on bringing new point of views into to my photography by moving away from the standard focal lengths that I've used thorough the year. Reasoning behind this plan is simple. It is my experience that creativity arises from limits and appropriate amount of obstacles. Crossing the limits requires one to find new ways and once it is done it breeds new ways of working which will eventually develop one's photographic eye. By restraining myself from my standard focal lengths I'm essentially setting creative limits for my work for next 10 weeks.

In practice this means I will restrain the use of my usual lenses (SEL50F18 , SEL1855) which cover focal lengths from 18mm to 55mm (equivalent to 27mm to 82,5mm on full frame). Instead I'm going ultra wide and close-up photography which are, regarding the perception of the depth, kind of extreme ends. Wide angle exaggerates the depth and makes things look further away while close-up photography brings things so close that we can only see details of the subject. These extreme ends will define my photography for next ten weeks. I'm also very happy to tell you that ZEISS has decided to support me on this task with two of their lenses: Touit 2.8/12 and Touit 2.8/50M. Needless to say, I'm honored to be supported by them, thank you Tobias! In coming posts I will introduce both of these lenses and tell you more about them in detail.

Founded by Carl Zeiss the ZEISS has been a leading company of camera optics for over 150 years. Photography professionals associate the name ZEISS with exceptional optical quality and their distinct optical concepts, like Planar and Distagon, have gain a great reputation among many photographers. My second task during this season is to find out what does this enthusiasm regarding the ZEISS means and tell you about my findings. [...]"

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


Kalainen
Registered: Jan 01, 2014
Total Posts: 150
Country: Finland







Season of Touit - Picture 2
Week 33, Wednesday - Meet the Zeiss Touit 2.8/12
"Before I received these lenses I didn't have any experience of Zeiss. Being a photography enthusiast I knew about the Zeiss's reputation and had read about it on various sites, but didn't have any firsthand experience. Mainly because of this reputation I was very interested to see the lenses in my own hand and find out what was all the fuzz about. In short, I had my expectations about the ZEISS quality and to make a positive first impression Zeiss would need to fulfill these expectations not necessarily an easy job regarding that there is a certain hype around Zeiss and where crowds get together expectations build up at accelerating speed (that's the way the internet works).

What struck me first when I opened the Touit 2.8/12 package was how small and compact the lens is. [...]"

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


ytwong
Registered: Dec 29, 2003
Total Posts: 1537
Country: China


Modified NEX-6 (Astro mod, AA less , requires very strong WB correction) and Samyang 12mm/2. One thing I really dislike about the Samyang is the ugly sunstars from its hexagon aperture.



joanlvh
Registered: Oct 19, 2008
Total Posts: 1361
Country: United States

Nex6+PenF42mm



Kalainen
Registered: Jan 01, 2014
Total Posts: 150
Country: Finland







Season of Touit - Picture 3
Week 34, Wednesday - Meet the Zeiss Touit 2.8/50M
"The other lens I'm going to use for this season is the Zeiss Touit 2.8/50M. Compared to Touit 2.8/12 the 2.8/50M is clearly bigger and heavier, though weights almost the same at 290 grams. I've always thought that lens size doesn't matter as long as it delivers good optical quality. Touit 2.8/50M makes me reconsider this stance. Not saying it's too big, but 2.8/50M is definitely closer to upper limit what I personally feel is acceptable. Having a small and compact mirrorless camera, like Sony Nex-5N, has given me a lot of flexibility and inspiration and this is surely something I don't want to jeopardize. However, comparing the Touit 2.8/50M to other options makes it clear that it is actually a very compact lens for what it does. The other macro lenses from Zeiss (Makro-Planar 2/50 & 2/100) weight approximately double and are therefore substantially bigger and heavier. Considering that Touit also has full autofocus capabilities which other Makro-Planars don't offer, it becomes clear that Zeiss has done a wonderful job with it.

Like it's wide-angle brother, the Touit 2.8/50M has a great build quality and the same modern Zeiss look [...]"

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

-Toni


aardvark7122
Registered: Feb 13, 2012
Total Posts: 137
Country: Canada







Sony ILCE-3000, 18-55, ISO 100, F5.6, 1/800sec







Sony ILCE-3000, 18-55, ISO 100, F13, 1/200sec







Sony ILCE-3000, Nikkor-S 50mm 1.4, ISO 100, 1/3200sec





mhhniangue
Registered: Aug 21, 2014
Total Posts: 5
Country: United States

Do enjoy this thread! all these are beautiful!



