Shot at Cave Lake near Ely, Nevada my hometown while visiting for Thanksgiving.

As usual it was a last minute decision because all the stars aligned. I was thinking of doing some shooting at Cave Lake while I was there, but when I realized that the sky was going to be totally clear and there was no moon I knew I had to do some night shots. Unfortunately I didn't really have any really warm clothes so Melissa and I scrapped together what we could and headed out to freeze. It was a little breezy and in the 30s as we sat out at the lake with blankets while I played with my camera.

I originally had intended for some star trails but after fiddling with some things and it being cold I decided to go for Milky Way shots for the lake. I also got some twilight shots to composite in to add more detail to the surrounding hills.

All in all I'm fairly satisfied with the result. Still have some things to learn in photoshop especially in the noise cleaning department but it seems you can only do so much with 2000 ISO on a D7000.

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