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Ice and Stars, Zermatt, Switzerland by Fabrice Petruzzi

Last Saturday I ran away up the mountain for some fresh air and the tranquility. With 2 friends photographers we climbed to Riffelsee to join another friend who was already on site.

My purpose was to photograph Matterhorn at night with the Milky Way and its reflection in the lake. After some checks, the centre of the Milky Way was not going to pass next to Matterhorn. Only the tail would appear around 3-4 in the morning.

Instead, we decided to photograph Gorner glacier with its legendary mountains. From left to right are Monte Rosa and Pointe Dufour (4634 m), Liskamm (4527 m), Castor (4228 m) and Pollux (4092 m), then the Breithorn and its 4164 m.

Camera Nikon D810
Lens Nikon 14-24mm f/2.8
Aperture f/2.8
S/S 15sec
ISO 6400
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    Spectacular capture. I love the direction of your composition, it works so well. Something I rarely see in star/milky way images is the beautiful glacier trail.

    • Fabrice Petruzzi

      Thanks Chris for your feedback. The way of the glacier was an important thing in the composition, foreground is important in ladscape in my point of view 😉

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