There is a very large church near my hometown in Michigan that shines nightly and I have wondered over time how nice it would look in a long exposure shot with star trails. After wondering this for the better part of this year I finally had a clear night where I could get out and try the image.
Within the Olympus OM-D E-M1 they have installed a new function through their latest firmware update called Live Composite. It was previously available on the OM-D E-M10 but now it was on their flagship model so I wanted to get mine out there and try it out. Essentially the Live Composite mode allows you to set a base shot and decide how often the camera should take an image over an extended long exposure. By doing this it allows your base shot to stay consistent in exposure while not blowing out the highlights, which can happen in bulb mode on most DSLRs. Secondly, the feature takes all the shots and blends them in camera instead of you having to take all your shots into Photoshop and merge them. The times saving is amazing and the file is in RAW format so you have all the information you need to start your processing when back at your computer.
I believe composition is key in these shots so it’s always important to find something that can make for a great visual while you perform the long exposure around your chosen subject/item. I am happy with my first attempt but am excited to get back out there to try it again with a few more tweaks to my settings. If needed I will update this blog post once I do that. After working with this feature on my OM-D E-M1 I am even more convinced of how much it has enhanced my creativity over my old DSLR system.
(Tripod used to capture this shot was the Mefoto Roadtrip )