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Rivers of Clouds at Moonlight by RobertoBertero Rivers of Clouds at Moonlight by RobertoBertero
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A sea of clouds, exposed to the south-east, is lit by the moon (63%) rising in the east.
Yes, a huge mass of clouds slipping down steep rocky ridges from a height of about 2.900 meters.

Shot taken at night on September 6th 2012, from the summit of Mount Rocciamelone (3.538 m), Italy.

This is one of the most otherworldly photograph I've taken so far. Thanks to the intrinsic magic of the night and to the privilege of being there, silently admiring this amazing moment.

This 195 seconds exposure, at 115mm on full frame, turned the slow passage of the clouds in a sort of "silky waterfall".
A few star trails are already visible, despite the exposure wasn't particularly long. I guess we all know as the consequences of Earth's rotation are more obvious when using a telephoto lens.
Intensity of colors, contrast and white balance are strongly faithful to the scene.

Main mountains here visible are the Uia Ciamarella (3.676), P.ta d'Arnas (3.560) and, at the horizon, the south-west face of Gran Paradiso (4.061), companion of many adventures :-)
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Ripplingwaves Featured By Owner 6 days ago
Gorgeous!
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notneb82 Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2014
What an incredible shot of an awesome phenomenon!
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:iconquantosauro:
Quantosauro Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2013
Great shot! prefect moment
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swaeli Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2013  Student Photographer
Beautiful! congrats
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ElECTRlCP0TAT0ES Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2013  Student General Artist
Its just..cdkgeftc rew aotrwro7fr
(That was me dying in amazement- things like this I just can't explain how, like, worlds away it is!)
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ConH Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2013
I have never seen a shot like this before... splendid :)
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Marazul45 Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Fantastica!!
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whoskipbob Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
brilliant!!
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wesoly-romek Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012
On revisiting the shot I'm still amazed...
Certainly, among the best works I've seen on dA.
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augenweide Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
your beautiful work is featured in my new journal...[link]
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arualcat Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2012
wow, it's wonderful!
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acoresjo88 Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Your beautiful work is featured here
Feel free to have a look at the feature and to comment on and/or to :+fav: it, would be really appreciated. Thanks!
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NDCott Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
absolutely gorgeous photo. amazing location and exposure
Judy
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WNaturalism Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2012
Wooooww!! So impressive magic composition! Brilliant work! Like it!!!
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vttiste Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2012
There are millions of pictures on deviantart, but such amazing one are not so common :) really amazing one, I'm even surprised it didn't get a daily deviation!
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TW-Photo Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
That's awesome!
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Capturing-the-Light Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
I am in total awe, both of the location, and your amazing ability to capture the perfect shot. You are correct this is so other worldly, a world I can emerge myself into, and recharge the batteries. Truely wonderful work, of a standard to aspire too. Simon
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eswendel Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
:thumbsup::thumbsup:
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rdalpes Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2012
une feature ![link] Ihope you like it !!
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Temperate-Sage Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2012  Professional General Artist
You have been featured! [link]
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ZokiArt555 Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2012  Professional General Artist
Bravo! :)
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SylveryFox Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Amazing! :wow:
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:iconbhalstead:
bhalstead Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2012   Photographer
The waterfall effect is amazing!
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:iconmrmd53:
mrmd53 Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Fabulous!
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emmanueldautriche Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2012   Photographer
Beautiful vision...!!
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panna-phi Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
wow, this is simply... wow, I even can't find appropiate words...
truly magic. you had a brilliant idea.
one of best shots I've ever seen, really.

:love:
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RobertoBertero Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2012  Professional Artist
wow! thank you so very much!
you know, I am taking mainly long exposures... so as soon as I see some clouds I already know how to set things
bye!
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PawBobcat Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2012
Wow... so mysterious and surreal. I can hardly believe this is an actual shot. :O
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:iconrobertobertero:
RobertoBertero Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2012  Professional Artist
eheh, yes, this is just a very ordinary long exposure
the place, of course, is indeed... something! :-)
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RAIS1 Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
fantastic shot
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marrciano Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Fine!!
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Annabelle-Chabert Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2012   Photographer
Mystic atmosphere, at the good place at the good moment !!! A fantastic night view:clap:
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roa006 Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
very beautiful. compliments
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LASKANWLF Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2012  Professional Photographer
Nice shot!! :clap:
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palmbook Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Wonderful :D
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Aliuh Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2012  Professional Photographer
Incredible capture. It almost doesn't look real.
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jaelise Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2012  Professional Photographer
Beautiful shot, great vision :heart:
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MayLPhotography Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Beautiful shot! :clap:
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corpseweles Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2012
Really nice !
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frei76 Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2012
Questa foto assolutamente meravigliosa! Complimenti :clap:
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organicvision Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2012   Photographer
WOW maybe you don't retouch, but this would be perfect without the distracting plane trace in the sky(easy to mask with PS)
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RobertoBertero Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2012  Professional Artist
it's not a plane... it's a star :-) (if you look better you'll see many other less bright)
as I've written in the photo caption, there are a few star trails, due to the 195 sec exposure and the use of telophoto lens
bye!
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DaemonShadowWulf Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It takes a rare combination of excellent timing and pure skill to truly capture the majesty of the Earth in motion but I do believe you have managed splendidly.
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RobertoBertero Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2012  Professional Artist
thank you so very much! :-)
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PixieAndHerPixels Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Absolutely captivating!
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xxConniexx Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Amazing work! It looks beautiful!
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younghappy Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
One of the best I've seen, a DD will be along shortly me thinks :)
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EvidentlyChickentown Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2012
wonderful shot
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Heardbydeaf Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2012   Photographer
Very nice shot. It is strange that there are so few of that kind of flowing clouds on mountain shots. That one here is brilliant!
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RobertoBertero Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2012  Professional Artist
Thanks!
Weel, I think the difficulty of meeting a shot of this kind depends by the fact that it's achieved through the meeting of various special factors. I can think at least 4 points:

- A photographer in the mountains at night
- The presence of clouds passing below
- A bit 'of wind to move the clouds during the long exposure, but not too much (which would make impossible any attempt to take pictures)
- Proper lighting coming from the moon
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