Sunrise at Washington Dulles Airport, August 31, 2012 (Stephen Little via flickr )

What a long, hot summer it has been in the Washington, D.C. area. It was only fitting that on meteorological summer’s final day, a spectrum of reds filled the morning sky to presage the record matching 28th 95+ day.

The stunning image above was captured by Stephen Little at Dulles Airport and posted to our Facebook page. Here’s how he described the process of capturing this spectacular sunrise:

This was the best of about 30 attempts this morning to capture the light the way it was appearing to my eye. At the camera, I found that setting the exposure bias to -1.3EV and manually adjusting the white balance worked best; the levels were corrected manually in Photoshop.

Little says he did not use a filter or HDR to enhance the image, photographed using a Sony SLT-A77V with an 18 mm lens (settings: F7.1 1/800 ISO100)