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Looking Beyond Earth by RobertoBertero Looking Beyond Earth by RobertoBertero
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Night view from the summit of Mount Rocciamelone (3.538 m) toward the Punta Lunella (2.772 m), a mountain in the Graian Alps (Italy) whose summit here emerges from an infinite bank of thick clouds.
We can therefore approximate the altitude of the cloudscape around 2.600 meters, or so...
which means about nine hundred meters below me.

More in the distance are visible the lights of Turin (one of the largest cities in northern Italy) that lit up from beneath the mass of clouds.
Then the universe, with planet Jupiter and the Pleiades cluster clearly visible on the left.

One of those visions I would say out of this world, thanks to the wonderful place and also to the camera's ability to see perfectly well at night, recording the faintest sources of light.
Consider that the light you see here is just light pollution - there is no sunset or sunrise going on, being this shot at night - so pure light pollution which often can result in something truly artistic, "a powerful ally" as Master Yoda would say :-)
Obviously all emphasized by the long exposure.

Actually, the discoveries resulting from night photography are the strongest motivations that pushes me to continue this activity. I could not even conceive photography if released from the search of the amazing simplicity that lies in the infinite.
Yes, the infinite grace of a starry night, where planet Earth and all our momentary certainties must give way to the immensity of the unknown universe. The bridge to the absolute, the gateway of awe.
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Posebni Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2014
DIVINE !
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Last-Verse Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Breathtakingly beautiful. I was in Astronomy class at college when you took this photo - I remember Jupiter being close to the Pliedes, which look beautiful in this shot. The glow from the city gives it such an ethereal feel :)
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WhereTheSunSets Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2013
oh god
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MCAshe Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2013  Student Digital Artist
i think im in lovee *^*
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yukamilee Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2013
BEAUTIFUL!
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Lionsong Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Your amazing photography has been featured here: [link] Please :+fav: if you enjoy the article! :heart:
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mercenario1945 Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013
WOW
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IWantSleep Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2012
Simply stunning
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TheOrionNebula Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2012
Really beautiful!!!
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Aslehill12 Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
amazing...
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Laanscapes Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2012  Professional Photographer
Oh, wow! Would love to see this someday... Great shot, awesome story to go with it.
Was this taken in one shot? How long was the exposure?
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ssabbath Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2012
Hi-REs Required :D
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8AlnitakKaleids8 Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
This is an absolutely beautiful shot! It's amazing! Yes, night photography...amazing and challenging! Love your work.
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AruSung Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2012   Photographer
Impresionante imágen, debió ser espectacular verlo en persona!
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Jhale66 Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2012
Amazing...especially with a bit a warmth in the dark blue...
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danUK86 Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2012   General Artist
incredible capture Roberto!
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OlivierAccart Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2012  Professional Photographer
Thank you for making the effort to bring us what is normally reserved for the gods !
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kalicobay Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2012
Wow, incredible!
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PRibeiro Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
i love it

the sky are amazing
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omarkawe Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2012
awesome
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Bojkovski Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
beautiful view
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a-Arietis Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2012
Awesome shot!
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Tarinalintu Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautiful :heart:
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PassionAndTheCamera Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
This is so wonderful! I love it!
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Meema Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Nicely done!
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xxConniexx Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Amazing work!
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Just-Black Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2012   General Artist
Extraordinary! :thumbsup:
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larduin Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
i love it!
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Cathysa Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2012
Oh...dear...god. This is simply amazing. I asume it's worth the physic effort to climb this mountain just to contemplate this outstanding view. By the way, how long did it take you to take the picture? (I mean the speed of the shoot) because the stars are quite nitid for so little light.
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RobertoBertero Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2012  Professional Artist
this is a 25sec exposure, enough because ISO were pretty high: 3200
And you're absolutely right, the most difficult thing is to get to the summit and stay there fot all night!
but hardly anyone realizes these aspects, most people are excessively focused about lenses, settings, cameras... all important things, of course, but without the taste for adventure landscape photography is nothing :-)
best greetings!
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simonebyrne Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2012   Photographer
Beautiful work! :+fav:
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thanksthatisenough Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2012
Excellent shot.
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Speck2 Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
My friend this is equisite!!
Cindy
:heart: :hug:
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HelderPereira Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Damn Roberto Outstanding image.
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A-E-W Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2012
Wooooow! :wow: Wish I would have seen that in real...

Just wondering, what camera you use?
and the settings?
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Puuronen Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2012  Professional General Artist
Wonderful!
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grimjfoot Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2012
Una foto davvero splendida! Toglie il fiato, immagino cosa dovesse essere il panorama dal vivo.
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Karolusdiversion Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2012
:clap:
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mecengineer Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2012
Excellent work.
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linebeck14 Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
I want to do astronomy just to discover the stars and wish and mostly dream I know sounds weird anyway I love the way the picture came out its absolutly beautiful great job
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