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    This is from 40x 40 second exposures (just under 27 minutes) stacked in Photoshop CS6 using the time-lapse function in an Olympus Pen E-M5 and an Olympus m.Zuiko 12mm f/2.0 @ f/6.3, ISO 250.

    I was pleased with the results because although there is no man made light pollution where my friend's place is, there was an almost full moon behind the camera.

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  • #2
    Re: Star trails

    And here is another one, this time taken with an 8mm Zuiko Digital fisheye lens:



    This time I used 70x 30 second exposures for a total exposure time of 35 minutes.

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    • #3
      Re: Star trails

      Very nice, interesting effects and the varied colours show up really well.

      Didn't all those long exposures cane the batteries to death though?

      Ciao ... John

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      • #4
        Re: Star trails

        Originally posted by Bikie John View Post
        Very nice, interesting effects and the varied colours show up really well.

        Didn't all those long exposures cane the batteries to death though?

        Ciao ... John
        I think someone did a dummy run and ran out of batteries after nearly three hours; I think that was an E-620 from memory.

        I was cautious and had a spare battery that I used after the first two shots of around an hour in total. With an E-620 and others you can turn the screen on itself and save some battery.

        Ian
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        • #5
          Re: Star trails

          I've always gone for straight stars/milky way but never tried star trails. That is an impressive clean sky you have there.
          Cameras: E-M5, E-PM2, OM40, OM4Ti
          Lenses (M.Zuiko Digital): 7-14mm/F2.8, 12-40mm/F2.8, 40-150mm/F2.8+TC1.4x, 12-50mm/F3.5-6.3, 14-42mm/F3.5-5.6 EZ, M.ZD 40-150 F4-5.6 R, 75-300mm/F4.8-6.7 Mk1, 12mm/F2, 17mm/F1.8
          Lenses (OM Zuiko): 50mm/F1.2, 24mm/F2, 35mm/F2.8 shift
          Lenses (OM Fit): Vivitar Series II 28-105mm/F2.8-3.8, Sigma 21-35mm/F3.4-4.2, Sigma 35-70mm/F2.8-4, Sigma 75-200mm/F2.8-3.5, Vivitar Series II 100-500mm/F5.6-8.0, Centon 500mm/F8 Mirror
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          • #6
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            Superb images both Ian - my FAV is the Fisheye Terrific
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            • #7
              Re: Star trails

              Two super shots. I too have a leaning towards the fish-eye. The pinkish tinge, which I believe is called Venus's belt, plus the more central circle of light framed with a rising tree-line really works for me.
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              • #8
                Re: Star trails

                Hello Ian,
                Those are excellent shots with the foreground interest and blue skies. I used to do these in the film days but never with a full moon. The camera sensor has picked up the star colours very well too.
                Regards Jim.

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                • #9
                  Re: Star trails

                  Great Shots Ian. I would love to use the time lapse function and have only just discovered that it is available in Olympus studio.

                  I like no 1 best and just see all the FT lenses disappearing into that black hole
                  John

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                  • #10
                    Re: Star trails

                    These are amazing! I admire very much your Patience and Perseverance.

                    A bit off Olympus topic; this article was in our local newspaper:

                    Mark Gee

                    Some photographers of the night skies might find the technical details interesting/useful.
                    Rosemary (EvaWood)
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                    • #11
                      Re: Star trails

                      I'm going to have a go, conditions permitting, at star trails tonight here in suburban Hemel Hempstead (the forecast seems to be clear for tonight). You can see stars here at night despite the light pollution so I should be able to get something...

                      Ian
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                      • #12
                        Re: Star trails

                        Originally posted by EvaWood View Post
                        These are amazing! I admire very much your Patience and Perseverance.

                        A bit off Olympus topic; this article was in our local newspaper:

                        Mark Gee

                        Some photographers of the night skies might find the technical details interesting/useful.
                        To be honest, once you have set it up you just leave the camera to get on with it and come back 40 minutes later or whatever after it his finished

                        Ian
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                        • #13
                          Re: Star trails

                          Excellent stuff. The fisheye image is stunning.

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                          • #14
                            Re: Star trails

                            Very nice Ian, not something I have tried.

                            I'm guessing it's a typo
                            Olympus Pen E-M5
                            or there is a new model your not telling us about!
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                            • #15
                              Re: Star trails

                              Sorry - I meant E-P5 of course

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