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168 megapixels! A very high resolution, large-format VAST photo print of a foggy sunset; landscape photograph created by Jeff Lewis in Mt. Tamalpais, California

The San Francisco Bay Area is known for fog in the summer months. May Grey becomes June Gloom, followed soon by Fogust. Fog and San Francisco are inseparable. So much so, that folks around the world will often tell you Mark Twain once said, "The coldest winter I ever spent was a summer in San Francisco."

Unfortunately, Twain didn't actually say that -- it's a myth. Now you know! But summers in San Francisco are still chilly, windy, and foggy!

On a July 4 many years ago, I learned that not only did the San Francisco fog look beautiful from above, but there were certain ridges that it flowed over, creating fantastic wave-like patterns. I was photographing with my friend Nick Steinberg, and this began our neverending hunt for fog waves. Fog is such a fascinating subject to photograph, because even in the same location with similar conditions -- it always looks a little different. On some days, trees will poke out above the fog. On other days, buildings, skylines, bridges.

Of all the places I have photographed the fog, this spot tends to produce some of the most amazing scenes. However, it is very sensitive to the exact conditions -- if the fog is the tiniest bit too low, it won't flow over the hills, and if it's the tiniest bit too high, you're standing in the fog and there's no view at all. Thankfully, I'm a meteorologist and am able to forecast the fog height and coverage, which greatly increases my chance of success. But even then, there is no guarantee. You just have to go.

This was one of those "perfect" days, even with a few clouds above. Quite rare to see the fog-and-high-cloud combination in summer around here! I took a couple VAST photos at different times that evening, and this moment with the colorful sky on top of the flowing fog just might have been the most spectacular.

Date & TimeJuly 3, 2021:  8:45pm
LocationMt. Tamalpais, California
Coordinates37.921142, -122.630805
Focal Length100mm
Shutter Speed1/3
Number of Exposures10

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Our acrylic glass displays are ready-to-hang works of art that contain one of our photographic prints sealed between flame-polished acrylic glass and an aluminum backing. A hidden mounting brace on the rear causes the display to gracefully "float" off the wall for a sleek, modern frameless look that complements nearly any decor style. Click on the icons below to learn more or click here to explore further.

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Total Pixels168,222,150
Horizontal Pixels15,885
Vertical Pixels10,590
Aspect Ratio1.5 : 1
File Size961 MB
Width @ 300ppi (perfect)4.41 feet
Height @ 300ppi2.94 feet
Width @ 150ppi (near-perfect)8.83 feet
Height @ 150ppi5.88 feet

Date & TimeJuly 3, 2021:  8:45pm
LocationMt. Tamalpais, California
Coordinates37.921142, -122.630805
Focal Length100mm
Shutter Speed1/3
Number of Exposures10

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