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A very high definition, large-format VAST photo print of Mercer Street in SoHo in NYC in winter snow; black and white fine art street photo created by Dan Piech in New York City

Soliloquy for SoHo

Artist: Dan Piech
Location: SoHo, New York City
Captured: March 14, 2017
Resolution: 268 megapixels
Max size: 13x6 ft
The SoHo neighborhood in New York city has an immediately-recognizable charm about it. Stately cast iron facades line manicured cobblestone streets and symmetrical urban canyons carry into the distance, flanked by iconic New York fire escape ladders.

Typically accompanying this charm are groups of residents and tourists perusing the upscale boutiques that the neighborhood is also known for. However, this bustle of activity can frequently overshadow the architectural beauty of the surrounding buildings that were protected as a National History Landmark in 1978. I've secretly wanted to reprimand these groups of shoppers for not pausing to appreciate the special place they're visiting. In lieu of doing that, I've sought to capture a VAST photo of SoHo at a time when the bustle of activity is all but gone and SoHo stands to speak for itself.

I found the perfect moment for doing just that during a late-winter snowstorm in 2017. With over a foot of snow forecast for the city, New York's typically crowded streets had become home to only the accumulating snow and howling wind. As residents remained inside cozy homes, I bundled up and trekked down the desolate avenues, knowing the exact spot in SoHo I wanted to head to.

This was a particularly biting storm as the falling snow was mixed with hard sleet, and a blustering wind was driving the harsh particles sideways, stinging any exposed skin. With considerable difficulty, I set up the complex equipment needed to created a VAST photo in the middle of Mercer street at the heart of SoHo. I then proceeded to create a VAST photo of the scene amid constant lens cleanings to ensure perfect optical quality through the precipitation.

After I finished, I noticed a lone SoHo resident walking down the street and quickly decided to capture another VAST photo as they passed. Despite the swirling storm, there was something deeply calming about this solitary individual strolling down the middle of a street typically replete with cars. As the figure disappeared into the hazy white distance, I finished exposing the last frames that comprise this exceptionally high resolution VAST photo.

My hope is that this photo conveys the true source of SoHo's character: its splendid architectural history, free from congregations of shop-goers. The unparalleled resolution of this photo captures the intricate details of this moment with a clarity unmatched by traditional fine art photography. This enables the creation of truly superlative large-format prints befitting this iconic neighborhood.

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The SoHo neighborhood in New York city has an immediately-recognizable charm about it. Stately cast iron facades line manicured cobblestone streets and symmetrical urban canyons carry into the distance, flanked by iconic New York fire escape ladders.

Typically accompanying this charm are groups of residents and tourists perusing the upscale boutiques that the neighborhood is also known for. However, this bustle of activity can frequently overshadow the architectural beauty of the surrounding buildings that were protected as a National History Landmark in 1978. I've secretly wanted to reprimand these groups of shoppers for not pausing to appreciate the special place they're visiting. In lieu of doing that, I've sought to capture a VAST photo of SoHo at a time when the bustle of activity is all but gone and SoHo stands to speak for itself.

I found the perfect moment for doing just that during a late-winter snowstorm in 2017. With over a foot of snow forecast for the city, New York's typically crowded streets had become home to only the accumulating snow and howling wind. As residents remained inside cozy homes, I bundled up and trekked down the desolate avenues, knowing the exact spot in SoHo I wanted to head to.

This was a particularly biting storm as the falling snow was mixed with hard sleet, and a blustering wind was driving the harsh particles sideways, stinging any exposed skin. With considerable difficulty, I set up the complex equipment needed to created a VAST photo in the middle of Mercer street at the heart of SoHo. I then proceeded to create a VAST photo of the scene amid constant lens cleanings to ensure perfect optical quality through the precipitation.

After I finished, I noticed a lone SoHo resident walking down the street and quickly decided to capture another VAST photo as they passed. Despite the swirling storm, there was something deeply calming about this solitary individual strolling down the middle of a street typically replete with cars. As the figure disappeared into the hazy white distance, I finished exposing the last frames that comprise this exceptionally high resolution VAST photo.

