Dancing through Sicily:
first video shoot with the
Canon EOS R6

Balerina tańczy w zniszczonej świątyni w pobliżu Palermo na Sycylii.

Hiszpański operator filmowy Javier Cortés był pierwszym zawodowcem, który zabrał aparat Canon EOS R6 na plan filmowy – filmował dwoje tancerzy baletowych w podróży przez Sycylię, zaczynając od świątyni Segesty. „Dla mnie to zawsze coś więcej niż tylko ujęcia – chcę opowiedzieć prostą historię” – mówi. Zrobione aparatem Canon EOS R6 z obiektywem Canon RF 24-70mm F2.8L IS USM, 24 mm, 1/5000 s, f/2,8 i ISO 400. © Javier Cortés

Weaving through the columns of an ancient temple, a ballerina is caught in the light of the breaking dawn, her flowing dress highlighted against the shadows thrown by the crumbling colonnade. The scene marks the start of a voyage through north-western Sicily, captured by Spanish cinematographer and Canon Ambassador Javier Cortés on the full-frame mirrorless Canon EOS R6.

"Filmmaking has the power to take you on a journey," says Javier, who shoots video and stills for high-end fashion brands and editorial publications, including Vogue and Harper's Bazaar. "My goal was to capture the fluidity of the dancers' bodies, the sensation of strength."

With extra-wide dynamic range thanks to Canon Log, up to 8-stops of Image Stabilization,1 4K video at up to 60p, and support for 10-bit YCbCr 4:2:2 internal recording, the Canon EOS R6, the latest addition to Canon's EOS R System family of cameras, is a formidable filming tool. From temple to theatre, pavement to palazzo, Javier put it through its paces, capturing cinematic footage from a full- frame mirrorless workhorse.

Faultless AF tracking and 8-stops of IS*

Javier's narrative began at the ancient Temple of Segesta near Palermo, the capital of Sicily. "I've always been interested in movement and how bodies look in front of the camera," he says. "I used slow motion at 50p to capture the dancer, her dress and how her skin looked in the morning light. I wanted to show how she tells a story with her body."

The Canon EOS R6's intelligent AF system enabled Javier to lock onto the ballerina's face and keep it in sharp focus while moving around her. "I wanted to shoot wide open shots that finish on her arms or face," he says. "She was pirouetting and jumping but the camera stayed focused. I couldn't believe it – I thought I'd lose the focus on her eyes."

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Balerina tańczy w świetle padającym przez otwarte drzwi. Pozostała część pomieszczenia znajduje się w cieniu.

„Autofokus z funkcją podążania za obiektem robi naprawdę imponujące wrażenie w przypadku zdjęć, ale na filmach to jest już czysty obłęd – nie mogłem w to uwierzyć”. Zrobione aparatem Canon EOS R6 z obiektywem Canon RF 50mm F1.2L USM, 1/750 s, f/2 i ISO 200. © Javier Cortés

Zbliżenie na twarz kobiety patrzącej w górę, w kierunku przeciwnym do obiektywu.

„Ten aparat pozwala na elastyczną pracę. Obracany ekran umożliwia łatwą zmianę kąta, pod którym robimy zdjęcie.” Zrobione aparatem Canon EOS R6 z obiektywem Canon RF 50mm F1.2L USM, 1/500 s, f/1,4 i ISO 100. © Javier Cortés

In his commercial work Javier often operates with large crews but he relished the opportunity to return to his single-shooting roots. "I've got used to having big teams, but here I came back to working just with the camera," he says.

The Canon EOS R6's innovative in-body Image Stabilization (IS) – offering up to 8-stops of IS1 – meant that Javier could shoot handheld and capture perfectly smooth video footage.

He tested the IS by shooting with two cameras, one in each hand, each fitted with a stabilised lens but one with IS on and one with the IS off. "I was moving around with the cameras on my arms and it was amazing," he says. "The stabilisation is very effective."
Balerina tańczy na plaży w księżycowym oświetleniu i oświetlonymi budynkami za nią.

Taniec na piasku na plaży Mondello. „Światło księżyca powinno zapewnić wysoki kontrast, ale w cieniach i na ubraniach są szczegóły. Mogłem uchwycić ruch. Nie jestem przyzwyczajony do tego rodzaju obrazu [podczas pracy] w nocy” – mówi Javier. Zrobione aparatem Canon EOS R6 z obiektywem Canon RF 50mm F1.2L USM, 1/40 s, f/1,4 i ISO 32000. © Javier Cortés

"At sunrise you don't have much light or contrast, so I started shooting with higher ISOs," Javier says. "I was really impressed with the camera's performance in low light – the colour rendition was amazing. Colour is important to me. I decide which camera and lenses I am going to use based on how they develop colour. When I was shooting at the temple, I imagined the colour of the sunrise, and everything I imagined, I got."

