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Kings Canyon Sunset

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Kings Canyon National Park, California

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776 megapixels! A very high resolution, large-format VAST photo print of a bright sunset over a landscape; photograph created by Chris Blake in Kings Canyon National Park, California

Kings Canyon Sunset

776 MEGAPIXEL VAST PHOTO
Kings Canyon National Park, California

The incomparable Kings Canyon National Park is sadly the least visited of the Sierra national parks receiving fewer than one million visitors annually versus its more popular cousins Sequoia National Park and Yosemite National Park who receive 1.5 million visitors and over 4 million visitors respectively. This is due in large part to the lack of roads to provide access to the more than 460,000 acres of wilderness, with fewer than 30 miles of road in the park you must be prepared for a long hike to see this park’s magnificent sights. This does mean though that most of this park remains free from human impact preserving the natural wilderness.

Just outside of Kings Canyon National Park you’ll find Hume Lake Road. The long winding road will eventually lead you, not unsurprisingly, to Hume Lake. Before then, however, you are treated to some beautiful overlooks. We were driving along the road when I came upon this view, there was no signed pull off so this shot was taken from an unmarked bend in the road.

The Great Western Divide is the section of the Sierra Nevada Mountain Range that divides Kings Canyon and Sequoia National Parks. This view of the range at sunset was absolutely stunning. The perfect spring evening led to a truly spectacular sunset over the mountains that had been covered with snow only a week or two prior. Now only a few peaks remain snow kissed as the sunset behind these majestic peaks.

Date & TimeMay 5, 2021:  8:00 PM
LocationKings Canyon National Park, California
Coordinates36.887900, -118.555100
Focal Length135mm
ApertureF/11
Shutter Speed1/5
ISO50
Number of Exposures135

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Total Pixels776,287,568
Horizontal Pixels45,154
Vertical Pixels17,192
Aspect Ratio2.63 : 1
File Size4,436 MB
Width @ 300ppi (perfect)12.54 feet
Height @ 300ppi4.78 feet
Width @ 150ppi (near-perfect)25.09 feet
Height @ 150ppi9.55 feet

Date & TimeMay 5, 2021:  8:00 PM
LocationKings Canyon National Park, California
Coordinates36.887900, -118.555100
Focal Length135mm
ApertureF/11
Shutter Speed1/5
ISO50
Number of Exposures135

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