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Light of Earendil by RobertoBertero Light of Earendil by RobertoBertero

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"I give you the light of Eärendil, our most beloved star. May it be a light for you in dark places, when all other lights go out".

LOTR / Tolkien.

Long exposure taken at Lac Blanchet supérieur (2.810 m), Queyras, France, during a very foggy and cloudy night.
I sat on a rock for over an hour and only a few openings allowed me to see and capture a glimpse of the Milky Way and the constellation Sagittarius, also with its Lagoon Nebula (M8 - NGC 6523), aligned with the pointed north face of the Tête des Toillies (3.177 m). This mountain is located right on the border between Italy and France so it is also known as Roc della Niera.
Thanks to bad weather the entire landscape was transfigured by magic and mystery.
These brief openings in the sky were providing the only light during this time of the night otherwise of pure pitch darkness.
In a muffled atmosphere every single element looked as impalpable, immaterial, as transfigured into a dream... a quality that I've deeply appreciated, which allowed me to get a night shot a bit different from the many I already have :-)
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JanuarysDaughter Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2014   General Artist
The photo merits its title perfectly.
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bhalstead Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2013   Photographer
Amazing how the distant mountain emerges from the mist!
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Rae777 Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Your wonderful work has been featured here: fav.me/d6v2xjr :rose:
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Camel51 Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
I love the reflection. It really gives the sense of never ending Space and all the possibilities out there
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Merhlin Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2013
There are no words to express the beauty and mystery. A remarkable photo! :)
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panna-phi Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
wow, truly amazing capture.
I love the light. the reflection of stars in water looks splendid!
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ludic7 Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2013
amazing...
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KissOfDarkness13 Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2013  Student General Artist
Your works just chill me to the bone; they're so wonderful and striking! I aspire to take images of this quality one day.
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RobertoBertero Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2013  Professional Artist
thank you very much, good luck!
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Aslehill12 Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Marvellous...
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Rae777 Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This piece is absolutely majestic!! I really love this work! I've never seen anything quite like it as well, it's very unique to me. You've done a grand job. :rose: :love: :rose: :wow: :rose:
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RobertoBertero Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2013  Professional Artist
thank you very much :-)
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Rae777 Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Of course! :rose:
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Pinedrop Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2013
Wonderful title and composition!  It truly does look as if there's magic in that sky.
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RobertoBertero Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2013  Professional Artist
thanks
the night sky is always magical, but that night has been indeed special, I think because of the mists
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Mouselemur Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
This might sound a bit strange, but when I laid eyes on this shot, all I could think was: This looks really sweet. Quite funny, cause it's a rather eerie atmosphere. But the stars playing hide and seek with the mountains and clouds, looks sort of sweet. Though I can't imagine sitting there -especially alone- in the dark waiting for the clouds to move away to cast some light on such an for the rest entirely dark environment.
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RobertoBertero Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2013  Professional Artist
thanks!
well, it's some sort of "routine" for me to be somewhere alone in the dark :-)
Anyhow, I have to say that I have never seen a darkness so dark as that night! I went there to photograph the Milky Way aligned with that peak, well the weather has offered me something even better
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Mouselemur Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer

Ooh I really wouldn't like being alone. I'd start imagining all this weird stuff about bears and wolves and such, even though they might not even live there :D

I'm happy for you you could work so well with circumstances you actually didn't want :) I really love this shot:happybounce: 

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