The magic that Voigtländer Nokton brings to the table (IMGS)

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The magic that Voigtländer Nokton brings to the table (IMGS)

I've just finalized a three day photo project.

On Thursday evening (roughly 600 images) and Friday evening (roughly 300 images) I captured my impressions of a great musical performance in my home town Schoten.

A production of the local Music, Theatre and Dance Academy, who performed a play by Dimitri Leue (in the original it is a one-man storytelling show with a small music band) : "Lodewijk de Koningspinguin" (this will explain the costumes of the main actors).

They turned it into an epic performance with 8 actors (and 2 guests including Leue himself), with a full orchestra, two choirs of different ages and a busload of young dancers.

The action was on the front part of the stage. I shot that part, and all the backstage stuff on Thursday.

Behind a semi transparent projection screen, the orchestra and choirs were visible from time to time. I shot them on Friday's premiere, because although I could move around quite freely on the try-out of Thursday, I wanted to avoid breaking the narrative suspension of disbelief by sneaking into the wings.

Today, there were TWO matinee performances at 13.30 and 16.00.

I made sure that my gallery was finalized and online by 17.30.

Gallery here:

Slideshow :

All images were shot with a pair of E-M1 mkI cameras:

- one with the 40-150mm PRO lens mounted,

- the other with the 12-40mm PRO mounted.

I also had my 75mm F1.8 with me but did not use it. The 40-150 was sufficiently bright for the shots that required telephoto, with added benefit of more DOF for ensembles.

On the "wide angle" camera, I did however also use the Voigtlander Nokton 17.5mm F0.95 lens for some extremely low light images in the wings during the performance.

The percentage of Noktonshots in the grand total is not that big, but I keep feeling like the Nokton lenses really bring a special rendering, apart from the fast aperture.

stage manager concentrating in the wings (1/6 sec at ISO3200, wide open)

The drummer of the orchestra, seconds before the show begins. (1/30 sec at ISO3200, wide open)

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Roel Hendrickx
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