Shorter days and longer nights. That's what most of us are experiencing now that winter is approaching. Go outside, play with the exposure settings of your camera and create a composite image of the night sky over a landscape.
Your goal is to capture 2 separate photos, possibly with different exposure settings. Take photos of the night sky and a landscape. When you have two photos that you are satisfied with, open up a photo editing program to combine them. Other minimal post-processing techniques are also allowed. (eg. changing brightness, hue or contrast).
Long exposure to the night sky can help with creating a star trail effect. On the other hand, if you want to achieve sharp stars without trail, use a short shutter speed.
Have no idea where to start? Have a look at this tutorial from 'outdoor photographer'. The author of this article, Adam Woodworth, specializes in landscape astrophotography and explains in simple steps how to get started.
And, if you need some inspiration, have a look at this contest on Pxleyes from 3 years ago. It was won by locksmagic with this entry:
PS: Try to vote on all entries in the contest. The more votes we get, the more accurate the rankings will be. Also, when you see something on someone's entry that can be improved, let them know. That way, we can learn new skills from each other!
PS 2: Ideas for future contests can be submitted here. The best ideas will be picked and turned into a contest. Make sure to clearly define the rules and objectives of the contest.