My hope is that this photo conveys the true source of SoHo's character: its splendid architectural history, free from congregations of shop-goers. The unparalleled resolution of this photo captures the intricate details of this moment with a clarity unmatched by traditional fine art photography. This enables the creation of truly superlative large-format prints befitting this iconic neighborhood.

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A very high resolution, large-format VAST photo print of the Manhattan NYC skyline in winter snow at night; black and white cityscape fine art photo created by Dan Piech in New York City

Midnight in Manhattan

Artist: Dan Piech
Location: SoHo, New York City
Captured: January 7, 2017
Resolution: 5,910 megapixels
Max size: 73x24 ft
New York's characteristically energetic skyline takes on a captivating aesthetic when presented in monochrome. This phenomenon is amplified when "the city that never sleeps" is captured after the sun sets on a Saturday night and the bright lights of the city's bustling activity illuminate the landscape. Likewise, this phenomenon is even more poignant with an elevated and unobstructed vantage point looking across the vast undulating cityscape. And this phenomenon becomes something truly special after a snowstorm transforms the city into an idyllic winter wonderland. After months of preparation and waiting, I was able to create a photo at the confluence of all these principles.

The clock was swiftly approaching midnight on a beautiful winter night and I had arguably the best view in the entire city. I was atop one of the tallest buildings between downtown Manhattan and the iconic Midtown Manhattan skyline. The 6th Avenue thoroughfare raced into the heart of the city before me. A winter storm had just passed and the city was dressed in a fresh coat of snow. Every New Yorker is familiar with that fleeting moment after a winter storm when the snow is still a sparkling white powder before it turns to an unsightly brown slush. This was that moment.

As soon as the last remnants of clouds from the storm cleared, I began the multi-hour process of exposing the 252 long-exposure images that comprise this exceptionally high resolution VAST photo. As I did, midnight came and went, but the energy of the city never diminished. Cars continued to race up 6th avenue, ferrying passengers to evening activities. Windows continued to glow, hiding weekend festivities behind them. Spotlights continued to dance skyward from the heart of Times Square. And friends continued to romp down snow-covered sidewalks, joyously reveling in the winter wonderland.

In the weeks that followed that perfect night, I spent over one hundred hours polishing and assembling the individual photos into this final VAST photo. Additionally, I carefully crafted an advanced monochrome conversion process to generate the unique black and white aesthetic that properly highlights this special moment.

The clarity of this VAST photo cannot be overstated. Buildings nearly a dozen miles away are clearly visible. Tiny details such as footprint patterns in snow-covered parks are easily discernible. Fascinating rooftop structures covered in snow drifts are revealed in striking resolution. Groups of friends out for a night on the town fill the sidewalks. The diverse characters of famous New York neighborhoods like the West Village, Chelsea, SoHo, and Gramercy can be palpably felt. And facades of numerous architectural masterpieces such as the Empire State Building are exquisitely rendered.

Details like these, indelible memories of this perfect scene, fill every nook of this VAST photo, nestled among the melodic rhythm of the city's iconic skyline rendered in exquisite monochrome.

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New York's characteristically energetic skyline takes on a captivating aesthetic when presented in monochrome. This phenomenon is amplified when "the city that never sleeps" is captured after the sun sets on a Saturday night and the bright lights of the city's bustling activity illuminate the landscape. Likewise, this phenomenon is even more poignant with an elevated and unobstructed vantage point looking across the vast undulating cityscape. And this phenomenon becomes something truly special after a snowstorm transforms the city into an idyllic winter wonderland. After months of preparation and waiting, I was able to create a photo at the confluence of all these principles.

The clock was swiftly approaching midnight on a beautiful winter night and I had arguably the best view in the entire city. I was atop one of the tallest buildings between downtown Manhattan and the iconic Midtown Manhattan skyline. The 6th Avenue thoroughfare raced into the heart of the city before me. A winter storm had just passed and the city was dressed in a fresh coat of snow. Every New Yorker is familiar with that fleeting moment after a winter storm when the snow is still a sparkling white powder before it turns to an unsightly brown slush. This was that moment.

