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183 megapixels! A very high resolution, large-format VAST photo print of an inspirational scene with rock formation, sunset, mountains, lakes, and a valley; landscape photograph created by Jeff Lewis in Yosemite National Park, California


Yosemite National Park, California

Campsites in Yosemite in the summer are hard to come by. The experience is often compared to scoring concert tickets. Wake up before 7AM, refresh like mad, and hope for the best. The site WILL go down, you WILL use every curse word you've ever learned... but things usually work out in the end.

That's exactly what happened back in March, when I was able to book a campsite for mid-August in the high country. It's impossible to plan around weather that far out (even as a meteorologist!), so I had just planned to hike around.

When the week of our trip finally came, the planning waters started to get murky. California was on fire again, as seems to be happening every summer. Skies were smoky, air was unhealthy. We waited it out til the last minute, suitcases packed but losing hope. The smoke models and forecasts weren't really showing things getting much better.

There were also clouds in the forecast, and even afternoon storms. Any mountain photography veteran is drawn to this kind of weather like a magnet. Of course, if it was too smoky, we wouldn't see anything.

We waited til the afternoon... then decided to just screw it and go. If conditions were terrible, we could do some sightseeing from the car and come home early.

That turned out to be one of the best decisions we've made. There was a little haze, but it didn't ruin the trip -- if anything, it added some nice atmosphere to the photos. The sunsets were fantastic, the hiking was excellent, the nights were clear and full of stars.

I made this particular image at the end of a very steep scramble up a mountain. With a view of the famous Cathedral Lakes, and far beyond, the sun emerged from under the clouds and bathed the landscape in golden light for just a few moments. I knew this wasn't going to last long, and this image needed to be focus stacked to ensure even the corners would have full detail, so I only had one chance. Luckily, the photo came out just as I envisioned, and a large print is hanging in our living room.

When in doubt... just go!

Date & TimeAugust 12, 2021:  7:30pm
LocationYosemite National Park, California
Coordinates37.745788, -119.596716
Focal Length20.8mm
Shutter Speed1/30 sec
Number of Exposures42

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Total Pixels183,059,140
Horizontal Pixels15,422
Vertical Pixels11,870
Aspect Ratio1.3 : 1
File Size1,046 MB
Width @ 300ppi (perfect)4.28 feet
Height @ 300ppi3.3 feet
Width @ 150ppi (near-perfect)8.57 feet
Height @ 150ppi6.59 feet

Date & TimeAugust 12, 2021:  7:30pm
LocationYosemite National Park, California
Coordinates37.745788, -119.596716
Focal Length20.8mm
Shutter Speed1/30 sec
Number of Exposures42

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