I started on the balcony with a wide angle shot of the Orion neighborhood (from Sirius to the Pleiades). I tried a bunch of different settings to see if I could stumble upon something cool, or find a way to increase the number of stars without adding to the light pollution. Here's the final result...
|Final result with adjustments in Adobe Camera RAW|
|Same photo as above, f/4.5, 15 sec, ISO 800, 18mm unprocessed|
|Screen shot of Adobe Camera RAW (check the settings on the right if you want to do something similar)|
|Trying the same scene with different settings, f/3.5, 15 sec, ISO 800, 18mm (wide open aperture isn't as sharp)|
|Trying the same scene with different settings, f/11, 15 sec, ISO 1600, 18mm (very sharp but not much light coming in)|