As soon as the last remnants of clouds from the storm cleared, I began the multi-hour process of exposing the 252 long-exposure images that comprise this exceptionally high resolution VAST photo. As I did, midnight came and went, but the energy of the city never diminished. Cars continued to race up 6th avenue, ferrying passengers to evening activities. Windows continued to glow, hiding weekend festivities behind them. Spotlights continued to dance skyward from the heart of Times Square. And friends continued to romp down snow-covered sidewalks, joyously reveling in the winter wonderland.

In the weeks that followed that perfect night, I spent over one hundred hours polishing and assembling the individual photos into this final VAST photo. Additionally, I carefully crafted an advanced monochrome conversion process to generate the unique black and white aesthetic that properly highlights this special moment.

The clarity of this VAST photo cannot be overstated. Buildings nearly a dozen miles away are clearly visible. Tiny details such as footprint patterns in snow-covered parks are easily discernible. Fascinating rooftop structures covered in snow drifts are revealed in striking resolution. Groups of friends out for a night on the town fill the sidewalks. The diverse characters of famous New York neighborhoods like the West Village, Chelsea, SoHo, and Gramercy can be palpably felt. And facades of numerous architectural masterpieces such as the Empire State Building are exquisitely rendered.

Details like these, indelible memories of this perfect scene, fill every nook of this VAST photo, nestled among the melodic rhythm of the city's iconic skyline rendered in exquisite monochrome.

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A very high resolution, large-format VAST photo print of the West Village in NYC at night in winter snow; cityscape fine art photo created by Dan Piech in New York City

A West Village Winter

Artist: Dan Piech
Location: SoHo, New York City
Captured: January 7, 2017
Resolution: 756 megapixels
Max size: 24x9 ft
Only a handful of neighborhoods in the world can claim to have as much cachet as the West Village neighborhood in NYC. Beautiful ivy-walled brownstones, home to many of New York's elite residents, flank charming cobblestone streets that remain free from traffic. Nestled between the bustling midtown and downtown regions of Manhattan, the West Village, with some of the highest property values in the world, is a residential respite many New Yorkers aspire to.

The idyllic neighborhood develops a special charm in the winter months as the warmth of tiny European cafes and candlelit restaurants spills out onto the manicured sidewalks coated in snow. It is this charm that I wanted to capture from a unique vantage point high above the buildings on a snowy Saturday night in early January.

A snowstorm had just passed and a clear sky was allowing the moonlight to illuminate the snow-covered rooftops in a sparkling white sheen. Residents, cozy in their homes, socialized behind glowing windows dotting the cityscape. 7th avenue, one of the arterial thoroughfares through the neighborhood, was abuzz with foot traffic as New Yorkers strolled into its famous shops and eateries.

I wanted to create an image that conveyed the warm, quaint energy of this winter scene and respected the neighborhood which, in many New York photographs, plays second fiddle to the adjacent imposing skylines that dwarf it. So, I set up my camera gear and prepared for a composition that placed the radiant 7th avenue directly centered. Furthermore, I planned for a very close crop to ensure that the iconic neighborhood was the sole focus and content of the image.

I then began the process of exposing the dozens of long-exposure images that make up this final VAST photo, the highest resolution fine art photo of the West Village ever created - a superlative artwork befitting an equally superlative neighborhood.

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Only a handful of neighborhoods in the world can claim to have as much cachet as the West Village neighborhood in NYC. Beautiful ivy-walled brownstones, home to many of New York's elite residents, flank charming cobblestone streets that remain free from traffic. Nestled between the bustling midtown and downtown regions of Manhattan, the West Village, with some of the highest property values in the world, is a residential respite many New Yorkers aspire to.

The idyllic neighborhood develops a special charm in the winter months as the warmth of tiny European cafes and candlelit restaurants spills out onto the manicured sidewalks coated in snow. It is this charm that I wanted to capture from a unique vantage point high above the buildings on a snowy Saturday night in early January.

