The camera seems never to catch quite what I see. IRL across the lake is closer, but in the pics everything always seems further away. So I have lots of snaps that just don't seem right. But I have to try. At this time of year with winds from the south and the occassional torrent of rain, the sky clears out. You can look across the lake and literally make out people moving about. It's a new phenomenon, I think, and started a few years back. Normally, looking into the distance, all you see is haze.
For the technical minded, the camera is none other than just my Nexus 5 phone running Google camera. The first two pics are deliberately overexposed. (Google Camera offers two preset points of over and under exposure both, and the first two pics used the setting "+2".) The last pic was, as I recall, acheived wth what the goocam calls HDR+. Normal exposure at night is a whole lot blacker than anything I see with my own eyes.