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30 Days of Batis 2/40 CF
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Day #17 – fleeting moments

Toni Ahvenainen

Sony A7 & ZEISS Batis 2/40 CF – f/4.0, 1/60sec, ISO320, raw Photograph by Toni Ahvenainen

Sony A7 & ZEISS Batis 2/40 CF – f/4.0, 1/60sec, ISO320, raw
Photograph by Toni Ahvenainen

I always keep my camera with me where ever I'm going. Many photographers feel it's sometimes a drag to carry your stuff around and I admit that sometimes indeed it is just that, but I also feel that many interesting photography opportunities manifest themselves in little moments to which we are often unprepared. So I try be prepared for these moments by carrying camera with me all the time (of course it doesn't mean that I decide to use it all the time). I still remember painfully when I went to a football field with our kids couple of summers ago and I decided to leave camera home because I thought it would be a routine trip with just some football trainings. But of course this time it was different and the girls found a dead body of a crow lying on a grass. In many ways it was a captivating moment: a half eaten beautiful carcass laid there on a ground with its chest open, you could see all the rotten details inside and the girls were both kneeled around it with silent expressions on their face because it was maybe the first time they saw death so close. Without a question this has been the most painful photographic miss I've ever had, and even if I remember it myself, the grief is that the girls probably don't remember the moment and the feelings they might have had about it. A photo could have rescued it from disappearing into void. So, whenever we go out I remember that situation again and pick up the camera with me – just in case.

Lately I've been going out with just a single lens, the Batis 2/40 CF. The obvious reason for this is the blog you are reading – of course – and with the camera I also carry appropriate amount of stress because I need to keep on finding interesting photographic opportunities for the rest of the project (necessity is a great motivator for inspiration). So the other lenses get left behind pretty naturally. But in general the Batis 2/40 CF is definitely a lens I will choose to mount into my A7-body whenever I just go out without any particular target. Being there within the standard field of view it fits great for many situations. Yes, the lens is still a bit voluminous for my taste, but being lightweight it balances very well and for that matter it works better as walk around lens than the similar sized Batis 1.8/85. I also think it's important to work with just a single focal length, because that way I'll train my eye for the 40mm lens. The more I use it, the more I start to see situations where it fits or some particular motifs that work great with 40mm lens. In short, getting used to Batis 2/40 CF builds up a repertoire which will in time turn into greater photographic opportunities. And if you have learned your photography basics with 'a nifty fifty' or something similar, you already know this.

So, couple of days ago I took kids to local lakeshore to play and much to my surprise the light got pretty interesting as the sun was already setting down (usually at this time of year, in Finland, the general weather is pretty difficult for photography). Just by the shore there are some rocks and a swimming place which is used much more in winter for ice hole swimming. We were just exploring the shore when suddenly there was this quiet moment which might portray Finnish way of life quite nicely if you squint your eyes: the guy was going swimming but held there are the last step and the other one was just standing there up on the diving board with his phone; nobody said anything or moved for 20 seconds or so. Then I hit the shutter 'click!' and the moment was gone. It's precisely the fleeting spontaneous moments like this I carry my camera with me all the time. I think I'm getting better with the 40mm field of view.

Ps. If you are wondering, yes, the water is pretty cold already. It's about 4 degrees of Celsius (39,2°F) which can be pretty painful experience if you're not used to that (and it doesn't get much colder even in winter at ice hole though the circumstances might be more extreme). But it's not about the cold water, it's all about the great feeling you get afterwards when the sensations start to come back to your arms and legs. A highly recommended experience.