Cows in the fog (or in a cloud…)

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I did not think that I had to find both cows and such fog so high in mountain. Well, more than fog it was a cloud, but this looks to be not so important for the final result. By the way we had to move away sometime later, because looks like that we were invading some part of the grass field that the cows wants to stay free form humans.

Mont Blanc window

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During a trip to the Mont Blanc, at the Aguille du Midi, I catch my wife staring  at the mountain top from a window in the hallway. The contrast between the outside light and the inside just left my wife image emerging from the dark. It was a lucky shot, done without pose and organization.

Velvet snow

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The oblique light which graze the snow make it looking similar to velvet. Light and shadows give the idea of smooth waves. I was impressed by the poetry of the evening light, and I tried to capture it.

Earth and Moon

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A lucky combination: a day with strong wind (so the sky is clear and blue), the position of the moon close to the mountain, and the subject is ready to be photographed. Just a touch of polarizer and it’s done. In my humble opinion, a minimalistic set of colors like here results in a stronger image.

Peaks coming out

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I was in mountain during a quite gray day. Sometimes a small clear patch happened in the clouds, and I was lucky enough to capture these peaks which came out for few minutes. They make me think to a dreamy atmosphere. The picture was taken in Lanzo valley (NW Italy)

Rusty

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An empty high mountain creek bed, where the remains of an old oil barrel (I suppose it is: I can’t be sure about what it was!) demonstrates what happens when laying on the bottom together with rolling stones and flowing water. The vivid rust color has a great contrast with the stone background, which seems a bit a lunar landscape.

Fishermen

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Some fishermen were on the Ceresole Reale dam lake (yet quite empty in this season). I was fascinated by their positions and the few colors present: just the blue over the b/w. I had to wait until some cloud shadows came to help to avoid a too much white background. The result is an image with some fairy-tale setting.

“El Capitan” rock in France

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I was wandering in Haute Provence – South of France, when I found this beautiful mountain. It remebered me the famous “El Capitan” rock in Yosemite National Park (this one is smaller, anyway) and the Ansel Adams images, so I stopped and found a good location where take this shoot, of course in black and white like the Master.This is a tribute to him and his art.

Notre Dame du Roc

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A wonderful small church over the town of Castellane (Haute Provence – South of France). The church is placed on the top of a rock, which, even if when seen from the town looks a demanding hike, is an easy and nice walk of half-hour. When on the top, I was fascinated by how the church is well amalgamented with the mountain, and by the silence. The presence of nice clouds helped me to take this shoot when resting on the side of the  rock.

Above the clouds

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Flying over the Alps, coming back home in the evening, I noticed the clouds below moved by strong winds in many waves, following the orography of the mountains. I found interesting this effect, especially if compared with the clear sky over them. I choose to use black and white because it stress the attention to the wave shapes.

Update: this image has been one of the 15  most popular pictures in the weekly themes by VFXY for the July 24, 2009 week, when the theme was “Null or Empty” 

Small waterfalls and stone

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I was testing my brand new 4x ND filter on these small waterfalls, when my eye was catched by a strange stone which was looking like flying few centimeters over the water, as an effect of a magician trick. I decided to change the image framing, so to have the stone in the middle and the water, on the contrary than usual, not as the main subject of the image. Something against the standard rules (aren’t the rules made in order to be broken?)