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

En ballerina danser inne i et ødelagt tempel i nærheten av Palermo på Sicilia.

Den spanske filmfotografen Javier Cortés ble den første som tok med Canon EOS R6 på en filminnspilling da han filmet to ballettdansere på en reise gjennom Sicilia. Reisen startet ved Segesta-tempelet. «For meg er det alltid mer enn bare bilder – jeg vil prøve å fortelle en enkel historie», sier han. Tatt med et Canon EOS R6-kamera med et Canon RF 24–70 mm F2.8L IS USM-objektiv med 24 mm, 1/5000 sek., f/2,8 og ISO400. © 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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En ballerina danser i lyset fra en åpen dør. Resten av rommet er skyggelagt.

«AF-sporingen er virkelig imponerende i bildene, men på video er den helt syk – jeg kunne ikke tro det.» Tatt med et Canon EOS R6-kamera med et Canon RF 50 mm F1.2L USM-objektiv med 1/750 sek., f/2 og ISO200. © Javier Cortés

Et nærbilde av en kvinnes ansikt mens hun ser opp og bort fra kameraet.

«Med dette kameraet kan du være fleksibel. Den vribare skjermen gjør at du enkelt kan endre vinkelen du tar bilder fra.» Tatt med et Canon EOS R6-kamera med et Canon RF 50 mm F1.2L USM-objektiv med 1/500 sek., f/1,4 og ISO100. © 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."

En ballerina danser på en månelys strand med opplyste bygninger bak henne.

Dans i sanden på Mondello Beach. «Måneskinnet bør gi høy kontrast, men det er detaljer i skyggene og klærne, og jeg kan fange bevegelsene. Jeg er ikke vant til å få så gode bilder [når jeg tar bilder] om natten», sier Javier. Tatt med et Canon EOS R6-kamera med et Canon RF 50 mm F1.2L USM-objektiv med 1/40 sek., f/1,4 og ISO32000. © 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.

Ballettdanser Lee Jay Hoy poserer foran klassiske bygninger i Palermo på Sicilia.

Dancing into the light: first stills shoot with the EOS R6

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.”

En ballettdanser i et tilstøtende rom tas bilde av i døråpningen.

Javier likte muligheten til å gå tilbake til røttene med enkeltbilder. «Jeg er vant til å jobbe med kinokameraer og et team, men jeg liker å ta bilder alene – med dette kameraet kan du være kreativ og improvisere mye.» Tatt med et Canon EOS R6-kamera med et Canon RF 24–70 mm F2.8L IS USM-objektiv med 24 mm, 1/350 sek., f/2,8 og ISO800. © 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."

En ballerina springer rundt i et praktfullt dekorert rom.

Javier var spesielt imponert over kameraets dynamiske område og kvaliteten på fargene i høylys og skygger. Tatt med et Canon EOS R6-kamera med et Canon RF 85 mm F1.2L USM-objektiv med 1/500 sek., f/1,8 og ISO1600. © Javier Cortés

En ballerina poserer i lyset fra en åpen dør. Resten av rommet er skyggelagt.

EOS R6 er spesielt effektiv i svakt lys, særlig når det kombineres med et RF-objektiv med rask blenderåpning. Tatt med et Canon EOS R6-kamera med et Canon RF 50 mm F1.2L USM-objektiv med 1/500 sek., f/2 og ISO200. © 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."

Filmfotograf Javier Cortés filmer to ballettdansere på scenen på Teatro Massimo på Sicilia.

De siste scenene ble filmet i Palermos Teatro Massimo – det største operahuset i Italia. «Jeg blir alltid inspirert av hva jeg føler når jeg er på et sted, og i Palermo var jeg som et lite barn som prøvde å finne det perfekte stedet hele tiden», sier 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."

Skrevet av Lucy Fulford


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Camera

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.

Lenses

Canon RF 50mm F1.2L USM

A lens that sets new standards in photographic performance, delivering supreme sharpness, extra creative control and a low-light performance that's simply remarkable.

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    1. 8-stops based on the CIPA standard with RF 24-105mm F4 L IS USM at a focal length of 105mm