An Orion Portrait from Alberta

By: Alan Dyer

Jan 11 2013

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Category: Constellations, Deep-Sky, Tips and Techniques

2 Comments

Aperture:f/2.8
Focal Length:50mm
ISO:800
Shutter:239 sec
Camera:Canon EOS 60D

He’s certainly the sky’s most photogenic mythological figure. Here’s my full-length portrait of Orion the hunter, captured from Alberta.

I’ve shot him many times before but this was a new combination of gear: the Canon 60Da camera and the Sigma 50mm lens, nicely framing the hunter in portrait format. This version of Orion isn’t as deep as the one I took last month from Australia. But skies were darker there, and I used my filter-modified Canon 5D MkII for his Oz portrait, a camera which picks up more faint red nebulosity than does the 60Da, Canon’s own specialized DSLR camera for astronomy. The 60Da does do a very good job though, much better than would a normal DSLR.

For this shot, as I do for many constellation images, I layered in exposures taken through a soft-focus filter, the Kenko Softon, to enlarge and “fuzzify” the stars! It really helps bring out their colours, contrasting cool, orange Betelgeuse with the hot blue-white stars in the rest of Orion.

I shot this January 4 on a fine clear winter night, the classic hunting ground for Orion.

– Alan, January 11, 2013 / © 2013 Alan Dyer

2 comments on “An Orion Portrait from Alberta”

  1. Hi. This would have been a stack of 4 exposures without a filter and 1 or 2 taken through a diffuser filter to add the star glows with those images blended in with the Lighten mode.

  2. Brilliant shot, very Akira Fujii-esque. How many exposures did it take to make if you don’t mind me asking?


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