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Mono Lake Tufa Tower Sunrise

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290 megapixels! A very high resolution, large-format VAST photo print of tufa towers in Mono Lake at sunrise; nature photograph created by Chris Blake in Mono Lake, Mono County, California

Mono Lake Tufa Tower Sunrise

290 MEGAPIXEL VAST PHOTO
Mono Lake, Mono County, California

Mono Lake sits at the western edge of the Great Basin, in the Eastern high Sierras within Mono County California. It is a saline soda lake part of the Mono Basin, meaning that it has no outlet to the
ocean. This contributes to the water's high pH levels and salt concentration. Mono lake is one of the few remaining inland lakes in the Great Basin (along with Great Salt Lake and Lake Abert. The basin was formed over the last 5 million years, while Mono Lake is believed to have formed at least 760,000 years ago. There is some evidence that Mono Lake covers an older lake that may have covered a large part of Nevada and Utah.

The high level of salts in the water makes the water alkaline and these otherworldly limestone Tufa Towers form. The tufas originally formed at the bottom of the lake (near freshwater springs). As the lake water level has fallen the majestic pillars come into view. It has taken many centuries for these towers to form, and one must be very careful to do no harm while hiking and exploring the area.

This VAST image was created just before sunrise as the light rises behind me creating stunning color on the clouds and water in front of me. In the cool late summer morning, the water is still allowing for an almost perfect reflection. The smoke from the fires all around me in the Sierra glowed in the early morning.

Date & TimeAugust 27, 2021:  5:02am
LocationMono Lake, Mono County, California
Coordinates38.021946, -118.976354
Focal Length135mm
Aperturef/11
Shutter Speed.5 sec, 2 sec, 8 sec
ISO50
Number of Exposures30

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Total Pixels290,297,635
Horizontal Pixels21,737
Vertical Pixels13,355
Aspect Ratio1.63 : 1
File Size1,659 MB
Width @ 300ppi (perfect)6.04 feet
Height @ 300ppi3.71 feet
Width @ 150ppi (near-perfect)12.08 feet
Height @ 150ppi7.42 feet

Date & TimeAugust 27, 2021:  5:02am
LocationMono Lake, Mono County, California
Coordinates38.021946, -118.976354
Focal Length135mm
Aperturef/11
Shutter Speed.5 sec, 2 sec, 8 sec
ISO50
Number of Exposures30

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