Pic a Day 123111 Orion

I love timelapse photography, and I love pictures of the night sky.  Earlier in 2011, I had attempted some night time work that didn’t turn out very well. I’ve been doing some reading, video watching, and consulting, and finally went out on a very cold night to see if I could do a better job than the last time.

While I don’t have a fast lens (this one only opens to f/4.0), I was pleased with the overall results.  Though I am pointing back toward the city, the constellation Orion can clearly be seen in the shot, and the colors of the stars looks great.

Canon 5D MKII, 17mm, 10 sec exposure, f/4.0, ISO 1600


I figured if I was already set up for one picture, I figured I’d take the intervalometer and do a timelapse as well.

It’s rather short, but since it was a test, I didn’t want to spend all night waiting to see if I had a success or failure. I think everything came out well, and I can’t wait to get a faster lens and go to town with some Milky Way shots when it gets warmer outside.

Stephen Schleicher

Stephen Schleicher is one of those guys that has always loved comics but never got into them until really late in life - like high school in the 80s. He just missed the Crisis on Infinite Earths, but has been around for every major crossover since. Stephen knows his way around video and film production having been a director, producer, editor, and motion graphics artist for projects ranging from small promotional pieces for Wachovia all the way up to regional videos for the Division of Emergency Management. As a prolific writer, Stephen began his career writing for the Digital Media Online community of sites, including Digital Producer and Creative Mac covering all aspects of the digital content creation industry. He then moved on to consumer technology, and began the Coolness Roundup podcast. A writing fool, Stephen also freelances for the Sci-Fi Channel's Technology Blog. When not writing, Stephen shares his knowledge as a tenured faculty member at Fort Hays State University. Still longing for the good ol' days, Stephen launched Major Spoilers in July 2006, because he is a glutton for punishment. Favorite Writers: Mark Waid, Geoff Johns, Paul Dini, Adam Beechen, Bill Willingham, Matthew Sturges Favorite Artists: Dan Jurgens, Alex Ross, Adam Hughes, Freddie Williams III

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