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Spirit Island Sunrise

A close-up of "Spirit Island Sunrise" by Tim Shields: an ultra-high-resolution VAST photo.
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170 megapixels! A very high resolution, large-format VAST photo print of Maligne Lake, Jasper National Park, Canada; nature landscape photo created by Tim Shields

Spirit Island Sunrise

Maligne Lake, Jasper National Park, Canada
On this particular morning, I didn't need an alarm to wake me up at 3:30 AM. I was already awake with excitement for the wilderness that lay before me.

I left my camper and was in my kayak by 4:00 AM on the most still water I have ever experienced. I paddled in complete darkness for over an hour before I saw a sliver of golden light on the horizon. The sky began glowing a faint shade of orange so I picked up the pace, determined to finish my nine-mile journey before the sun crested the top of the mountains.

I was alone, absolutely and completely alone, on this mountainous lake in the Canadian Rockies. The only sounds were from my paddle dipping into the water, and the only ripples on the water were from my boat.

At last, three hours later, I arrived at the sacred Spirit Island. I pulled my kayak onto the shore and unloaded my camera gear. In a hurry, I found the location for the best composition and set up my tripod and camera. There was a slight mist over the water and not one single sound but for the occasional call of a loon.

I felt like the only person alive on earth as the sun peaked over the horizon and began lighting the mountainsides. It was one of the most beautiful sights I have ever seen. As the sun continued to rise, I created this VAST photo to capture the essence of this magical moment.

A half hour later, a second magical moment occurred when the sun suddenly rose above the mountain range to the east, casting a bright spotlight onto the grove of evergreens in front of me. I captured this second VAST photo of the scene with the near foreground now aglow in the warmth of the sun. The peaceful serenity of the lake remained unbroken, save for a pair of kayakers silently gliding down the lake, reveling with me in this beautiful Rocky Mountain morning, a morning I will never forget.
Date & TimeJune 29, 2016:  7:59am
LocationMaligne Lake, Jasper National Park, Canada
Coordinates52.643000, -117.492200
Focal Length38 mm
Shutter Speed1/100
Number of Exposures16

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Total Pixels170,022,516
Horizontal Pixels18,651
Vertical Pixels9,116
Aspect Ratio2.05 : 1
File Size972 MB
Width @ 300ppi (perfect)5.18 feet
Height @ 300ppi2.53 feet
Width @ 150ppi (near-perfect)10.36 feet
Height @ 150ppi5.06 feet

Date & TimeJune 29, 2016:  7:59am
LocationMaligne Lake, Jasper National Park, Canada
Coordinates52.643000, -117.492200
Focal Length38 mm
Shutter Speed1/100
Number of Exposures16

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