Nightly Concordia

09082009-fab_1528Our days at the base camp are ruled by the sunlight, but sometimes, despite the temperatures below zero, we extend our activities at night, collecting photographic images and timelapse videos of the great mountains lit by grazing and cold lunar light. The starry sky above us, surrounded by ridges of mountains between 7000 and the 8,000 meters, is absolutely fantastic; the first mountain to light at the rising of the moon is obviously the K2, which stands at the end of the massive dark valley of the Godwin Austen glacier.

Thanks to the two latest digital full frame SLRs by Nikon, the D3x and D700, I can use medium-high sensitivity without noise problems of the sensor, and can therefore set exposure times relatively long, a luxury that was hitherto impossible to achieve without taking special measures, laborious both during shooting and post-production.

The crystalline light of the moon at these altitudes creates sharp contrasts between the ramparts of the mountains, allowing me to obtain images of surreal and strong visual impact.

The time spent for imaging runs fast, and suddenly it is time to retire into our tends to recover in a few hours of sleep: tomorrow will start at 5:00 in the morning, to look for the first viewpoint from the circus of Concordia.


  1. natascia
    Aug 16, 2009

    che spettacolo questi paesaggi di notte!!!!

  2. Andrea
    Aug 21, 2009

    Bellissime foto: trasmettono tutta la silenziosa e indifferente potenza di queste montagne incredibili!

  3. Gianluca
    Aug 24, 2009

    Grande Fabiano!
    Belle foto, non vedo l’ora di vederle a piena risoluzione sul tuo monitor wide screen; hai fatto anche un po’ di rotazioni con la Linof?
    Vai cosi’ che quando torni riprendiamo il discorso del librone!
    Un abbraccio.

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