Bruno D'Amicis - Moonlight dream

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

Posted on 05.09.2013
Photo info - DSLR, 70-200, tripod
Tags: abruzzi apennines apennine chamois bruno damicis endangered moonlight mountains night rupicapra pyrenaica ornata wilderness wildlife photography
Bruno D'Amicis - Moonlight dream

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

Posted on 05.09.2013
Photo info - DSLR, 70-200, tripod
Tags: abruzzi apennines apennine chamois bruno damicis endangered moonlight mountains night rupicapra pyrenaica ornata wilderness wildlife photography