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June 8, 2013
Milky Way Above a Sea of Clouds by ~RobertoBertero is unique, beautiful and absolutely breath-taking.
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Milky Way Above a Sea of Clouds

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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 :-)
Image details
Image size
720x599px 346.53 KB
Canon EOS 5D Mark II
Shutter Speed
122/1 second
Focal Length
27 mm
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Date Taken
Jun 28, 2012, 12:00:54 AM
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I like this pic a lot.  It would make a fantastic wallpaper.  Well done.
Ladygentlemanbastard's avatar
This is a lovely shot! The contrast between the warm glow under the clouds and the cool blue of the stars is lovely and peaceful!
Kaslito's avatar
what a great night shot! :clap:
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Albanos's avatar
Hey Roberto, 
Do you also sell 300-dpi versions of this? I can't order a print from that website. I would rather pay you directly :)
RobertoBertero's avatar

thank you for your appreciation!

I have a new site now

where you can find (and buy, if you wish) everything you need

best regards!

Ibanessi's avatar
This is really A-M-A-Z-I-N-G
taroboba's avatar
That is so beautiful... it doesn't even look like it's of this world
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Leeveye's avatar
Mind blowing - great justaposition. I have some shots of the mily way in my gallery too. Thanks!
zenstep's avatar
Roberto this image is really breathtaking, I know photographers are very protective of their work but i desperately want to promote some of your images on my youtube promotional channel featuring music and visual art. The only problem is the aspect ratio for this image is to small :( is there ANY way you would possibly release a larger copy of this that (at the very least) would support youtubes 1920x1080 aspect ratio?

Kind of on my knees here..


LukeMunnell's avatar
Holy hell is this spectacular. VERY well done, through and through. 
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Wish my camera could do that.  :thumbsup:
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You have been added to my "Breath feature" blossom-lullabies.deviantart.c…
Thank you so much for your wonderful work. It let me speechless.
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The clouds look like snow with a different dimension under it :D
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What a picture! 10/10
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Absolutely beautiful!
SynCallio's avatar
Oh my goodness, this is lovely.

I'm told that the naked eye can't make out the variations (plumes and dark veins) in the Milky Way, but I swear to you, I've seen it. Years ago, while we were travelling at night through Wyoming, my dad pulled the car over so that we could get out and look at the stars. Wyoming is quite desolate, dry, and high in altitude, with no artificial light to spoil the view. I looked up and when my eyes had adjusted, I could see the Milky Way, and I could see how it was broken up like veins of marble.

This picture gives the same sort of feeling, the immensity and loneliness and beauty.
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