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Stronghold in Flames by alexandre-deschaumes Stronghold in Flames by alexandre-deschaumes
Red needles of Chamonix ( French Alps ) Valley .

We were backpacking at the summit of this wonderfull mountain : Mont Buet ( 3100 m ) with a magical 360° View.

just before sunset .. we were passing through clouds .. Light was invisible .. then the sun came just for 2 or 3 minutes .. creating a stunning vision of these mountains .. framed by layers of clouds .


© Alexandre Deschaumes
Ethereal nature collection 2011

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The immediate impact of this image is stunning contrasts. Bright red light amidst the black peaks and darkened sky. The result gives justice to the title. The impression of a great mountainous fortress beset by fire is very easy to visualize. There is little of the red light reflecting off the clouds, which is a bonus as this would otherwise detract from the impact of the red mountains themselves.

The outlines of the mountain peaks are clear and sharp, even in the distance, and despite the darkness. Too many backgrounds lose clarity in the lines and shapes. This does not happen here. The image is further enhanced by the steam boiling up in the foreground, further giving weight to the impression of a fiery fortress, without the steam rising too high to detract from the overall clarity of the image.

All aspects of this image are first class. The eye is drawn to the red glow, the sharp contrasts between some rock faces deep red and others pitch black, while the background details can be taken in at the same time.

A vivid and dramatic result, excellently presented.
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hobbitshire Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2014
Fantastic image and appropriate title.
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ArdorFearless Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2013
This is simply stunning, it looks as if the mountains truly are on fire.
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AgonizingSwordfish Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Inspiring.
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aerendial Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2013
featured in journal ''mind.eclipse'' [link] :tea:
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LuMania Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2013
reminds me of the misty mountains in middle-earth, breath taking...
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rodgerson Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2013  Professional Photographer
Good Christ, this is gorgeous.
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TehAngelsCry Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2013  Professional Interface Designer
Wow, amazing photograph <3 Love the red contrast!
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Dieffi Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
I have featured this wonderful shot in my collection of awesome landscapes![link]
Thanks for sharing!
I hope you will enjoy and agree!
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Jazzhead Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2012
Amazing image. How did you get the beautiful red?
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Seeb-san Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2012  Student Interface Designer
Breath taking!
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