The GF20-35mm experience (part III)

Behind the scenes photoshoot feat. Diane Dayné

This is the 3rd session, Part 1 & 2 are available here:

The GF20-35mm experience (part I)
The GF20-35mm experience (part II)

We did the first two outdoors, so I thought it would be fun to test the GF 20-35mm lens indoors. This is one of these sessions I will never forget. It started like a nightmare… and it ended up being one of my favorites of this year.



Diane, the dancer I photographed that day, came in at the very last minute, less than 48h to be precise. I was supposed to work with an ex-Gymnast (now dancer) that bailed on me for questionnable reasons. We prepared a ton of stuff for this one. I had very specific ideas in mind because I knew our time was limited, so improvisation wasn't really an option, espescially if we wanted to create all the images we had planned.


Everything was going well, until the week before the session. Communication was difficult with the model who wa hard to reach and who took forever to answer simple questions related to the project. After a few days without any feedbacks, I started worrying. 48h before the shoot, I finally got a text back. A brief message to tell me she won't be able to make it.


After seeing her alive and well in her stories on IG, I just decided to ignore the message and turn the page. A few years ago this could have led to the cancelation of the session but, this happened to me so many times that I knew all I needed was someone available. I learned how to overcome this type of situation, I know I am able to pull it off without much prepared, and with someone I’ve never worked with before.


You guessed it Diane, our last minute saviour never worked with me, this was our first time meeting and working together. Just the right amount of stress on our way to the location, but in the end, us meeting Diane was kind of a blessing.


Diane D. (Toulouse - France)

Fujifilm GFX100s + GF 20-35 mm F4 R WR

1/100sec f/4 ISO 1000 at 24mm



I couldn’t use what I initially prepared but we kept the overall vibe and feeling. We managed to gather a few outfits and decided to improvise on the spot... We didn’t have much choice did we?


Diane D. (Toulouse - France)

Fujifilm GFX100s + GF 20-35 mm F4 R WR

1/250sec f/4 ISO 800 at 22mm



You know the camera, you know the lens, I used the Godox parabolic P158 (the big one) with the AD 1200 pro. On some shots I had to light specific parts of the location, like the ceiling with an additional PIXAPRO CITI1200 PRO and the Godox AD600 pro.


Diane D. (Toulouse - France)

Fujifilm GFX100s + GF 20-35 mm F4 R WR

1/250sec f/4 ISO 640 at 20mm



Diane D. (Toulouse - France)

Fujifilm GFX100s + GF 20-35 mm F4 R WR

1/320sec f/4 ISO 320 at 35mm



Diane D. (Toulouse - France)

Fujifilm GFX100s + GF 20-35 mm F4 R WR

1/320sec f/4 ISO 320 at 35mm



I couldn’t resist using my smoke machine for the last shot… you know just for fun!


Diane D. (Toulouse - France)

Fujifilm GFX100s + GF 20-35 mm F4 R WR

1/320sec f/4 ISO 1250 at 20mm



Huge thanks to Diane, for being so professional and for delivering way more than I expected on the day. Thank you the Château grand moulin, you might remember this place from the short dance video I made there a while back with another dancer.



Once again the GF 20-35 mm f/4 R WR lens showed how it can easily be used for an entire session. I sent it back a few weeks ago, and I am already missing it. I will share the last photoshoot entirely made with that lens shortly, and a bonus session will come right after on the blog, and for the blog only!

Diane D. (Toulouse - France)

Fujifilm GFX100s + GF 20-35 mm F4 R WR

1/125sec f/4 ISO 500 at 35mm


I really hope you enjoyed these, we sure had a lot of fun doing them.


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