Sunrise from Santa Maria Volcano

April 24, 2015


This golden sunrise was observed from near the top of the volcano Santa Maria, Guatemala, on February 28, 2015. I was approximately 12,140 ft (3,700 m) above sea level when I snapped this shot -- looking east. Fine dust and ash particles in the atmosphere from ongoing activity of the volcanoes Fuego and Santiaguito scatter sunlight, contributing to eye-catching sunrises and sunsets. Volcanoes of the Guatemala chain shown here include Toliman, Santiago, Atitlan, Fuego, Agua, Acatenango, Tacana, Tajumulco and Santiaguito. 

Photo details: Camera Maker: SONY; Camera Model: ILCE-7; Lens: FE 28-70mm F3.5-5.6 OSS; Focal Length: 69mm (35mm equivalent: 69mm); Aperture: ƒ/5.6; Exposure Time: 0.333 s (1/3); ISO equiv: 160; Software: Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 5.7.1 (Windows).