Light Spectacle in the Galtee Mountains

I was driving home from work last Friday, heading north on the R513, I couldn’t help but notice that the sun was unusually bright that afternoon. I don’t know why – call it anticipation – I decided to take a right just before Ballylanders and drove towards the Limerick – Tipperary border. I stopped at the side of the road, grabbed the D810 with the 24-70mm f/2.8g and took a series of handheld shots. It didn’t take more than 10 minutes. Then I headed home.

Went to the same spot a couple of days later, sunny conditions, roughly the same time, and got nothing. Just goes to show, that occasionally nature creates something unique, and that in this instance, being at the right place at the right time got me the pictures I was after.



Misty morning in the Galtees

The Galtee Mountains are Ireland’s highest inland mountain range, stretching across parts of counties Tipperary and Limerick. It was several months ago that I had spotted a tiny bridge, hidden in a dip close to Mitchelstown. You get roughly a 2 second glimpse of it as you’re driving around a bend. The location is often shrouded in fog, and you can’t see anything. However, one morning last week,  driving down the R513 from Limerick everything came together, and I stopped to take some snaps. Shot handheld with the X-T1 and the 56mm.




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Visiting the Dingle Peninsula

Dingle is the northernmost of the large peninsulas in county Kerry. It features the famous Slea Head Drive, arguably the most scenic coastal road in Europe (on a sunny day). A visit was long overdue. After all, it’s only a 2 hour drive from Limerick. My better half was under the impression that she was going on a romantic getaway. However, unbeknown to her, she had just signed up for a photographic adventure tour. By the time she realised, it was to late and we were on our way. On arrival, I missed the turnoff  for Dingle -unintentionally of course – and headed straight for the Connor Pass.

All images were taken with the X-T1, the 16mm, 23mm, 56mm & 90mm Fujinon lenses.

Connor Pass. View from the Summit
_DSF8515web                Dunquin Pier, XF 16mm
_DSF8456web  Dunmore Head, XF 23mm
_DSF8446webDunmore Head & Blasket Islands, XF 23mm
_DSF8470web     Near Coumeenoole Beach, XF 90mm
_DSF8546blogClougher Strand, XF 56mm
_DSF8527webXF 16mm


Fuji X-Series & Arri T1 fresnel


Photography:                           Oliver Schneider

Model: Niamh Kennedy        Distinct model management & Holman-Lee Agency

Makeup:                                    Mary Kiely

Hair: Sabrina Higgins            Peter Mark

Location:                                   Ash Hill House B&B Kilmallock

We created a series of portraits last week, where I used the Arri 1000w fresnel as the sole light source. My goal was to transform the hard light of the Arri into something a lot softer. What I did was bounce the fresnel into a large silver umbrella. The brolly however wasn’t fully extended. This in turn created a much more flattering light, as you can see in the examples.


You may think that a 1K continuous light source is overkill, and indeed a lot of other photographers who use similar lighting, may lean towards the 650w or 300w options available. Yet, if you compare the power output to say a 500w Bowens for example, you’re still relatively underpowered using a 1K continuous light! I just love the quality you get from a tungsten source – in particular the Arri series. Yes, they get hot and they use more power than LED lights, but the look these lights give you and their versatility is second to none. All images were taken with the X-T1, 56mm combination.



On Location With The Fuji X-Series

I am slowly getting back into the swing of things after a short Christmas break. Ryan (Barrett) had approached me before the holidays with the suggestion to shoot an emotional story, involving a male & female model. As I still hadn’t had enough play-time with the Arri T1, I was more than happy to schedule a shoot in the new year.

It didn’t take us long to create a mood board and get a team together – consisting of some amazing creatives, namely Mary Kiely (makeup), Rachel Flanagan (Hair) and of course our female model Sarah O’Leary. Outfits were provided by Esquire Menswear and Be Fabulous Limerick. The shoot took place at Ash Hill House B&B in Kilmallock, a fantastic Georgian style mansion wich is run by the lovely couple, Nicole & Simon. Everything was shot using either the fresnels or natural light, or a mixture of both. Light modifiers, reflectors and diffusers were used as required.


I packed 3 tungsten fresnels (1 x 100w, 2 x 650w), reflectors, gels, diffusers, the X-T1 equipped with the 56mm and the X-Pro1 equipped with the 23mm. Whilst everyone is now getting excited about the X-Pro2 (myself included), there’s still plenty of life in the older X-Pro1. The shoot took around 5 hours, and everyone was exhausted at the end.




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