- Model: Sintija (Holman Lee Agency)
- Photography: Oliver Schneider (lensedbyoliver.com)
- Location: Byrnes’s Cove, Kilkee, Ireland
- Gear: Fujiflm X-Pro2, 23mm f1.4, 35mm f2, 56mm f1.2
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.
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
Dunquin Pier, XF 16mm
Dunmore Head, XF 23mm
Dunmore Head & Blasket Islands, XF 23mm
Near Coumeenoole Beach, XF 90mm
Clougher Strand, XF 56mm
Photography: Oliver Schneider
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.
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.
The 35mm Fujinon lens was the first lens I purchased, when I started using the X Series Cameras. I immediately fell in love with the images it could produce. Sharpness, clarity and contrast were second to none. Having previously used Nikon, Canon & Sony full frame DSLR’s and their respective lenses (and gotten great results with all of them), I have to say that there is something magical about the Fuji X files. It’s hard to describe it if you haven’t seen it for yourself. Below are a couple of images taken with the X-Pro1 and the 35mm. Enjoy.
Ash Hill House is located near Kilmallock, County Limerick. The Georgian house which is now a B&B, boasts a stunning interior with spacious rooms, checkerboard marble floors and high stucco ceilings throughout the property. The first section of the house was build in the Adam Style Architecture, and was completed in 1780. The upstairs sitting room contains the original palladium and fan windows from this era. The second section of the house was built in Gothic Revival Style by a well known Irish Architect, Charles Frederick Anderson. It was completed in 1833. The current owners, Simon & Nicole are in the process of restoring the south side of the house.
I’ve used Ash Hill as a location for several shoots in the past, and will be using it to host our upcoming portrait & lighting workshops. I thought it would be a great idea to photograph the interior, and let people see just what a fantastic place this is.
Thankfully Liz from Fujifilm Ireland didn’t hesitate to send me the XF 14mm f2.8 for the job. The only downside was that I had to send it back once I was finished. The lens performed incredibly well. It’s sharp throughout the frame with exceptional colour (as is to be expected from a Fujinon lens). The 14mm felt very compact and solid. Most of the images were shot at f5.6. No distortion correction was applied in post, as I wanted to show what the lens is capable of.
I’m glad that Fujifilm sent me the 14mm and not the 16mm, as I did appreciate having the extra width to play with. The XF 14mm f2.8 can now be found for around 700 Euro, and considering the excellent build quality and optical performance, I believe it’s worth every cent.
Below you’ll find some images from a recent shoot which took place in and around Ash Hill House. Enjoy.