Naming this project Fifty-Sixty might seem like an error in my logic, but it’s not. Still, it might need an explanation (at least if you’re not Finnish). I once did a project called 30/30, which meant I shot at least one photo a day for 30 days with my then new Sigma 30mm f/1.4 lens on my Canon 7D. Basically, I just wanted to get to know that lens and get myself out and shooting more.
The idea behind project Fifty-Sixty
Now I’m shooting with all Fuji gear, and I wanted to reinvent and redo the challenge. I usually carry the Fujinon XF 35mm f/1.4 lens on my X‑T20 body every day, so that seemed like a good candidate for the project. I first thought about doing a 35/35-project, but it just didn’t sound right. Next, I considered that this lens equates to roughly 50mm focal length when the crop-factor of Fuji bodies is taken into account. Then I remembered what the greatest ski jumper of all time, Matti Nykänen, once said when asked about his chances in the competition: “The odds are fifty-sixty.”.
That settled it and now I’m shooting with my 35mm, 50mm equivalent lens for the next 60 days and posting at least one photo per day. Let’s get this show on the road!
Day 1 – Sunday
The first day of the challenge began quite gloomy, but luckily the weather cleared out in the evening. My mom and I decided to head out to the Turku harbour area just before the sunset.
Day 2 – Monday
Like Garfield, I tend to dislike Mondays. Especially when I have several meetings scheduled around the campus. However this meant good opportunities for photography, so I kept my camera ready and got a few shots.
Day 3 – Tuesday
Tuesday was a busy and very autumnal day. All I managed to do was to photograph a roof of a car in the parking lot.
Day 4 – Wednesday
Once again I had meetings scheduled elsewhere, so I seized the opportunity to take photos along the way.
Day 5 – Thursday
We only had about an hour of daylight left, but the weather was just gorgeous, so we went for it. First, we just happened to drive by the Hirvensalo Ski Centre when we saw the hot-air balloon being prepared. We had to wait a few moments before it took off, and I kept shooting the balloon the whole time.
Next, we just scouted a new area and I saw a woman in a scull approaching. I made a few quick camera-adjustments and was able to catch her against the Majakkaranta residential area.
We stayed out until the light just faded away and the sky just kept getting better towards the sunset. This was definitely the best outing in a while.
Day 6 – Friday
This was the first day I really struggled with this project. I had a nagging headache all day, which emanated from my neck. This, unfortunately, means that painkillers won’t help like they do with a “regular” headache. I barely managed to snap a few photos of a VW Beetle that has been sitting in our parking lot for a few weeks.
Day 7 – Saturday
I was busy cleaning the whole day, which is something that just had to be done. Also, the weather sucked balls, so I arranged a small studio set up in the evening and photographed my new hat.
Project Fifty-Sixty will continue next week, stay tuned.