I planned this photo for quite some time. Before I took the picture, I’d already scouted in advance for the location and planned the composition. I also took note of how long it would take me to get to the location and what camera settings I would use. When the weather is bad, I find it good to explore and plan for possible future photo ideas.
On the day of the shoot, I left my home so that I would get there right after sunset. That way it would be easier to get my foreground in focus and naturally lit (didn’t want to do any light painting). I also wanted to get some colour from the sunset into the final edit.
I started to take photos at different stages until the sun had completely vanished behind the horizon. When the sky became dark enough, I started taking photos for the star trails. It was an interesting experience though, and while I definitely could have done a few things better, I am happy with the shot and enjoyed the learning process along the way.
The final image is a blend of different stages from evening into the night. I think that I enjoy this style and will continue to experiment with it in the future.