GFX100S: The making of "A day with Canyon" x Aldo Ricci

Let’s start from here, from Massa Marittima, in the beautiful Tuscany (Italy).

This time for the realization of this new production, we relied on the brand new FUJIFILM GFX100S, a 102MP medium format camera. As they said in an old advertisement, “Two is better than one”.

Having the ability to shoot great videos, with a cinematic look in 4K, with the advantage of being able to shoot even 102 megapixel images, is priceless.

These are the lenses we have chosen to combine with the camera body:

  • GF32-64mmF4 R LM WR
  • GF30mmF3.5 R WR
  • GF80mmF1.7 R WR
  • GF110mmF2 R LM WR

Two days of production dedicated to a very young sportsman, Antonio, riding a Canyon Sender bike.

The first day we took advantage of the warm morning lights, with the soft shadows of dawn, to start getting familiar with the setup.
The shooting technique is the classic one, with gimbal, which I have been using for years and which most identifies me.
Shot in 4K, 25fps in F-log to then manage the dynamic range in post-production.

In the image below you can see the setup on the gimbal, with a large monitor to facilitate the shooting, microphone directly mounted on the camera and polarizing and ND filter on the lens.

The day flew quickly and with excellent photographic and video results.
Before returning to the hotel, we did a small location scouting, to look for the various Day2 spots.

From the first card download, about 6 x 64GB, we immediately saw the great potential of this camera and the beautiful, rich and generous file that it manages to bring out.
Apparently, it is not an easy production to manage for a Large Format camera, but GFX 100S seems not to know it and we take home a great job and a lot of satisfaction and fun!

The second day was actually the most fun and in which we experienced everything and more. We put the camera under stress, from every point of view. On a FPV Drone, on a Pov helmet I made myself (we first did a test ride with the small X-T4), up to turning between dust and water during a camera car (which obviously couldn’t be missing).

Antonio, our rider, really enjoyed himself and made himself available to shoot all the scenes I had in mind. The bike? A Canyon Sender which was, according to Antonio, super fun to ride and excellent for managing the dirt paths (almost too simple for that type of bike!).

The interview was deliberately done freehand so as not to lose the action effect had for all the shots. The audio is from the small Rode Micro placed on the camera. The light is typical of the sunset or almost, and the only light source that illuminated Antonio’s face came from a reflective panel.

Stop the chats, get on the saddle and enjoy the vision!