A snowstorm had just passed and a clear sky was allowing the moonlight to illuminate the snow-covered rooftops in a sparkling white sheen. Residents, cozy in their homes, socialized behind glowing windows dotting the cityscape. 7th avenue, one of the arterial thoroughfares through the neighborhood, was abuzz with foot traffic as New Yorkers strolled into its famous shops and eateries.

I wanted to create an image that conveyed the warm, quaint energy of this winter scene and respected the neighborhood which, in many New York photographs, plays second fiddle to the adjacent imposing skylines that dwarf it. So, I set up my camera gear and prepared for a composition that placed the radiant 7th avenue directly centered. Furthermore, I planned for a very close crop to ensure that the iconic neighborhood was the sole focus and content of the image.

I then began the process of exposing the dozens of long-exposure images that make up this final VAST photo, the highest resolution fine art photo of the West Village ever created - a superlative artwork befitting an equally superlative neighborhood.

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A very high resolution, large-format VAST photo print of the NYC skyline in winter snow at night; cityscape fine art photo created by Dan Piech in New York City

New York Wonderland: Cropped

Artist: Dan Piech
Location: SoHo, New York City
Captured: January 7, 2017
Resolution: 2,002 megapixels
Max size: 39x15 ft
To call New York City a sublimely magical place would be an understatement. Conveying the uniquely captivating atmosphere of the world's greatest city via the written word is a daunting challenge. Consequently, for the better part of two centuries, photographers have attempted to portray the city's magic in ways that words cannot. This exceptionally high resolution VAST photo is my humble attempt to capture a tiny fraction of that magic.

Heavy clouds, thick with snow, blanketed the sky on an early-January morning in 2017, the type of idyllic winter morning that reminds New Yorkers why they tolerate the cold months. After reviewing the forecast for many inches of snow followed by a sudden clearing of the sky at night, I decided to prepare for a photoshoot of the city from the top of one of the tallest buildings between downtown Manhattan and the iconic Midtown Manhattan skyline.

As the day turned to night, the snow continued falling, coating the usually-dark rooftops of the city with a sheen of white powder. Then, in a matter of minutes, the snow ceased and the clouds whisked away to the east, leaving a perfectly clear sky. The moonlight sparkled off of the snow-covered buildings and the clear atmosphere provided amazing views for miles in every direction. The city stretched before me, filled with glowing windows, energetic arterial avenues, and Saturday-evening festivities.

Giddy with excitement and reveling in the scene, I began exposing the 85 long-exposure images that make up this VAST photo. The fervor of cars racing up 6th avenue into the heart of the city continued uninterrupted during the two hours it took to meticulously record every last high resolution detail of this urban winter wonderland. In the weeks that followed, I spent over one hundred hours polishing and assembling the individual photos into this final VAST photo.

The clarity of this VAST photo cannot be overstated. Buildings nearly a dozen miles away are clearly visible. Tiny details such as footprint patterns in snow-covered parks are easily discernible. Fascinating rooftop structures covered in snow drifts are revealed in striking resolution. Groups of friends out for a night on the town fill the sidewalks. The diverse characters of famous New York neighborhoods like the West Village, Chelsea, SoHo, and Gramercy can be palpably felt. And facades of numerous architectural masterpieces such as the Empire State Building are exquisitely rendered.

Details like these fill every nook of this VAST photo, nestled among the melodic rhythm of the city's iconic skyline, a wonderland of New York City magic waiting to be explored.

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To call New York City a sublimely magical place would be an understatement. Conveying the uniquely captivating atmosphere of the world's greatest city via the written word is a daunting challenge. Consequently, for the better part of two centuries, photographers have attempted to portray the city's magic in ways that words cannot. This exceptionally high resolution VAST photo is my humble attempt to capture a tiny fraction of that magic.

Heavy clouds, thick with snow, blanketed the sky on an early-January morning in 2017, the type of idyllic winter morning that reminds New Yorkers why they tolerate the cold months. After reviewing the forecast for many inches of snow followed by a sudden clearing of the sky at night, I decided to prepare for a photoshoot of the city from the top of one of the tallest buildings between downtown Manhattan and the iconic Midtown Manhattan skyline.

