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Orion Rising

2014.11.21

Due to terrible weather and a packed schedule I have not had the opportunity to do much night shooting over the summer and early fall. Commercial work has consumed most of our time leaving no time for any personal photography. I decided to change that this week and pushed all my work aside for the night to go grab a few night shots.

I headed to Gokei Valley which is full of bright red maple leaves right now. It is far enough away from town to see some stars but not too far. Here are a few star trails shots along with a single image from the “stack”. If you do not know what I mean by “stack” or have an interest in trying star trails yourself then you must read my Complete Guide to Star Trailing.

A beautiful view of the winter sky. The foreground here was lit with a LED Lenser M7. It is powerful enough to light up the mountain from a distance. Without any light the foreground was pitch black like in the last shot in this post. Each frame was shot at f/2.8, ISO 800 and 30 seconds.

A single frame at f/2.8, ISO 800 and 30 seconds. A single frame at f/2.8, ISO 800 and 30 seconds.

38 frames stacked. Each frame shot at f/2.8, ISO 800, 30 seconds. 38 frames stacked. Each frame shot at f/2.8, ISO 800, 30 seconds.

I love shooting this bridge. It is the Gokeiu Ohashi(big bridge) which is the provincial highway running over the valley. This is a very short stack. Each shot was shot at f/4, ISO 1600, and 30 seconds. The foreground is 100% ambient light.

Shot at f/4, ISO 1600, 30 seconds. Shot at f/4, ISO 1600, 30 seconds.

32 frames for a total of 16 minutes. Shot at f/4, ISO 1600, 30 seconds. 32 frames for a total of 16 minutes. Shot at f/4, ISO 1600, 30 seconds.

The last shot is a picture of Orion. Can you see him? I always know its winter when I look up and see him. He is the symbol of winter for me and it was great to see him for the first time this year.

The Orion constellation rising. Shot at f/2, ISO 800, 13 seconds The Orion constellation rising. Shot at f/2, ISO 800, 13 seconds

22 frames for a total of 11 minutes. Each frame shot at f/2.8, ISO 800, 30 seconds. 22 frames for a total of 11 minutes. Each frame shot at f/2.8, ISO 800, 30 seconds.

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