While we were in Hawaii, we went up to the summit of Mauna Kea, the largest volcano in the US, to watch the sun set. Normally I’m opposed to sunset pictures (much like flower pictures), but watching the sun setting beneath the clouds far below was cool enough that I was willing to make an exception.

Mauna Kea Sunset

3.6 sec at f5.3, ISO 200

Mauna Kea is also one of the best places in the world for astronomical observation, due to its height above the clouds and much of the atmosphere combined with being on an island in the middle of the Pacific with serious light pollution laws. The summit was covered with a bunch of massive telescopes, including this one.

Telescope at the summit of Mauna Kea

1/10th sec at f5.3, ISO 400