A different take on the old tree at Crater Lake. Best viewed on a dark background, so CLICK IT OR I WILL HATE YOU FOREVER. If you don't have Firefox, Safari, or the latest version of Chrome (which all correctly support color profiles), the shadows will probably look crushed.

Yep, that's the moon on the left, and no, this isn't a composite in the way you may be thinking.

The original exposure had many stars in it, but they were quite dim at f/11 and ISO 100. So, I cloned them all out and replaced them with stars from an exposure taken shortly after this at f/3.5, ISO 800, to make them pop. The moon was in the original exposure; it's untouched.

This is NOT sunset - the post-sunset sky color just lingered a VERY long time on this evening. It's rare, but the handful of times I've seen this happen, it has been at high elevation - so I believe that has to do with it. The colors were achieved through white balance, but are completely naturally pulled from the RAW. Obviously I took some artistic liberty with the glow in the LR, but that's just a localized exposure and white balance adjustment.

The light on the tree is partly natural from twilight, and partly from me light painting during the exposure with my headlamp.

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