DescriptionI took this picture in the same Col du Grand Saint Bernard area where I've got a few other photos of mine.In fact, the peak here gazing at the starry sky is the left side of the same mountain used for 'Cosmic Dialogue' (posted about one week ago), I moved only a two/three hundred meters on the left for this shot, in search of a second water stream that I had noticed the day before.The summer weather this year has been quite unstable, with lots of sudden rain/snow at high altitude, a lucky chance because both these rather small streams were evidently still quite rich in water.The subject here is always the same, my favourite :-) a dialogue between our little known world with the immense vastness of the unknown...That's the reason of the title. Besides being an instinctive and entirely unworthy tribute to Spielberg, I've thought about a close encounter between two elements - the Earth and the Universe - that are just part of an organic whole. The eventual real meaning of this goes far beyond the understanding of man, since the dawn of time... and, for this reason, continues to arouse a great timeless interest.As usual in night/astro photographic technique, this photo is obtained by combining two exposures: a very long one at low/ordinary ISO for the landscape, in order to preserve details and best high definition print quality, plus a second one of about thirty seconds at high ISO, I've used 6400 here (and wide-angle lens), for the cosmos, any longer exposure would have resulted in beginning star trails.(Obviously it's all manual focusing, tripod, mirror lock up, remote shutter release).
Roberto Bertero, Rivoli (Torino) Member Since September 2010 Artist Statement I am a professional musician, seriously interested in photography since 2007.
I love exploring the Alps. The resulting pictures are just the top of an "iceberg" that symbolizes a personal path of continuous and deep research about the ancient mysteries of this world and the universe. Sometimes I think that photography is just a personal excuse to return in certain places, look for new ones... and so continue the "endless journey".
I am conscious concerning the difficulties to render, respectfully, in a single image, all the magnificence I see, on place, with my own eyes.... That's why I am devoting a profound sense of discipline and responsibility in this activity, as a due tribute to the wonderful places I am visiting and also because I can't stand the idea of wasted beauty. Sometimes I am successful in my efforts, other times less... In any case I feel as interacting with impermanence, somehow "freezing in time" landscapes that will never appear the same again, in a constant immense flux of no fixed nature.
Some achievements, publications: - Meridiani Montagne - Éditions David - Ev Magazine - Earth Shots - Global Footprint Network - Photo of the Day on National Geographic - 1x.com yearbook "Beyond"