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First Light on Devils Tower

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475 megapixels! A very high resolution, large-format VAST photo print of Devils Tower at sunrise; landscape photograph created by John Freeman in Devils Tower National Monument, Wyoming

First Light on Devils Tower

475 MEGAPIXEL VAST PHOTO
Devils Tower National Monument, Wyoming

Steven Spielberg’s 1977 film "Close Encounters of the Third Kind" made Devils Tower a pop culture phenomenon, and for good reason, as it's one of the most mysterious national parks.

Rising 1,267 feet above the Belle Fourche River, Devils Tower has long been a beacon, attracting people and capturing their imaginations since prehistoric times. Today, it continues to hold many meanings for people including American Indians, local ranchers, rock climbers, and thousands of visitors.

Using the authority of the newly created Antiquities Act, President Theodore Roosevelt proclaimed Devils Tower America's first national monument on September 24, 1906.

This photo was published in the Assignment - Mountain View section of the May 2023 issue of Landscape Photography Magazine.

June 27, 2021, 5:15am. -- I was up early to allow me time to drive to the location I had spotted the day before. I arrived about 4:45am just as the first light was showing on the horizon so I quickly hiked to this location and sat up my rig. As the first light began to illuminate the clouds I could see that it was going to be a glorious sunrise. With all the trees in the foreground I needed to do a focus stacked panorama so I setup my camera to do focus bracketing. I waited until the Alpen Glow was illuminating the tower and started shooting. As I was shooting, the pinks and reds of the early light exploded. The smoother areas of the tower reflect the light. The grass in the lower right has began to ripen providing some golden tones while the red earth compliments the green of the pine trees.

Date & TimeJune 27, 2021:  5:25am - 5:22am
LocationDevils Tower National Monument, Wyoming
Coordinates44.578033, -104.696745
Focal Length300mm
Aperturef/11
Shutter0.4 sec.
ISO200
Num of Exposures261

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Total Pixels475,063,527 px
Width28,401 px
Height16,727 px
Aspect Ratio1.7 : 1
Date & TimeJune 27, 2021:  5:25am - 5:22am
LocationDevils Tower National Monument, Wyoming
Coordinates44.578033, -104.696745
Focal Length300mm
Aperturef/11
Shutter0.4 sec.
ISO200
Num of Exposures261

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Photo id: 10945