I really enjoy how this photo turned out for a number of reasons. To begin, the subject is quite interesting and compelling. The Veil Nebula is the glowing remnant gas left over from an ancient super nova. When viewed in whole, the nebula appears spherical, however this is a small snippet of the explosion on the eastern side. A large problem with imaging this nebula is that it lies along a dense arm of the Milky Way, and is thus surrounded by thousands of medium brightness stars. This makes bringing out faint detail in the nebula quite difficult without also making the stars very bright and overpowering. To get around this I created a "star mask". Basically a second image that contained only the stars. I overlay-ed it onto the original picture, so that when I processed it I would only be editing the nebula, and not the larger star field. I'm quite pleased wit the results, and I have since used the technique on a number of my other images.