The other locations provided further lighting challenges, from a darkened theatre to a beach illuminated only by moonlight. Inspired by moonlit portraits he'd previously taken in the Sahara Desert, Javier hoped to translate his creative concept to video, shooting a ballerina dancing along the water's edge at Mondello Beach.
Tancerz baletowy, Lee Jay Hoy, pozuje przed klasycznymi budynkami w Palermo na Sycylii.

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Canon Ambassador and fashion photographer Wanda Martin on the first-ever shoot with the full-frame mirrorless Canon EOS R6.
"I didn't have the supermoon I wanted, but I had three quarters of the moon and the lights of the city. I was using high ISOs – ISO64000 and ISO32000 – and it worked well, giving impressive colour and high dynamic range.”
Tancerka baletowa w sąsiednim pokoju, sfotografowana w obrysie drzwi.

Javier cieszył się z możliwości powrotu do tego, co robił na początku swojej kariery: pracy w pojedynkę. „Pracuję z kamerami filmowymi i zespołem, ale uwielbiam filmować samodzielnie – ten aparat umożliwia bardzo kreatywną pracę i improwizację”. Zrobione aparatem Canon EOS R6 z obiektywem Canon RF 24-70mm F2.8L IS USM, 24 mm, 1/350 s, f/2,8 i ISO 800. © Javier Cortés

Flexible, creative hybrid shooting

Originally a stills-only fashion photographer, Javier has become known for working across stills and video and is regularly tasked with delivering both on editorial and commercial jobs. Having a flexible hybrid camera that can switch between the two at the touch of a button was particularly welcome. "On every shoot I have my photo camera and my cinema camera, but in this case I could continue shooting with the same camera," he says. "It's really magical."

The Canon EOS R6's high-resolution Vari-Angle touchscreen allowed him to capture the action from all angles. "I am always on the floor shooting or leaning on walls," explains Javier. "With this camera, without needing a big ladder, I can put the camera above my head, tilt the screen and see the image."
Balerina przeskakuje przez pięknie urządzone pomieszczenie.

Javier był pod szczególnym wrażeniem zakresu dynamicznego aparatu oraz jakości kolorów w jasnych i ciemnych partiach obrazu. Zrobione aparatem Canon EOS R6 z obiektywem Canon RF 85mm F1.2L USM, 1/500 s, f/1,8 i ISO 1600. © Javier Cortés

Balerina pozuje w świetle podającym z otwartych drzwi. Pozostała część pomieszczenia znajduje się w cieniu.

Aparat EOS R6 jest szczególnie skuteczny przy słabym oświetleniu, zwłaszcza w połączeniu z obiektywem RF o jasnej przysłonie. Zrobione aparatem Canon EOS R6 z obiektywem Canon RF 50mm F1.2L USM, 1/500 s, f/2 i ISO 200. © Javier Cortés

Javier primarily shot in 4K 50p, his preferred frame rate for fashion. "At first I shot at 25p because I was worried about the speed and the available light, but after seeing there wasn't much grain, I started shooting in slo-mo," he says. "When I had movement and the dancers' clothes were flying, I wanted to capture it in slo-mo so I could work with that in the edit."

Shooting in Canon Log is a must for Javier, who was particularly impressed with the Canon EOS R6's expansive dynamic range. "The Canon Log is really good – you have a lot of information and colour in the highlights and the shadows," he says. "The style of video is closer to the EOS C300 cinema series than a stills camera that shoots video. This Canon Log feels similar to the Canon EOS C300 Mark II."
Operator filmowy Javier Cortés filmuje dwoje tancerzy baletowych na scenie w Teatro Massimo w Palermo na Sycylii.

Ostatnie sceny zostały nakręcone w Teatro Massimo w Palermo, największej operze we Włoszech. „Zawsze inspiruję się tym, jak czuję się w danym miejscu, a w Palermo byłem niczym dziecko, które przez cały czas stara się znaleźć idealne miejsce” – mówi Javier.

For the final scene of Javier's film, he shot under the iconic lights of Palermo's Teatro Massimo, Italy's largest opera house. It was the backdrop for the final scene in The Godfather: Part III and it was a place where Javier had long wanted to film. "This is the climax of the video – the place where the two dancers meet," he says. "I wanted to show how they move, how they feel and the contrast of the space.

"One of my main aims on any production – personal projects or fashion films – is to shoot with freedom and try something different, something I'm not used to. Palermo was beautiful – the locations and the light. It was an amazing journey and I think you feel that in the video."

Autor: Lucy Fulford

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Dwa aparaty Canon EOS R6 i obiektywy Canon ułożone na kafelkowej podłodze.


Canon EOS R6

Canon's full-frame mirrorless camera is the ultimate hybrid for video as well as stills, with intelligent Dual Pixel CMOS AF, support for a range of video formats including 4K 60p, in-body IS and outstanding low-light performance. "This camera gives you a lot of creativity and you can improvise a lot," says Javier.


Canon RF 50mm F1.2L USM

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