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First try at stars with the fisheye.

Discussion in 'Astrophotography' started by langer318, Feb 23, 2014.

  1. langer318

    langer318 Mu-43 Regular

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    Sep 17, 2013
    Upstate, NY
    These are the result of my first attempt at shooting the stars last night. OMD-EM1 with Rokinon Fisheye.

    15 Seconds at ISO 200
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    20 Seconds at ISO 200
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    10 Seconds at ISO 1600
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    15 Seconds at ISO 800
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  2. Duncan

    Duncan Mu-43 Regular

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    Oct 31, 2013
    Nice shots. How long were your exposures?
     
  3. langer318

    langer318 Mu-43 Regular

    83
    Sep 17, 2013
    Upstate, NY
    Thanks Duncan, I added the exposure and ISO numbers with the pictures above. I was experimenting to see what worked best with the fisheye. I'm still not sure I have it down.
     
  4. Duncan

    Duncan Mu-43 Regular

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    Oct 31, 2013
    Thanks for the added info. I'm not sure which I like best, they're all a bit different, but I don't see one that is clearly better or worse than the others.
     
  5. slothead

    slothead Mu-43 All-Pro

    Aug 14, 2012
    Frederick, MD
    Those are good Chris. What direction is the horizon light? How close are you to a major city?
     
  6. Timmey78

    Timmey78 New to Mu-43

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    Feb 14, 2014
    Norway, Aalesund
    Hi Chris! Have you done a lot of noise removal on these pictures? Im curious about the EM1 vs EM5 long exposure vice.. Great gallery btw! Loved that winter hiking series:)

    I have the Samyang version and the Em5 and did the same experiment a couple of weeks back. Even with 40 sec exposure and exp comp maxed out at +3 the still came out dark. Luckilly EM5 files are fairly flexible in Lightroom p541332216-5.
     
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  7. wjiang

    wjiang Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    I've played around with my 12-50 at 12mm, f/3.5 from my back yard (in town) and found that I can't really go below ISO1600 to get a proper exposure without star trails.
     
  8. langer318

    langer318 Mu-43 Regular

    83
    Sep 17, 2013
    Upstate, NY
    Thanks Tom. The first three shots are facing north and the last one south. There is a small town in the northern facing shots which is the light source but no major cities nearby.
     
  9. quatchi

    quatchi Mu-43 Veteran

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    May 17, 2012
    Munich, Germany
    Very nice pictures! I especially like the 10sec shot.

    I experimented with the E-M5 (and Oly 12mm) and found that even ISO 1600 is quite noisy. I've posted the images in another thread:
    https://www.mu-43.com/showthread.php?t=58894&p=602805#post602805

    And some shots with ISO 200 and longer exposure time:
    https://www.mu-43.com/showthread.php?t=58894&p=594200#post594200

    Since we are talking about the E-M5 here (sorry for being OT and deviating from the fisheye): With life bulb enabled, I can only go up to ISO 1600. ISO 2000 is shown but greyed out. Does the live bulb feature add extra noise to the image (due to a hotter sensor or something)? Should one avoid using the life bulb feature?
     
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  10. langer318

    langer318 Mu-43 Regular

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    Sep 17, 2013
    Upstate, NY
    I had the noise reduction between 70-100 in lightroom for these so yes it was pretty high. I believe it was also on in camera, I'm not sure how to adjust that in the camera I haven't found that setting.

    Thank you! I've got quite a few winter hiking shots in there.

    The EM1 files seem to be very flexible in lightroom as well, the didn't look like much when I first imported the RAWs but I was able to get a good bit out of them.


     
  11. sonic4334

    sonic4334 New to Mu-43

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    Feb 24, 2014
    great shots mate.
     
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  12. aloysius

    aloysius Mu-43 Regular

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    Dec 18, 2012
    Nevada City, California
    My real name is unreal
    Very nice. I prefer the first image that has less fisheye effect. The lights on the distant ground look good. The orange glow on the horizon must be from a hidden city? That looks good too. Noise is not an issue when viewed at Web size.

    Do you notice the bright, middle star of Orion's Sword? That is M42, the Orion Nebula, which is a fun target for astrophotography with a telescope. It is one of the brightest nebulae in the night sky, but when imaged at long focal lengths it takes HDR techniques to capture both the very bright core and details in the outer nebulosity (dust clouds).
     
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  13. Petrochemist

    Petrochemist Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Mar 21, 2013
    N Essex, UK
    Mike
    Surely Orion is south of you (The sword is on top of the belt if your in the southern hemisphere).
    If I'm not mistaken the last one shows the pole star (follow the line from the end of the big dipper).:confused:

    All of the images are much better than those I've done to date. My fisheye shots all have terrible noise but I plan to try again when my focal reducer arrives.
     
  14. donlaw

    donlaw Mu-43 Regular

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    Aug 19, 2011
    Texas
    Don Lawrence
    Very cool images. Love to try something like that, but light pollution goes for a long way around the Houston area.
    Have to make a special trip out of it some day.
     
  15. perpetualjon

    perpetualjon Mu-43 Veteran

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    Oct 30, 2013
    Southern California
    Awesome shots!! I would have never considered the fisheye for this but I'm going to have to plan some nighttime trips to experiment!!
     
  16. unstable_rider

    unstable_rider Mu-43 Regular

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    Feb 9, 2014
    Land of Lakes
    Great posts guys.
    Couple pics like that can sure be motivating for the rest of us.

    I used to live on a lake in the middle of pretty much no where. Actually a chain of three lakes. I confess, I took the night sky/star views for granted then.
    Now I live smack in the middle of downtown and the night sky is somewhat less compelling, I will have to take a drive!

    Night shots are quite addicting.

    Keep them coming, I don't see a bad one in the bunch. :biggrin:
     
  17. cfugle

    cfugle Mu-43 Regular

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    Sep 11, 2013
    Quebec
    Christopher
    Wow simply beautiful. I too was wondering what setting you had the NR set to. I have tried and failed so many times trying to capture the heavens above without trails.