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Close Encounters

I took this picture on July 28th 2011, in the same Col du Grand Saint Bernard area where I've got a few other photos.

In fact, the peak here gazing at the starry sky is the left side of the same mountain used for my other work "Cosmic Dialogue", I moved only a two/three hundred meters on the left for this shot, in search of a second water stream that I had noticed the day before.


2011 summer weather has been quite unstable, with lots of sudden rain/snow at high altitude, a lucky chance because both these rather small streams were evidently still quite rich in water.


The subject here is always the same, my favourite :-) a dialogue between our little known world with the immense vastness of the unknown...

That's the reason of the title. Besides being an instinctive modest tribute to Spielberg, I've thought about a close encounter between two elements - the Earth and the Universe - that are just part of an organic whole. The eventual real meaning of this goes far beyond the understanding of man, since the dawn of time... and, for this reason, continues to arouse a great timeless interest.


As usual in night/astro photographic technique, this photo is obtained by combining two exposures: a very long one at low/ordinary ISO for the landscape, in order to preserve details and best high definition print quality, plus a second one of about thirty seconds at high ISO, I've used 6400 here, for the cosmos, any longer exposure would have resulted in beginning star trails.

(Obviously it's all manual focusing, tripod, mirror lock up, remote shutter release).



©Roberto Bertero, All Rights Reserved. This image is not available for use on websites, blogs or other media without the explicit written permission of the photographer.

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Taken on July 28, 2011