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Probably the most beautiful mountain I have seen . Cerro Fitz Roy . 3405 m . Argentina .

Here in front - Classical vision .. From our night at Lago de Los Tres .

But this picture is special to me for various reasons:

I stayed many hours during the night looking at this amazing view .. It was a clear and pure night .. with full moon .. which creates this unhearthly light .

I have used a very wide opened lense ( 85 mm F1.2 L II ) to permit ISO 100 at night with 10 seconds exposure time .
which creates the vortex of moving clouds in the center .

Mixed with the sharpness of the rocks and the visible stars , I found it inspiring , . I hope you 'll enjoy this image.

Title and music inspiration by © Raison d'être

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Story :

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 => :iconadmalamcrucem: thank you
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One of the most Epic vision from my Iceland trip in September 2010 . It was beggining to snow as the light was piercing through these dark clouds .

Iceland is unique

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Hello.

Here is a picture from my last trip through south argentina & chile .

The sky is different, it's like a new cosmos to behold ..
Here I enjoyed the natural framing with those trees , and the milky way creating a lovely curve , coming toward us .

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story,.. extract from my blog , in french sorry :


"je vais vous parler un peu des nuits en Patagonie ..

De mon expérience là-bas et bien sûr aussi essentiellement car nous en avons passés beaucoup sous tente dans des lieux isolés.. Les nuits dans ces lieux sont .. différentes .. Nous en avons vécu des particulièrement tourmentées, effrayantes (pour un anxieux comme moi) , et aussi parfois d’une incroyable pureté …

Le son des multiples vents distordus s’engouffrant dans des gorges sinueuses, les gémissements des grands arbres balayés par les rafales.. les longs éboulements de séracs et rochers divers ( on se demande toujours un peu si ce n’est pas la fin du monde, ou si un bout de montagne ne va pas rouler jusqu’à la tente ) .. .. je suis tombé malade quelques jours … J’ai des souvenirs fiévreux complètement surréalistes.. de certaines nuits.. ou les nouveaux sons et visions se sont mélangées aux cauchemars.. L’état de flottement avancé à permis de générer un imaginaire chaotique et frénétique autour de ces nuits hypnotiques

Mais lorsqu’elle est claire, il y a une limpidité improbable.. le bleu n’est pas le même, avec ces mouvements de nuages fumants ultra rapides… La voie lactée n’est pas la même non plus.. toutes les constellations sont nouvelles.. C’est déjà dépaysant en soi .. Et c’est marrant car il y avait des trous dedans, un peu , et on pouvait voir des bouts de voie lactée qui se promenaient à d’autres endroits , des amas un peu louches éparpillés dans le cosmos (on voit que j’y connais rien ) mais bref toujours est-il que ..

Ici ce qui m’a beaucoup plu .. C’est qu’en errant à travers ces arbres , le cheminement de la voie lactée nouvelle m’a fait comme l’effet d’un chemin qui serpente .. c’est plus visible sur l’image en prenant un peu de recul , pour percevoir les formes simples et ce qu’elle projette esthétiquement. …Un nouveau cosmos c’est tout de même inspirant…

Nous sommes ici au camp agostini, probablement le cartier général des mulots humides… proche du Cerro torre , qui ne s’est jamais montré hors des nuages lors de notre passage .

Après notre tentative du tour à travers la porte des enfers , avant que mon trépied ne soit volé , avant notre trek au chili dans les forêts folles, au beau milieu d’un chaos de réflexions et de grandes oscillations à mon moral durant ce voyage incroyable de densité , de complexité et de richesse …

Du récit et des pensées , je vais vous en dire davantage , lorsque j’aurai écris le blog .. Accompagné d’images. Il me reste du travail .. 130 Gb de données sont en train d’être extraites et il me faut le recul pour comprendre ce que je veux montrer de tout ça, et ce que ça veut dire pour moi."

Bien à vous

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Red needles of Chamonix ( French Alps ) Valley .

