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Morning on Haleakala | by Ken Schwarz
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Morning on Haleakala

From the top of Haleakala, East Maui volcano. At 10,000 feet, the air is thin, and before dawn it is very cold, too. You are surrounded by an eerie silence disturbed only by the sound of your own breathing. I arrived while it was still dark, along with many others who had come to witness the spectacle. As dawn broke, a fellow next to me proposed marriage to his girlfriend, but I didn't find out about this until afterwards, I was so excited taking pictures. The starburst pattern is caused by diffraction on the lens' aperture blades. No filter was used or post-processing was done.

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Taken in November 1998