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Industrial revolution



I shot a similar image to this a few years ago but not with my current camera which has the amazing 'Live composite' function, this allows me to take ...
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I shot a similar image to this a few years ago but not with my current camera which has the amazing 'Live composite' function, this allows me to take a series of continuous images at a fixed exposure that are blended in camera and the really clever thing is I can see the image building up as it happens on the back of the camera (or phone-tablet if connected by WiFi) so can see exactly what I'm going to get saved as a single RAW image.
This was the result after 31 minutes of continuous 30 second exposures, I would've liked to have gone longer but thick cloud was starting to roll in which would have blocked out all the stars.(x62 30sec images f2.8 @ 7mm)
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JordanSuter
 
JordanSuter April 26, 2016
This one could be called Industrial Space... or maybe... Stars in the making. Just wingn it. Great work.
naturisk PRO+
 
naturisk July 11, 2016
What an amazing camera it must be. This expresses such talent!
jerzyrowinski PRO
 
jerzyrowinski July 15, 2016
Great shot :) !!! I would like to invite You to put it into my "Industrial Landscapes" challenge, as it definitely to be shown to even more audience. Great job. Bets regards from the middle of North Sea ;) ...

Behind The Lens

Location
I took this during my night shift at the Hope Construction Materials Cement manufacturing plant in the Peak District - Derbyshire
Time
It was taken around midnight at just over 30 minutes of continuous shooting during a clear spell.
Lighting
I didn't need any additional lighting as the cement factory is pretty well lit at night by several types of sodium, mercury and LED lights so just used an Auto White balance setting and let the camera sort it out and did a final tweak with the RAW file to get the best colour to suit. I did a test exposure to make sure the building and surroundings were fully illuminated and the stars were showing for my base exposure.
Equipment
I used an Olympus OMD-EM-1 camera with the excellent 7-14mm f/2.8 pro UWA lens on a Manfrotto Tripod, The Olympus OMD cameras have the amazing 'Live composite' function, this allows me to take a series of continuous images at a fixed exposure that are blended in camera and the really clever thing is I can see the image building up as it happens on the back of the camera (or phone/tablet if connected by WiFi) so can see exactly what I'm going to get saved as a single RAW image. This was the result after 31 minutes of continuous 30 second exposures, I would've liked to have gone longer but thick cloud was starting to roll in which would have blocked out all the stars.
Inspiration
I've always been fascinated by the night sky and today's digital cameras make it relatively simple to shoot star trail pictures, working at the cement works gives me a unique chance to capture it at night which turns a run of the mill factory into something unusual and dynamic and looks like something from a movie set.
Editing
This image didn't require a great deal of post processing as most of the work has been done in camera, I took the single RAW file and tweaked the White Balance, contrast and saturation and then ran it through Nik software's Vivezza for some localised colour adjustments and that was it.
In my camera bag
I carry a range of lenses in my bag my favourite being the 7-14mm f/2.8 pro as used in this shot, I have the Samyang 7.5mm fisheye, Olympus 12-40 mm f2.8 pro, Olympus 40-150mm f/2.8 pro, 45mm f/1.8 and 60mm f/2.8 Macro lenses so can cover a great range of focal lengths, I'm mainly a landscape shooter so also carry a set of NiSi pro glass ND grads, ND and polarising filters as well as all the usual bit's and bobs that fill up my FStop Loka
Feedback
Shooting star trails is great fun and can become addictive, ideally you need a location without too much light pollution and a clear night, to get the circular trail you need to know where the pole or north star is in the sky as this stays in the same place while all the other stars rotate around it as the earth turns, place the north star in the frame and away you go, having an interesting foreground is the key to successful star trail images so a building, old tree or piece of machinery can make a great subject when light painted using a torch. If you don't have an Olympus camera then you will need a cable release that can be locked down and shoot continuous exposures, all the images you've taken can then be stacked together using freely available 'star stacking' software that you can download from the internet. Ideally you need a wide angle lens and shoot it wide open to get the best results and of course a solid tripod as any movement will spoil the final result.

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