26. May 2016 · Comments Off on Sleeping Bear Dunes & Mackinac Island · Categories: Landscape, Photography
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The trail to the Lake Michigan overlook, Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive

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Lake Michigan overlook, Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive

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Lake Michigan overlook, Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive

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Lake Michigan overlook, Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive

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Fishtown in Leland, Michigan

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Dune Climb, Sleeping Bear Dunes National Park

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Pyramid Point, Sleeping Bear Dunes National Park

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Wild triliums in bloom

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On the Bluff Trail, Mackinac Island

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View of Lake Huron from Mackinac Island Bluff Trail

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Arch Rock on Mackinac Island

13. February 2016 · Comments Off on Re-Imagining the Background of a Studio Portrait · Categories: Photography, Portrait · Tags: ,

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.

Cara Seymour

Cara Seymour, 2015 Lois Greenfield Workshop

Cara Seymour

Replaced the wall and floor with a soft background and figure shadow

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Anton LaMon and Kelly Vittetoe, Photo shoot at the Tek Box, Cowles Center for Dance

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Sunset and water. Bi-colored filter on the dancers to blend the tonality.

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Anton LaMon and Kelly Vittetoe, Photo shoot at the Tek Box, Cowles Center for Dance

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Hue, saturation, and exposure applied to background fabric from another photo. Created a mirror floor.

 

09. February 2016 · Comments Off on Pony Party Place has a New Web Site Design · Categories: Web Site Examples · Tags: , , , ,

cartoon ponyThis was a fun project.  At the beginning of every design or redesign project I ask what’s the audience for this web site.  For Pony Party Place the audience is families with young children.  Research showed unanimously that children respond best to cartoon web sites.  This is my first cartoon-style web site and I had a blast with it.  I purchased a stock cartoon pony, but the rest of the cartoon images I either created in Photoshop or got from free clip-art sites.  I also did an on-site photo shoot at one of the parties, which, by the way, looked like one of the best kid birthday parties ever.

Pony Party Place

09. November 2015 · Comments Off on Production Photos for A Fiddler’s Tale · Categories: Dance, Photography · Tags:

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.

 

All Photos Copyright 2015 Alice Gebura All Rights Reserved

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16. August 2015 · Comments Off on Generations · Categories: Dance, Photography · Tags: , , ,

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.

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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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All photos Copyright 2015 Alice Gebura All Rights Reserved

10. August 2015 · Comments Off on Dance Out of Africa · Categories: Dance, Photography · Tags: , , ,

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.

For any other use of these photos, you must request an additional license from the photographer, Alice Gebura, whom you can contact via email or phone.  For contact information, see the column to the right.

 

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10. August 2015 · Comments Off on Sunset Series: Morgen · Categories: Photography, Portrait · Tags:

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.

All photos Copyright 2015 Alice Gebura All Rights Reserved.

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The sunset is to your left and isn’t included in the first few shots.

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Now I’ve moved the model so the sunset is on the right. At this point the sun is low in the sky but not yet touching the horizon.

 

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The location for this shoot is Lake of the Isles in Minneapolis.

 

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The lower the sun, the more color from light bouncing off the moisture in the clouds. It casts color on the model as well.

 

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The sun is almost gone. Most of the light on the model now is from the flash.

 

18. February 2015 · Comments Off on From La Jolla to Big Sur · Categories: Landscape, Photography · Tags: , , , ,

I’ve been up and down the California coast many times and the views always thrill me whether winding through rolling green foothills or teetering on the edge of a cliff plunging into the ocean.  On our last trip we started in La Jolla and drove through Big Sur with a stop in Cambria.  With the ever changing weather and light, the views are always mesmerizing.  Here are some of them.

All photos Copyright 2015 Alice Gebura All Rights Reserved.

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Moonstone Beach, Cambria

Fiscalini Ranch Trail, Cambria

Fiscalini Ranch Trail, Cambria

Moonstone Beach, Cambria

Moonstone Beach, Cambria

Fiscalini Ranch Trail, Cambria

Fiscalini Ranch Trail, Cambria

Pfeifer Beach, Big Sur

Pfeifer Beach, Big Sur

Rt 1, Los Padres National Forest

Rt 1, Los Padres National Forest

Pfeifer Beach, Big Sur

Pfeifer Beach, Big Sur

 

 

17. February 2015 · Comments Off on California Coast Wildlife · Categories: Landscape, Photography

We saw otters drifting in the surf and whale spouts in the distance, but these were too far away to photograph.  Seals and pelicans are so used to being around tourists it was easy to get some close-ups.

All photos Copyright 2015 Alice Gebura All Rights Reserved.

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Brown pelican takes off, La Jolla Cove

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Brown pelican, La Jolla Cove

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Harbor seals, mom and pup, La Jolla Cove

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Harbor seals, mom and pup, La Jolla Cove

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Pelicans, La Jolla Cove

cormorants

Cormorants, Moonstone Beach

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Elephant seals, Piedras Blancas.  The males can weigh 2.5 tons!  The smell on this beach was unreal!!

deer

A deer in the neighbor’s garden, Cambria.  Flirting with the camera.