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Shadow and Moon by RobertoBertero Shadow and Moon by RobertoBertero
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This is a huge mountain shadow.
An impressive totally natural phenomenon.
On Earth every object caught by slanting rays (at sunset or sunrise) produces a shadow, and mountains of course are no exception.

Photo taken at sunset from the summit of Mount Rocciamelone (3,538 meters / 11,603 feet), the highest and most stylish peak of Susa Valley, Italy.

As in previous shots of mine, here it's again not possible to see the mountain itself because I was on its very summit, but we can admire its huge shadow pointing east, thanks to the low rays of the setting sun in the west, exactly behind me and my camera.
This projection to the east happens on daily basis, at sunset, if the sky is clear. Specifically when there are no high clouds blocking the path between the sun's low rays and the mountain conical shape.
You can have also a bad cloudy weather on the plain, this really doesn't matter.
Also at dawn it's possible to observe the same effect of shadow projection, but obviously with the cone pointing west due to the sun rising east.
(It goes without saying, but obviously during the day, when the sun is high, there are no shadows).

The interesting thing this time was the presence of the full moon... rising on the horizon, slightly to the left of the shadow's tip.
This due to the fact that on October 12th 2011, when I've got this pic, sunset was expected at 6:36 pm, and moonrise at 6:26 pm. A really perfect synchronism.

I've used a telephoto lens here (who's saying that for landscape photography you -absolutely- need a wide angle? ahah) just to concentrate the attention on the two subjects: moon and shadow.
So the shadow is captured here towards the end of its utterly long extension. It's pointing directly above the Po Valley, approximately in the area of Turin's airport, in the town of Caselle.
A distance of over 70 km !!
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The fact that the shadow looks like a near perfect pyramid gives me fantasy story ideas!!

Seriously, it feels like I'm watching "Neverending Story" or something with the 80's fantasy mystique!
shaneydarko Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is very cool...
aerendial Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2012
featured in journal 'shadow.nature' of the group :iconshadowlightseeker: :tea: [link]
aerendial Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012
featured in journal of the group :iconshadowlightseeker: and on my deviant page: [link] :tea:
shadow hide you.
lylousmyle Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2012
Karinta Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2012  Student General Artist
Incredible. You really do have the rarest viewpoints!
RobertoBertero Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2012  Professional Artist
Yes, it's just necessary to walk, walk... climb... hike... then walk again, climb, hike... and so on :-)
The love for adventure is always worthwhile in this kind of photography
Karinta Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2012  Student General Artist
True. :D :-)
amaranth333 Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow! That is such an amazing capture!
acoresjo88 Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
This outstanding work is featured here
Feel free to have a look at the feature and to comment on and/or to it, would be really appreciated. Thanks!
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