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By Stephen Fischer
I photographed this while camping at an old mining site in the desert west of the town of Yerrington, Nevada. During the daytime it was not so obvious what would make for an interesting composition, but once night fell and distant city lights created this glow, this composition became apparent. I experimented with an exposure with star trails, but decided I liked the stillness of this composition the best. The pillars were softly light painted with my headlamp to achieve more detail.