Orion Nebula – The First Attempt!

On a hiking trip in Frontenac Provincial Park, I took my first shot at photographing the Orion Nebula. 10+ lbs of camera gear is not on my standard list of hiking equipment!

I don’t have a tracker, so this was shot on a stationary tripod with 2 second frames. I readjusted the camera every 5 minutes or so to keep the target in the frame. I learned that ice is not as solid as it looks! I had the tripod set up a few feet out on the lake, and there was quite noticeable camera shake in the shots towards the beginning and end of each set; presumably from me walking away from and back towards the camera.

Processing was minimal. After culling the shots for star trailing and shake, I stacked them in Starry Landscape Stacker, then just did some basic panel edits in Lightroom. It is certainly a beginner shot, but I love it so very much! Here is to many more in my future.

Orion Nebula over Doe Lake, Frontenac Provincial Park
March 23, 2019
Canon 7Dmkii, 70-200mm f/2.8 
47 2 sec frames No darks/bias/flats, ISO 6400
Untracked/stationary tripod

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