Olympus UK E-System User Group
Olympus UK E-System User Group

Join our unique resource for Olympus Four Thirds E-System DSLR and Pen and OM-D Micro Four Thirds photographers. Show your images via our free e-group photo gallery. Please read the e-group.uk.net forum terms and conditions before posting for the first time. Above all, welcome!


Go Back   Olympus UK E-System User Group > Out of Focus area > The lounge

The lounge Relax, take a break from photo and camera talk - have a chat about something else for a change. Just keep it clean and polite!

Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1  
Old 20th February 2009
ChrisW's Avatar
ChrisW ChrisW is offline
Full member
 
Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: Edinburgh
Posts: 488
Thanks: 7
Thanked 47 Times in 22 Posts
Likes: 0
Liked 4 Times in 2 Posts
Star Trail Photography

Has anybody tried their hand at Star Trail photography?

I came across this article on the BBC website - http://www.bbc.co.uk/leicester/conte..._feature.shtml

Here is a link to a bigger version of Mark’s star trail photo - http://www.smugmug.com/gallery/72962...327_nzish-A-LB

I tried this using an E-1 and found that I could only take 12 photos before the having to re-set the wired remote control.

Can this type of photography be done with an E-1, or should I expect to keep re-setting the remote control at the end of each set of 12 photos?

Alternatively, could this be done with an E-520, a wired remote control, or would I still be limited to 12 photos?
Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old 20th February 2009
crimbo crimbo is offline
Full member
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Shetland
Posts: 1,725
Thanks: 99
Thanked 147 Times in 128 Posts
Likes: 22
Liked 115 Times in 60 Posts
Re: Star Trail Photography

Havent done any since the days of film...
In those days you just opened the shutter and walked away no limited exposures on B.
With a wide lens I would probably start with 30s exposure every 30s
I have been trying to source an intervalometer for Olympus cameras - there is a good one for the sigmasony and canikon - so you can just program your shots and walk away

Dont know why you had a 12 shot limit
__________________
chris
shetland
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 20th February 2009
brob108
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Re: Star Trail Photography

I know a pro photographer in Liverpool called Peter Carr who was commissioned to do one of these recently. He found you could use two methods, either a series of 30s exposures (and then combine them together) or one very long exposure. He used the 30s exposure method.

He had to have several goes at it and found cloud movement to be a problem. He eventually got the pic done (and just in time too!).

Here's a link to the picture on his Flickr page (which also mentions some software he used to compile the images):

http://www.flickr.com/photos/petecarr/3280262712/
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 22nd February 2009
ChrisW's Avatar
ChrisW ChrisW is offline
Full member
 
Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: Edinburgh
Posts: 488
Thanks: 7
Thanked 47 Times in 22 Posts
Likes: 0
Liked 4 Times in 2 Posts
Re: Star Trail Photography

Just finished a wee experiment

With the E-520 set in Manual Mode, fully charged battery, F8.0, 30 second exposure, Noise Reduction off and wired remote control locked on the camera took 320 photos (for approximately 170 minutes) before running out of battery.

This should be plenty of time to get a decent series of photos to make up a star trail. All I need now is a cloud free night.
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 22nd February 2009
crimbo crimbo is offline
Full member
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Shetland
Posts: 1,725
Thanks: 99
Thanked 147 Times in 128 Posts
Likes: 22
Liked 115 Times in 60 Posts
Re: Star Trail Photography

Rod Souter pointed me in the direction of this intervalometer

Other thing to consider is that most astro images will stand ISO 1600 as a raw capture and then developed in Capture One 4

Once the intervalometer arrives I am waiting for an auroral event....oh for clear skies ...havent even seen Comet Lulin yet!
__________________
chris
shetland
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 22nd February 2009
ChrisW's Avatar
ChrisW ChrisW is offline
Full member
 
Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: Edinburgh
Posts: 488
Thanks: 7
Thanked 47 Times in 22 Posts
Likes: 0
Liked 4 Times in 2 Posts
Re: Star Trail Photography

Hope you get some clear skies - looking forward to seeing your results.
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 22nd February 2009
snapper1609 snapper1609 is offline
Full member
 
Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: Cumbria
Posts: 100
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Re: Star Trail Photography

I belong to a local flickr group and one of its member has some really good star trail images. Have a look at this.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/horrgakx/3152766691/

I'm sorry it's not done with an Olympus!
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 26th February 2009
Ellie Ellie is offline
Full member
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: SW Hants, UK
Posts: 2,382
Thanks: 62
Thanked 16 Times in 16 Posts
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Re: Star Trail Photography

Don't know much about photographing star trails, but has anybody managed to get a picture of the comet?
__________________
- my pictures -
Reply With Quote
  #9  
Old 26th February 2009
theMusicMan's Avatar
theMusicMan theMusicMan is offline
E-3 Enthusiast....:)
 
Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: South Wales
Posts: 5,875
Thanks: 141
Thanked 267 Times in 178 Posts
Likes: 8
Liked 29 Times in 18 Posts
Re: Star Trail Photography

Ooooh, a comet!! Where in the sky is it Ellie, and what one is it? I used my spotting scope to see Venus last week... it was obviously Venus as it was crescent shaped.

