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Sunrise, Sunset

Sunrise Distortion

Sunrise Distortion

Flying high above the Ozarks, between Oklahoma City and Chicago, I managed to catch the sunrise moment when the longest possible view through the atmosphere vertically compresses the appearance of orb along the horizon. By being above the boundary layer and out of the haze, one can get a much cleaner, less filtered and definitely brighter perspective on a sunrise or sunset. Any given stage of the sunrise also goes by much faster when flying with some component of motion toward its direction, so the photographer must be ready to shoot quickly and hope the aircraft and the hand each stay steady. This time it worked, providing the abstract look shown here.

Over southwestern MO (3 Mar 7), looking ESE.