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

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

D800 – How much can you crop?


People often talk about megapixels and the croppability of different sensors. Let me demonstrate with one of my images.

White Lion in Switzerland

That’s a beautiful portrait isn’t it?  Go ahead, click here and pixel peep. I won a contest with it. 

But this post isn’t about me, it’s about the D800.  If you’re like me, you enjoy your images mostly on the screen, share some of them online, print small sometimes and print large rarely.

As you see this image, it’s a bit over 2 megapixels.

This image was taken through a fence, an ugly white one, from behind another fence and I’ve made contact with a hungry alpha-male lion, so you “zoom with your feet” people please bite me.  I took it with the longest lens I own, a 300mm f2.8, which is an excellent lens, and I was being pretty careful with my shutter speed, so the shot is sharp.  I didn’t adjust much, just play with saturation and colors – because he is a white lion, not golden, although the original shot looks that way.  I also threw down a few gradients to try to mask the bars which are still visible to the trained eye at the top and bottom of this crop.

What’s the point of all this, you ask?

Step back, I’m going to reveal the man behind the curtain.

This monstrosity of thirty-six throbbing un-cropped megapixels of nasty is the same image you see above.

White Lion Orig. Crop

I knew when I took this shot that I was going to need to crop a lot. So now you know the answer to the question; the very question I was asking myself when I pressed the shutter: “how much can I crop on the D800” – lots.

Lots and lots.