Sean Sherstone and I spent last night 4X4'ing around the base of Mount Arrowsmith and the Cokely Plateau looking for suitable sites to shoot star trails. We caught a brief sunset over the Alberni Valley and then worked our way over to a spot to the east with a beautiful view of the Gulf and the lights of Courtenay and Comox, and of course, the summer sky. I did my first shot ever of the Milky Way and was reminded this morning of the limitations of an APS-C sensor when it comes to 30 second exposures at ISO 1600 when I opened the images up in Lightroom. Anyhoo, here are my 3 favorite images from last night!
Vancouver Island has been experiencing some crazy Spring weather this week. Lots of unsettled weather patterns with wind, rain, and then blasts of warm sun. Here is an image of a lovely little storm system moving in over Nanoose Bay as seen from Sebastian Beach in Lantzville.
I just installed the latest firmware release (2.0) for my Olympus OMD EM5 this week. The major improvement for me was that Olympus added 100ISO (yippee!). They also added smaller focus points which I will try out soon as well. I decided I had to see what kind of a difference the 100ISO made to my long exposures as opposed to 200ISO and then I also turned off the in-camera noise reduction. The in-camera noise reduction was adding crazy processing times to each long exposure shot and frankly was driving me crazzzzzyyyy. I went out with my fotofrend Sucha Ollek and we did some early morning/ pre-dawn shots at Brickyard Community Park in Nanoose Bay. As always I seem to like the pre-dawn shots more than the actual sunrise! My verdict on 100ISO? Well I think there is definitely less noise in the shadows than I saw before.