When I saw the forecast, the rain should stop towards the evening, I decided to give it a try. I called Miro, he was a game and off we went. Our destination was Julian Alps, more specifically, Mt Mangart. From this mountain we could photograph the full moon rising above highest peaks of Slovenia. Little did we know we will witness such a wonderful event as it is a moon halo!
Watch my Youtube vlog about this trip to learn about the story behind. Thank you!
I shot the entire vlog on DJI Osmo Pocked device which turned out to be a great tool for mountain vlogging. It is small, light and it gives high quality 4k video. For the sound I used my Rode videomic with deadcat wind noise reducer. The rig worked well, except the battery life of Osmo Pocket. It seems the mic consumes a lot of batter so next time I will only plug the mic when talking.
And here are the three images of the full moon I captured. Which one is your favourite?
What is moon halo and why does it happen?
Moon halo is an optical phenomena that occurs when light hits ice crystals that are present in the sky. It is also called moon ring or officially the 22° halo (when circular). The ice crystals are usually created in cirrus or strato cirrus clouds (high altitude, thin clouds, that often look like a haze in the sky). I witnessed moon halo a few times already but this time it was first time to capture it on camera and first time to see the “rainbow” colours in the rings.
It is a popular belief that when this phenomena appears it is a sign of rain coming. I can’t say how much truth there is to this but it did start to rain soon after I got down from the mountain…