DENVER (CBS4) – A new exhibit at the Denver Art Museum that’s included with the price of admission includes a wall-sized print of a photograph of an enormous ocean wave, and it’s got quite an interesting backstory to it.

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Clifford Ross told CBS4 he captured the photo that’s featured in the “New Territory” exhibit after making a rather risky decision.

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“I go into the surf roped up for some reasonable amount of safety,” said Ross. “I’ve got two guys with ropes on the shore and a wetsuit and a flotation device.”

Ross said he took the photo during a hurricane when the waves were extraordinarily large.

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“From the beginning, like everyone else, I was transfixed by the waves but I was on the shore. And eventually I learned to sort of give the viewer the sense of threat I had I had to go into the water.

“It was either a great idea or really stupid, but maybe it was both.”

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“New Territory: Landscape Photography Today” opens to the public this Sunday. It includes art from more than 100 artists who are stretching the boundaries of traditional photography.