Halo shadows

Moon halos are a wonderful phenomenom during those cold winter nights, especially when the ground is covered with lots and lots of snow. Trees and other plants will casts strong, clear-shaped shadows as you see here.
In January 2018 you’ll have the chance to join my photo tour in Lapland, where I’ll instruct all about landscape and night photography in magical places 🙂

Moon halo and shadows

Moon halo

In Haukipudas was one of the best moon halos of this autumn so far. I went out for auroras but a lot of fog made it difficult to see. Plus I missed the best part of the show. Luckily that fog worked at the same time wonders with the moon, drawing a wonderful circle around it. This particular halo is a so-called 22° halo and is ‘made’ by countless ice crystals in the atmosphere.

Have you ever seen a halo around the moon sometimes?

Moon halo

Halo Sweden

A few days back I was travelling to Karungi, Sweden to meet up with tour operator LappOne and fellow photographers Stefano Tiozzo, Gabriele Menis to join their group of aurora hunters for one night in a magical moonlight landscape. As the night grew older, thin clouds created a wonderful 22° moon halo. Not a bad scenery to wait for Northern lights!

The thin clouds high up in the atmosphere are made of countless hexagonal ice crystals which refract the light forming this halo. The same can be seen also around the sun in daytime, but should be carefully enjoyed as the sunlight is a lot stronger. More information on the 22 halo here.

Copyright: Thomas Kast

Magic night scenery