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1000 Degrees Of Sergei

1000 Degrees Of Sergei

1000 Degrees Of Sergei

As some of you know, I find the relationship between dance and music fascinating.  By simply changing the music, identical steps and choreography take on a completely different nature.  It is so much fun to discover the differences the music can make in the tone, the mood and the overall feel of the piece.  There is a particular video of Sergei Polunin that I love to “play” with.

The video is “100º Celsius,” a ballet by Emil Faski.  It was performed by Sergei and Kristina Shapran during an episode of the “Big Ballet’ or “Bolshoi” television show.  It was a ballet competition show that Sergei entered upon arriving in Russia after leaving the Royal Ballet.

He won.

Here are my adaptations of the video, as well as the original.   Hope you get as much fun out of the “experimentation” as I did.

The Original

My Creations

“Breathless”

“Indigo”

“Moulin Bleu”

“Immersion”

Thank you Sergei, Kristina, and Emil.

 

About this post:

“1000 Degrees of Sergei”

This is a blog entry written by Pam Boehme Simon.  Thank you for reading.

Talk Show Host Tests Sergei

Talk Show Host Tests Sergei

Talk show host tests Sergei on how well he knows his own body.

Click here to view video.

As always, Sergei is good natured and humble… and too cute!

Albert Watson Photographs Sergei

Albert Watson Photographs Sergei

Learning From The Masters: Albert Watson Photographs Dancer Sergei Polunin

Legendary photographer

Albert Watson. Legend. Period, end. With a career spanning five decades and multiple iconic images, his career in fashion and portraiture would be the aspiration of any budding photographer. Alongside Irving Penn and Richard Avedon, PDN recognized him as one of the twenty most influential photographers of all time. In a new video by Profoto, the man whose subjects have ranged from Alfred Hitchcock to Kate Moss, discusses his approach to lighting, photography, and life.

His subject for the shoot is dancer Sergei Polunin. Watson drew inspiration from the likes of Michelangelo and Caravaggio to create stark black and white images.  He displays Polunin both through motion and portraiture as a sculpted work of art. Shooting in studio, he used the Profoto Pro-10 pack, multiple Pro Heads, and a Softlight Reflector White (beauty dish). His camera system was a Phase One.

Lighting

Several moments in the video will stick out. His use of a beauty dish in a high Rembrandt position reminds us that one of the most important things to do with light is to think outside of the box. You don’t have to use every light the way it’s expected to be used.  For example, beauty dish over camera head-on in standard “beauty” position. The unique placement comes with other adjustments.  Black fabric on the floor of the white seamless prevents light from bouncing up and filling in the desired shadows. He further uses black fabric on either side of the subject to reduce fill and deepen shadows.  This allows him to essentially create a “black box” scenario on a white cyc.

Movement

He also used see-through fabric during the movement shots to add both texture and momentum to the dance images. This minor addition takes an already wonderful shot to the next level by providing a bit of the unexpected.

Most important, Watson takes a moment to remind us that while it is easy to get caught up in light placement, exposure readings, it is always important to remember that there is a real human being in front of the lens. Technique is important, but not nearly as important as keeping the subject comfortable and engaged in the process.

A great photographer and a great resource. Check out the video to learn a bit about his technique.




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