Sun Pillar at Dawn Above Turin, Italy

October 05, 2020

Sun Pillar over river Po

Photographer: Stefano De Rosa;
Summary Author: Stefano De Rosa 

The photo above shows a splendid sun pillar as observed above Turin, Italy, just before dawn on July 6, 2020. Its subtle light can be seen reflecting in the Po River. Sun pillars result from the reflection of sunlight off ice crystals in the atmosphere, either suspended in the atmosphere or in cirrus clouds. It should be noted, though, that in order to see these pillars, the crystals need to be slightly tilted in the direction of the observer. At right center, the silhouetted Church of Santa Maria al Monte dei Cappuccini can be seen on a hillside overlooking the Po River. Photo taken on July 6, 2020.

Photo Details: Canon EOS 5D Mk II camera; Canon EF 24-105mm lens; 24mm; 1/80 second exposure; ISO 160; f/5.6.