Technically all photos are once in a lifetime.
This shot *is* spectacular though. It’s almost too perfect to believe.
Yes… It is, isn’t it?
*Puts on detective hat*
*Puts on wizard hat and robe*
Edit: or robe and wizard hat if you’re not up for a new sequence
I’ve seen this, are you guys characters in an anime?
Puts on garterbelt and stalkings
Whoops selling error. Imma leave it up there
Selling error? Lol
I don’t buy it
Selling error? You should get your money back.
Onnadem freudian slits
The sexiest timeline
I can only hope this is a bloodninja reference.
What else could it be? This is the first time I’ve seen one that wasnt me.
For some reason it’s irritating me that he reveresed the order
I stomp the ground, and snort, to alert you that you are in my breeding territory.
I wont go away until I smell the pee
Now that’s a reference I haven’t heard in a long time.
The thing that makes me think it might be real is that it’s a sunset photo and the moon is the right phase and right position relative to the sun and the rainbow. Most people I know don’t know enough about celestial mechanics to fake this convincingly.
Damnit moon moon
That’s no moon!
I concur. You can clearly tell it’s real because of the way that it is.
For starters, it’s not in the kind of resolution you expect from even phone cameras these days. Keep your hat on.
Yeah. From the thumbnail I actually thought it was digital art, it looked like a massive planet was on the horizon above another smaller planet or moon.
Edit: As pointed out elsewhere, it seems a couple of clouds are behind the moon. Is this photoshopped or is that some effect caused by the camera? Or maybe a natural effect from the light?
The moon is too large.
A rainbow [subtends an angle of 84-80 degrees](http://www.efg2.com/Lab/Library/Color/rainbow.gif). The Moon has an angular diameter of 0.5 degree. Therefore, the Moon should be 1/160^th the width of the rainbow.
I measured the width of the rainbow at 914 pixels wide (the inner purple part of the bow), 1/160^th of this width (914 / 160) is 5.7 pixels.
However, the Moon’s width in the photo is 32 pixels wide. Therefore. the Moon is about 5.5 times wider than it should be. The photo is likely the photomontage made in Photoshop.
Edit: Just in case people think my calculations are wrong, here is [a photo of the moon taken with a similar wide angle lens](https://static1.squarespace.com/static/55107769e4b05578a425a31c/t/5609b731e4b0989fab6f8233/1443477320413/blood+moon+at+14mm.jpg). The “dot” in the middle of the photo is the Moon. This is what the Moon should look like in the OP’s photo.
Edit 2: And no, it’s not the Sun. It’s a rainbow, the red is on the outside of the bow. The Sun and Moon are the same diameter anyhow, so saying it’s the Sun doesn’t make the photo legitimate.
The atmosphere causes a lens like effect near the horizon, have you taken that into account?
relevant wikipage for those interested: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moon_illusion
From the article:
>A popular belief, stretching back at least to Aristotle in the 4th century B.C., holds that the Moon appears larger near the horizon due to a real magnification effect caused by the Earth’s atmosphere. This is not true
Read this in Captain D’s voice.
And the clouds in the photo go behind the moon, the last I knew Earth doesn’t have any other planets in its own atmosphere
~~I think it’s not a rainbow but a circular halo effect. Probably [this one](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/22%C2%B0_halo), or maybe [this one](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/46%C2%B0_halo) – I didn’t check the math but it should be possible to calculate it.~~
Edit: Forget it, these halo effects would require ice crystal, which is clearly bullshit. But maybe there are some different effects in play here.
Whoops, did not see your post before I made [mine.](https://www.reddit.com/r/pics/comments/6nkldf/my_friend_just_got_this_once_in_a_lifetime_picture/dkagw4i/)
I mocked up the fake OP photo to show how big the moon should actually be:
You can’t step in the same river twice.
The water’s always changing; always flowing.
Be the water, my friend.
I’m more like a muddy puddle.
Jumping up and down in muddy puddles! Splish splash splosh splish splash!
But people, I guess, can’t live like that
Should I marry Kocoum?
Found the fortune cookie writer
And all names sound made up.
Technically all names are made up.
Language is made up!
Everything is made up
How can we trust atoms if they make up everything?
Don’t go chasing waterfalls, stick to the rivers and lakes that you’re used to !
