Last week I finally had some time to stop over at Lake Littoistenjärvi in the morning.
All pics are shoot handheld, the first one is a panorama of three portraits.
Bodies: E-M1 Mark III and E-M1X, lenses: M.Zuiko 12-100/4, 40-150/2.8 and 300/4.
Okay, this was the only night during this northern lights activity period when I had a chance to try some great northern light pics.
The sky was almost clear, no wind, very good weather conditions. And no northern lights. This is the way it usually goes in Southern Finland.
Anyway, here are some tips for focusing in the dark using Olympus gear:
Turn Live View Boost on. If you want to use AF, the use Starry Sky AF. If you want to focus manually, use PreMF focused to 999,9 meters or use magnifying view. That is pretty much it, works fine.
Gear: E-M1 Mark III with Panasonic Leica 12/1.4.
I the beginning of September I did a few day’s hike in Muotkatunturi Wilderness area. Very peaceful, all kinds of weather and I didn’t see any other people during the hike. Unfortunately only one evening was half clear, so I didn’t got any decent nigh sky pics.
I had E-M1 Mark III with M-Zuiko 12-100/4 Pro attached to backpack straps ready to shoot all the time. Weather sealing of this gear is so good that it is possible to keep the gear outside your backpack all the time, even in a heavy rain. A had also M.Zuiko 60/2.8 Macro for close ups and Panasonic Leica Summilux 12/1.4 for night shots. Starry Sky AF works fine also with the Panasonic lens. For night shots I had also an old but lightweight Slik Sprint Mini GM tripod.
With some close up pics I used focus stacking, which is very easy with Olympus gear.
Here is the gallery, I recommend using full screen display mode.
After the sunset sky was clear and still perseids on the sky. What could possibly go wrong?
Well, at least a couple of crucial issues.
Issue 1: Do your homework in advance, check what is the best shooting direction. In the first picture shooting direction was almost upwards and no, the perseids were not there. They were on the southern sky. The lines in the first pic are satellites.
Issue 2: Wider lens would have been better. I should have used M.Zuiko 7-14/2.8 lens, aperture 2.8 would have been enough. Now I used Panasonic Leica 12/1.4. Well, at least Starry Sky AF got tested also with this lens. Works fine.
Both pics are taken with Live Comp and Starry Sky AF. Very handy.
Any perseids? Yes, three lines on the left side of the second pic!
Gear: E-M1 Mark III + Panasonic Leica 12/1.4, Live Comp, Starry Sky AF.