Would love to spot the comet.
__________________
John

Reply With Quote
  #10  
Old 26th February 2009
crimbo crimbo is offline
Full member
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Shetland
Posts: 1,725
Thanks: 99
Thanked 147 Times in 128 Posts
Likes: 22
Liked 115 Times in 60 Posts
Re: Star Trail Photography



Easier to see than to image I found
Comet Lulin, E400, ISO 1600 5 seconds ... lens 7" f2.5 Aero Ektar

To find a map go to the Heavens Above site

and an image at 3.2 seconds
__________________
chris
shetland

Last edited by crimbo; 26th February 2009 at 08:58 PM.
Reply With Quote
  #11  
Old 27th December 2011
raichea raichea is offline
Full member
 
Join Date: Oct 2011
Location: Hampshire
Posts: 581
Thanks: 78
Thanked 98 Times in 80 Posts
Likes: 90
Liked 96 Times in 62 Posts
Re: Star Trail Photography

Quote:
Originally Posted by crimbo View Post
Rod Souter pointed me in the direction of this intervalometer.
Because this is such an old thread, the link to eBay is no use. Can anyone identify a known working intervalometer for E-series (ideally in the eBay price range)? I've tried one and it doesn't work too well... although it's supposed to support half and full press, the shutter fires on half press. Investigation leads me to believe that the thing is wired correctly, but doesn't seem to work as expected.

BTW - I couldn't keep the link active in the quote as I have insufficient posts...

Thanks, Steve.
Reply With Quote
  #12  
Old 27th December 2011
FlemmingS FlemmingS is offline
Full member
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: Copenhagen
Posts: 143
Thanks: 19
Thanked 11 Times in 10 Posts
Likes: 4
Liked 2 Times in 2 Posts
Re: Star Trail Photography

I bought one of these:
http://www.hahnel.ie/index.cfm/actio...tSearch/pid/60

It works fine with my E-30 and E-P3 (but I haven't done any interval shooting in Bulb or long exposure mode with it yet).

I am also waiting for a cold clear night soon, I can't wait to test my E-P3 with my old telescope
Reply With Quote
  #13  
Old 27th December 2011
raichea raichea is offline
Full member
 
Join Date: Oct 2011
Location: Hampshire
Posts: 581
Thanks: 78
Thanked 98 Times in 80 Posts
Likes: 90
Liked 96 Times in 62 Posts
Re: Star Trail Photography

Thanks for the link... interesting that it's wireless too! I'm tempted even though the price is higher than I'd hoped.

Anyone have a good experience with the cheapo devices?

Steve
Reply With Quote
  #14  
Old 27th December 2011
ChrisW's Avatar
ChrisW ChrisW is offline
Full member
 
Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: Edinburgh
Posts: 488
Thanks: 7
Thanked 47 Times in 22 Posts
Likes: 0
Liked 4 Times in 2 Posts
Re: Star Trail Photography

I got one of these a couple of years ago http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Opteka-Tim...ht_3158wt_1185

Two years on and it still seems to be working okay
Reply With Quote
  #15  
Old 27th December 2011
raichea raichea is offline
Full member
 
Join Date: Oct 2011
Location: Hampshire
Posts: 581
Thanks: 78
Thanked 98 Times in 80 Posts
Likes: 90
Liked 96 Times in 62 Posts
Re: Star Trail Photography

Interesting... that's very similar to the device I bought (though with the multi-connector for E-4xx/5xx/6xx bodies). Although it seems to be wired correctly, a half-press causes the shutter to fire.

Steve.
Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
My own Photography book Garrie The lounge 5 22nd March 2008 02:18 PM
Three pointed star snaarman Foto Fair 6 7th March 2008 04:07 PM
A Little Street Photography OlyPaul Foto Fair 12 19th February 2008 06:24 PM
Underwater photography Wreckdiver The lounge 5 18th February 2008 10:03 AM
Some of my Music Photography Vokesie Foto Fair 8 21st November 2007 10:56 AM


All times are GMT. The time now is 12:07 PM.


© The Write Technology Ltd, 2007-2018, All rights reservedAd Management plugin by RedTyger