When I met the pastor of this lovely little church to ask for permission to photograph, I was completely surprised that he just basically handed me the keys to the church and said, “have at it”! I showed up with a bundle of dried sage with the thought that I would light it with a bright light from the inside to produce that light of God effect. Well, best laid plans…! The first night I showed up there were scattered thunderstorms running through the area. I was hoping to get some actual lightening bolts but the storms were too far south. They were however brightening up the sky too much to get a good Milky Way exposure. Surprisingly they were near the Illinois border, more than 70 miles away! It thus became a two day shoot.