I took a Multimedia Production class at McNally Smith College this fall. Assignment # 4: “Utilize the Kuleshov Effect to create the following eight emotions: hunger, disgust, grief, horror, pride, peace, rage, love. You will make use of the media provided (4 video clips and 8 title cards). You may use audio or music of your choice. In addition to juxtaposing clips and enhancing the intended tonality with audio/music, you will utilize color grading, FX filters, and keyframe animations to further bolster the emotional experience.” Here’s my first attempt at creating a video with Adobe Premier Pro!!!
Visions of Sugarplums is a burlesque parody of our traditional Nutcracker ballet, joining the catalog that includes Mark Morris’ The Cracked Nut and Myron Johnson’s Nutcracker Not So Suite. Sugarplums is a hoot with lots of talent, great costumes and music.
In 2014 I photographed the dress rehearsal for the Sugarplum’s inaugural run at the Ritz Theater in Minneapolis. This year I photographed the dress rehearsal and one of the performances for the 2016 show, this time running at the Lab Theater in Minneapolis. In the following compilation of images you might notice how different lighting and textures are created in the two theaters.
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Studio portraits are great because you can control the lighting and other factors in the environment to create a high-quality image. But they can be a bit boring with the same old backdrop. I enjoy using Photoshop to create an alternate background. It’s not easy, though. If all you do is cut out the figures and paste them on a background, it looks pretty bad. First there’s the technical challenge of making a clean mask. Elements such as flying hair are time consuming. Then, once I have an idea for the background, I have to figure out how it’s going to work in terms of light, color, perspective, and blending. Each of the following re-imagined photos took many hours. All photos Copyright 2016 Alice Gebura All Rights Reserved. These images may not be “borrowed” or used elsewhere.
In Feb., 2016 Minneapolis Music Company will present A Fiddler’s Tale, Wynton Marsalis’ composition inspired by Stravinksy’s L’Histoire du Soldat. I worked with Artistic Director, Mischa Santora, and the dancers Anton LaMon and Kendra Vie Boheme Dennard to create production photos for the upcoming performance. Some of my photos are posted below and you can find out more about the performance here.
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August 15, 2015
Who needs anatomy drawing class when you can photograph b-boys! Outside in the Cowles Center parking lot in 90-degree heat, b-boy crews from around the country were battling to make the finals and win some cash prizes. I loved shooting all manner of contortions, freezes, kicks, and airborne gyrations. The tricks are impressive but I also thought the upright dance moves created their own poetry.
Earlier, inside the Cowles Center in the Minnesota Dance Theater Studio, I photographed a lovely Nutcracker performance workshop. Choreographer Katie Rose McLaughlin has imagined how Clara’s life might have unfolded after the Nutcracker episode. Four female dancers play Clara at different ages. The younger dancers, including the superb Barton Cowperthwaite, were technically and artistically delightful. Yet, I was especially struck by the grace and elegant movement of older dancer, Lise Houlton.
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What a fabulous show! Enjoy the photos!
Dancers from the show Dance Out of Africa are granted a limited license to use these photos as follows: You may download an image for your own use on social media free of charge. You may not delete, crop, or alter any photo in any way. Any attempt to remove the watermark that identifies Alice Gebura as the photographer is a violation of this license. All photos Copyright 2015 Alice Gebura All Rights Reserved.
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In the evening before the sun disappears below the horizon, there are approx. 20 minutes of beautiful light. The light changes constantly in color, texture, and intensity. I’m embarking on a series of sunset portraits and my daughter, Morgen, was my first model. These photos are presented in the order they were taken so you can see how the light changes in the landscape and how it affects the model. The changing light required me to be vigilant with camera settings as well as the settings on the flash – a ProPhoto B1 set up on an Avenger C-stand.
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