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Rare “Honey Moon” Setting over Switzerland on Friday the 13th

I got a rare shot of the “Honey Moon” setting over Switzerland on Friday the 13th.

It’s not technically perfect, as I was handholding a 300mm lens with 2x teleconverter.  There is also some atmospheric distortion.

The soon-rising sun helped colour the sky and the low clouds added atmosphere.

According to the Washington Post:

A full moon falling on Friday the 13th – in any month – is a rare event. It last occurred about 14 years ago on October 13, 2000.  The next full moon on a Friday the 13th? Not until August 13, 2049.

National Geographic explains the effect best:

The amber colors are due to the scattering of longer wavelengths of light by dust and pollution in our atmosphere. “It is a similar phenomenon as seen at sunset, when sunlight is scattered towards the red end of the spectrum, making the sun’s disk appear orange-red to the naked-eye,” says astronomer Raminder Singh Samra

Due to the parabolic shape of the moon’s orbit, it is also exceptionally close this time.

Two minutes later, it was gone.

Honey Moon setting

Update!
I’m the luckiest fellow in the world. Not only was I able to capture the setting “honey moon” but also the rising moon in the evening with great colour and clouds.

Rising in the Evening of Friday the 13th

Nikon Df with the Sigma 35mm f1.4

Those of you who know me know that I’m a huge fan of the Sigma 35mm f1.4 “Art”.  See my long-term review here.

Of course now that I’ve taken possession of the new Nikon Dƒ, I knew that I had to try it out.

The weight wasn’t too front heavy, but it’s about the limit of what I would call comfortable on the Dƒ who’s grip isn’t very deep.  You’re going to want to have your left hand around the lens most of the time or your fingers on your right hand will get fatigued.

The size isn’t too bad actually, though the lens hood is coming off.

So how do the images look?  Of course if it’s great on the D800, this is going to be astonishing. Amazing.  Love at first pixel-peep.

Shot with the Nikon Df
Straight out of camera, unedited.  Click to pixel-peep.

The Sigma focuses positively and fast, and more accurately than on my D800. But, you know.

Overall, I’m very excited about this combo.

Update: The sigma won’t autofocus in live view.   Reported by Matt and I’ve confirmed it.