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White Wonder at Mistaya

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1,148 megapixels! A very high resolution, large-format VAST photo print of a snowy winter scene with evergreen trees coated in fresh snow; fine art nature photograph created by Scott Dimond in Mistaya Canyon, Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada

White Wonder at Mistaya

1,148 MEGAPIXEL VAST PHOTO
Mistaya Canyon, Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada

January 4th, 2019 brought a huge snowfall to Banff National Park. The 80+ cm (31.5 inches) of fresh snow made travel impossible on the mountain roads and in fact, the famous Icefields Parkway (Hwy 93) was closed for several days. At the first notice of the reopening of the Icefields Parkway, I headed for Banff National Park, knowing full well that the huge snowfall would present some wonderful photo opportunities.

My first stop was to photograph Castle Mountain about half-way between the townsites of Banff and Lake Louise. Check out the photo “Castle Mountain Sunrise” to see the result.

After photographing Castle Mountain, I headed up the just re-opened Icefields Parkway. The amount of new snow was incredible. In some places, the snow plows had only been able to cut a single lane through the huge drifts. After a long drive and frequent stops to photograph some other snow-covered areas along the way, I arrived at Mistaya Canyon, a beautiful and accessible canyon that is known for its distinctive curvy canyon walls. When I arrival, I was super excited to see that I would be the first visitor to the canyon since the huge snowfall/road closure, as the trailhead was untouched and under a meter (3 feet) of fresh snow.

With my camera gear and my special VAST equipment on my back, I donned my snowshoes and made my way downhill the bridge that crosses the Mistaya River and the canyon below. Once there, I setup my VAST equipment on the bridge and as it started to snow again, I worked quickly to capture over 600 images in just under 40 minutes. All those images would be necessary to assemble this high-resolution image with incredible depth of focus. Once the photo taking was over, I sat and enjoyed the view in complete solitude for quite some time. It was quiet and peaceful. There is just something I love about white fresh untouched snow in the mountains.

Scott is an award-winning photographer, world-renowned teacher of specialty imaging techniques, and computer scientist. His images have appeared in magazines and books around the world and his fine art prints adorn the walls of homes and businesses alike. In 2015, Scott received the prestigious international award of “Panoramic Photographer of the Year” by Kolor for his pioneering work in the field of high-resolution image-making.

Living next to the Canadian Rocky Mountains and Banff National Park, Scott spent many years focusing his photography purely on their natural beauty.

Date & TimeJanuary 6, 2019:  2:10pm - 2:50pm
LocationMistaya Canyon, Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada
Coordinates51.942272, -116.721179
Focal Length70mm
ApertureF/16
Shutter1/50
ISO400
Num of Exposures623

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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™

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.
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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
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Optionally accompanied by your choice of elegant floater frame available in a variety of trims
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Worldwide, perpetual usage*
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Total Pixels1,147,723,080 px
Width39,480 px
Height29,071 px
Aspect Ratio1.36 : 1
Date & TimeJanuary 6, 2019:  2:10pm - 2:50pm
LocationMistaya Canyon, Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada
Coordinates51.942272, -116.721179
Focal Length70mm
ApertureF/16
Shutter1/50
ISO400
Num of Exposures623

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1148 megapixels
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  • Marketing prints < 263x194 in
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prints
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Marketing
prints
(150ppi)
Large
murals
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10 megapixels
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50 megapixels
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> 17 ft away
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250 megapixels
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> 7 ft away
if viewers will be
> 15 ft away
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1,000 megapixels
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> 4 ft away
if viewers will be
> 7 ft away
full file
1,148 megapixels
< 132x97 in < 263x194 in if viewers will be
> 3 ft away
if viewers will be
> 7 ft away
Photo id: 10501