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I Wonder as I Wander by RobertoBertero I Wonder as I Wander by RobertoBertero
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Shot taken at night on September 6th 2012, from the summit of Mount Rocciamelone (3.538 m), Italy.

When I am in extreme places I often think of possible compositions showing the human awe toward the universe.
Indeed something not easy to portray... because it's mostly intimate and conceptual... in other hand this opens the field to new ideas that are also often suggested by the same location and condition in which I am spending the night.

That night I've thought "why not to introduce a human figure (in this case me) in a star trail?".
Technically this requires a double exposure, because if the star trail, as in this case, takes half an hour, it is not humanly possible to stand still for so long... so, here we have a shorter exposure at high ISO for the human subject and its surroundings (stones, light pollution from the plain), which is mathematically proportional to a second 30 minutes exposure at lower ISO for the stars.
As usual for this kind of shots: manual focusing, tripod, mirror lock up, timer, remote shutter release.

The result is something much more important of the arid details written above, yes, it's what I was hoping for: a man who contemplates the cosmic movement. Specifically, the Milky Way trail of light (center image).
As always, ideas are able to overcome physical and material limits :-)

Being this taken ​​in the month of September, the Milky Way at the beginning of the night no longer points exactly towards the south, rather a bit more southwest.
This excluded any possibility to have again the distant north face of Monte Viso aligned with the Great Rift sector, as in previous shots of mine taken in June. In any case, the mountain range in the distance belongs to the natural park Orsiera-Rocciavrè.
Light pollution always comes from the city of Susa, which lies 3.000 meters below.
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foureyes Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2013
Stunning :clap:.........................................:+fav:!!!!!!
mefotografie Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
This picture is so damn cool! What a shot!
ModyZinc Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Featured here [link]
Well done. :)
StevenJP Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2013
Beautiful shot and excellent composition! I like your description as it really shows how much planning was involved in creating this. Excellent use of technique!
PassionAndTheCamera Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Wow! This is brilliant! I love it!
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Hello. You are one of our finalists for the "Nature" folder in #Breathtaking-photos
If you win this poll, you will be featured the whole next week. :aww:
Merry Christmas! :santa:
Astranat Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2012
richardcjones Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012
Another superb image of man gazing at the cosmos – however I have a preference for your images without star-streaks. Although light pollution is a no-no it certainly contributes greatly to a number of your night captures in the mountains.
danUK86 Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2012   General Artist
fantastic capture :)
luis-costa Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
shutter-fox Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2012  Professional Photographer
This is a really great capture. You've got great foreground, midground and background detail and the tones are crisp and wonderful. I also really like the sense of scale you got with you vs. the landscape vs. the skyscape. It's a really well done photo. Keep up the great work mate!

Daft-Perception Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Great concept. So creative!
johanchang Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2012  Professional Photographer
Absolutely spectacular, mate. Stunning work!
Jedediah22 Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2012
your picture says more than even a thousand words can express...
Virtu-Imagery Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Totally cosmic!
Exquisite composition.
BklynGirl Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2012
Ciao Roberto! Thank you for this amazing view...if I cannot be there to see it myself, I have
this photo to appreciate it.
FlorianHebel Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Nice Idea and very well done :)
CoIIIs Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2012  Professional Photographer
bhalstead Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2012   Photographer
The city light in the clouds looks like a glowing ocean! Very impressive and surreal.
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