I know that you’re gonna have it your way…or nothing at all. But /u/originalmario you’re moving too fast.
Until last year I thought it was “Jason Waterfalls”
Every picture of you is a picture of when you were younger.
Aah Mitch Hedburg, how we miss him!
One time, this guy handed me a picture of him, he said “Here’s a picture of me when I was younger.” Every picture is of you when you were younger. “Here’s a picture of me when I’m older.” “You son-of-a-bitch! How’d you pull that off? Lemme see that camera… What’s it look like? ” -M. Hedberg
Do you have it in HD ?
Once in a lifetime picture and it was taken with a potato.
Sorry but when I zoom in, seems like the moon is in front of the cloud, a part from the bad photoshop it’s a nice pic thou
Oh yeah you are right, fuck op and his lying asshole.
0 to 100 real quick
100 to 0
damn. ur right
What did OP’s asshole ever do to you?
I came here to see how far down in the comments the lie was called out. Some things are too good to be true.
I think it’s just thin clouds
thin and wispy clouds + bright moon
Have you never seen the moon shine through a thin layer of clouds? You can even see some clouds at the bottom of the moon in this picture. You most likely can’t see the thin layer in front of the moon for the same reason you cannot see the darker mare on the moon; because the moon is overexposed by the camera.
What you are seeing is the moon overexposed, bright enough that it still overexposes though the cloud. If the exposure was turned down so the moon was correctly exposed then you would see the clouds blocking it.
Interesting side-note; a rainbow will always occur [in a complete circle opposite from the sun](https://eo.ucar.edu/rainbows/) (for this reason it is possible to take images of full circle rainbows from airplanes). Combine that with the fact that full moons are always (approximately) opposite from the sun as well, and it shouldn’t be too uncommon to take images like this.
If a rainbow appears at the same time as a full moon, the full moon will always be in the (approximate) center of the rainbow – even if it hasn’t risen yet.
Edit: still an awesome pic, though
All primary rainbows are always the same size as well in relation to your field of view. Even one you create yourself with a garden hose.
As long as the light source is far enough away (which it almost always is, because it’s the sun)
Ahh goddamnit, so OP’s “friend” most likely just faked the pic with a big garden hose. Double bamboozled!
Devs coming up with all sorts of ways to save on processing .
And a double rainbow appears slightly outside of the primary rainbow, and a triple rainbow happens on the complete opposite side, around the light source, which is why they’re so hard to see!
mostly full moon + rain at sunset/sunrise and you can approximately recreate this picture. I do wonder if the precise alignment is a little more difficult or if you need to be close to a lunar eclipse?
Challenge to redditors: try to replicate this yourself for a “twice in a lifetime” picture.
What planet is this on?
Tatooine of course
Not enough moons for Tatooine. /nerd
And a rainbow requires humidity, something Tatooine doesn’t have a lot of. /nerd
Not to mention the sand being coarse and rough and irritating and getting everywhere.
It’s treason then
I must be Frank.
Ok. Can I still be Garth?
Has anyone ever told you the story of Darth Sand the Coarse?
It’s not a tale most Jedi would tell you.
I didn’t know Tatooine had any moons at all unless it’s mentioned in in a book I haven’t read yet.
Edit from Wookiepedia:
” It had three moons, Ghomrassen, Guermessa and Chenini.”
I stand corrected, but at least one of you is thinking about the suns.
They’re shown in Attack of the Clones as Anakin is looking for his mother.
Uranus … Hehe
25…Im still giggling to Uranus jokes.
I like that you told us it was your friend’s photo instead of claiming you rock climbed 400 feet using only your non-dominant hand to get this picture.
Actually my gf took this, you don’t know her she goes to another school.
She’s from Canada, no one has seen her
I think there’s a song about that (NSFW):
Hey, that’s pretty good.
Avenue Q is a source of many great songs. “Internet is for porn” and “Everyone’s a little bit racist” are favourites of mine.
It sucks to be me!
This is the best part of the trip
This is the trip, the best part
I really like
What’d he say?
Pretty good, huh
Yeah, I’m proud to be a part of this number.
Successful hills are here to stay
Everything must be this way
Gentle street where people play
Welcome to the soft parade
All our lives we sweat and save
Building for a shallow grave
“Must be something else” we say
Somehow to defend this place
Clicked while at work…. Austin Powers….
