Location: Conesus Lake
Camera Settings: Settings: ISO 3200, 30 second exposure at f/3.5, manual focus, tripod mounted.
Info: Heat lightning approached our area last night but seemed to keep east of Conesus Lake. I decided to chase the storm down and ended up with this photo. By the time I set up at the waterfront, most of the storm had passed, so it looks rather insignificant (right hand side of the horizon) but that can also be attributed to the use of a wide angle lens, which makes everything look a lot smaller. Above the horizon and heat lightning was a clear sky... so clear in fact that you could see the outline of the Milky Way with the naked eye.
Star watching has always been good down by the lake despite all of the light coming off of the surrounding houses. Remember that when photographing the night sky you need to get as far away from light pollution as possible. How far? The further the better. Check out this article on a recent photo snapped on a trans-Atlantic plane at 36,000+ feet with a 10 second exposure.