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Peyto Lake - Autumn's first snow

1,178 megapixel VAST photo
Peyto Lake, Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada

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1,178 megapixels! A very high resolution, large-format VAST photo print of a snowy mountain landscape; wallpaper photograph created by Scott Dimond in Peyto Lake, Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada

Peyto Lake - Autumn's first snow

1,178 MEGAPIXEL VAST PHOTO
Peyto Lake, Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada

Peyto Lake is one of a handful of iconic turquoise-colored lakes in Banff National Park, that lie at the base of peaks of the Canadian Rocky Mountains. Rock powder, produced by nearby glaciers, makes its way into these lakes and remains suspended in the water. Sunlight reflecting off this suspended rock powder gives the lakes their unique color. Although beautiful in the summer months, a less often viewed scene is when fresh snow surrounds the lake but the lake itself has yet to freeze over. Once the ice forms, the lake becomes snow-covered and the best viewing does not happen again until June.

The viewing area of Peyto Lake was closed for 2 years as Parks Canada reconstructed trails and viewing platforms around the lake. On October 9th, 2021, access to Peyto Lake reopened and the first snow of the season fell a few days later. I knew this was my opportunity to get there and capture a VAST image of Peyto Lake surrounded by white while still having mountain peaks reflected in the water.

My visit to Peyto started many sleepless hours before sunrise. As luck would have it, not only was Peyto surrounded by fresh snow, but the forecast indicated that the morning of October 12th would have high aurora borealis activity. I photographed the lake with the Northern Lights dancing overhead and being reflected in the lake for many hours with the peak of the storm happening around 3:30 am. As the aurora storm petered out around 4:30 am I moved to a new location, set up the specialized equipment I would need to create this VAST image, and waited.

Sunrise would happen at 8 am but in order to capture all the images I needed to assemble this ultra-high-resolution image, I needed to get going and started shooting around 6:45 am. By the time I had photographed most of the foreground, the early morning sun rays kissed the peaks of the mountains. I then captured those sunlit mountains and the lake reflections, and my fieldwork was done. In total, I had been outside at Peyto Lake in -10 C (14 F) weather for 10 hours. It was time to warm up, head home, and start the long process of assembling this VAST image.

Date & TimeOctober 12, 2021:  5:45am - 7:40am
LocationPeyto Lake, Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada
Coordinates51.714146, -116.509344
Focal Length135mm
Aperturef/5.6, f/11, f/16
Shutter Speed10 sec - 1/400 sec
ISO400
Number of Exposures1960

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Total Pixels1,177,749,996
Horizontal Pixels53,556
Vertical Pixels21,991
Aspect Ratio2.44 : 1
File Size6,730 MB
Width @ 300ppi (perfect)14.88 feet
Height @ 300ppi6.11 feet
Width @ 150ppi (near-perfect)29.75 feet
Height @ 150ppi12.22 feet

Date & TimeOctober 12, 2021:  5:45am - 7:40am
LocationPeyto Lake, Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada
Coordinates51.714146, -116.509344
Focal Length135mm
Aperturef/5.6, f/11, f/16
Shutter Speed10 sec - 1/400 sec
ISO400
Number of Exposures1960

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