Travel Photographer of the Year 2017 - Enrico Villa Photography
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FINALIST IN TRAVEL PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR 2017 - EARTH & CLIMATE PORTFOLIO

Night shot of Mount Pico wearing a perfect hat. If lenticular clouds are rare, well-defined ones are even more so. In general, they form very rapidly and, due to the high air turbulence, the changes in shape are so abrupt that they sometimes look like time lapses! I was very lucky to be able to capture this one with my camera, as the cloud just kept spinning around the top of the mount during the 30 seconds I needed for my exposure, rather than losing its definition and diffuse. Ten seconds later, the cloud started to descend along the slopes of the volcano, completely covering the summit of Mount Pico. This is by far my luckiest shot ever for timing.

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