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November 30, 2007
John Stanmeyer made this image of three volcanoes in East Java, Indonesia, just as the dawn light started peering out over the horizon. A long exposure time (f/4.5 at 126 seconds) captured stars (seen as white flecks in the sky) and the exceptional light in this image: "Such a unique view can only occur during those few seconds where the existing moonlight balances with the almost unseen first rays of sunlight," says Stanmeyer. Mount Semeru erupts in the far distance while a stream of white smoke trails out of Mount Bromo.