Introducing Year of the Alpha – 365 Days of Sony Alpha

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Re: Introducing Year of the Alpha – 365 Days of Sony Alpha

Unread postby the_hefay » Sat Dec 27, 2014 6:20 pm

Nice picture Toni. The six points you list in you blog are excellent and I can see in them where I can do better. Thanks.

You had some interesting thoughts on the photographer/camera relationship. I'm not so sure it's that different from the painter/paintbrush relationship. Perhaps the difference is more the speed at which the result can be had. In other words, anyone and everyone can pick up a camera, point and shoot. Instant creation. Anyone and everyone can paint or draw a picture. It's not as fast, and it's not convenient many times, so only those that are dedicated to being good "artists" will pursue that direction. On the other hand many people pursue photography, just to fill their scrapbooks and hard drives with "snapshots" of life, more as a preservation of memories than as art and in the process they overwhelm the internet with their "art." I'm just thinking out loud here and it was probably worded poorly, but I will still post it because it's convenient and instantaneous, allowing the ease at which I can throw syllables at the internet to be rivaled only by the speed at which I can fill the SD card on my camera with mediocre shots. :)
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Unread postby Birma » Mon Dec 29, 2014 6:02 pm

Great exposure :-) Congrats. Toni
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Unread postby sury » Mon Dec 29, 2014 7:54 pm

An interesting last picture of the series Toni. The door is closed on the past (year)
and/or opening to a new challenge in the future (year). A perfectly "timed" capture.

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Unread postby Kalainen » Wed Dec 31, 2014 12:02 am

the_hefay wrote:Nice picture Toni. The six points you list in you blog are excellent and I can see in them where I can do better. Thanks.

You had some interesting thoughts on the photographer/camera relationship. I'm not so sure it's that different from the painter/paintbrush relationship. Perhaps the difference is more the speed at which the result can be had. In other words, anyone and everyone can pick up a camera, point and shoot. Instant creation. Anyone and everyone can paint or draw a picture. It's not as fast, and it's not convenient many times, so only those that are dedicated to being good "artists" will pursue that direction. On the other hand many people pursue photography, just to fill their scrapbooks and hard drives with "snapshots" of life, more as a preservation of memories than as art and in the process they overwhelm the internet with their "art." I'm just thinking out loud here and it was probably worded poorly, but I will still post it because it's convenient and instantaneous, allowing the ease at which I can throw syllables at the internet to be rivaled only by the speed at which I can fill the SD card on my camera with mediocre shots. :)

Hi Jeff, thanks for the interesting comment and sorry for the late reply. The age old argument against the photography being an art is centered to argument that camera makes the picture and user doesn't have to have any skills. On a snapshot level it's of course true, but when things are taken to higher levels the nature of the camera changes a bit. However, I think and believe that the use of this device separates photography from other art forms, even if it's often compared to painting. Yes, there are pictures but the process of making them makes the difference. But, I understand your point and observation too. Both of them takes work and effort if one wants to succeed as something. Certainly do and it would be not useful to separate them in this regard.

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Unread postby Kalainen » Wed Dec 31, 2014 12:03 am

the_hefay wrote:Toni, I saw your project was featured on dpreview. Congratulations!

http://www.dpreview.com/articles/1979890476/my-favorite-year-a-sony-shooter-s-inspiring-365-day-project

It was supposed to be a surprise for the last post! :-) Thanks for the kind words!

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Unread postby Kalainen » Wed Dec 31, 2014 12:04 am

Birma wrote:Great exposure :-) Congrats. Toni

Thanks Birm! Great exposure indeed, I'm getting more traffic in a day that I had over a month otherwise!

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Re: Introducing Year of the Alpha – 365 Days of Sony Alpha

Unread postby Kalainen » Wed Dec 31, 2014 12:05 am

sury wrote:An interesting last picture of the series Toni. The door is closed on the past (year)
and/or opening to a new challenge in the future (year). A perfectly "timed" capture.

Sury

Thanks for the kind comment Sury! However, there's one more coming! :-)

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Unread postby Kalainen » Wed Dec 31, 2014 1:54 pm

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Season of Photographic Eye - Picture 17
Week 1, Wednesday - The End
"The end has come. Some could say a little too early while I might say finally. The thing is, I have photographed quite a bit during this year. Not only have I photographed for this project, but I’ve also done family photographs and other random things along the year. The shutter counter of my Nex-5N shows 79871 actuations, which means, if my math is correct, that I’ve shot something like 50 000 frames during this year (there’s a lot of chaff in there and my keeper rate is about 10%). It’s a big number for me and while I have enjoyed this project a lot, it takes quite a bit of endurance to keep on photographing week after week, to write blog entries and to worry about the next picture. And to be honest there has been a bit of combat fatigue [...]"

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

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Re: Introducing Year of the Alpha – 365 Days of Sony Alpha

Unread postby sury » Wed Dec 31, 2014 6:24 pm

Having Hindu spirituality ingrained in me, I say, as one ends, the other begins (usually for better). :)
(aka reincarnation)

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Re: Introducing Year of the Alpha – 365 Days of Sony Alpha

Unread postby Kalainen » Thu Jan 01, 2015 1:58 pm

sury wrote:Having Hindu spirituality ingrained in me, I say, as one ends, the other begins (usually for better). :)
(aka reincarnation)
Thanks for the very personal seasonal greetings! One of the best I've ever heard! Good rebirth of year to you too! :) :mrgreen:

-Toni

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Re: Introducing Year of the Alpha – 365 Days of Sony Alpha

Unread postby Pitter » Thu Jan 01, 2015 8:19 pm

That is quite an impressive project. Congratulations. And looing forward to the next project when it kicks off.
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Re: Introducing Year of the Alpha – 365 Days of Sony Alpha

Unread postby the_hefay » Thu Jan 01, 2015 9:01 pm

Congratulations on seeing it through to the end and best of luck on your next project. :)
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Re: Introducing Year of the Alpha – 365 Days of Sony Alpha

Unread postby Kalainen » Fri Jan 02, 2015 1:28 pm

Pitter wrote:That is quite an impressive project. Congratulations. And looing forward to the next project when it kicks off.

Thanks for the kind words, Pitter! :D

-Toni

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Re: Introducing Year of the Alpha – 365 Days of Sony Alpha

Unread postby Kalainen » Fri Jan 02, 2015 1:30 pm

the_hefay wrote:Congratulations on seeing it through to the end and best of luck on your next project. :)

Thanks Jeff!

I've really grown to like small forums which at first look felt somewhat 'peripheral' after the DPreview forums. During the year I've noticed that the spirit is much better here than the big and noisy forums. I will surely visit here in future too, but for right now, I need to take little break from photography.

-Toni


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