We were backpacking at the summit of this wonderfull mountain : Mont Buet ( 3100 m ) with a magical 360° View.

just before sunset .. we were passing through clouds .. Light was invisible .. then the sun came just for 2 or 3 minutes .. creating a stunning vision of these mountains .. framed by layers of clouds .


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New picture from Patagonia 1 month trip .

I chose a cold white balance and muted tones for this scene ; but still hesitating with the pure B/W version .

This was in the first part of our trip, reaching 'lago de Los tres' quite famous place just in front of this crazy fortress ( Cerro Fitz Roy ) .

What I really liked here is the cloud bow just above the mountains .


Here you can see the same mountain during the night :


I hope you'll enjoy this vision,

thank you


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It's morning light . . Alps . Italy .
I enjoyed the opposition of cold and warm tones , the massive rock faces ..

150 mm
No filters .
just added some dark vignetting around .

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Mathieu Lelay , working, in front of this otherworldly landscape. The stronghold/mountains smoke as volcanoes

I enjoyed this scene a lot for its atmosphere.

This is mount Fitz Roy at lago de Los Tres. South Argentina .

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Hello.

I've been gone for 1 month . .. In Patagonia . For shooting the movie ( quest for inspiration ) and personal work in photography .

Then I was in Paris for a photo conference and exhibition .. I am just back home now and need to rest and sort all the 130 Gb of pictures from this journey . which was exhausting and beautiful .

This picture is not from patagonia.. I will publish soon some news pictures and a blog in french , speaking about my thoughts . and images of the trip .


Here this is briançon valley , the french alps .. during autumn .. it was cold and raining A LOT .. all day .. creating a very moody scape ..

Evolving fog .. devouring landscape ..

canon 85 mm F1.2 L II

thank you ,
see you soon for new collections .

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" .. Lorsque je ferme mes yeux, aujourd'hui encore, je vois ce mélange de demi teintes flamboyantes orné de branchages sinueux et incompréhensibles ..

Tout m’apparaît comme un mélange de formes et de teintes très abstraites, cette vision me fascine et me guide ..
Même si je n'y arrive pas encore comme je l'aimerai vraiment,
c'est en restant suggestif sur cette projection déstructurée que j'arrive à mieux apprécier.

Et j'ai voulu retranscrire cette sensation comme sorti d'un songe

Cette image comme toute la série sur la forêt est probablement ma préféré de ce que je ramène de ce périple, Elle est aussi un bon exemple pour ce que j'appel "vision onirique et évocatrice de la nature " . et j'ai en même temps conscience qu'elle plaira moins que les vues de montagne.Seulement pour moi il est plus impalpable et difficile de trouver des compositions comme ça , que de prendre le décors impressionnant , qui est déjà beau par lui même .

Les forêts deviennent magiques mais pas particulièrement apaisantes .. Plutôt denses ou complexes ...et semblent abriter une lourde peine insondable . Je n'arrive pas encore à mettre des mots sur ce que je ressens dans ces endroits

C'est une sorte d élégance torturée ...


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...When I close my eyes, still today, I see this mixture of blazing half-hues
ornated with sinuous and incomprehensible boughs...

Everything appears to me as a blending of shapes and very abstract tints, this vision fascinates me and guides me...
Even if I still don't succeed as I really would like to, it's by remaining evocative on this destructured projection that I can appreciate it more...

And I wanted to retranscribe this feeling as out of a dream.

This image, like the whole series on the forest is probably my favourite from what I bring back from this expedition.
It is also a good example of what I call a "dreamlike and nature evocative vision". And at the same time I am aware it will not be as successful as the mountain vistas. Except that for me it is more intangible and harder to find compositions like this than to take the impressive scenery, already beautiful by itself.

The forests become magic, but not particulary calming... Rather dense or complicated... And they seem to shelter a heavy and unfathomable sadness. I am not quite able yet to put words on what I feel in those places.

It is a sort of tormented Elegance.

Translation from french to english by : Adrien => :iconadmalamcrucem: thank you


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Breizh .

Low tide revealing strange water path . and lovely warm tones

I enjoyed this wild beach very much , the nothern ocean ..



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