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Peyto Lake - Autumn's first snow

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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
Shutter10 sec - 1/400 sec
ISO400
Num of Exposures1960

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Canvas print

Our ready-to-hang canvas prints are created using a specialty printer that carefully lays pigment inks down onto archival-quality fine art canvas material. The canvas is then stretched around a 1.5-inch-deep wood support structure to provide depth and elegance. Our canvas material has a delightfully matte finish that looks spectacular in any lighting conditions while retaining maximum vibrancy and contrast. Click here to learn more.

Produced using a specialty, large-format fine art printer operating at 300ppi resolution—the gold standard for sharpness
Printed onto heavyweight, 100% acid-free fine art canvas to preserve color-accuracy and longevity
Created using materials and methods that exceed the rigorous technical standards required to achieve the prized "giclée" industry rating
Designed to meet the most demanding standards for color-permanence set by leading museums
Handmade by award-winning master printmakers with over 4 decades of experience
Optionally accompanied by your choice of elegant floater frame available in a variety of trims
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VAST Print™

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  • Frameless floating display: A hidden mounting brace on the rear gracefully "floats" the print off the wall for a sleek, modern look.
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*Note: a non-glossy, satin matte coating is alternatively available on request.

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Laser-exposed at a truly unprecedented 610ppi resolution
Created using fine art paper with a specialty emulsion enabling unsurpassed micro-contrast, ultra-bright whites, and deep blacks
Printed with a chromogenic process that produces "continuous tones" of silky smooth color (other printers use noticeable dots of ink)
Sealed between an extra-thick, shine-enhancing protective coating and a sturdy aluminum composite backing for a sleek look
Award-winning product quality recognized industry-wide
Designed to meet the most demanding standards for color-permanence set by leading museums
Handmade by certified master printmakers with over 4 decades of experience
Hand-signed by the artist and accompanied by our digitally-enhanced, holographic certificate of authenticity
Optionally accompanied by your choice of elegant floater frame available in a variety of trims
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Total Pixels1,177,749,996 px
Width53,556 px
Height21,991 px
Aspect Ratio2.44 : 1
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
Shutter10 sec - 1/400 sec
ISO400
Num of Exposures1960

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1178 megapixels
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  • Marketing prints < 357x147 in
  • Large murals viewed from > 3 ft
  • Massive murals viewed from > 5 ft
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prints
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Marketing
prints
(150ppi)
Large
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10 megapixels
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250 megapixels
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> 6 ft away
if viewers will be
> 11 ft away
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1,000 megapixels
< 164x68 in < 329x135 in if viewers will be
> 3 ft away
if viewers will be
> 6 ft away
full file
1,178 megapixels
< 179x73 in < 357x147 in if viewers will be
> 3 ft away
if viewers will be
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Photo id: 11058