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Cosmic Dialogue by RobertoBertero Cosmic Dialogue by RobertoBertero
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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).
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Daily Deviation

Given 2011-07-22
Suggester said; "The harmonious blend of sky and earth is impressively expressed here; the magnificence of the constellations is captured whilst not neglecting the beauty of the landscape itself."

Cosmic Dialogue by ~RobertoBertero ( Suggested by GraphiteColours and Featured by Anoya )
glassocean Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
There's an interesting feeling I get when I look out at the band of the Milky way. It makes me realize we're just puny mortals hitching a ride on a spec we call earth which is a far flung particle on one of the long stretching arms of the untouchable vastness of the milky way. Even small fractions of our universe are astronomically huge.
Maciej-Koniuszy Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2012   Photographer
KingStephenArthur Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2011  Student Photographer
such a good idea with the two exposures. i was in the middle of typing "i have no idea how you managed to expose this" then i decided id read the description, amazing picture! :D
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.
RlySrh Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2011  Student Photographer
Holy crap, the sky looks amazing here.
bp2007 Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2011
Featured here: [link]

Thanks for being part of the :iconphotographyuniverse:
vireeni Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2011
Just wonderful shot! big time fave.
Anoya Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2011   Photographer

I wanted to let you know I've featured your deviation in the APN Daily Deviations - July 2011 News Article. :aww:
Trashins Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
tednugentlover1256 Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2011
oooohhh i like the sky in this one!
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