I also like to live dangerously.
Oh? And where exactly on the map is this so called “Canada”, and why have I never heard of it before?
It’s that pink country to the north of the US.
Does it have oil?
President Trump? Is that you?
Her name is…George. George…Glass.
She doesn’t even go here
Oh yeah well my dad’s a Nintendo.
My dad works for Bungie.
Woah. Bro sick can he tell us what the new map packs gonna be?
Nothing concrete yet but he told me they were working on akimbo energy swords!
BRO, sick I can’t wait to dual energy blades and I bet in Halo 2 your totally gonna see master chiefs face! Course you gotta beat it on legendary in under 3 hours and 41 seconds duh.
Tell him to tell them to stop nerfing shit and fix the sandbox in Destiny 😂
My dad is an Xbox 360. He doesn’t work.
Lol this reminded me of something amusing although I know this is a meme or reference or something. As teenagers in 8th – 9th grade we hung around this kid named Thomas. He came from an extremely religious, conservative family. Like if a movie was rated PG: Parental Guidance then that meant he was NOT allowed to watch it unless his parents were there to…give him guidance? He was only allowed 30 minutes on the internet per week and 30 minutes of TV every evening. He always got made fun of for being a virgin, never having made out with a girl, etc…Of course we were all virgins but when you’re a teen no one can know that so you just project it onto the goofiest kid.
Anyway Thomas would always be like “You guys are idiots! I do too have a girlfriend in Pennsylvania! I met her at church camp!” We lived about 200 miles away from PA in another state so everyone was always like haha yeah right. Fast forward about 10 years, he moves to Pennsylvania, marries this girl, and she pops out 3 kids. He actually did have a girlfriend from church camp the whole time.
> I know this is a meme or reference or something.
The earliest I’m aware of is a [scene from *The Breakfast Club*](https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=NZwXN5OgikA) (1985). If anyone knows of an earlier reference, I’d love to hear about it.
He sure showed you assholes!
Strange picture collection for a religious kid
Me too, makes a refreshing change.
But What if OP did take the picture and said it was his ‘Friends’ for extra karma?
Now that would be smart.
Bragging about having friends (that can take pictures no less).
r/karmaconspiracy has spoiled us good
What if OP is an AI bot that selects nice photos from the Google and matches them with a phrase optimized for maximum upvotes.
OPs friend is an AI bot…
Then he’d fit right in.
“I broke the pole vault world record, landed a quadruple axel while ice skating in perfect form, won tour de France without artificial help, scored 50 points on Kevin Garnett in 20 minutes, threw three no hitters in a row in the major leauge and walked 30 minutes with stones in my shoes to take this picture.”
Edit: spelling mistakes
I believed all that, except the Tour-de-France part. Nobody wins that without a little, um, boost.
Tour *the* france. Learn good english.
Tour of France?
You know, since calling something THE Tour The France sounds pretty shitty.
Are you [tuxedo mask](https://m.imgur.com/r/me_irl/sBCIHJH)?
It’s a fermata.
I had to pause at this.
I also thought this when I saw it. For an unspecified amount of time.
The sun has really good Wi-Fi
More like really bad wifi. Only one bar.
Yeah. But it’s one big ass bar tho. :)))
And it’s JPEG’D to hell. Grats.
needs more jpeg
[needs more jpeg](https://imgur.com/a/0Pbjd)
hey you are not the bot, where’s the bot
hey it’s me, the bot
no its not
beep beep boop beep! it’s me, the bot 🤖
Hey its me ur owner
It kinda looks like a background for a 2D platformer or fighting game.
Probably not JPEG artifacts. Most likely the photo was cropped to hell because it wasn’t taken with a telephoto lens.
Er, full rainbow with a telephoto? Not sure you have thought that through fully.
I don’t think it’s JPEG’d, probably just taken on a phone camera.
Ah, what camera was he using? A Cavendish Potato? or a Yukon gold?
Clearly a simple Russet.
It’s actually a Rob Boss painting.
Not enough happy little trees for a Bob Ross.
Gotta have a few happy accidents
Rob Boss only paints angry little shrubs.
Ha it was actually a Sony Mavica. I took this about 16 years ago and recently found the file on some floppy discs. Amazing how different the quality was a little more than a decade ago!