As the day turned to night, the snow continued falling, coating the usually-dark rooftops of the city with a sheen of white powder. Then, in a matter of minutes, the snow ceased and the clouds whisked away to the east, leaving a perfectly clear sky. The moonlight sparkled off of the snow-covered buildings and the clear atmosphere provided amazing views for miles in every direction. The city stretched before me, filled with glowing windows, energetic arterial avenues, and Saturday-evening festivities.

Giddy with excitement and reveling in the scene, I began exposing the 85 long-exposure images that make up this VAST photo. The fervor of cars racing up 6th avenue into the heart of the city continued uninterrupted during the two hours it took to meticulously record every last high resolution detail of this urban winter wonderland. In the weeks that followed, I spent over one hundred hours polishing and assembling the individual photos into this final VAST photo.

The clarity of this VAST photo cannot be overstated. Buildings nearly a dozen miles away are clearly visible. Tiny details such as footprint patterns in snow-covered parks are easily discernible. Fascinating rooftop structures covered in snow drifts are revealed in striking resolution. Groups of friends out for a night on the town fill the sidewalks. The diverse characters of famous New York neighborhoods like the West Village, Chelsea, SoHo, and Gramercy can be palpably felt. And facades of numerous architectural masterpieces such as the Empire State Building are exquisitely rendered.

Details like these fill every nook of this VAST photo, nestled among the melodic rhythm of the city's iconic skyline, a wonderland of New York City magic waiting to be explored.

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A very high resolution, large-format VAST photo print of the SoHo skyline in NYC in winter snow at night; cityscape fine art photo created by Dan Piech in New York City

SoHo Glow

Artist: Dan Piech
Location: SoHo, New York City
Captured: January 8, 2017
Resolution: 1,051 megapixels
Max size: 32x10 ft
New York: the city that never sleeps. This expression, while clichéd, is nevertheless a palpable truth every New Yorker has experienced firsthand.

It was 4am and I was at the top of the tallest building in the low-lying region between downtown and midtown Manhattan. At a time when nearly any other city would be quietly resting, these streets were still aglow with the bright lights of taxis, windows, and street lamps.

High above the glowing streets of the famous SoHo neighborhood, I had an unobstructed view from the Empire State Building north to the Brooklyn Bridge south. In-between lay countless New York neighborhoods, each with their distinctive architecture and energy.

The scene was uniquely mesmerizing because a large snowstorm had just passed and the typically-dark rooftops were capped in a thick coat of powder. This glistening snow covering transformed the character of the scene by illuminating the rooftops with the faint blue moonlight.

With the contagious energy of the city motivating me, I spent an hour meticulously exposing the individual photos used to create this exceptionally high resolution VAST photo. The final photo has a truly stunning number of fascinating corners of the city to peer into, from the Downtown Brooklyn skyline to the ever-vibrant Chinatown, to the iconic Union Square architectural triumphs, to the industrial Con Edison plant complex, to the ornate SoHo facades, to the ultra-modern Midtown skyscrapers.

I finished the photo at 5am as the early-risers began to outnumber the late-nighters. Brave individuals could be seen going for a morning jog on the snow-covered sidewalks. The energy of the city had never dwindled.

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New York: the city that never sleeps. This expression, while clichéd, is nevertheless a palpable truth every New Yorker has experienced firsthand.

It was 4am and I was at the top of the tallest building in the low-lying region between downtown and midtown Manhattan. At a time when nearly any other city would be quietly resting, these streets were still aglow with the bright lights of taxis, windows, and street lamps.

High above the glowing streets of the famous SoHo neighborhood, I had an unobstructed view from the Empire State Building north to the Brooklyn Bridge south. In-between lay countless New York neighborhoods, each with their distinctive architecture and energy.

The scene was uniquely mesmerizing because a large snowstorm had just passed and the typically-dark rooftops were capped in a thick coat of powder. This glistening snow covering transformed the character of the scene by illuminating the rooftops with the faint blue moonlight.

