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Red Rock Canyon #3

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5,868 megapixels! A very high resolution, large-format VAST photo print of a stream, waterfall, and rocks; fine art nature photo created by Steve Webster in Red Rock Canyon, Waterton Lakes National Park, Alberta Canada

Red Rock Canyon #3

5,868 MEGAPIXEL VAST PHOTO
Waterton Lakes National Park, Alberta Canada

In the heart of Waterton Lakes National Park (located in the province of Alberta, Canada) a small glacier stream has quietly and steadily, over eons of time, cut a deep valley through an iron rich vein of red stone. This place is aptly named Red Rock Canyon and it's my favourite place in the world.

In July 2017 I spent a week in Waterton, specifically photographing the few miles of steep canyon walls colored in a beautiful red hue. I don't usually make color photos - my real passion is black and white - but with a landscape of such striking colors as Red Rock Canyon, a color photograph is needed.

Making VAST photos here is particularly challenging due mostly to the temperature of the water, which comes from local glaciers, making it freezing cold! I wear full wetsuit pants with built in socks when shooting here as it's impossible to stand in the water for more than few seconds otherwise. If you fall into the water you better get out quick as hypothermia will get you within a few minutes. The beauty and seclusion of the canyon along with the cold, clear fresh water (which is the best tasting water in the world) provide for an absolutely beautiful experience.

My tripod was set up in the middle of the stream making it necessary for me to stand in the ice cold water for the duration of the more than 700 individual exposures. This is a truly massive image, filled with an incredible amount of rich detail and textures that a viewer could spend hours exploring.

Date & TimeJuly 6, 2017:  6:15am
LocationWaterton Lakes National Park, Alberta Canada
Coordinates49.133228, -114.026118
Focal Length200mm
Aperturef/22
Shutter1/125 - 3 sec
ISO400
Num of Exposures691

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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
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A VAST Print™ represents the pinnacle of the photographic medium. Each print is a true photograph created specifically for you using light-sensitive paper exposed in a darkroom with the industry's highest precision exposure technique. Your print is then sealed with a shine-enhancing protective glossy coating*, adhered to a sturdy aluminum composite backing, and finished in one of two ready-to-hang formats:

  • Frameless floating display: A hidden mounting brace on the rear gracefully "floats" the print off the wall for a sleek, modern look.
  • Framed display: The print is mounted inside one of our handcrafted 100% wood frames with a decorative separation between the print and the frame so that the print appears to be floating within the frame, providing depth and elegance to the finished photo.

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*Note: a non-glossy, satin matte coating is alternatively available on request.

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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
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Total Pixels5,867,980,556 px
Width81,859 px
Height71,684 px
Aspect Ratio1.14 : 1
Date & TimeJuly 6, 2017:  6:15am
LocationWaterton Lakes National Park, Alberta Canada
Coordinates49.133228, -114.026118
Focal Length200mm
Aperturef/22
Shutter1/125 - 3 sec
ISO400
Num of Exposures691

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Photo id: 10295