Star trails over Kennedy Lake near Tofino, Vancouver Island, Canada

Discussion in 'Astrophotography' started by LowriderS10, Aug 23, 2016.

  1. LowriderS10

    LowriderS10 Monkey with a camera.

    May 19, 2013
    Canada
    Kennedy Lake is definitely one of my happy places. It has beautiful clear waters, gorgeous mountains in the background, and I usually stop by on my way to nearby Tofino, which in itself is a treat. I shot this over a couple of hours a few weeks ago with the Samyang 7.5mm fisheye and the E-M5. I also made a time lapse video of it, that I'll put up ASAP...thanks for looking! :)

    28892947770_169196c4d8_b. Kennedy Lake near Tofino, Vancouver Island Star Trails by Tamas, on Flickr
     
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  2. 50orsohours

    50orsohours Mu-43 All-Pro

    Oct 13, 2013
    Portland Oregon
    Very nice shot!
     
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  3. LowriderS10

    LowriderS10 Monkey with a camera.

    May 19, 2013
    Canada
    Thanks very much! It was fun to shoot it on a warm(ish) summer night!
     
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  4. 50orsohours

    50orsohours Mu-43 All-Pro

    Oct 13, 2013
    Portland Oregon
    I did my first star trail not too long ago. It was a lot of fun due to the EM -1 doing all the work! :)

    You are Hungarian right?
     
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  5. acnomad

    acnomad Mu-43 Veteran

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    Jan 5, 2016
    Andy
    Awesome!
     
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  6. LowriderS10

    LowriderS10 Monkey with a camera.

    May 19, 2013
    Canada
    Oh nice! How did it turn out? Does the E-M1 have a built-in intervalometer? And yeah, it's pretty funny...I always feel very satisfied when I'm doing star trails: the camera works away diligently, while I get to relax in a chair, and wander around (and trying to avoid my camera's field of view).

    Haha...I am, yes. ;) Are you?
     
  7. LowriderS10

    LowriderS10 Monkey with a camera.

    May 19, 2013
    Canada
    Thank you very much! :) Star trails are one of my favourite things to shoot...except for the fact that I'm constantly looking over my shoulder for bears. ;)
     
  8. 50orsohours

    50orsohours Mu-43 All-Pro

    Oct 13, 2013
    Portland Oregon
    Yes I am and the EM-1 does it automatically.

    This is one of the shots.

    28314130283_a0a4ffbc22_h. P8110006 by Thomas Dekany, on Flickr

    and another

    28852977211_8d2590699d_h. P8110008 by Thomas Dekany, on Flickr
     
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  9. LowriderS10

    LowriderS10 Monkey with a camera.

    May 19, 2013
    Canada
    Great job!!! That looks awesome. :) Is that a volcano?
     
  10. 50orsohours

    50orsohours Mu-43 All-Pro

    Oct 13, 2013
    Portland Oregon
    Yes, Mt Hood

    Thank you.
     
  11. KBeezie

    KBeezie Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Sep 15, 2012
    Grand Rapids, Mi
    Karl Blessing
    The cloud over those mountains is a nice touch to the scene.
     
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  12. LowriderS10

    LowriderS10 Monkey with a camera.

    May 19, 2013
    Canada
    Thanks! I was watching them nervously lol...I figured a little cloud (which, thankfully is what I ended up with) will enhance the photo..too much will ruin it. In the end, the clouds started rolling in, and ruined the last half an hour or so, but thankfully I still had enough to work with!
     
  13. LowriderS10

    LowriderS10 Monkey with a camera.

    May 19, 2013
    Canada
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  14. NoSeconds

    NoSeconds Mu-43 All-Pro


    Just be grateful that you don't live in Australia.... We have to look up for bears! :biggrin:
     
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  15. LowriderS10

    LowriderS10 Monkey with a camera.

    May 19, 2013
    Canada
    Drop Bears??!! ;) I was thoroughly briefed on them by some 18 year olds who got a great laugh out of it in Cairns. ;)
     
  16. NoSeconds

    NoSeconds Mu-43 All-Pro


    Them's the ones... :thumbup:

    Old Thylarctos Plummetus, the REAL silent killer of the Australian bush... :biggrin:
     
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  17. Laura

    Laura Mu-43 Rookie

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    Jan 20, 2016
    Oregon
    These are great! I have a few questions: just tried a star shoot with my OMD E1 and had a hell of a time getting sharp focus. Any hints for me? Thanks!
     
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  18. LowriderS10

    LowriderS10 Monkey with a camera.

    May 19, 2013
    Canada
    Thanks!

    The OM-D line is extremely hard to focus on stuff like this. I cheated and used my Samyang fisheye, which is a manual focus lens. It's generally trial and error, or straining your eyes through the EVF (a friend of mine swears that it's easier to focus on stars with the EVF than the LCD). Another trick is to find a spot that's far enough away...a source of light at least a few kilometers (miles for you haha) away...then at even f4 or something you should have enough depth of field for the stars to be in focus...
     
  19. LowriderS10

    LowriderS10 Monkey with a camera.

    May 19, 2013
    Canada
    Instead of starting a new thread...I'll just put it here. :)

    Star trails in Nanaimo, Vancouver Island. Taken with the Samyang 7.5mm fisheye:

    30019033402_d5d6f60e8c_b. Starry night in Nanaimo by Tamas, on Flickr
     
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  20. 50orsohours

    50orsohours Mu-43 All-Pro

    Oct 13, 2013
    Portland Oregon
    What lens did you try? I used the 12-40 and just turned it to "infinity"