With the contagious energy of the city motivating me, I spent an hour meticulously exposing the individual photos used to create this exceptionally high resolution VAST photo. The final photo has a truly stunning number of fascinating corners of the city to peer into, from the Downtown Brooklyn skyline to the ever-vibrant Chinatown, to the iconic Union Square architectural triumphs, to the industrial Con Edison plant complex, to the ornate SoHo facades, to the ultra-modern Midtown skyscrapers.

I finished the photo at 5am as the early-risers began to outnumber the late-nighters. Brave individuals could be seen going for a morning jog on the snow-covered sidewalks. The energy of the city had never dwindled.

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A very high resolution, large-format VAST photo print of the SoHo skyline in NYC in winter snow; cityscape sunrise fine art photo created by Dan Piech in New York City

A Snowy SoHo Sunrise

Artist: Dan Piech
Location: SoHo, New York City
Captured: January 8, 2017
Resolution: 2,622 megapixels
Max size: 43x18 ft
New York's famous SoHo neighborhood, where VAST Photos is based, is considered to be an archetypal example of inner-city regeneration. In 1960, SoHo was an overlooked, derelict brownfield site. However, in the subsequent two decades, thanks to the rise of the neighborhood as an epicenter of the art world, it transformed into the trendy locale for well-educated, well-heeled New Yorkers that it is today.

Today, over 500 iconic SoHo buildings are now a part of the SoHo-Cast Iron Historic District, a National Historic Landmark. These preserved buildings are clad in an endless variety of ornate facades that have been admired by architects the world over. I've wanted to capture the grandeur of these structures and the neighborhood at-large for quite some time but the right opportunity and vantage point never presented itself. Until this moment.

It was early January and a snowstorm was pummeling the city. Seeing an opportunity to capture something truly special, I ascended to the top of the tallest SoHo building in the middle of the night while the falling snow was at its thickest. Then, as predicted, the storm front suddenly cleared and an empty, moonlit sky appeared over top of the snow-capped SoHo rooftops that spread out before me. I captured this VAST photo at that moment and then began to modify my gear in preparation for sunrise.

As the warm sun rose over the horizon, I was treated to one of the most beautiful New York scenes I have ever witnessed. On this special morning, the typically dark-colored rooftops were a bright snowy white, vibrantly reflecting the day's first rays and casting the city in a heavenly light.

Little plumes of steam danced upward from many of the buildings as I painstakingly exposed the 110 individual photos that comprise this exceptionally high resolution VAST photo. The final photo's unmatched image quality reveals an astounding number of details comprising this special moment: cars speeding across the Williamsburg Bridge, Church steeples standing tall in the distant Brooklyn outskirts, early-risers going for a morning stroll, artful graffiti designs, the ornate SoHo cast-iron facades, the rooftop gardens of New York's elite residences, the modern Downtown Brooklyn skyline, and more.

It's only fitting that a photo of this exceptional caliber is used to represent an iconic New York neighborhood steeped in art history at its most uniquely beautiful moment.

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New York's famous SoHo neighborhood, where VAST Photos is based, is considered to be an archetypal example of inner-city regeneration. In 1960, SoHo was an overlooked, derelict brownfield site. However, in the subsequent two decades, thanks to the rise of the neighborhood as an epicenter of the art world, it transformed into the trendy locale for well-educated, well-heeled New Yorkers that it is today.

Today, over 500 iconic SoHo buildings are now a part of the SoHo-Cast Iron Historic District, a National Historic Landmark. These preserved buildings are clad in an endless variety of ornate facades that have been admired by architects the world over. I've wanted to capture the grandeur of these structures and the neighborhood at-large for quite some time but the right opportunity and vantage point never presented itself. Until this moment.

It was early January and a snowstorm was pummeling the city. Seeing an opportunity to capture something truly special, I ascended to the top of the tallest SoHo building in the middle of the night while the falling snow was at its thickest. Then, as predicted, the storm front suddenly cleared and an empty, moonlit sky appeared over top of the snow-capped SoHo rooftops that spread out before me. I captured this VAST photo at that moment and then began to modify my gear in preparation for sunrise.

