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AFP
November 19, 2018

Fact check: No, this photo of the sun and moon did not take 16 cameras and 62 days to create

World

AFP
Mon, Nov 19, 2018

A viral Facebook post shares a photograph of the moon directly above the sun, framed by two trees. It claims a German photographer used 16 cameras and waited 62 days to capture the shot. The image was actually created by a Kosovar fine art photographer using Photoshop.

The Facebook post, which has been shared more than one million times, says: “A German photographer had fixed 16 cameras to get this shot for which he had to wait for 62 days. See the moon and sun together. This can be only seen again in 2035. Enjoy the shot.”

The original photo was taken by Kosovan photographer Bess Hamiti and posted online in 2012. It shows the sun between the trees, no moon.

Hamiti told AFP that he had Photoshopped the image.

The metadata in the photo Hamiti posted in January 2017 on photosharing site 500px shows that it was edited.

“This is Photoshop,” Hamiti told AFP of the image shared in the Facebook post.

In this YouTube video from 2012, Hamiti demonstrates how the image was manipulated using Photoshop software.