My name is Roberto Bertero, I am a musician and mountain photographer based in Turin, Italy. I am presenting you a selection of shots taken in high mountain, all in very special moments: when I happened to find myself above the clouds, or fog and haze (often a mix of these elements).

Clouds are generally obscuring our sky when we are on the plain... but if viewed from above they are a pure spectacle! These impalpable visions, so simple, elegant and ever-changing, are priceless... so detached from the material world. It’s like embracing a new ephemeral dimension, typical only of our most fantastic dreams.

As a matter of fact, after all the wonders I have seen, I could not even conceive photography if released from this mystic quest toward the infinite. In front of these scenarios, most of the time, especially at night, all my certainties must give way to the immensity of the unknown. It's like facing the bridge to the absolute, the gateway of awe.

Only from this desire to live again such priceless moments I take the strength and determination to regularly hike back to these higher “vantage points”, all located in truly remote places of the alpine range.

Definitely, I am not going there to conquer (what?), or to test myself, to see how long it takes me to accomplish a certain path (I couldn’t care less!)... but rather to earn the privilege of spending some time in these locations I deeply love. If for a moment you wish to imagine yourself spending a day/night above the clouds, longing for a higher dimension, well, sincerely I hope this series of images can help.

"There are moments in every man's life, when he glimpses the eternal" - Quote from James Hilton’s classic novel Lost Horizon.

More info: robertobertero.com

#1 Night Above The Clouds

Night Above The Clouds

An otherworldly view, captured during one of the nights spent above the clouds. In this case atop Mont Chaberton, a 3.131 metres (10,272 ft) peak in the French Alps in the group known as the Massif des Cerces in the département of Hautes-Alpes.

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Ignis Cattus 1 year ago

yeah, keep it cool, can't wait for another pict 🙈

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#2 A View From Above

A View From Above

One of my many photos taken at night from the summit of Mount Rocciamelone (3.538 meters / 11,603 feet), depicting part of the Susa Valley below and the distant lights of the city of Turin (Italy). The slightly cloudy night offered that extra touch of magic.

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alwright 1 year ago

that is absolutely beautiful! :D

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#3 Gateway Of Awe

Gateway Of Awe

Night view from the summit of Mount Rocciamelone (3.538 m) toward the Punta Lunella (2.772 m), a mountain in the Graian Alps (Italy) whose summit here emerges from an infinite bank of thick clouds. We can therefore approximate the altitude of the cloudscape around 2.600 meters, or so... which means about nine hundred meters below me. More in the distance are visible the lights of Turin (one of the largest cities in... Read More

Night view from the summit of Mount Rocciamelone (3.538 m) toward the Punta Lunella (2.772 m), a mountain in the Graian Alps (Italy) whose summit here emerges from an infinite bank of thick clouds. We can therefore approximate the altitude of the cloudscape around 2.600 meters, or so... which means about nine hundred meters below me. More in the distance are visible the lights of Turin (one of the largest cities in northern Italy) that lit up from beneath the mass of clouds. Then the universe, with planet Jupiter clearly visible on the left.

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Maggie Collins 1 year ago

Stunning!

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#4 Rivers Of Clouds At Moonlight

Rivers Of Clouds At Moonlight

A sea of clouds, exposed to the south-east, is lit by the moon (63%) rising in the east. Yes, a huge mass of clouds slipping down steep rocky ridges from a height of about 2.900 meters. Shot taken at night on September 6th 2012, from the summit of Mount Rocciamelone (3.538 m), Italy. This is one of the most otherworldly photograph I've taken so far. Thanks to the intrinsic magic of the night... Read More

A sea of clouds, exposed to the south-east, is lit by the moon (63%) rising in the east. Yes, a huge mass of clouds slipping down steep rocky ridges from a height of about 2.900 meters. Shot taken at night on September 6th 2012, from the summit of Mount Rocciamelone (3.538 m), Italy. This is one of the most otherworldly photograph I've taken so far. Thanks to the intrinsic magic of the night and to the privilege of being there, silently admiring this amazing moment. This 195 seconds exposure, at 115mm on full frame, turned the slow passage of the clouds in a sort of "silky waterfall". A few star trails are already visible, despite the exposure wasn't particularly long. I guess we all know as the consequences of Earth's rotation are more obvious when using a telephoto lens. Intensity of colors, contrast and white balance are strongly faithful to the scene.

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Maggie Dougherty 1 year ago

One word, leaps forward in my mind.. Ethereal.. <3

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#5 Mont Blanc With The Hat

Mont Blanc With The Hat

Mont Blanc at sunrise, Italian side, admired while emerging from a carpet of clouds. The sommital area (4.808 m) begins to be lit by the sun's rays.

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alwright 1 year ago

that is caused by a vacuum of air behind the peak that causes the air to cool and condense :)

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#6 Overlooking An Ocean Of Clouds

Overlooking An Ocean Of Clouds

The sun is rising, and a carpet of clouds is covering the Valle d'Aosta (Italy). Shot taken from the area around the bivouac Pascal, located just a few meters from the summit Testa di Liconi (2.929). Clearly distinguishable in the distance, the pyramidal shape of the Grivola (3.969 m) and, to its right, the Gran Paradiso group (4.061 m).

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CelSlade 1 year ago

I love shots like these - so spectacular and otherworldly

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#7 Mists Of Time

Mists Of Time

Self-timer shot, taken on the summit of Mont Thabor (3.178 m), Vallée Étroite (France). An epic dawn in a severe environment, showing primordial traits.

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alwright 1 year ago

so amazing! i can always appreciate great photography :)

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#8 Above The Darkness Of The Night

Above The Darkness Of The Night

Shot taken on June 27th 2012 at 10:42 p.m. from the summit of Mount Rocciamelone (3.538 m), Italy. On the right we have the moon (phase 57%), while on the left is perfectly visible the Scorpius constellation. Under the "primordial ocean" of clouds are filtering the lights of the Susa valley 3.000 meters below.

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nazan fidan 1 year ago

it is like on the moon

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#9 A Rare Sight

A Rare Sight

One of those scenarios that only the mountain (or a plane) can offer, for obvious height issues. Shot taken at 4:49 am, from the summit of mount Rocciamelone (3.538 meters / 11,603 feet), Italy, when the clouds were covering the world below till to the horizon. Even in its immensity, this is a minimalist shot.

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Maggie Dougherty 1 year ago

And as such, it has become my favorite! Well done Roberto, well done!

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#10 A Walk On The Clouds

A Walk On The Clouds

My friend is walking in the direction of a carpet of clouds covering the Val Varaita. In the overall composition of the image I've left also enough room to the nuances of the sky, which I think is a good thing. The place is somewhere above the Col Agnel (2.748 m), located on the border between Italy and France.

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Tih Nicastro 1 year ago

clouds glacier

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