Fionn
Registered: Nov 23, 2012
Total Posts: 10
Country: Australia

Excellent as always, Kalainen.

I should say there have been so many over the months in your two series I have admired - a veritable tour de force.

I must get busy, but I've still not quite worked out if there's a fee for uploading shots! :-)



Kalainen
Registered: Jan 01, 2014
Total Posts: 150
Country: Finland

Fionn wrote:
Excellent as always, Kalainen.

I should say there have been so many over the months in your two series I have admired - a veritable tour de force.

I'm pleasently surpirsed by your compliments since I rarely get any comments here at Fred Miranda forums. Thanks for the kind words! :-)

Fionn wrote:I must get busy, but I've still not quite worked out if there's a fee for uploading shots! :-) I just link everything straight from my Flickr-account. Fast and easy.

-Toni



SWarnock
Registered: Aug 21, 2014
Total Posts: 1
Country: United States

I'm by no means a professional photographer, and could never match the photos in this board...but I figured I'd throw a few of mine into the mix. I picked up a NEX-6 a year ago for it's small size on backpacking trips and it has never ceased to amaze me.

Now I just need to decide on a lens upgrade!



NEX-6, 15-50mm kit lens, ISO 200, F13, 1/125sec



NEX-6, 15-50mm kit lens, ISO 100, F11, 1/80sec



NEX-6, 15-50mm kit lens, ISO 100, F13, 1/200sec



NEX-6, 15-50mm kit lens, ISO 100, F13, 1/100sec



NEX-6, 15-50mm kit lens, ISO 100, F13, 1/200sec


Kruschtel
Registered: Feb 23, 2012
Total Posts: 44
Country: Germany

@SWarnock: Impressive what you achieve with this camera! Especially like the last one with the colors. Did you use the onboard flash and some PP since colors and contrast are very well balanced?



Kalainen
Registered: Jan 01, 2014
Total Posts: 150
Country: Finland

Kruschtel wrote:
@SWarnock: Impressive what you achieve with this camera! Especially like the last one with the colors. Did you use the onboard flash and some PP since colors and contrast are very well balanced?

+1! Great stuff!




Kalainen
Registered: Jan 01, 2014
Total Posts: 150
Country: Finland







Season of Touit - Picture 4
Week 34, Saturday - The Green Lodge
"Sometimes you find yourself in odd places. Some time ago I had a chance to sleep couple of nights in a Finnish hotel that had really interesting atmosphere and outlook. Located in the middle of the forest in a place with no particular meaning, it reminded me of the 'Black Lodge' which is a dreamy fictional setting featured in the television series Twin Peaks. It is also known as the red room, an extra dimensional place, where Agent Cooper goes and meets with the dwarf (which speaks backwards), the giant and the Bob. Much in the same way, although it was green, this hotel had an odd atmosphere where time had stopped somewhere in the 70s, karaoke songs were playing in empty hall, people were over-friendly strangers and I had difficulties to understand why I was there (another story). While the Black Lodge is located in agent Coopers dreams, I was, much like agent Cooper, trying to find idea inside my head how to capture this odd place.

When people think of ultra-wide lenses, they automatically consider them to be specialized lenses for certain kind of tasks like architecture photography. While this is the half truth, it also [...]"

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

-Toni


aardvark7122
Registered: Feb 13, 2012
Total Posts: 137
Country: Canada







Sony NEX 5N, 18-55, ISO 125, F9, 1/160sec







Sony NEX 5N, Nikon 105 2.5 AI, ISO 100, F2.5, 1/500sec







Sony NEX 5N, 18-55, ISO 1250, F14, 1/60sec


Peire
Registered: Apr 27, 2010
Total Posts: 1325
Country: Poland

NEX7+Sonnar 85/2.8 C/Y






NEX5N+ Distagon 28/2.8 C/Y







aardvark7122
Registered: Feb 13, 2012
Total Posts: 137
Country: Canada







Sony A3000, 18-55 OSS


aardvark7122
Registered: Feb 13, 2012
Total Posts: 137
Country: Canada







Sony A3000, Nikkor-S 50mm 1.4


aardvark7122
Registered: Feb 13, 2012
Total Posts: 137
Country: Canada







Sony A3000, 18-55 OSS


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