Irix is a brand which was created by photographers. Therefore, our aim is to expand and strengthen our photographic community which is made up of passionate, talented and open minded creators.
Born in 1992 in Carpi, Isabella Tabacchi is a professional landscape photographer based in the north of Italy. She's always had a sensibility for natural environments and photography came her life suddenly; a huge passion exploded in her heart.
Photography for me it is not just a hobby or a work, it is an addiction. Exactly the same addiction I have for travel, and for discovering new places and meet new people.
Vadim is an independent art director with 15+ years of experience, as well as a passionate travel photographer and videographer specialising in cityscapes, landscapes & aerial fields.
Sebastian Tontsch is a respected architecture and Interiors photographer, Co-Founder of Blowfish Media in Dubai and owner of Sebastian Tontsch Photography.
24-years-old, Irix Lens Ambassador, automotive commercial photographer and test driver.
A professional landscape and travel-photographer.
Michael Olatunji is a visual artist based in Newcastle upon Tyne, England who specialises in fine art urban photography and portraiture.
Born in 1992 in Carpi, Isabella Tabacchi is a professional landscape photographer based in the north of Italy. She’s always had a sensibility for natural environment and photography came her life suddenly; a huge passion exploded in her heart. Isabella explored and studied the boundless sceneries in the Alps, with a special regard to the Dolomiti, her second house, and is discovering the rest of the World. The shots she takes with her camera become images after post processing phase, in which she emphasizes the strong elements of the captured landscapes and put in them the emotions she felt.
Her works were exhibited in Rome and Athens and published in online and paper magazines like Landscape Photography Magazine, National Geographic, Practical Photography, Daily Mail, Digital Photo SLR UK, N-photo. In 2017 Isabella won the second prize and five honorable mentions in the Professional Landscapes category of the Monochrome Awards 2016. She won also two honorable mentions in the International Photographer of the Year awards (IPOTY) and her pictures were published in the Outdoor Photographer of the Year (OPOTY) Portfolio II (“The magic of the night” is the cover). In April of the same year Isabella won the first prize and three nominees in the Professional Landscapes category of the 3rd Fine Art Photography Awards. Photographer of the Year 2016 at La Grande Photo Awards.
In Summer 2017 she also won two honorable mentions at the Moscow International Foto Awards and two mentions at the Lucie Foundation’s International Photography Awards (IPA). Her image “The battle” is among the TOP 50’s (top ten) in the Epson International Pano Awards 2017 and received a Gold award and two Silver medals.
First prize in the Special – Night Photography category of the ND Awards.
Third prize in the Nature – Landscape category of the International Photographer of the Year awards (IPOTY).
Honorable mention in the Tokyo Foto Awards.
Juror in the International Epson Pano Awards 2018 and Chania International Photo Festival 2018.
She is Irix Lens, Haida Filter, Fotopro tripods official ambassador and affiliated with the Tony Kuyper Luminosity Masks.
Isabella is member of two of the most important italian photographer associations : Tau Visual and AFNI (Italian nature photographers association).
Photography for me it is not just a hobby or a work, it is an addiction. Exactly the same addiction I have for travel and for discovering new places and meet new people.
My photography is made with colors I like the strong contrasts and the unique tones. I’m constantly focused in finding uncommon weather conditions or particular lights effects, in order to give to my works, my own style and my signature.
My main subjects are landscapes, events, curiosities, and occasionally people which I met during my travels around the world. Some of my best photos have been published by famous magazines, online or paper. While some have won official contests or have been featured in famous websites or in several social pages of some world wide diffused brands.
Vadim is an independent art director with 15+ years of experience, as well as a passionate travel photographer and videographer specialising in cityscapes, landscapes & aerial fields. His passion for photography began several years ago. He started with a broad variety of subjects, such as portraits, nature, and cityscapes, and he quickly realised that his passion was in landscape and cityscape photography. His passion for photography remained steady for a couple of years until his main job took over and there was almost no time left to travel and shoot. Everything changed when he became a freelancer and started to travel more. Iceland was the country that changed the course of his photo hobby. There, he perfected his craft and also gathered a crystallised subject he wanted to shoot more.
He mainly shoots composite photos.
Sebastian Tontsch is a respected architecture and Interiors photographer, Co-Founder of Blowfish Media in Dubai, and owner of Sebastian Tontsch Photography.
