Bruno D'Amicis - Moonlight dream


This is an image I had long envisioned or, better, dreamt of… A herd of Apennine chamois in the barren altitude plateaux of the Majella Massif of Italy, photographed under the moonlight reflecting on the white limestone rocks.
Chamois live at altitudes above 2500m asl mostly during the summer months and one has just a couple of days of moonlight per month to take his chances. It took me three long trips to the heart of this Italian wilderness to achieve my goal. Bad weather and no chamois doomed the first two trips. But on the very last ones, as luck often plays, the conditions were more than perfect. Besides, during the necessarily long exposures the distant urban lights gave a pink hue to the hazy sky whilst a passing cloud became blue out of the moonlight. And the images that resulted were well beyond my wildest dreams.

Location: Abruzzo, Italy

Tags: abruzzi, apennine chamois, apennines, bruno damicis, endangered, moonlight, mountains, night, rupicapra pyrenaica ornata, wilderness

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  1. Susan said:

    05/09/2013 13:28


  2. Stefan Gerrits said:

    05/09/2013 16:43

    An absolute top shot, which shows wildlife and modern life in one view. Thats how it often is... nowadays.

  3. Robert U. said:

    06/09/2013 20:03


  4. lichterspiele said:

    09/09/2013 09:08

    What a great shot! Have they been so motionless or did you use such a high ISO?

  5. Bruno said:

    09/09/2013 11:45

    @lichterspiele, both... took many images of several seconds of exposure and kept those when the animals were mostly motionless, but I like this one when the one on the far right side has a ghost blur to give sense of the night exposure. BD

  6. Jan said:

    09/09/2013 20:26

    pffft. So beautiful.