Lora Bay Star Trails by Brian Gibson
Digital photography has made life for astrophotographers much easier compared with the frequent frustrations of the film era. But there is one exception: star-trail photos. With film, it’s as easy as putting the camera on a tripod and making a long exposure. In the digital world, that same shot requires shooting dozens and dozens of short, individual exposures and later computer-assembling them into a final image. But no more. Now some digitals are able to accomplish this compositing “in camera,” outputting a finished star-trail picture. The photograph shown here, by Oakville, Ontario, photographer Brian Gibson is a fine example.
Brian made this image of star trails over Lora Bay, Ontario, on April 29 with his Olympus PEN-F digital camera fitted with an Olympus Zuiko 12mm f/2.0 lens. The exposure time was 35 minutes using the camera’s “live composite” mode to build a single image in-camera that consists of 70, 30-second subframes. You can read more about the technique here.
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