Born in Schwaebisch Gmuend in the south of Germany, he grew up in the beautiful German countryside in a small village where he learned to appreciate nature and the elements. As a youngster he was taught by his father about the star constellations in the night sky, and it was then that he developed his passion for astro photography.
Landscape photography was his first professional field, and cityscape developed later when he moved to the spectacular city of Dubai in 2013. Photographing Dubai – with its density of skyscrapers and city lights – became something of an addiction, and he is now well-known for his breathtaking captures of the emirate.
Sebastian likes to use the skills and visual rules of interiors and architecture photography in his cityscapes to give them the cleanest and most symmetrical look possible. Digital image editing plays a big role in today’s photography, but it is important to him to keep pictures real. Dynamic blending is part of his skill set, but replacing skies or elements in pictures is a tool he strictly only uses in architecture and interiors.
Featured by several luxury real estate publications, international newspapers such as The Telegraph in the UK, and magazines such as National Geographic, Sebastian has become well-known across the globe.
24-years-old, Irix Lens Ambassador, automotive commercial photographer and test driver. True petrol-head either driving or shooting when I’m not daydreaming. Travelling across Europe and the world for my clients as well as for my passion for discovering deserts and wild areas.
Clients: Renault, Mercedes-Benz, Mclaren, Honda, Smart, Lexus, Audi, Seat, BMW ALPINA, Pagani, TeamOne LosAngeles, Publicis ( Prodigious ) etc.
A professional landscape and travel-photographer.
Winner of the Wildlife of Russia contests, 35 awards, 100 BEST Photos, My Planet Award, finalist of the RGO contests Most Beautiful Country, Russian Photo, Prophotos.
Author of publications in magazines National Geographic, GEO, Russian Photo, PhotoCasa, Prophotos, Office Magazine; author of the course in landscape photography “Looking for a frame.”
Michael Olatunji is a visual artist based in Newcastle upon Tyne, England who specialises in fine art urban photography and portraiture.
His inspiration stems from a love of nature, people and traveling.
He is the founder of Alpha Arts, a UK based photography company who sells original art prints and image licenses. Alpha Arts also works alongside private clients, agencies and organisations delivering professional grade content for social media, marketing and commerce.
Dutch photographer Niki Feijen immortalises an astonishingly intact glimpse into the past. This autodidact specialises in documenting and capturing historic architecture and abandoned buildings. Each photo fuse together the conflicting notions of beauty and decay and corresponds with his desire to capture and silently communicate with his audience about the subject’s very essence.
Niki wants to recreate the exact same scene as he sees while standing in a location but the light-spectrum your eye can capture is much, much wider than a camera can capture. Photographing a dark setting with extreme highlights like a window causes the highlights to wash out into white or dark areas can become obscure black blobs. It’s impossible to shoot a photo that captures both ends of this spectrum. Since Niki does not use any artificial lighting he uses different exposures to capture a much wider light spectrum than a traditional photograph. The result is a hyper realistic photo which would replicate the exact same thing you would see standing inside the location yourself.
In 2010 Feijen visited the quintessential location of desertion: the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone. After a catastrophic nuclear accident occurred in 1986 the entire city of Pripyat, all 50,000 inhabitants, were evacuated within 48 hours. Most of the belongings of the evacuated inhabitants were left behind and never returned to again. The incredible deafening silence of this location, in its absence of the living, permeates the senses and mind of visitors who venture to there to this day.
Feijen is currently travelling around the globe looking for more hidden gems tucked away behind ‘Do Not Enter’ signs. Curious about what lies on the other side, he goes in search of the hidden world that is often in plain sight. When Feijen comes across impressive yet eerie locations, such as homes located in ghost towns, asylums, decaying hospitals, abandoned castles and long forgotten hotels, he intends to preserve the what is left of the past by encapsulating these forgotten masterpieces’ ethos in a photo before they crumble and collapse.
The impressions left from these places are represented in visual form for the public in three separate books. All works, ‘Disciple of Decay’ (April 2013) ‘Frozen’ (September 2014) and ‘Tempus Fugit’ (December 2017), have been independently published. The first sold out in six months. On top of these publications, Feijen’s photographs are exhibited at art galleries and international art fairs several times a year.
His works have been featured by NBC, BBC, The Huffington Post, ABC News, The Daily Mail and Chase Jarvis, among a variety of others. As of 2014 Feijen’s work is part of the Sir Elton John Photography Collection where his name is among legendary photographers as ; Edward Weston, David LaChapelle, Diane Arbus and Henri Cartier-Bresson.
