La Cascata di Fondo and Orion The Hunter

February 16, 2022

Orion and waterfall in Valchiusella

Photographer: Emanuele Balboni

Summary Author: Emanuele Balboni

This beautiful long-exposure photo features the starry night sky and a roughly 30-foot (10 meter) waterfall located near Valchiusella, Italy. The waterfall is locally called “La Cascata di Fondo” or “the waterfall of Fondo”, named after the nearby hamlet. The sky was exceptionally clear on the night of November 28, 2021, which allowed the Orion constellation to be clearly visible. Orion is known as the hunter in Greek mythology and the constellation is most visible from November to February each year. In the photo, Orion’s Belt and sword appears to be approaching the waterfall, which could be due to him being tired from the path made along the sky and wanting to immerse himself in the waterfall to relieve his tired feet. This photo was taken as a single exposure shot and was illuminated by the moonlight and a bit of headlamp to lit up the shadows on the left. 

Photo details: Canon 6D IR modified, Samyang 24 mm f/1.4, ISO-3200, 15 second exposure, Diffusion filter

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