May 6, 2015

WE35 Boston


I went back to the Skywalk at Boston’s Prudential Center the other night with my friend, Steven Perlmutter. Half of the observation area was closed off to accommodate a private cocktail hour, but the view we had was still spectacular. And we definitely made the most of it.

I wanted to do a couple of things on my second visit. I wanted to capture Fenway Park lit up against the night and I wanted to test the “Live Composite” mode in my Olympus O-MD E-M1.

What is Live Composite, you ask? Basically, Live Composite captures multiple images in camera and compiles them into a single raw file. In this case, it captured the initial, one second exposure and apps 30 subsequent shots. Each subsequent shot captured only new areas of light, resulting in the light trails. The idea is, you can capture light trails, star trails, or paint with light without over exposing the image and without doing a lot of masking work in post.

Of course at a one second exposure, the lights of Fenway Park are almost ridiculously blown out. Somehow, I don’t think that’s a bad thing. I’m still very happy with this image.

Added bonus: This is a WE35 image. It was shot with my 17mm (34mm on a full frame camera).

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