Username checks out.
I hope he captured it in Super duper high resolution and in raw format so he can play with it for all posterity.
Your friend got this once in a life time picture & you reaped the karma; well played OP.
The floating castle on the right end of the rainbow is particularly impressive. Usually those are much better hidden.
Thought this was a hamburger in a microwave
What better way to showcase a once in a lifetime photograph than in highly compressed 640p JPEG glory.
I like your sarcasm
OC? Needs more JPEG.
>OC? Needs more JPEG.
[There you go!](https://i.imgur.com/ELIrAze.jpg)
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its incredible how different it looks from this compression.
No one will ever escape this
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Helps hide the photoshopping.
You mean the moon doesn’t normally appear *in front* of the clouds?
how to improve this photoshoped image
0. pixels – too little, resize to a bigger image and add small Gaussian noise
1. the moon needs to be yellow-orange at the horizon. just like the sun is at sunset (you know, blue scatters more than red etc).
2. less saturation on the rainbow
3. you forgot to account for Alexander’s dark band (google it)
4. add some green to the photo.
So, is OP lying? Or his friend? Or there’s no friend.
OP is actually a dog.
Correct. OP is a bitch.
2: A correctly exposed moon will look yellow. Is this anywhere near a correctly exposed moon? An overexposed moon will just be white, exactly as we have here.
And he did so in the worst resolution possible
I like how it looks like a big sky-boobie, with the moon for a nipple 🙂
Come to Butthead.
So intense. What does it mean?
This will probably be buried on a 7 hour post, but I really loathe these kinds of fake photos that are passed off as authentic. This post is basically Bigfoot, with a rainbow, and the following post is proof of that.
**TL;DR,** the moon is 6 times larger in this photo than it would be in reality. Here’s a quick diagram I sketched up with some rough math to show this: http://i.imgur.com/sVG2pkD.jpg
The longer story is that, due to [the way rainbows work](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OXDbc7QfTXU), the arc of the rainbow appears to any observer to be about 40-42 degrees (inside edge-outside edge) off the centerline from the sun behind you to the back of your head. Let’s call this a 41 degree radius from the center of the rainbow. That means the full circle horizon-to-horizon shown here (with the sides becoming almost vertical) will have an angular diameter of approximately 82 degrees.
The moon (and sun too by the way) has an angular diameter of about 0.5 degrees. Very small compared to the size of a rainbow. This is about the size of your pinky nail held at arm’s length.
I’m a photographer and shoot a lot of landscapes involving the sun and moon, and I know from experience that the sun and moon are *tiny* in a scene like this compared to how big a rainbow is, and I would have to shoot it on an ultra-wide, 18-20mm at least, to capture the entire rainbow on a full frame camera. You get to know from experience that these lenses are impossible to capture moon detail on because the moon is so small compared to the pixel size at that point, even on a super high resolution camera body.
I measured the arc of the rainbow in Photoshop. I found it to be about 922 pixels across. So that means that in this photo, with its low pixel density, each pixel (ignoring the small variations due to an imperfect lens) is 82deg/922px, or 0.0889 degrees/pixel. Measuring the moon, I get 33 pixels or so wide. Thus, at 33 pixels * 0.0889 degrees/pixel, the moon in this photo is about 2.94 degrees across, or roughly 6 times larger than the moon should actually be.
I added a little dot to the above linked diagram that shows how big the moon should ACTUALLY be, roughly 5.6 pixels across.
Came here for this.
and /u/xkcd1234 /r/theydidthephysics (yeah, it’s a thing, mostly dead though)
Because you used numbers, I’ll believe you.
I also considered that this might be a third-order rainbow and the body near horizon is actually the sun. Third-order rainbows have an apparent diameter of 80 degrees but are centered on the sun and I know the sun and moon have a similar angular diameter, so this doesn’t check out either.
I’m not saying your friend is a bundle of sticks but everything I read on the interwebs indicates that *THIS* shot is impossible. In order to see a rainbow, the sun must be behind you. I haven’t found anything yet that contradicts that.
Plus, the light cast on the beach does not match up with the dark shadows on the water. I call bullshit.
That’s the moon… not the sun.
Photoshop Photoshop Photoshop
Incredible – like in other planet 😀
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