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Emerald Bay, Lake Tahoe in Winter

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A close-up of "Emerald Bay, Lake Tahoe in Winter" by Justin Katz: an ultra-high-resolution VAST photo.
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341 megapixels! A very high resolution, large-format VAST photo of Emerald Bay in Lake Tahoe in winter with snow; fine art landscape photograph created by Justin Katz in California

Emerald Bay, Lake Tahoe in Winter

341 MEGAPIXEL VAST PHOTO
Emerald Bay, Lake Tahoe, California
The road that bends around Emerald Bay, Lake Tahoe is a truly spectacular drive. The two-lane road hugs the hills above the shoreline of the teardrop-shaped bay at the southwest part of the lake. Because this road is situated on such a steep slope, it is closed for the majority of the winter, due to the risk of avalanches cascading down the mountainside at any moment. It is for this reason that the only way to get to this spot during the most beautiful time of year is by way of a snowshoe trek.

I felt it necessary to compose this shot to align the island in the middle of Emerald Bay with the opening of the bay itself. This was a great idea in theory, however actually making it happen is another story. With 5-6 feet of snow covering the very steeply sloped mountainside, finding a way to secure my tripod was a real challenge. I had to trudge for a while through the precarious snow on the slope to find a position that worked.

Just in case I needed more challenges, the wind and sky had been dramatically changing throughout the entire day, making it very difficult to predict the conditions from one moment to the next. In fact, just fifteen minutes before this VAST photo was taken, the entire view was covered in a snowstorm, limiting visibility to barely the island alone. So, when this weather window presented itself, I knew that I wouldn’t have long before the storm came back, causing the shot to become impossible again.

In order to create a VAST photo, you have to set everything up, get every setting right, and then you have to capture and keep track of a large number of photos in succession. It takes some time, which means that it helps if you can get yourself comfortable while you make all this happen. Normally, comfort isn’t a priority because, as photographers, we will do whatever is necessary to get the shot. However, if you can relax your body, you can direct more focus on getting every component of the image just right. Perched on the side of this snow bank, I was able to carve out a perfect little snow-chair in the fresh powder. I laughed to myself at how accidentally comfortable I had just made myself in order to capture this scene.

When I was a child, I remember coming here to Emerald Bay by boat during the summer months. We would motor in, anchor somewhere offshore, and swim in the lake. The cold water was refreshing on a hot August day, but looking down at this southern park of Lake Tahoe at the moment, it was a little hard to imagine going for a swim.

After completing the VAST photo exposure process, the weather began to turn for the worse and so I quickly packed up and began the snowshoe trek out. Cold, I wished for those hot August days swimming in the lake. But then I realized that I preferred this moment – when the scenic winter beauty of Emerald Bay was mine alone to enjoy.
Date & TimeFebruary 19, 2017:  10:33am
LocationEmerald Bay, Lake Tahoe, California
Coordinates38.950031, -120.110489
Focal Length105mm
Aperturef/16
Shutter1/125
ISO100
Num of Exposures26

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Total Pixels340,535,888 px
Width30,184 px
Height11,282 px
Aspect Ratio2.68 : 1
Date & TimeFebruary 19, 2017:  10:33am
LocationEmerald Bay, Lake Tahoe, California
Coordinates38.950031, -120.110489
Focal Length105mm
Aperturef/16
Shutter1/125
ISO100
Num of Exposures26

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Photo id: 10236