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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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Doroteja1 Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2014
Wonderfully !
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AndreaBaratelli Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2014  Professional Interface Designer
great!
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BettyBoopRox Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
This is absolutely amazing! You have some of the most interesting locations photographed and shared in your gallery-spectacular!
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alexandre-deschaumes Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2014  Professional Photographer
Oh , thank you :)
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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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:iconmonosolo:
monosolo Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2012
Truly epic.
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LaYeobright Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2012
:wow: Absolutely Astounding! I really don't have any more words sufficient. :heart:
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AngedeCristal Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2011  Professional General Artist
On croirait être au dessus d'un volcan en fusion, ou peut-être en enfer même !

Tout simplement splendide !
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edelweiss26 Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2011
Wonderful sight!! I love this shot!! :hug: :sun:
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Photopathica Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2011   General Artist
amazing!
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PiaG Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
this is surreal, stellar!
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zitroyen Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2011
cool
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ladyhawk11 Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2011
magnifique!
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Arlothia Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
It's like they're stained with blood...they're beautiful!
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Oreochema Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
O.o Woah. That's so. . . red. It's beautiful! You are one amazing photographer!
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solefield Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Amazing!
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heyfever99 Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2011
WOW!!!
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AdARDurden Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
WoW !! :wow: Simply Amazing !! Thanks for sharing !! :)
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mutrus Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2011
Fantastic photo :omg:
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Ellygator Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Absolutely stunning!
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escaptive Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
fantastic capture!
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Hyroar Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2011  Hobbyist
Interesting, inspiring, mysterious.. faved. ;)
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schikaka Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2011
it is one of the uncanniest views at any time I could see which :icontardnessplz:
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GraySayell Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2011  Professional Interface Designer
:love:
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goldenlantern14 Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2011
looks so menacing
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:iconphotima:
Photima Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2011
Amazing colour and clarity in the mountains, and nicely framed top and bottom by the clouds.
Looks like a bit of noise in the sky though...?
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Raeikon Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2011  Student Digital Artist
stunning!
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Kuerbis17 Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
My first thought, when I saw this, was 'vulcano!' But this si actually made by the sunlight..very impressing! :D
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IhsanAlfikar Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
wow, superb
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mrjoetodd Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Holy word!!! this is wow
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GraphiteColours Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Your artwork has been featured here: [link]
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ShinyWish Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2011
:omg:
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Sparia Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2011  Student General Artist
wooohoo...:D :wow:
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Hadriel45 Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2011
incroyable photo!
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SMerle Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2011  Professional Photographer
:jawdrop:
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SHAEN23MARE Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2011
absolutely beautiful!
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Econita Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2011
Looks like from a dream! Breathtaking...
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LG77 Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2011
Noise.... T_T
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alexandre-deschaumes Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2011  Professional Photographer
yes ( ........ )
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Sir-Catherine Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
!Wow! Did you do any alterations to the color or was it really this brilliant, this much like reflected fire, in your sight?
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:iconalexandre-deschaumes:
alexandre-deschaumes Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2011  Professional Photographer
I tried to recreate my vision,it was very powerful .
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