On that Sunday, May 6, 2018, I attended a religious gathering at Mile Square Park in the city of Fountain Valley, California, USA, where there were probably thousands of attendees.
Some time during the event, I saw some people whom I assumed to be the faith-believers kneeling down on the grass and making bows with their bodies lying down to the grass and backing up to the kneeling position. I assumed it was just a normal practice for them to face the south to do that respectful gesture.
Minutes later, I saw people pointing and looking up to the sky with an amazement. I followed their astounding expression and looked up to the sky. It was the Sun that had a ring around it. I quickly noticed that the ring slightly had rainbow colors which I assumed that had something to do with water.
I had never seen a ring, or halo, around the Sun, but this scenery happening at a religious gathering instantly made me think that this phenomenon was probably created by a human who is genius. I assumed that maybe someone was shooting at the Sun with some kind of moisture to cause a halo around the Sun. I do not believe in superstition, and I thought this phenomenon was intentionally created (by intelligent men and/or women) to win the hearts and minds of superstitious people.
Having that concrete scientific thought, I ignored the hoax, or prank. Instead, I kept taking pictures of the surrounding with my smart phone. My wife insisted me to take photos of the Sun with a ring on the sky. I tried to convince her that the phenomenon was probably a trick done by some genius persons to make the event more special, and this trick could be done again and again anytime anywhere, so we would have plenty of occasions to see it again and take photos of it.
To keep my wife happy and to keep evidence for my theory of a hoax happening at the event, I reluctantly pointed my smart phone and snapped a shot right at the center of the Sun. Reviewing the shot, I was not very happy, because it looked so unimpressive or boring. I aimed to the sky again, this time with the rule of thirds in mind which is a suggestion by professional photographers to frame the focus object at a point on one third horizontally or vertically of the screen. I chose to position the Sun to the left and the top third of the screen, because I saw some fragments of clouds at the bottom and to the right of the Sun to make the shot more dramatic. I was very happy with the shot because it has the Sun, part of the ring, and some fragments of the cloud. I showed off the photo to my wife and a pride, but she said the photo does not show the complete ring around the Sun and she thought I failed to snap a good photo. I was not very impressive with the Sun with the ring, in fact, I was more focusing in my mind to explain how this trick was done, so I did not take more photos of the Sun—two photos of it was enough.