This VAST photo is one of the highest definition fine art photographs ever created. It has a resolution equivalent to 2850 full-HD televisions. Here's how it was made:
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 252 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, such as the houses on the New Jersey Palisades, 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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VAST photos are the highest definition fine art photos ever created, with record-setting levels of detail and clarity that reveal worlds of visual activity unseen by standard photographic techniques.
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|Location||SoHo, New York City|
|Megapixels per Exposure||50.6|
|Lens||Canon 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II|
|Shutter Speed||10 sec|
|Number of Exposures||252|
|Aspect Ratio||1 : 2.97|
|File Size||33.8 GB|
|Width @ 300ppi (perfect)||36.78 feet|
|Height @ 300ppi||12.4 feet|
|Width @ 150ppi (near-perfect)||73.55 feet|
|Height @ 150ppi||24.8 feet|
VAST Prints are ready-to-hang art installations handcrafted on demand for you by world-renowned master printmakers. We custom-designed a unique printing, mounting, & finishing process using cutting-edge technology to produce the highest quality large-format photographic displays ever created.
Designed to make a statement, a VAST Print is a truly unique piece of artwork.
Your VAST Print is created by an extremely rare specialty printer, formerly used by the US military, with a truly stunning 6100 DPI. The largest of its kind and one of only a handful worldwide, it is the highest resolution photo printer ever made.
Your VAST Print is sealed between archival-grade acrylic glass and triple-layer Dibond aluminum. We give extra attention to details like flame polishing the edges. A hidden brace floats the unit off the wall for a stunning effect.
Your VAST Print is hand-signed by the artist and includes a seal of authenticity listing its date of creation. Prime Collection photos also include a certificate of authenticity and a listing in the Archive.
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A VAST license gives you the freedom to use this VAST photo in a single art installation or design project, using any customized printing/mounting/framing method you like. Unlike traditional photos that degrade in sharpness when enlarged, this VAST photo remains sharp when printed up to 73.6x24.8 feet.
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