winter-halo

The 22° winter halo

A 22° halo is a halo, one type of optical phenomenon, forming a circle 22° around the sun, or occasionally the moon (also called a moon ring or winter halo). It forms as sunlight is refracted in millions of randomly oriented hexagonal ice crystals suspended in the atmosphere. The halo is large; the radius is roughly the size of an outstretched hand at arms length. A 22° halo may be visible on as many as 100 days per year.

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“The Lines Begin to Curve”
There was a nice moon halo when I started this timelapse, it didn’t stay too long, but they rarely do. The camera shot for 3.5 hours while the moon set. The lines on the right side, along the horizon are from trains passing.
To make this, I merged 388 photos into one image using the lighten layer-blending mode in photoshop, automated with this script, advancedstacker.com
I also faded in the first and last 19 photos with 5% increments of the layer opacity.

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Moon Rings


Early morning, October 28, 201, just after midnight, West Bolton, Vermont…. a friend of mine and I stepped outside to get some air. 

Look up! What the hell is going on?

Slack-jawed and wide-eyed two men stood in the cold October night, heads back, quiet.

Neither one of us had ever seen anything like this.

I’ve got to get my camera!

For a solid hour we stood under the glow of the solid moon with multiple rings intersecting sectioning off the sky, space. Click, the camera shutter opens, light spills into the lens as the tripod prevents movement for the fifteen second exposure. 

The next morning: I woke, rolled over and grabbed my camera to make sure that what I thought I had seen wasn’t a dream. Nope, not a dream at all. A quick Internet search provided the answer to my question:

What the _ _ _ _ did I see last night?

Moon rings or winter halos is what they are called. According to folklore, moon rings warn of approaching storms. They are caused by…

refraction of the light from the full moon in the ice particles floating in the upper atmosphere

according to Wikipedia.

The universe is big, nothing earth shattering about that statement. The universe and our perception of it can boggle the mind, as it did when I looked up into the star littered sky on that chilly Vermont October morning.

A moon ring, also known as a winter halo, is a phenomenon that usually appears in conjunction with a full moon. There appears to be a whitish ring, approximately 10 to 20 times the size of the moon, surrounding the moon and centered on it. It is caused by refraction of the light from the full moon in the ice particles floating in the upper atmosphere, as opposed to a rainbow, where light refracts in the water vapor that makes up the clouds.

MOON RING or WINTER HALO visible over PHILIPPINE Skies

moon ring, also known as a winter halo, is a phenomenon that usually appears in conjunction with a full moon. There appears to be a whitish ring, approximately 10 to 20 times the size of the moon, surrounding the moon and centered on it. It is caused by refraction of the light from the full moon in the ice particles floating in the clouds, as opposed to a rainbow, where light refracts in the water vapor that makes up the clouds. Since this happens most effectively at a certain angle, this ring appears at the bottom of the clouds, and since similar triangles must form between the moon, the refracting surface, and the observation point, the “highlighted” clouds are at approximately the same distance from the moon, creating the image of a ring.

In ancient beliefs it is believed that a moon ring means very warm days before the winter storm. It is also said that the number of days can be counted by counting the stars inside the ring. If you count 15 stars then you have 15 days before a winter storm is to come. via Wikipedia

Photo Credits: Mia Barbara Aranas

This is one of my favourite shots of the trip. Not surprisingly a bold black and white, processed in camera as usual, using the 03 Fish-eye lens.

It’s too bad Pentax didn’t include a sweep panorama type mode like the Sony Nex cameras have. Another nice feature that i wish Pentax would borrow from Sony is the way they do their ‘focus peeking’. With all the manual focus lenses available for the Q, a focus peeking function would make it infinitely quicker and easier to use. Something tells me a firmware update could add such a feature … correct me if i’m wrong. Pentax? Ricoh? please?

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Compilation of tracks created for Naviar Record and Extrospection group.

DARK AMBIENT / EXPERIMENTAL ELECTRONIC / SOUNDSCAPE

01-  Winter Halo 02-  Drought 03-  Decontamination 04-  Mutant pigs 05-  Shades 06-  Náyade 07-  In flames 08-  Crashing clouds 09-  Hopelessness 10-  Underneath 11-  Calmness 12-  Reddish Sensation