• Haze Kware

Creative Fitness photoshoot BTS

Feat. Michele Juan

I really miss these, creating outside my apartment. I haven’t had such a session with a fitness athlete, since… I can’t remember, so I was really hyped for this one! This is one of the many sessions I made with the GODOX P128.



I’ve been carrying around this Parabolic light focusing system on almost all my recent sessions, and even used it at home. I really like it, because for this price I never thought it wasn’t possible to get near Bron color’s famous paras… And Godox did it. Check out my initial review if you haven’t already: The Godox P128 Kit - My 1st thoughts!


We made 2 sessions with Michele one at home that will be an exclusive post for my premium members on the blog, so stay tuned for that one, and if you are not a premium member yet, you should definetely consider being one.


This session was a bit different from my usual work because we chose quite a strange location for a fitness session.

Made entirely inside a carpentry factory here in Toulouse, a weird choice on paper but the perfect one for the look and feel we wanted to capture. Plus we had the luxury to have a huge afternoon to set up all the lights, and do a few tests.


Gear wise, I had the Phottix Raja strip boxes, the P128 has my main light or fill light. I used the Godox AD 1200 pro, AD 600 pro and the Pixapro citi 1200 pro.


You might notice a little change in the quality of the images coming from my 360° camera. This is because I am now using the Kandao Qoocam 8k for my BTS videos. I will soon do a video about how I currently make my behind the scenes video and it will of course feature this camera.


My camera hasn't changed, it is still the Fujifilm GFX100s, and for this project I only used 2 lenses, the GF30mm, and GF80mm lenses.


Michele Juan inside la Menuiserie Toulousaine (Toulouse - France)

Fujifilm GFX100s and GF 30 mm f/3.5 R LM WR

1/125sec f/9 ISO 50


"More than an athlete", that's what inspired me for this shot. A simple shot when you think about it, we are just merging 3 different images. But it took us a third of the session to make it. I've done images like this multiple times before, but I am still looking for a faster way to make them, hoping to make variations of this concept with 5, 7, 9 or more clones in one shot!

Michele Juan inside la Menuiserie Toulousaine (Toulouse - France)

Fujifilm GFX100s and GF 80 mm f/1.7 R WR

1/125sec f/5 ISO 50



You know I love smoke, and I had to find a way to use smoke indoors, as it is impossible to use the smoke grenades I usually use. A fog machine was the best option, I am currently using an ADJ Vf 13000 machine with heavy smoke.



Michele Juan inside la Menuiserie Toulousaine (Toulouse - France)

Fujifilm GFX100s and GF 80 mm f/1.7 R WR

1/125sec f/5 ISO 50



Michele Juan inside la Menuiserie Toulousaine (Toulouse - France)

Fujifilm GFX100s and GF 30 mm f/3.5 R LM WR

1/125sec f/9 ISO 50



If you look closely, I didn't fit the missing lights in the background like in the very first image. Don't ask me why, I did it on purpose. I think I kinda want my images to be "unpolished". Nothing in this world is perfect at least all the things I've experienced and that have surrounded me. So I want my images now to reflect that in a way too.


This sounds odd when you think about it because there is sometimes a lot of retouching and editing in my images. I just want to decide how imperfect my images should be!

Michele Juan inside la Menuiserie Toulousaine (Toulouse - France)

Fujifilm GFX100s and GF 80 mm f/1.7 R WR

1/125sec f/5 ISO 50




Some of these images made it to my recent portfolio... and you might not know this but my portfolio is at this address: www.hazekware.com

I just want to keep my portfolio and blog separate.

These images were really fun to make, and I have to say I am still much more comfortable on location than in a studio setup. I hope I will be able to participate to more projects like this one... Fingers crossed!