Mount McGinnis is easily one of my favorite panoramic views. This mountaintop summit overlooks the coastal mountain range in Juneau, Alaska. The peaks look like they go on forever and their snow-capped beauty is second to none. The highlight for me is the view of the Mendenhall Glacier as it winds through the valley like a frozen blue river.
The hike to the summit of Mount McGinnis starts at the west glacier trailhead. Hiking the entire trail is just shy of 6 miles in total, but I like to bike the first 1.3 miles. Not that this is necessary, but I love knowing that on the way back, I can more or less coast the last mile.
We started the hike around 1 PM since we would be camping up top. In fact, I decided to do the hike since the Northern Lights were forecast to be out and I wanted a picture from this viewpoint. It ended up taking us 5 hours to complete the hike. I could have definitely done it faster if I wasn’t hauling 60+ pounds of gear (or stopping to take pictures of mountain goats).
After arriving up top, I setup my multi-row panoramic gear. I wanted to get some ultra-high resolution pictures at sunset as well as the Aurora Borealis. I’ve taken many panoramic images over the years, but this was the first time to use my new multi-row setup. Instead of using a wide-angle lens, I was able to use my 50mm Sigma prime lens. This way, I could get the absolute best quality picture possible. To make this work, I shot 22 images west to east, then repeated twice more pointing up and down.
The end result was a 680 megapixel image of Mount McGinnis!
It can be printed up to 20 feet wide (or even bigger) and 6 feet tall! It doesn’t need to be printed this big, but I wanted to have the option. Ultra-high resolution means a lot of detail. This details makes for an amazing looking fine art print.
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