As the warm sun rose over the horizon, I was treated to one of the most beautiful New York scenes I have ever witnessed. On this special morning, the typically dark-colored rooftops were a bright snowy white, vibrantly reflecting the day's first rays and casting the city in a heavenly light.

Little plumes of steam danced upward from many of the buildings as I painstakingly exposed the 110 individual photos that comprise this exceptionally high resolution VAST photo. The final photo's unmatched image quality reveals an astounding number of details comprising this special moment: cars speeding across the Williamsburg Bridge, Church steeples standing tall in the distant Brooklyn outskirts, early-risers going for a morning stroll, artful graffiti designs, the ornate SoHo cast-iron facades, the rooftop gardens of New York's elite residences, the modern Downtown Brooklyn skyline, and more.

It's only fitting that a photo of this exceptional caliber is used to represent an iconic New York neighborhood steeped in art history at its most uniquely beautiful moment.

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A very high resolution, large-format VAST photo print of the NYC skyline in winter snow; cityscape sunrise fine art photo created by Dan Piech in New York City

January Dawn

Artist: Dan Piech
Location: SoHo, New York City
Captured: January 8, 2017
Resolution: 1,703 megapixels
Max size: 39x13 ft
The most beautiful sunrises come on the heels of winter storms. This early-January morning in New York City was no exception.

I was atop one of the tallest buildings between downtown and midtown Manhattan with a unique vantage point straight down 6th avenue as the first rays of light began to illuminate the night sky. A major winter storm had just swiftly blown off to the east. In its wake, a layer of fresh white powder glistened on the sidewalks, rooftops, and streets of the sleeping city that stretched before me.

The sky began to glow with a beautiful, subdued peach-pink hue, casting the entire city in a heavenly light. Complementing this were the typically-drab rooftops that were now now shining with their thick coats of bright white snow. It was a sublime winter scene, the likes of which few New Yorkers have ever witnessed from as stunning a vantage point.

I began meticulously exposing the dozens of images that comprise this VAST Photo while a handful of cars meandered up 6th avenue, some early-risers strolled down the West Village's sidewalks, and plumes of steam danced from faraway rooftops. The storm had quieted some of the usual activity, so the city was even more peaceful than it normally is on a Sunday morning. The relative stillness of the scene (for New York's standards) was calming and eased the VAST photo creation process.

As one of the highest resolution fine art photographs created in history, the detail contained in this photo is truly stunning. Structures that are over 10 miles away, like the George Washington Bridge, are clearly visible, as are small details like the stars on the multitude of American flags that dot the skyline. Hours can be spent exploring the detailed facades of iconic New York towers as well as hundreds of less famous but equally interesting buildings.

More important to me than creating an image of this unparalleled quality, however, was capturing the serenely comforting feeling of watching the city awaken under a pristine snow blanket and a warm sunrise: an iconic January dawn.

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The most beautiful sunrises come on the heels of winter storms. This early-January morning in New York City was no exception.

I was atop one of the tallest buildings between downtown and midtown Manhattan with a unique vantage point straight down 6th avenue as the first rays of light began to illuminate the night sky. A major winter storm had just swiftly blown off to the east. In its wake, a layer of fresh white powder glistened on the sidewalks, rooftops, and streets of the sleeping city that stretched before me.

The sky began to glow with a beautiful, subdued peach-pink hue, casting the entire city in a heavenly light. Complementing this were the typically-drab rooftops that were now now shining with their thick coats of bright white snow. It was a sublime winter scene, the likes of which few New Yorkers have ever witnessed from as stunning a vantage point.

I began meticulously exposing the dozens of images that comprise this VAST Photo while a handful of cars meandered up 6th avenue, some early-risers strolled down the West Village's sidewalks, and plumes of steam danced from faraway rooftops. The storm had quieted some of the usual activity, so the city was even more peaceful than it normally is on a Sunday morning. The relative stillness of the scene (for New York's standards) was calming and eased the VAST photo creation process.

