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255 megapixels! A very high resolution, large-format VAST photo of Mt. Assiniboine and the Canadian Rockies in Autumn at sunset with lakes and trees; fine art mountain landscape photograph created by Tim Shields in Mt. Assiniboine Provincial Park, British Columbia, Canada

Majestic.

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The creation of this image was the fulfilment of a lifelong dream.

From my earliest age, my mother told me dramatic stories of a horseback riding expedition she had taken as a young adult in 1960 on Mt. Assiniboine, in the Rocky Mountains of British Columbia. She described a pointed mountain peak known as the Matterhorn of the Rockies, and sheer cliff drops that were mere inches away from the hooves of the horse she was riding while climbing higher and higher into the unknown. She described one moment of terror when her horse was so close to the cliff edge that she closed her eyes in fright while still in the saddle and allowed the horse to keep moving up the trail without her guidance. These stories made a big impression on me, and later in life as a landscape photographer I promised myself that I would hike to Mt. Assiniboine and photograph it.

I planned the trip for late September because this is the time when the normally green larch trees turn a golden yellow color, but getting there was not easy. I drove for 11 hours from home and then boarded a helicopter and flew high into the mountains before being dropped off beside the lake you can see at the far left of the photo. I then hiked for an hour with a fully loaded 80 pound pack containing the camping gear needed for a four day trip, plus a tripod, camera and three heavy lenses. After setting up a tent and hoisting all my food high into the air so it couldn't be reached by a grizzly bear, I hiked for two hours to get to the vantage point that overlooked the three lakes. From here Sunburst Mountain was in the foreground with Mt. Assiniboine in the background.

When I reached my destination and turned around to gaze at the vista that was laid out before me I was literally breathless, but not just because of the thin alpine air and strenuous hike. The view was like nothing I had ever seen before. It was so beautiful that it looked like an imagined scene from a movie. I lifted both my hands in the air over my head and let out a loud yell for joy. I was awestruck by the amazing grandeur, the immense size, and the incredible beauty of this special place.

I set up my camera on the tripod and waited for the golden hour light that comes as the sun is setting on the western horizon. In the minutes before the sun fell below the distant mountains, its glow made the yellow larch trees pop with warm color tones. I captured this moment through my camera while marvelling at the beauty and majesty of that very special place. If I had to describe that place at that moment in time in one word, that word would be...Majestic.

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Date & TimeSeptember 21, 2014:  7:07pm
LocationMt. Assiniboine Provincial Park, BC, Canada
Coordinates50.919505, -115.649828
CameraNikon D800
Megapixels per Exposure36.3
LensNikkor 70-200mm f/2.8G ED VR II
Focal Length86mm
Aperturef/8
Shutter Speed1/100
ISO200
Number of Exposures22

FILE SPECS

Total Pixels254,661,651
Horizontal Pixels20,821
Vertical Pixels12,231
Aspect Ratio1 : 1.7
File Size1.46 GB
Width @ 300ppi (perfect)5.78 feet
Height @ 300ppi3.4 feet
Width @ 150ppi (near-perfect)11.57 feet
Height @ 150ppi6.8 feet
Nikon D800
Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8G ED VR II
Nikon D800
Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8G ED VR II
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