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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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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 :)
WhereTheSunSets Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2013
oh god
MCAshe Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2013  Student Digital Artist
i think im in lovee *^*
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Lionsong Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
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IWantSleep Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2012
Simply stunning
TheOrionNebula Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2012
Really beautiful!!!
Aslehill12 Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
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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