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I've seen this composition while hiking from the Col du Grand Saint Bernard area toward the Lac de Fenetres (Switzerland). I began to evalutate some aspects for a possible picture at night, to realize the next day, on my way back... since photography means freezing the decisive moment and also attentively evaluating potential.
Besides, what I wish to capture most in my photographs is the intangible bridge which joins our little known world with the immense vastness of the unknown... that's why I'm increasingly perceiving the night as more and more interesting, bearing itself mystery par excellence.
So the day after I was there, into the dark, on the same spot, on the same less slippery rock carefully chosen the day before (a strategic view point allowing a central capture of the river's waves), trying to accomplish my so longed dialogue between all surrounding elements, into an organic mystic structure: the flowing water, the particular conical shape of the mountain, the universe above.
As usual in night/astro photographic technique, this photo is obtained by combining two exposures: a very long one at low 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, any longer exposure would have resulted in beginning star trails.
(Obviously it's all manual focusing, tripod, mirror lock up, remote shutter release).