Pictures dominated by the Sky
Mount Pelvoux in the French Alps
The three quarter moon was playing hide and seek with the mountains and some thin clouds. I have shot this picture while bivouacking near by the Glacier Blanc on the eve of a climb. Canon F1, 100 mm f2.5.
Tropical Moon and Venus
Early morning light while being teleported from Lima to Cuzco in Perý. The closeness with the equator is witnessed by the almost horizontal moon.
Tropical sunset with the Moon and Venus
Sunset from the tiny atoll of Mataking, off the coast of Malaysian Borneo. This picture was shot in January, at the beginning of the monsoon season. The island of Borneo was constantly under the thundering cumuli decorating the horizon.
Red Scorpio rising
June 2004 from the summit of the island of Taquile, in the middle of Lake Titicaca. At 4200 m the sky was very dark even in presence of thin clouds and a full moon. D300, 15 s, Iso 1600, 50 mm f 1.8.
a Centauri and the Southern Cross
Same night, same clouds.
Full Moon rising over Tuscany
Looking south-east from our house. D300, 135 mm f 2.0 composition of two frames exposed for the Moon and background.
The same hill of the picture before during a less quiet night. October 2004. D300, 100 Iso, 9 sec, f 8.0 17 mm
At that time I was shooting the Andromeda galaxy when my friend Marco shot this picture of the observatory in action. Notice the amount of light pollution in the background!
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