Daily Inspiration #283 by Reima Nevalainen

Hello Steve,

First, thank you for your inspiring site. I think your reviews and other articles are great! I’ve been a regular visitor to your site ever since I got excited about photography. Here’s little something for the daily inspiration –series.

I’m a visual artist (painter) by profession. After buying the Sony NEX-5, I’ve started photographing on a novice level. I haven’t really done much photography before buying this camera a year ago. But this year’s summer and autumn I’ve spent more time shooting photos than painting or drawing. It’s mostly because I moved and didn’t have a good studio after that and before starting my travels in Japan. There’s so much to see here after living in quite simple and rural areas in Finland (see link below). Japan is a constant sensory bombardment for me. I pay attention even to the smallest and most trivial things. But it’s not just this country. Practicing photography makes you see the world like that too. It’s tiring but fun.

I’ve really enjoyed my NEX-5 and the SLR Magic 35mm on it. The camera isn’t perfect, even for a beginner like me but it’s great to have with you while traveling. And the peaking function + MF assist with the artsy SLR Magic is just the best. NEX-7 seems to be everything I’ve missed from this camera and then some. If I’ve got any (meaning plenty) extra money left after my travels I’ll probably have to buy it. It looks so tempting.

Next thing on my photography journey is to be less shy in street shooting as people and rapid moments are the most rewarding to record into an image. Luckily there are so much people here in Japan so you don’t need to be so embarrassed to shoot in a crowd. Still, damn that loud shutter sound of the NEX-5!

Attached photos are from Japan. I don’t mind if people would call them tourist photos. For me, they try to record and convey the atmosphere of the moment and the feeling of being an outsider and a visitor in this amazing culture. This is a dream. Check out my blog to see what I mean! It was hard to decide which photos to send and it would be nice to hear what you think of my blog photos too as I still consider myself a beginner and haven’t had much feedback. Thank you!

Blog about traveling in Japan: http://reimanevalainen.blogspot.com/

Photos from Finland in Picasa: Reima Nevalainen – Picasa

My actual art: http://www.reimanevalainen.com

All the best and thank you if you put this up!

Reima Nevalainen


  1. Wow, I REALLY love the second picture. It’s a dream. It’s a beach because of the sand. But it merges into a vegetated pond, which is actually part of a larger lake. You have beautiful mountains, both near and far. The Japanese shrine thingy is ethereal where it stands in the light rays/lens flare. And then the deer just adds this indescribable charm. All of this content with the artsy/dreamy SLR Magic gives you this beautiful dream. Thanks for sharing!

  2. Hi Reima and thanks for the inspiration, great composition and you definitely have the eye! I wish I was in your shoes, just starting out with an artists vewpoint and a nice new camera!! I think I will go get that SLR Magic lens – because I reckon that could be my ‘muse’ and help me see images where I currently miss them due to nigh on 40 years with a viewfinder pressed against my nose!! :0)

  3. I really enjoyed viewing these, the second image in particular has an almost dream like quality to it. The processing is most appealing and this in tern gave me a real sense of your location….Well done.

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