Iceland ... in the Jokulsarlon with the midnight sun ... One of the craziest light I ever seen. There's no noise ... only the waves, and the icebergs. And us, runing to catch the moment, trying to advancing on the (cold (!)) water to approch some piece of ice.
Shot taken on June 28th 2012, after moonset, from the summit of Mount Rocciamelone (3,538 m), Italy. Yes, a remote location indeed.
The infinite is my favorite subject, since I can't go into deep space, I am constantly searching it here, on Earth...
The point of view of landscape photography is often from the plain toward an higher subject (like a mountain), this happens most frequently for obvious practical issues. That's why I've always dreamed of pictures taken from most rarest view points.
This is definitely among my favourite night shots I've taken so far, just for one simple reason: the encounter of several natural spectacles! Here we have the Milky Way cutting the night sky in direction south, so it is perfectly aligned with the distant pyramidal summit of Monviso (3.841 m). This alignment, Milky Way -> Monviso, occurs at the beginning of every summer night, then gradually the Earth moves eastward, and the starry sky obviously to the west. However, the particularity of this wonderful night was the presence of an infinite bank of clouds, approximately 800 meters below the summit where I was spending the night... the lights of the valley below turned this mass in motion in a sort of "primordial ocean".
As usual in night photography, the camera was able to capture far more details than I could see with my eyes, anyway this has been one of the most spectacular scenery I have ever seen
Summoning, Land of the Dead dans la tête. La nuit s'approche à grandes enjambées, elle se cache, tout près, dans les nuages. Insidieusement, elle avale tout, assombrit chaque recoin, dévore les montagnes. La tente est installée, là bas, à l'autre bout du lac. Le temps est serein et humide. On ne devine pas encore les rafales et la pluie qui vont arriver, bien vite. Tout est silence. Pas un silence oppressant, un silence naturel, agréable. Juste le torrent au loin, le roulement des pierres sous les chaussures, nos respirations essoufflées. Et un cri de joie devant l'immensité inviolée des lieux.
A starry night in Kirkjufell, the Pyramid mountain. A hint of Aurora was in the sky when I took this (4-image, 40+MP) vertical panorama, and the perfectly-clear milky way appeared to engage in some sort of mystical dance with the mountain and the lagoon surrounding it, reflecting the stars.
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Canon 5D3 Samyang 24mm f/1.4 Grundarfjörður, Snæfellsnes Peninsula, West Iceland
Creepy noises in the dark, the occasional braying and scuttling of sheep, the sound of wind whistling across the fields and stars, stars as far I could see. For an hour, I had these haystacks alone to myself, my imagination and it was a question of how to record these senses into one image. This is the result of 14 vertical stitched images to encompass the very high milky way at the time of shooting. I hope you feel the sentiment! (ps. this is a redo from the facebook posted image which was done as a very small version on the fly where I completely overdid the stars)
Here is the Cerro Fitz Roy, and its vortex of steaming clouds, between two storms.
Also called Cherro Chalten, the smoking mountain... It seems so. It reaches 3405 meters high, and you probably recognize this shape because it is so well-known that you see it everywhere... But, the thing is... I think it is the craziest and most beautiful mountain I've ever seen... Actually, it is always changing... It is huge, colossal.
Here the framing is narrow, and sadly a bit classical, it is surrounded by some sort of fortress... Which we don't really spot here. All the violent disturbances coming in from the Pacific crash over here and overwhelm a bit all around in tumults to be remembered. It remains a mythic summit to climb, given the commitment and technique it requires...
Since I'm always looking for more evocative images while trying to disconnect from well-known visions... With this emblematic mountain right in front of me, I was somewhat trapped. If some more anonymous or unknown element allows creativity, a such famous summit, often photographed under this angle, makes it limited, I think.
The failure of the tour on the continental Hielo glacier which would have allowed us crazier alternative views... It quite blemished my moral for a while, that's true...
Yet we pretty well approached the mounts by sleeping this night at the Lago de Los Tres.
While climbing we suffered from an incredible wind, it shoved us sideways and violently threw snow all around... We did fear not to be able to plant the camp... And finally it all settled down. We were able to strengthen a wall by carrying many stones around the tent. It lasted at least two hours. In the meanwhile, the mountains were still steaming, it was quite fantastic to observe... The clouds come in from the back or appear at its level and rise on the summit's faces, it really looks like a volcano... And the cloud's speed is impressive. We could swear it was a real-time TimeLapse. I was a bit stressed, we had already seen that the wind here could move stones and also probably break the tent's lashes... But the night was exceptionally calm, still with those growing and swirling clouds among the summits.
Then came the full moon, which allowed so much brightness on this night picture.
Technically, I've used the 85 mm (proof that we aren't so far from the mountain itself), pretty crazy fixed focus because I can open to F/1.2 and keep a perfect detail. That's how I've been able to capture the peak and its starlit firmament... At full aperture, ISO 100 and a ten seconds pose, which almost shows a move on the stars and allows this fascinating clouds movement too. We can feel the motion, in the spirals in the centre. I had to take about twenty shots to get the most beautiful moves...
We all spent a good part of the night outside, with -10°C... It was probably the most beautiful night. Completely alone in front of a scene out of time and out of the real world.
Translation from french to english by : Adrien => thank you
A picturesque sunrise above the Alps with view of the Grat Mountain between Diepen and Rophaien. The grass on the mountain slopes appears very soft in the morning light. The contrast between light and shadow accentuates the curved slopes of the Grat very nicely.