Palle Schultz

X-Pert 53 Interview

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Fuji-X Photographer Palle Schultz Is A Portrait, Product and Landscape Photographer who enjoys the interaction between his subjects which inspires his photographs on both levels. He is based in Copenhagen, Denmark.

Palle is the photographer who has a wonderful eye for colour and the grading employed to his photography is stunning. _53mm_ has been graced with many an example of this unique quality to his photographs. I think it every photographers desire to shoot with a signature style to their photographs and Palle has that in abundance. For those of us that aspire to deliver a personal fingerprint to our work, Palle would be a great role model, whose portfolio would be a fantastic starting point for study and exploration. 53mm is privileged to have him contribute to the X-pert 53 interviews.

Here is Palle's X-pert 53.

1. What Genre Of Photography Do You Specialise In?

I love doing portraits, the interaction with people and portraying them in a way that shows how I perceive their person is a very interesting process that I really enjoy. There are endless possibilities in framing, lighting and posing your subject. It’s an exploration of a lifetime. 
I also enjoy photographing landscapes and urban environments. To me it is sort of the same thing. Seeing a scene and capturing it in different circumstances, in different seasons, time of day or night, in different weather.
I’ve made a living doing product photography and reportage. But the two before mentioned areas of photography is what I love doing the most. 

2. Why Do You Like Using The XF35mm Lenses?

I like the optical compression of the 35mm. My subjects keep their 3 dimensional quality. Using a 90mm or even a 56mm has a tendency to make a human subject a bit flat, like a cardboard figure against a blurred background. Where the 35mm still can bring a bit of drama to facial curves and shapes. 
When shooting people or situations close up, the 35mm is wide enough to force me to connect personally with the subject, which often makes the better picture. I have to get close but not intimidatingly close. 
Apart from the focal length and the optical compression of the lenses. The quality of the Fujinon lenses are amazing. and you get incredible quality at very reasonable prices. The F/2 is a bargain. It produces great quality pictures, amazing bokeh and great fall-off from sharp to blurred. 

3. What Do You Like Photographing The Best With Your XF35mm Lens/Lenses? Why Your Choice?

To me it’s a bit of an all-round lens. I use it for everything. If I walk out the door, it is usually mounted on my X-Pro2, with a 15mm Voigtlander in my pocket. 
It is perfect for product and pack shots. But also portraits and urban stuff.

Why Your Choice?

Mostly because of the image perspective due to its focal length and compression. It doesn’t make things too flat or almost parallel, as longer tele lenses have a tendency to do. 

4. Do You Shoot Professionally With The XF35mm Lenses?

Yes. 

5. Fuji XF35mm F/1.4 Or Fuji XF35 F/2? Why Your Choice?

For a long time the 35mm F/1.4 was my favourite lens. I had to have it cleaned at one point and it got lost in the mail. So I bought the F/2. At first I didn’t want to like it that much, because the 1.4 was magic to me. But the F/2 grew on me, even after my 1.4 got rediscovered, I haven’t really used it. 

XF35mm f/1.4

XF35mm f/2

Why Your Choice?

The F/2 is way faster at autofocusing. It has a very pleasant bokeh and great fall-off between the focus plane and the blurred parts of the image. And the size is perfect for pocketing. The size really matters, when you use it with other primes. I like to pocket a wide lens at 12mm to 15mm the 35 and a 50. 

I hope Fujifilm will produce a series of primes with the same size as the 35mm F/2.  If they would make a 12mm, 16mm, 23mm and a 50mm, I’d buy them all. But the 35mm would still be my go to lens. 

6. How Often Do You Reach For Your XF35mm Lens/Lenses?

It is the lens that occupies most time on my X-Pro2

7. Could You Live With Just An XF35mm Lens In Your Photography Bag?

No. I’d need a wide angle lens and a portrait lens for faces that benefits from a bit more compression. I could do with a 12mm, a 35mm and a 50mm. If forced to only two, the 12 and 35 would be my choices. 

8. Do You Like To Use Available Light Or Studio Light With Your XF35mm Lens/Lenses?

It depends on the circumstances. If the available light is pleasing, then that would be fine. But if I need better definition and clarity, I will need more light, and then the speed lights are pulled out of my bag. It is not as much my preferred choice as it is what the job requires. I strive for the best result I can get under the given circumstances, and use the tools I need to get there. 

9. What Fuji-X Camera Body Do You Prefer To Use The XF35mm Lenses On? Why Your Choice?

The X-Pro2 is my absolute favourite. The files that comes out of that camera are top quality. 

Why Your Choice?

I love the form factor of the X-Pro2. Looking down on the mechanical buttons, you instantly know your exposure settings. They are easy to adjust and I love the retro ISO wheel, which is very easy for me to adjust while shooting. Mostly I adjust it only once, unless the light changes all the time. 

The Q menu is more or less like choosing which analog film you will use in my old Minolta CLE. Pick a simulation, adjust it, and there is your image settings. You don’t really need to do more. 

The X-Pro2 feels much like my old analog film cameras back in the day. It is a very tactile user experience and if you get the hang of the image settings, the JPG’s needs little or no work afterwards. 

10.Do You Have Any Favourite Photographs Using The XF35mm Lenses?

Yes

11.Finish This Line: The Fuji XF35mm Lenses Are…

...great value and so good that you forget to appreciate them. 

Iain Palmer

Abundant Magazine