Photographer & freelance graphic designer, Dimitri more known as Jahz design, lives and works in France. Self-taught artist multifaceted Jahz began working in fashion in 2006 for the ready-to-wear brand called “Kavany” (of Christian Karembeu – World Cup soccer champion in 1998) as a graphic artist / designer. Collaborated on many other projects like “Peace and Sport” (Prince Albert II of Monaco), And many more… It starts in 2009 in “freelance” with clients as Julia Channel, Damon Dash (Roc-A-Fella Records), Nouvelle Donne Music label, Das EFX…
In 2010 He met the group 112, a band leading artists of the label of Puff Daddy (Bad Boy Records). After this meeting Jahz decides to start a musical project with Daron Jones (112) and another former Bad Boy rapper G-Dep, the both together. In 2011 follow other collaborations with Tory Lanez, Black Rob, Q.Parker (112) Murda Mook (from Ruff Ryders), Cali Swag District, LLoyd …
It was in 2013 when he developed his interest in the photography of heritage in disuse. His first exploration was an ancient cemetery of military ships. Today he travels the globe looking for places in decline. It draws our attention to our civilization in constant mutation to ephemeral memory.
I was born in 1982, I come from Poland where I grew up and spent most of my life. A Few years ago I left my country and spent 5 years in Northern Ireland.
My love for photography had started to develop since childhood and later on became my biggest passion and the greatest influence in my daily life.
I have always seen the world as pictures and frames I love landscapes and the natural world. Long walks along with photography give me a lot of satisfaction – this is my small world, seen with my very own eyes. Sometimes it may seem surreal and messed up, but these are in fact, pieces of my imagination mixed with breathtaking landscapes, the very miracle that is nature.
I was lucky enough to live on the spectacular coast of Northern Ireland. It is a true paradise for a landscape photographer, an amazing and perfect place to capture and show the beauty and the power of nature.
The important thing I need to mention is the constant search for the perfect light and atmosphere. In my case it all differs. Sometimes the pictures are colorful, other times they are grayish with a flash of light. It all depends on what’s going on in my head at this particular moment. But I am always striving for that perfect element of light and how it impacts on my photography.
Currently I have a lot of plans for the future. I would like to broaden my horizons, and show different areas and other genres of photography. I am confident that, with time, I will be able to achieve it all.
When I was going to school, I used to paint pictures. It’s one of my passions, well, it used to be. The paintings were landscapes mixed with fantasy elements and that has influenced my life until this moment. At that time I discovered my passion for photography as well. This passion began to grow and transformed into an obsession that is deep in the roots of my soul.
I used to see my friends who had cameras and learn from them. In those days analogue photography was the most common, then I got my first digital camera and it all exploded in me. I could publish my photos on the Internet, make new friends and learn. I have learned everything by myself, but I have to admit to having been gifted with a few precious tips from professionals, and I am very grateful for all of them.
For sure, the landscape is my first love. The Northern Coast of Ireland has definitely inspired me, ocean with rocks, cliffs, mountains and valleys and a huge variety of places have built my vast portfolio of photographs. I also love long walks and discovering new places and that all influences my passion.
Siggi was born in Iceland and has spent most of his photography career in this paradise.During his time as a photographer, he early on found that his passion lies with photographing the beautiful landscapes and nightscapes of Iceland.
One of his favorite activities is being out, chasing the northern lights and thinking of new ways to top his shots. He has won multiple awards for his work, both locally and internationally, especially for his photos of the Aurora Borealis.
Sigurdur has also written a book on the subject to aid everyone in getting the perfect shots of Lady Aurora and held nightscape photography workshops in Iceland since the beginning of 2012 with great success. When the days get longer and the northern lights fade into the daylight, he turns his eyes towards the sun and the amazing midnight sun that Iceland has to offer with the golden hours that seem to stretch on forever.
Along the way he co-founded and is the CEO of Arctic Shots, one of the top photo-tour companies in Iceland according to TripAdvisor, where hard work and happy clients reflect in a job well done. He also does tours and workshops for Iceland Photo Tours and others.
My name is Kuba Witos. I live and work in Zakopane – winter capital of Poland. I was born here in the heart of Tatra Mountains. When I was 16, I got interested in landscape photography. It is difficult to say what makes that I fall in love with mountains, but now I understand that this is my way of life.
