Star Trails using Live Composite

Jason Stamper

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Also one from summer of 2016 also with my E-M1 Mark I. This is Bodie (pronounced Body) Island lighthouse. The live comp feature was awesome for shooting the lighthouse. Shot with the sharp little Oly 17mm f1.8 at ISO 500, f1.8 but for a shorter time. I wish I'd had more time to let the stars blur, but surprisingly at 9:30 pm there were plenty of cars coming in and out of the parking lot. About 2 or 3 mins is all I could get between them, oh and the kids were getting restless in the car. It kinda annoys me because the stars almost look out of focus, really needed at least 10-15 mins. Live comp did a great job with not blowing out the light itself, and the lines in the picture are from the window panes in the light room! Hey next time I'm there I'll set up for a long one!

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I don't know if it is stored or retrievable. I've not used the live composite feature yet. I'm assuming the camera picks the number of exposures then? If you set the exposure for 25 seconds, is that 25 seconds broken down over the 45 minute timeframe and how is that then determined?

Olympus Viewer 3 gives you the number of exposures in your LC. I'll see if I can find a screen cap I made of that on my images.
 
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My second Live Composite image, from the morning of April 23.

About 90 minutes, 473 13 second exposures, all in one picture.

2018:04:23 01:47:30
OLYMPUS IMAGING CORP. E-M5MarkII
Focal Length:
7mm (digital)
Aperture: f/4
Exposure: 13s
LV: -1.7
ISO equiv: 400
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emmbeedee

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I took this with my Olympus E-M5-2 and 7-14mm Pro lens.

This was recorded from about 10:45pm onwards. Three hours, 830 13 second exposures, all in one picture.

Amazing.

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emmbeedee

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Olympus Viewer 3 gives you the number of exposures in your LC. I'll see if I can find a screen cap I made of that on my images.

Here's the screenshot.

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A few shots from tonight...wish the clouds held off a little longer!

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Abandoned Church.

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Field of Stars.

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Star Trails over Stop Sign.
 

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More Live Composites, all from my back yard. I’ll add exif details later.

Trees lit by flashlight. Part of the veranda lit by a string of tiny led lights.

2018:05:14 00:12:50
OLYMPUS IMAGING CORP. E-M5MarkII
Focal Length:
7mm (digital)
Aperture: f/2.8
Exposure: 13s
LV: -3.1
ISO equiv: 500
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This was at 3AM. Trees were lit with a flashlight.

2018:05:16 02:58:30
OLYMPUS IMAGING CORP. E-M5MarkII
Focal Length:
7mm (digital)
Aperture: f/3.5
Exposure: 13s
LV: -2.8
ISO equiv: 640

Looking at the picture properties in Olympus Viewer 3, I found it’s composed of 204 frames. 204 X 13/60 equals a 45 minute long picture.

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2018:05:13 22:28:18
OLYMPUS IMAGING CORP. E-M5MarkII
Focal Length:
7mm (digital)
Aperture: f/2.8
Exposure: 13s
LV: -3.1
ISO equiv: 500

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This was about 80 min of 60 sec shots, F/5.6, ISO 800 from an M5mkII & 12-40 F/2.8 Zuiko lens.

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My house...

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Star Trails over RV.

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Lake Huron Campground. Cold night in Michigan.

25sec exposures, 37 minutes, Rokinon 12/2.

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Raul Raquid

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Backyard Startrail trial
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Will Focus

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This is my first crack at star trails using live comp with my em10ii. Taken in the driveway with the camera sitting on the roof of the car, tilted up by wedging a small pocket flashlight under the lens barrel. Oly 14-150ii, ISO 640, 8 second exposures for about 15 minutes or so. I ended the exposure as the 'battery low' annunciator was flashing red. (note to self: use fresh battery next time !)

Transition lights crossing frame appear to be a plane (?), maybe a satellite, can't say for sure.
The faint streak just above the dark pine tree on the right may be an early Perseid Meteor. It's emanating from the right direction, I think. (northeast-ish)
After I had set the camera up and began the exposure I realized that in order to get any detail out of the trees I'd probably have to paint them with a flashlight, which unfortunately was under the lens barrel at that point. So I ended up going back in the house to locate another one. (second note to self : Don't use flashlight for prop under lens barrel) I then dabbed the trees a little with the second light. This is really my first crack at light painting with live comp too so this was truly a fun learning experience.
Overall, I'm happy with the first attempt. I can see me spending more time outside at night in the future trying more shots with different foregrounds, as long as the weather cooperates.

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Same settings as above. Camera pointed a little further east, about a half hour of 8 second exposures.
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Will Focus

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First shot of the night. About an hour's worth of 8 second exposures with the oly 14-150ii on the em10ii. ISO 640. I saw 8-10 Perseids Meteors already tonight, most were out of frame. Did manage to catch one in this image, very faint, coming in from the top at a slightly different angle than the star trails. Can you spot it ? Perseids are supposed to peak tonight and tomorrow with the best viewing times around 3-4 am. If I can keep my eyes propped open I'll try to catch a couple. There have been a few really bright ones so far tonight and it's still relatively early.
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As the night wore on the humidity increased and everything became covered in condensation. I had a cover draped over the camera but the front element of the lens obviously had to lay bare to the elements. As a result, trying to capture streaming faint meteors became an exercise in futility. Perhaps tonight will offer drier conditions, although with the humidity at 87% right now and a steamy forecast for the next several days I'm not holding my breath. Anyway, here's two more from last night. The first has a small red Perseid in the upper left, just to the right of the tip of the pine tree...
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The second one shows what I was up against. The camera was facing Northeast so the stars in the photo are actually rising, not falling, as they appear to be in the image. The leading edge of the star trails were fading as the lens became coated with condensation, giving the impression of movement in the opposite direction. In an effort to save the camera from the excess moisture I shut the exposure down early and saw this result. It ended up being kind of a neat effect and appears to show an actual "shower" of meteors, so I kept it.
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Nice clear night in NE Indiana tonight.

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These are amazing. New Olympus user, so im looking forward to trying it out
 

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