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Old 07-22-2018   #1
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It was pitch black tonight - impossible to identify any of the mountains outside our living room window - until the clouds lit up from time to time from lightening. Unfortunately by the time I got my camera set up, the intense lightning had moved on - but I managed one decent shot.

I have never setup or attempted to use any of 3 amazing features built into my Olympus EM10 and EM1 bodies. Live Bulb, Live Time and Live Composite. What took me some time to get my camera set up, was that I had to go online and see what the difference of each was - and then try and figure out how to set the camera and then use them.

The setting that intrigued me most, was Live Composite - and that is the setting I used to catch the mountains being silhouetted by the lightening tonight. The beauty of that setting is, that unlike a normal long exposure where all light builds and builds, constant exposures are being taken until you click the shutter to stop the capture - and only new bright light is added. That means that foreground lights on buildings or bright skies, don’t increase in brightness and ultimately blow out (such as the building lights at bottom left that I used for focus) - even after many minutes of the shutter being open.

It is quite remarkable really. Now I want to head down to my favourite rotunda some night, and try Live Composite out on a night time street scene with cars lights.



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This is quite literally the view out the window until lightening went off. I had no ability to see what I was aiming at without taking a picture looking at it and then adjusting my camera on the tripod by trial and error. And I had no way to focus on anything - other than a few lights on houses on the side of the mountain.

Itís cool when you recognize that the small lights in the bottom left corner that I used to focus with, are roughly the same exposure in each image.

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I will be using this feature regularly now. But I will have to change a preset. Being I never use the M setting (on PSAM dial), I have a Myset for Black & White assigned to that setting. But all 3 Live modes require the camera be set to Manual Exposure. No biggy - that is going to now be a Myset for Live Composite.

What a great use for those custom settings. I can never remember how to set it up Live Composite/Time/Bulb - and it is a bit involved. Now I can just spin the dial to M, and the camera is ready to go.
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I have taken pics at this location using longer Time Exposures - but went down to the rotunda last night to capture the lights using Live Composite mode.

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Live Composite is quite cool and I have seen a lot of cool images taken with that feature, and you have some too now. I have never actually tried it however. Probably sad on my part, but I'm glad you did and now know about it and can apply it in your travels.


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