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The King is alone on top of the mountain
The King is alone on top of the mountain
Alexkc


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Challenge: Free Study 2011-11 (Advanced Editing VII)
Collection: Landscapes
Camera: Nikon D7000
Lens: Sigma 10-20mm f/4-5.6 EX DC HSM for Nikon
Location: Rocca Calascio - Italy
Date: Nov 21, 2011
Aperture: f/9
ISO: 100
Shutter: 61 seconds
Galleries: Landscape, Architecture
Date Uploaded: Nov 21, 2011

Very happy for the 4th Top Ten in a free study this year!

I'm sure that very few of you recognized this place even if most of you have seen this castle and these mountains in a very well known movie - Ladyhawke

This is Rocca Calascio. It is at 1500 metres above the sea level, the highest castle in Italy and one of the highest in Europe.

This is a truly wonderful and magical place and I'm lucky to be not too far from there - I took 1h. and 15m. to reach the Castle.

I took this picture using a B+W110 ND Filter, that's why the exposure was so long. We had been there for a while and then went to the other side of the castle. My friends started to go back towards our cars but I wanted to try a last shot here because the sun was setting and the light was better. I was really tired going up and down and I thought my heart was about to go out of my chest, but I survived :)

ETA: Mary, English is not my first language but I try to be very careful when I use a title. I know the difference between 'alone' and 'lonely' and I used 'alone' on purpose.

Moreover I thought 'on top of the world' was ok, but I wanted to check the Internet to be sure and I found plenty of English and American stuff with 'on top of the world' - and to tell the truth I had in my mind the Van Halen's song: Standin' on top of the world, for a little while [...] :)

Statistics
Place: 6 out of 271
Avg (all users): 6.9037
Avg (commenters): 8.0000
Avg (participants): 6.8857
Avg (non-participants): 6.9667
Views since voting: 1733
Views during voting: 233
Votes: 135
Comments: 20
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06/26/2012 02:11:50 AM
Originally posted by Neat:

This is so stunning Alex, you live near here, WOW, I hope to be back in Italy next year, or two.


Yes, I always love to go there, it's an amazing view!
06/25/2012 08:31:08 PM
This is so stunning Alex, you live near here, WOW, I hope to be back in Italy next year, or two.
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01/18/2012 02:44:39 PM
This is one of the places I have visited when in Abruzzo :)
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12/10/2011 03:31:54 PM
That's a fantastic composition.
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12/10/2011 03:21:24 PM
This is beautiful, Alessandro! Maybe one day I will pay a visit to this spot (and use a 10,000 mm lens to capture your house from this spot too:) )
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12/10/2011 06:23:56 AM
Thank you guys for your comments. It would be my pleasure to let you visit this wonderful place if you come to Italy :)
12/09/2011 05:47:06 PM
Wow! That fog... is fabulous.
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12/08/2011 05:47:38 PM
Wow, that's incredible. Well done.
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12/08/2011 08:45:14 AM
Glad you stayed for one last shot Alessandro! Big congrats on another FS top ten!
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12/08/2011 07:07:14 AM
This is a kick-ass image, great shot Alessandro!
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12/08/2011 12:58:38 AM
Alessandro! - great work and excellent score in a FS. Beautiful image. Congrats
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12/08/2011 12:11:05 AM
Bellissimo! One of my few 10's.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
12/07/2011 09:50:59 PM
Wonderful view, great light.
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12/07/2011 09:26:05 PM
It's lonely at the top.
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12/04/2011 01:36:18 PM
Fabulous scape. Unique subject. Perfectly handled exposure and natural albeit striking colours. Super composition. HM.
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12/02/2011 05:01:32 PM
Great scene with perfect lighting conditions.
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12/02/2011 10:37:57 AM
What a great landscape, pretty much text book perfect
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12/01/2011 08:07:16 PM
Wonderful image of a amazing location!
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12/01/2011 04:13:09 AM
lovely shot, great backdrop with the mountains and the light and teh rocks in the foreground. very well done 8
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12/01/2011 02:29:54 AM
Nice haze and tones
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