I spent a few days last week on Sturgeon Lake in northern Minnesota. Sturgeon Lake is a large lake just off I35 about 40 miles southwest of Duluth. I was planning on trying my hand at starscape photography for the first time, but fate had other plans for me while I was there. The first night, just after sunset, the clouds rolled in over the lake and killed any chance seeing the stars. On the second night, by the time the heavens would have been in position to photograph the stars, the moon had risen and polluted the sky with its light.
I did not want to go home empty handed, so the next morning when a blue sky with a slim line of clouds hugging the lakeshore presented an opportunity for an image, I took it. I put my camera on a tripod, leveled it, and then used intentional camera motion (ICM) in the form of a right-to-left pan during a 1.6 second exposure to blur the sky, clouds and snow on the lake.
Sky, Clouds and Snow