Family Day weekend found us once again at Elmhirst Resort on Rice Lake, in Keene, Ontario. We thought we'd combine the best parts of a winter long weekend, Valentine's Day and an early birthday celebration for me.
The Friday night was a clear sky, despite the snow squalls from earlier that day. About 11pm, I decided I'd try to get some night sky shots from off the lake. The resort had cleared and tested an area for ice skating on the lake, so I figured I'd be safe enough in that area.
What I hadn't counted on, were the flood lights, illuminating the rink area. It's amazing, when you're making 15 - 20 second exposures, how far that light seems to reach! I decided to try including the snow covered lake in some of the shots for contrast and scale, but ended up only selecting one image from that angle.
My phone app, PhotoPills, helped me figure out where the Milky Way was supposed to be, although it was very faint in my shots, and needed a lot of coaxing from Lightroom for even the subtlest of appearance.
Every shot in this project was captured with my trusty Rokinon 14mm lens, at ISO 2000, f/2.8