“Video Works” with the Voigtländer Nokton 17.5mm/1:0.95 and Panasonic GX9

This is the last (fourteenth) of a series of articles taken on the Voigtländer Nokton 17.5mm/1:0.95. This article focuses on the low light video taken at the “Video Works” at Carriageworks (part of Sydney Festival 2020).

Sydney-based Kudjala/Gangalu artist Daniel Boyd’s VIDEO WORKS is an abstracted journey through time immemorial, and a gesture to the impermanence of life on this planet.

Three major video installations – A Darker Shade of Dark #1-4 (2012), History is Made at Night (2013) and Yamani (2018) – map the walls of the gallery with Boyd’s infinite cosmos of dynamic compositions and prismatic colour.

Set to a score by Canyons, VIDEO WORKS is an experience that is both otherworldly and grounded; expansive and atomic.

Video Works clip 1
Video Works clip #2

This is a good opportunity is how how well the lens captures low light video. The following videos were taken handheld in conditions of near darkness and showcases the ability of the lens to capture very low light – enough to feed video at 50p.

For more information on the Heliar 17.5mm lens, check out my initial impressions article and other articles in the series:

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Posted by Chris Tham

Chris Tham is a co-founder of Visual Voyager Pty Ltd, the Principal Voigtländer Ambassador for Mainline Photographics and a Workshop Instructor for Mainline Photo Academy. She brings over 35 years of experience as a photographer to her role, starting with a Yashica rangefinder belonging to her dad, joining the Photography Club in school, and developing her own photos. More recently, Chris has been taking photos during her travels, and as a result has experienced some of the most interesting places in the world. Chris focuses on nature, street, and urban architecture subjects in her photography.