I took a trip on the Blue Ridge Parkway in Western North Carolina recently to watch a meteor shower. I was not having much luck seeing it so I decided to try light painting since I had a flashlight along. I was at the Steestachee Bald pull off, which faces toward Asheville.
I used my 14-24mm lens at 14mm and used the flashlight to focus on the sign which was about at the hyperfocal distance, around 8 feet at 2.8 aperture. I put the ISO on 1600 and limited the shutter speed to 25 seconds to minimize the star trail effect. During the 25 second exposure, I moved off to the side to paint light on the sign and foreground plants.
I took several images and this is my favorite. It was way after sunset when I created the image. I believe Asheville contributed the red glow at the horizon. I like the way it interacts with the clouds. I can imagine the Milky Way as a rocket blasting off with smoke and flames streaming out at the base.