The GF20-35mm experience (part II)

Behind the scenes photoshoot feat. Angelina R.

Before you go any further, a little reminder that this is my 2nd session made entirely with the recently announced GF 20-35mm lens. The first one was released earlier this week with Ex-gymnast, dancer & performer Maeva.

The GF20-35mm experience (part I)

This one features ballerina Angelina Rakova, I had to do at least one ballerina photoshoot (I ended up doing 3 sessions). We are in downtown Toulouse, with very little gear. This session gives you an idea of what I would typically bring for a quick outdoor urban dance photoshoot.



Angelina R. (Toulouse - France)

Fujifilm GFX100s + GF 20-35 mm F4 R WR

1/250sec f/4 ISO 50 at 20mm



For those who have asked me a thousand times this is what I bring when we have very little time and when I work solo. The idea is to have enough gear top do the job, but most importantly being able to pack and move as fast as possible from one scene to the next. Of course, there are variations of this depending on what and where I am about to shoot.


Angelina R. (Toulouse - France)

Fujifilm GFX100s + GF 20-35 mm F4 R WR

1/250sec f/4 ISO 50 at 20mm



I just have one flash in my bag, the small and versatile GODOX AD300 pro, which budget wise makes this shoot accessible to all. My light modifier is the Broncolor Beauty box 65. I know it’s a weird choice, but I cannot find another light modifier of this size with a bowens mount that actually satisfies me. So I had to purchase a Broncolor adapter to make it fit on the AD300... and I really hope I will find something similar with a Bowens mount shortly.


Angelina R. (Toulouse - France)

Fujifilm GFX100s + GF 20-35 mm F4 R WR

1/125sec f/4 ISO 50 at 34mm



My camera is obviously the Fujifilm GFX100s, and I only used the GF 20-35 mm F4 R WR during the entire photoshoot. This lens offers a full-frame equivalent focal length range of roughly 16-28mm. I had to specify it because a lot of you forget that my GFX camera has a larger sensor.


Like any morning session, we have to work fast because the sun doesn’t wait. Since I don’t have enough power to overpower the sun, I chose to shoot in the shadows. I sometimes used the sun as a secondary back or rim light.


The idea was to play with the architecture of the church behind my dancer. The lines helped me a lot in my compositions, as well as the different doors and arches that were used as frames.


Angelina R. (Toulouse - France)

Fujifilm GFX100s + GF 20-35 mm F4 R WR

1/125sec f/4 ISO 50 at 32mm




I got closer to my model, to get that special look. Playing with the distortions of this lens is not easy and for this occasion I decided to go beyond my usual limits.


We met a 2nd time with Angelina later that week in a location I really love. But more about this session next week. After working outdoors, with the GF 20-35mm I decided to make all my next sessions indoors.


Angelina R. (Toulouse - France)

Fujifilm GFX100s + GF 20-35 mm F4 R WR

1/400sec f/4 ISO 100 at 35mm



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The GF20-35mm experience (part I)
The GF20-35mm experience (part III)
The GF20-35mm experience (part IV)