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201 megapixels! A very high resolution, large-format VAST artwork of McWay Falls; artwork created by Chris Blake in McWay Falls, Big Sur California

McWay Falls

201 MEGAPIXEL VAST PHOTO
McWay Falls, Big Sur California

Big Sur is often praised as “the longest and most scenic stretch of undeveloped coastline in the contiguous United States” and "one of the most beautiful coastlines anywhere in the world, an isolated stretch of road, mythic in reputation". It covers an area from the Carmel Highlands to San Simeon in central California.

Big Sur has some of the most amazing beaches in the United States, with impressive cliffs, waterfalls, wildlife, flowers, trees, and rock formations. The area also boasts redwood coastal forests along with many other attractions.

McWay Falls is an 80 foot tall waterfall found in Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park. During high tide the falls turns into a tidal falls, or a waterfall that empties directly into the ocean. The beach below is only accessible by boat due to the steep cliffs and disappears completely at high tide. The land the falls sits on was donated to the state in 1961 by Hélène Hooper Brown and it was named for her friend and the ranch’s former caretaker Julia Pfeiffer Burns.

This VAST photo is a bit of an unusual composition. The main trail has mostly collapsed a few hundred feet to the beach below. Visitors are now very limited on where they can go and what views are offered. I chose to create this 201 megapixel photo to produce a tight focus on just the waterfall and lower beach. It’s a different and unique landscape and makes for a stunning image.

Date & TimeFebruary 21, 2021:  6:55pm
LocationMcWay Falls, Big Sur California
Coordinates36.157863, -121.672209
Focal Length135mm
Aperturef/13
Shutter Speed1/13
ISO50
Number of Exposures24

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Total Pixels201,425,280
Horizontal Pixels15,680
Vertical Pixels12,846
Aspect Ratio1.22 : 1
File Size1,151 MB
Width @ 300ppi (perfect)4.36 feet
Height @ 300ppi3.57 feet
Width @ 150ppi (near-perfect)8.71 feet
Height @ 150ppi7.14 feet

Date & TimeFebruary 21, 2021:  6:55pm
LocationMcWay Falls, Big Sur California
Coordinates36.157863, -121.672209
Focal Length135mm
Aperturef/13
Shutter Speed1/13
ISO50
Number of Exposures24

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