Ok, now that I've shared my findings regarding the aperture behavior of the Batis 2/40 CF, it's time to introduce myself properly and get that selfie out of the way. So, who am I? I guess I could tell my story in many different ways and I share a lot of common with other enthusiasts out there like me, but for this particular project I could say that I'm 42 years old photography enthusiast from Finland who sucked into photography because of Sony cameras. I've always been interested in photography and had some false-starts in my youth with analogue film cameras (with Velvia & Tri-X film stocks) and early digitals (anyone remember Minolta Dimage 7), but for me the real 'a gateway drug' into photography was the Sony Nex-5N. It was small and simple enough to learn the basics properly (EVF!) and with that little-big-camera I finally found a photographer in me – I would even say that the Nex-5N has easily been the most defining camera for me. Now, I'm definitely a late starter which also brings all kinds of challenges. Being a family-man photographic opportunities and ventures are sometimes a scarce resource, but on the other hand I feel blessed to have two daughters, three and six years old, to also have something important to photograph on a daily basis. Otherwise the daily stuff keeps me quite busy and if there is going to be photography, it usually happens in between work, kids, family and other daily activities – sometimes even in an elevator of department store.
With all the challenges of everyday life the photography projects, such as this one, are one way to keep me active with my own photography. They force me to come out of the everyday limbo of work, supermarkets, picking kids from daycare and all that other stuff I'm sure many of you know all too well. Projects give me an opportunity to create pictures that I might otherwise leave undone – and most importantly, they introduce a appropriate amount of stress and creative constrains into my photography which usually forces my right side of the brain to work a bit harder. Without photography projects I'll fall all too easy into 'a snapshot mental state' where there always seems to be a shortage of a right kind of light, background, situation, vision or other photographic opportunities. The projects let me escape this feeling and while they cause some stress (didn't sleep too much last night while describing the aperture behavior), they definitely make enjoy my photography more.
So, with the '30 Days of Batis 2/40 CF' I'm going to test out the new Batis 2/40 CF and write about it, but it's also a way to inhale some inspiration into my own personal photography. I believe photography should be inspirational, fun and personal, so those are definitely one my radar while I'm heading on with this project.