As one of the highest resolution fine art photographs created in history, the detail contained in this photo is truly stunning. Structures that are over 10 miles away, like the George Washington Bridge, are clearly visible, as are small details like the stars on the multitude of American flags that dot the skyline. Hours can be spent exploring the detailed facades of iconic New York towers as well as hundreds of less famous but equally interesting buildings.

More important to me than creating an image of this unparalleled quality, however, was capturing the serenely comforting feeling of watching the city awaken under a pristine snow blanket and a warm sunrise: an iconic January dawn.

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A very high resolution, large-format VAST photo print of the NYC skyline, Times Square, the East River, and Midtown Manhattan on New Years Eve; cityscape photo created by Dan Piech

Requiem for 2016

Artist: Dan Piech
Location: Long Island City, New York City
Captured: December 31, 2016
Resolution: 6,410 megapixels
Max size: 93x21 ft
As 2016 was drawing to a close I reflected on how to pay tribute to a year that, for many Americans, was more somber than most. Something just didn't feel right about creating a VAST photo culminating 2016 in the heart of the Times Square New Years Eve celebration as many New York photographers are wont to do. Furthermore, the Times Square festivities have become commercialized to the point of being repulsive in recent years. So, I decided to do something different.

After days of researching and scouting for a location that would provide a pensive, quiet, and reflective atmosphere, I found a rooftop in Long Island City, Queens. This elevated location provided a narrow view across the East River into the heart of midtown Manhattan and the Times Square ball drop. However, its distance from the commotion allowed for the majority of the photo's composition to be filled with the peaceful windows of ordinary New Yorkers commemorating the close of 2016 in their own unique ways.

A few hours before midnight on New Years Eve, my assistant and I ascended to the empty roof and began exposing the 189 individual photos that would eventually comprise this VAST photo. The quietness of the scene was only broken by the swirling wind and the gentle sounds of the distant city that were carried by it.

As midnight approached, the low-hanging cloud bank above Times Square glowed brightly from the festivities' pyrotechnics. A chorus of revelers counting down the last remaining seconds of the year could be heard in the distance. We kept shooting the long exposures used for this photo as the new years moment passed, the window lights began to turn off, and a light sprinkle of rain began to fall.

The world fell into an unusually still silence as we completed our shoot and the clock passed 2am. Most of the city had now gone to bed, putting to rest 2016 and awaiting the hopeful 2017 that would greet them in the morning.

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As 2016 was drawing to a close I reflected on how to pay tribute to a year that, for many Americans, was more somber than most. Something just didn't feel right about creating a VAST photo culminating 2016 in the heart of the Times Square New Years Eve celebration as many New York photographers are wont to do. Furthermore, the Times Square festivities have become commercialized to the point of being repulsive in recent years. So, I decided to do something different.

After days of researching and scouting for a location that would provide a pensive, quiet, and reflective atmosphere, I found a rooftop in Long Island City, Queens. This elevated location provided a narrow view across the East River into the heart of midtown Manhattan and the Times Square ball drop. However, its distance from the commotion allowed for the majority of the photo's composition to be filled with the peaceful windows of ordinary New Yorkers commemorating the close of 2016 in their own unique ways.

A few hours before midnight on New Years Eve, my assistant and I ascended to the empty roof and began exposing the 189 individual photos that would eventually comprise this VAST photo. The quietness of the scene was only broken by the swirling wind and the gentle sounds of the distant city that were carried by it.

As midnight approached, the low-hanging cloud bank above Times Square glowed brightly from the festivities' pyrotechnics. A chorus of revelers counting down the last remaining seconds of the year could be heard in the distance. We kept shooting the long exposures used for this photo as the new years moment passed, the window lights began to turn off, and a light sprinkle of rain began to fall.

The world fell into an unusually still silence as we completed our shoot and the clock passed 2am. Most of the city had now gone to bed, putting to rest 2016 and awaiting the hopeful 2017 that would greet them in the morning.

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