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  • Star Trails using Live Composite

    Recently brought the E-M1 and read about the live composite mode.

    Wanted to use Truro Cathedral as a subject but knew i would get light pollution.

    Had issues with focus as could really find the sweet spot on infinity.

    Tried to go by the 500 rule but not sure if its cos of the mode i used but it was miles away, anyway this is what i ended up with and all opinions welcome and it can only help me.

    Truro cathedral viewed from Malpas by Steve Tucker, on Flickr

    Lots of light polution but love the cathedral as a subject. by Steve Tucker, on Flickr
    https://www.flickr.com/people/tucksy81/

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    Re: Star Trails using Live Composite

    I can't offer any advice as I have only just got a OMD 5MkII and have yet to try out the live composite.

    Saying that I do like the images you have posted up, they work for me
    You canít make a great musician or a great photographer if the magic isnít there. ~ Eve Arnold

    Kit: Olympus OM4, OMD E5 MkII And some other junk to make it all work.

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    • #3
      Re: Star Trails using Live Composite

      Like the second one a lot, could perhaps be corrected for the wide angle?
      My Flickr

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      • #4
        Re: Star Trails using Live Composite

        Originally posted by knikki View Post
        I can't offer any advice as I have only just got a OMD 5MkII and have yet to try out the live composite.

        Saying that I do like the images you have posted up, they work for me
        Thanks 😀

        In typical Olympus fashion tho it's not a perfect feature but has good potential with some practice.
        https://www.flickr.com/people/tucksy81/

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        • #5
          Re: Star Trails using Live Composite

          Originally posted by al_kaholik View Post
          Like the second one a lot, could perhaps be corrected for the wide angle?
          Sorry but I don't understand 😬?
          https://www.flickr.com/people/tucksy81/

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          • #6
            Re: Star Trails using Live Composite

            I too like the second image better but IMO the cathedral being the main subject is a little too small and very close to the bottom of the image. The wideangle lens you have used has caused the verticles to converge (the buildings at the edge of the image lean into each other and the cathedral is leaning over too). This can be easily corrected using Lightroom, PS or PS Elements but you may lose part of the cathedral due to the cropping effect. However the star trails are good and you have done well with addressing the light polution problem. Try and give your main subject a little more space, get a little closer if possible and consider rule of thirds. Keep an eye on the light areas potentially burning out which can be a problem with floodlit subjects and dark backgrounds. Hope this helps!
            Regards
            Briani

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            • #7
              Re: Star Trails using Live Composite

              Originally posted by Tucksy81 View Post
              Sorry but I don't understand 😬?
              Briani has it covered
              My Flickr

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              • #8
                Re: Star Trails using Live Composite

                Thanks I get it now. Cheers for the advice.
                https://www.flickr.com/people/tucksy81/

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                • #9
                  Re: Star Trails using Live Composite

                  I like your images & ideally it would be nice for some keystone correction & so I checked my E-M1 & realised the Keystone Adjustment can't be used simultaneously with Live Composite, but there is no reason why it can't be used for the preparation shot, adjusted to get the desired (or close to) Keystone Adjustment for the scene that still includes the desired coverage (before post trimming with adjustment) & then turned off for the Live Composite sequence of shots. I set my video Record button to Keystone Adj for this test, toggling ON & to normal exposure adjustments (or half pressing shutter button) & holding down the Record button to turn it OFF (enabling Live Composite selection). I prefer to save both RAW & JPEG so that adjustments can be done later as desired & if you're using Olympus Viewer, the Keystone Adjustment can still be done post to the Composite image (from JPEG or RAW file) or in whatever program you may prefer to use (I use Capture One 8 for more serious adjustments).

                  Thanks for posting.

                  Ross
                  I fiddle with violins (when I'm not fiddling with a camera).
                  Flickr: https://www.flickr.com/photos/ross-the-fiddler/
                  Cameras: OM-D E-M1 & Mk II, Olympus Stylus 1, OM-D E-M5.
                  Lenses: M.ZD7-14mm f2.8 PRO Lens, M.ZD12-40mm f2.8 PRO Lens, M.ZD40-150mm f2.8 PRO Lens, MC-14, MC-20, M.ZD45mm f1.8, M.ZD12-50, M.ZD60 Macro, M.ZD75-300 Mk II, MMF-3, ZD14-54 II, Sigma 150mm F2.8 APO Macro DG HSM.
                  Flashes: FL36R X2, FL50R, FL50.
                  Software: Capture One Pro 10 (& Olympus Viewer 3).

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                  • #10
                    Re: Star Trails using Live Composite

                    Originally posted by Ross the fiddler View Post
                    I like your images & ideally it would be nice for some keystone correction & so I checked my E-M1 & realised the Keystone Adjustment can't be used simultaneously with Live Composite, but there is no reason why it can't be used for the preparation shot, adjusted to get the desired (or close to) Keystone Adjustment for the scene that still includes the desired coverage (before post trimming with adjustment) & then turned off for the Live Composite sequence of shots. I set my video Record button to Keystone Adj for this test, toggling ON & to normal exposure adjustments (or half pressing shutter button) & holding down the Record button to turn it OFF (enabling Live Composite selection). I prefer to save both RAW & JPEG so that adjustments can be done later as desired & if you're using Olympus Viewer, the Keystone Adjustment can still be done post to the Composite image (from JPEG or RAW file) or in whatever program you may prefer to use (I use Capture One 8 for more serious adjustments).



                    Thanks for posting.

                    Thanks. I've never heard of Keystone before and now learnt another new feature or the E-M1.
                    https://www.flickr.com/people/tucksy81/

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                    • #11
                      Re: Star Trails using Live Composite

                      Originally posted by Tucksy81 View Post
                      Thanks. I've never heard of Keystone before and now learnt another new feature or the E-M1.
                      Actually, Keystone Compensation only came later with the Firmware 2.0 update (now up to 3.1) when we also got Live Composite (that was originally introduced in the E-M10 model) & so it is nice these new features were later added. All the update inclusions info to date is given here. http://dl01.olympus-imaging.com/ww/u.../index31a.html

                      BTW, do you have the Version 2 manual? http://www.olympus.co.jp/en/support/...em1_ver2_e.pdf
                      And the added firmware 3 info? http://www.olympus.co.jp/en/support/...tion_em1_e.pdf
                      As found on this page. http://www.olympus.co.jp/en/support/...l/pen.cfm#body

                      Ross
                      I fiddle with violins (when I'm not fiddling with a camera).
                      Flickr: https://www.flickr.com/photos/ross-the-fiddler/
                      Cameras: OM-D E-M1 & Mk II, Olympus Stylus 1, OM-D E-M5.
                      Lenses: M.ZD7-14mm f2.8 PRO Lens, M.ZD12-40mm f2.8 PRO Lens, M.ZD40-150mm f2.8 PRO Lens, MC-14, MC-20, M.ZD45mm f1.8, M.ZD12-50, M.ZD60 Macro, M.ZD75-300 Mk II, MMF-3, ZD14-54 II, Sigma 150mm F2.8 APO Macro DG HSM.
                      Flashes: FL36R X2, FL50R, FL50.
                      Software: Capture One Pro 10 (& Olympus Viewer 3).

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