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Old Jan 17, 2014, 1:21 AM   #1
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Default Nightscapes with PEN or OM-D models ?

Hi everyone,

Has anyone here done any Nightscape scene photography with Olympus m43
bodies (with FT or mFT lenses), or know where there may be some examples posted up ?

Especially curious to see what something like the E-M1 can do.

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Old Jan 17, 2014, 10:40 AM   #2
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A couple of samples ...

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Note: I didn't do any "night" photography with my EM-1 yet...
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Here's a few images I shot around Christmas with the E-M1 and 12-40 M. Zuiko.

Clicking on the image will open them up on my site. They are uploaded at full resolution so you can look closer than what you see here.









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Thanks gentlemen. All good shots there. The starry night sky shot is the sort I'd like to achieve. What was the exposure on that one ?

I've not been able to get a shot like that out of my E-520, so I'm keen to have the next body be able to do it. At higher ISO or above 10 seconds it's not very pretty.
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Thanks gentlemen. All good shots there. The starry night sky shot is the sort I'd like to achieve. What was the exposure on that one ?

I've not been able to get a shot like that out of my E-520, so I'm keen to have the next body be able to do it. At higher ISO or above 10 seconds it's not very pretty.
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Here's one I took this summer with my E-PL2 and and an old MInolta 57mm lens. Wish I had some better equipment/knowledge/etc. when this event was happening. Now nothing with that older camera would have kept the brightness of the fountain from being blown out, for example, but keep in mind that for this first one I was standing in the middle of a shaking, heavily-trafficked bridge when I took it. Not brave enough for longer exposure shots, etc.



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Thanks gentlemen. All good shots there. The starry night sky shot is the sort I'd like to achieve. What was the exposure on that one ?

I've not been able to get a shot like that out of my E-520, so I'm keen to have the next body be able to do it. At higher ISO or above 10 seconds it's not very pretty.
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The picture below was shot with the Olympus OM-D EM-5, using the Rokinon 7.5mm Fisheye, ISO 800, 25sec exposure, at least f3.5 (but probably between f3.5 and f8):




Anything longer than 25 to 30 seconds was way too bright. The OM-D line is allowing to do better night photography than the E-520 (which I used a long time).

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Your shots with that fisheye are second to none, Folob.
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Your shots with that fisheye are second to none, Folob.

Thanks ! If was a fun thing to do. The problem was to avoid getting too much light coming from the lodge on the left side. Since it was a bit cold, I didn't want to walk to the other lakes ... but I should!
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I haven't taken any star pics with my E-M1 yet. Too dang cold. I do expect it to do better than the G3 with which these were taken. I know you're interested in the Oly bodies so these don't necessarily apply but the G3 does sport an m43 form factor. I've taken cityscapes at night with the M1 but the images above show how nice those can be. These were taken from a lonely mountain road above the Central Oregon town of Prineville. The 1st is a 13 second exposure and the 2nd is 20. Both taken with the Panny 20mm f1.4 at ISO160. To get longer exposures (over 10 secs as you eluded too) without star trails you need to go wide. That's one of the reasons folob's are pin points.
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Ah yes those last G3 two shots are something the E-520 won't do for me without hot pixels and blotching (try as I might).
If the E-M1 is better than that then I'm reassured that it's a body I will be very happy with next up.
If you do get to do some with it in the future please post one up here for me

This is the guy who inspires me to keep working on the Nightscape theme. I find there is something about this that hits me. Perhaps because I have always liked astronomy from a very early age (in my limited way).

http://www.mikesalway.com.au/np101-f...e-photography/
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