This is not meant to be the photo of a mountain, but rather the photo of its shadow projected into the surrounding landscape (you can easily see this shadow on the left of this image).
I've chosen this title, a bit "artistic", as at first glance it seems really to see a mountain in the landscape, but then you realize that you're dealing with a huge shadow.
I took this picture at sunset from the summit of Mount Rocciamelone (3,538 meters/11,603 feet), the highest and most stylish peak of Susa valley, Italy.
Obviously you can not see the mountain itself because I was in its very summit. You can find on the net a lot of photos of mount Rocciamelone, as well as many pics taken during the day from its summit.
Here I am much more interested in showing what happens when the day fades away... Mysterious play of light and shadow are revealing ephemeral phenomena that most of us would not have imagined.
I was setting things to spend the night at high altitude (as I often do) and I remember that I was going on the North side of the summit to get a bit of clean snow to melt for water, looking East I saw this huge area, conical and dark... I thought "wow, the mountain is projecting herself into the valley below!" ... and I got this shot, thanks to the low rays of the setting sun in the West, exactly behind me and my camera!
Looking at this picture it's also possible to deduce the position of the North (just look at the snow covered ridge below), and the South (still warmed by the last red rays of the sun).
At dawn you get the same effect of shadow projection, but obviously with the cone pointing West due to the Sun rising East.
I am very pleased also to say that this picture was chosen by the National Geographic as Picture of the Day (May 15th 2011).
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Haymotion (2729) 2010-11-15 10:39
Excellente photo !
Très bien vue cette montagne qui projette son ombre sur ce panorama..
BluSimo (9392) 2010-11-15 10:44
semplicemente meraviglioso questo panorama. l'ombra proiettata è il top, ma anche i picchi illuminati dalla luce radente, la foschia con una dominante luminosa diversa sono altri elementi di indiscutibile bellezza. complimenti davvero.
ciao e buona serata
korbee (6617) 2010-11-15 11:05
You are extremely lucky with this kind of light Roberto,the big shadow of the mountain is almost surrealitistic.
gabrielpat (7163) 2010-11-15 11:26
A fantastic light with so many soft colors.A great point of view.
phwall (6785) 2010-11-15 13:12
Some people might say you were lucky to get this shot, and maybe luck did play a small part, but your photographic skills is what produced this amazing capture. You put yourself in the right spot at the right time, and you recognised what was unfolding before you, to me, that is what a photographer does.
It is a brilliant capture, beautiful in every respect. I only have a small folder of favourites but I have no hesitation in including this image in there.
I wish I had been so lucky :))
Nard (6972) 2010-11-15 13:16
Really beautiful colors and light on the moutains and a nice POV
faraujo (1707) 2010-11-15 14:53
Amazing shot, a good photo for the effort to climb the moutain!
The whole photo is just perfect!
ujjwalshendre (22) 2010-11-15 23:25
Amazed to see such creations of nature and the grandeur. What a beautiful view. I am still not able to understand how the shadowline can form so distinctly & so well. Very well captured.
timecapturer (49288) 2010-11-16 7:07
Wow what an amazing shot, captured beautifully by you.
jimmj63 (2313) 2010-11-19 4:11
splendida visione! l'ombra del rocciamelone sul mont d'ambin e sulle nubi basse, colori magnifici e luce splendida, luce e foschia tipicamente piemontese
blueaquan (227) 2012-12-03 8:35
WOW Roberto! I din't notice the shadow at first, I was drawn towards the glowing peak onto the right, but when you mentioned the shadow in your note, I went back to see the amazing phenomenon!
Your sense of observation was brilliant. All in all wonderful golden colours and composition! The image surely requires a lot more points than what it has currently! Congratulations on the NGC selection too, truly worthy.
npecanhuk (69130) 2013-05-11 17:26
I loved your idea and the results are great!
The shadow of that mountain on that landscape is a very interesting and attractive details!
TFS - congrats,
nagual2 (1452) 2013-10-25 12:48
VERY NICE PICUTE.GOOD POV.TFS
suhasb (112) 2015-03-28 6:00
Hi Roberto, it's a beautiful image u took at a beautiful moment. It reminds me of one trek to Himalaya at the fall of 2009. Excellent light condition and colours.thank u for sharing.
- Copyright: Roberto Bertero (galaxyfaraway) (82)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2010-10-13
- Categories: Nature
- Camera: Pentax K20D, Pentax 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 AL II
- Exposure: f/6.5, 1/125 seconds
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2010-11-15 10:17
- Favorites: 1 [view]