Through photography and exploring I can feel freedom, moreover that is really good way to spend time with friends. In my opinion mountain photography is one of the most dangerous and most difficult branches of photography. It is extremely satisfying, when you get around rocky and hilly trials especially at night. First thing I do, after reaching the summit is spread out all of my photo equipment. I am so excited when I am waiting for the best conditions to catch a moment and take a photo, but much better feeling is when people appreciate photo you made. I want to develop myself every day, but I was already honoured in some photo contest.
Hello, I am Sergio Abello Villanueva.
I was born and lived for 20 years, in a paradise that is the Laciana Valley, and I continue living in another, at present, Asturias.
Landscape photography is my way of life, a tireless search for the best light and the best moments in spectacular places.
If I had to look for the origins of this hobby, I would have to go back to the 80s and to the thousands of photos that my father took with his Praktica MTL-3, a contraption that we should all smile about.
Then came my first SLR and automatic mode. I still remember the day I turned up in the laboratory with what I believed was the best photograph in the world but then discovering the harsh realities… Since that October 2013 when I took my first photo, I haven’t stopped conducting research and studying so I could save and show those unique and magical moments lived in the best possible way.
I’m Bleron Çaka, and I’m a professional landscape photographer from Kosovo.
I started taking pictures in 2007 when I was only 15 years old. At first, I captured everything: flowers, portraits, abstracts, until I found my real passion for landscape photography.
Since Kosovo has a lot of breathtakingly beautiful mountain peaks, lakes, and waterfalls, I’ve started exploring these sites so I can further improve myself at landscape photography.
To capture such beautiful places, I also started taking on a lot of hiking trips which allowed me to better explore the world we live in.
It was only when I started exploring other countries abroad and spending time camping outside that I found my other drive in life – which is astrophotography, with a special focus on photographing the Milky Way and using time-lapse. While I was continually improving what I do, I was always seeking new opportunities. I wanted to have the best gear possible to make sure I achieved my photographic goals. This is the reason why I now proudly represent Irix.
For a long time now I’ve been studying photographs taken with the Irix 15mm f/2.4 Blackstone wide angle lens. Produced by this new Swiss-Korean company, I was very interested to learn about the quality this lens offers, especially when discovering that lots of talented landscape and nightscape photographers had started using it.
When reading the feedback from these photographers, I could see that this lens offers great image quality. Since I’m specifically focused on landscape and Milky Way photography, I understood that this Irix lens would offer me these possibilities and so help me improve my work. Considering the fact that it has an open diaphragm up to f/2.4, I saw that I could use the lens to take photographs of a high quality starry night as well.
Today I’m very pleased to have become an Ambassador of Irix and to have the opportunity of cooperating with this brand, and in turn presenting my photographs taken with Irix products.
When I first got the lens in my hands I was very surprised, and couldn’t wait to get outside and into the natural world and start making use of it as soon as possible.
The metal lens body gives me a very good feeling of stability when keeping it attached to the camera. I’ve only taken a few photos with this lens, but the results are amazing.
I then wanted to test it out in some challenging conditions to see how much light this lens can handle. While using it to take photos in direct sunlight at midday, I saw that it created perfect sun-stars with the nine rounded blades that it has. The quality of the optics, consisting of 15 elements in 11 groups, enables the photographer to take photographs with sharpness on all sides.
One of the great advantages of this lens is the focus. If you focus on an object, you can lock the focus range wherever you want. The lens focus feature is very smooth. In my opinion, this feature has been very necessary and I’m surprised that it hadn’t been thought before by anyone else. But Irix has made it possible. The other advantage that this wide lens possesses is a 95mm diameter filter thread, which most other lenses don’t have.
It is also worth mentioning that Irix has also taken care of the rest of those photographers who want their lens to be a lighter weight. With the Irix 15mm f2.4 Firefly, the exterior is mainly made of plastic, while the optics and all the other elements are the same as the Blackstone type.
Now I look forward to going out on new adventures and taking new photographs with my Irix lens, a lens which will be an inseparable part of my photographic gear and equipment from now on.
I would like to recommend this lens to all passionate landscape and astrophotography photographers. It’s a must! And it has a very good and affordable price for the quality it offers.
Now I can’t wait to set out on my new trips and take my next set of photographs with this amazing lens and so offer more feedback on how to use it best.
The extremely wide-angle, rectilinear manual focus lens
designed for DSLR cameras.
The ultra wide-angle, rectilinear manual focus lens designed for DSLR cameras.
Providing a focal length of 15mm, this lens is ideal for outdoor and indoor photography.