Super Larry J Carpenter and I were up at 4:30 AM in Joshua Tree NP in early April and decided to see if we could get some good night images. The Milky Way star field was just mind bending above the desert skyline. The ability to use very high ISO settings on current digital SLRs make this kind of image possible. You need a dark night and clear atmosphere. Camera settings are usually 30 sec @ f/2.8, ISO 1600 or 15 sec @ f/2.8, ISO 3200. Very subtle light painting was used to bring out some detail in the J trees. The glow on the horizon is light pollution from Palm Springs.