The night sky on the Indiana shore of Lake Michigan is polluted by light from the city of Chicago. The city is 50 miles across the lake at this point, yet the light completely washes out the stars over the city.
On this evening, the city light not only washed out the stars, but it illuminated the low clouds, making the horizon appear like sunset, yet sunset was two hours prior. High winds prevented my from taking very long exposures (the camera kept moving slightly when gusts hit), but the exposure did bring out the movement of the clouds and the waves.
This image appears to be a composite of sunset and the night sky, however, it is a single exposure, and image. The light pollution from Chicago is responsible for the yellow on the horizon. If you look closely, you'll notice some lights from the buildings themselves.
Posted by Tom Gill at Saturday, November 08, 2014