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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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lapis-lazuri Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
What is impressive is just how regular is the shadow's shape. It looks like the shadow of one of the great pyramids than a natural mountain :)
Doctorwholovesthe80s Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
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!
danUK86 Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2012   General Artist
Fantastic capture :) Great light and shadow.. I have some friends in Italy, I showed them this and they absolutely love it, they looked through your whole gallery afterwards :D
vttiste Featured By Owner May 22, 2012
Wow many years on deviant art, many years hiking, trekking, walking, skiing, I've never seem such amazing stuff! Really congrat for that shot! It would deserve a daily deviation !
RobertoBertero Featured By Owner May 23, 2012  Professional Artist
Thank you so much!
Astranat Featured By Owner May 13, 2012
bsolutely great! thank you for sharing this interetsing and beautiful phenomenon :nod:
Akeen7000 Featured By Owner May 4, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Wonderful shot!
sbronner Featured By Owner May 3, 2012
s-x-f Featured By Owner May 2, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
really impressive and surreal
Speck2 Featured By Owner May 2, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Love the capture!!
Earth-Hart Featured By Owner May 2, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Superb shot, Squire :clap:
NanisKa Featured By Owner May 2, 2012
Goodness! This is amazing!! :wow:
Merhlin Featured By Owner May 2, 2012
Fascinating! Were the surrounding mountains not to suggest differently, I'd have supposed you were atop the Great Pyramid in Egypt! Great capture!
RobertoBertero Featured By Owner May 2, 2012  Professional Artist
eheh thanks :-), oh yes I really hope one day to visit the pyramids!
In any case, the summit of this mountain (Rocciamelone) is indeed a perfectly natural shaped pyramid, with the great advantage that it's very much larger of any Egyptian pyramid!
a 3,538 meters mountain is really something unbelievably huuuuuge :-)
best regards!
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