Encore - Sunset Above the Atlantic Ocean

March 24, 2018

Sunset over the atlantic 2

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Photographer: Jimmy Hamilton 
Summary Author: Jimmy Hamilton; Jim Foster

August 2012 Viewer's Choice Airplanes are great places to observe sunsets as long as you have a window seat. When flying at 33,000 ft (10,050 m) you’re above most of the clouds that would ordinarily obscure your view from the ground, and if you're traveling west, the sunset and its colors are likely to be somewhat prolonged. The photo above was taken mid-flight somewhere over the Atlantic Ocean, on a flight from the Dominican Republic to London, England. I was presented with this startling view when I popped open the window blind. The Sun was illuminating the base of the clouds producing a seemingly upside down sunset. Though the Sun was setting at sea level, it was still well above the horizon from where I sat. Photo taken on July 17, 2012.
Photo Details: Samsung ST500 camera; auto sunset setting.