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Close Encounters by RobertoBertero Close Encounters by RobertoBertero
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I took this picture on July 28th 2011, in the same Col du Grand Saint Bernard area where I've got a few other photos.
In fact, the peak here gazing at the starry sky is the left side of the same mountain used for my other work "Cosmic Dialogue", I moved only a two/three hundred meters on the left for this shot, in search of a second water stream that I had noticed the day before.

2011 summer weather has been quite unstable, with lots of sudden rain/snow at high altitude, a lucky chance because both these rather small streams were evidently still quite rich in water.

The subject here is always the same, my favourite :-) a dialogue between our little known world with the immense vastness of the unknown...
That's the reason of the title. Besides being an instinctive modest tribute to Spielberg, I've thought about a close encounter between two elements - the Earth and the Universe - that are just part of an organic whole. The eventual real meaning of this goes far beyond the understanding of man, since the dawn of time... and, for this reason, continues to arouse a great timeless interest.

As usual in night/astro photographic technique, this photo is obtained by combining two exposures: a very long one at low/ordinary ISO for the landscape, in order to preserve details and best high definition print quality, plus a second one of about thirty seconds at high ISO, I've used 6400 here (and wide-angle lens), for the cosmos, any longer exposure would have resulted in beginning star trails.
(Obviously it's all manual focusing, tripod, mirror lock up, remote shutter release).
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uchuubranko Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013  Student General Artist
Hello! :w00t:
Your art has been featured in my M. Features Vol. 2 ! :deviation: [link] :deviation:
Please don't forget to :+fav: and maybe look a bit through it ? :iconiloveit-plz: so that many deviants can see it! :hug:
Keep up the wonderful work! .:love:
A2Matos Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2012   Photographer
Your work has been featured in - Red Carpet: Landscape Vol.1 Special [link]
Congratulations =D
AguaRush11 Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
this is GORGEOUS. thank you for posting!
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jaynedarcy Featured By Owner May 2, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I am so pleasantly stunned - and jealous. To live near such beauty!
Metallslave Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2011
This is stunning. Great capture! ( :
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Gem-of-cali Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Lovely. I want to be there but I know I never will. But at least I get to see it. Thanks again.
jon-rista Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
While this is a great photo, I think it should be pointed out that it is not original, and neither is the was done by Marc Adamus a number of years go, practically the same exact composition of a nearly identical scene of the Tetons: [link]

I commend your work, as I understand the effort necessary to blend the two exposures properly...but it does look like it was directly based on Adamus' work. It would have been intriguing to see the technique put to a different kind of scene in an original context. While I do think Adamus is a bit of an egotist, there is something to be said for originality.
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