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206 megapixels! A very high resolution, large-format VAST photo print of the Seattle, Washington skyline at sunset with highways in the foreground; cityscape photograph created by Greg Probst in Seattle, Washington

Evening Light on the Seattle Skyline

206 MEGAPIXEL VAST PHOTO
Seattle, Washington

This image of downtown Seattle was made on one of those evenings when a weather system had passed thru and the sun was breaking out before sunset leaving a few clouds and clean air. The air in the Seattle area comes off the Pacific Ocean and over the Olympic mountains and picks up the freshness dreams are made of.

With over 3 feet of rain a year Seattle has clouds, clouds of every shape, size and color. The Olympic Mountains and Puget Sound absolutely affect the weather in the Seattle area. It can trap it in or push it out quickly and when it gets pushed out the backside of the weather systems can have beautiful light.

With Mt. St. Helens and Mt. Rainier to the south, the Cascade mountains to the east and the Olympic Mountains and the coast to the west its easy to see why so many people have made the Puget Sound area home. Nature is everywhere in western Washington. In 3 hours or less you can be in any of 3 National Parks and as many National Forests.

I grew up in Seattle and there is one constant here and that is tomorrow will be different. From traffic to the weather it is constantly changing.

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This image of downtown Seattle was made on one of those evenings when a weather system had passed thru and the sun was breaking out before sunset leaving a few clouds and clean air. The air in the Seattle area comes off the Pacific Ocean and over the Olympic mountains and picks up the freshness dreams are made of.

With over 3 feet of rain a year Seattle has clouds, clouds of every shape, size and color. The Olympic Mountains and Puget Sound absolutely affect the weather in the Seattle area. It can trap it in or push it out quickly and when it gets pushed out the backside of the weather systems can have beautiful light.

With Mt. St. Helens and Mt. Rainier to the south, the Cascade mountains to the east and the Olympic Mountains and the coast to the west its easy to see why so many people have made the Puget Sound area home. Nature is everywhere in western Washington. In 3 hours or less you can be in any of 3 National Parks and as many National Forests.

I grew up in Seattle and there is one constant here and that is tomorrow will be different. From traffic to the weather it is constantly changing.

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253 megapixels! A very high resolution, large-format VAST photo print of the Seattle skyline in the morning with highways in the foreground; photograph created by Greg Probst in Seattle, Washington

Morning Light on the Seattle Skyline

253 MEGAPIXEL VAST PHOTO
Seattle, Washington

Seattle, known for its long gray wet days can actually have a few days in the winter of clear skies. Seattle has been under an on going construction boom and trying to find the right angle to view the city skyline without the annoying cranes has been a challenge for years.

This view is from the south of downtown looking north and northwest with the snow covered Olympic Mountains across Puget Sound in the quiet light of dawn and the rush hour traffic of Interstate 5 and Interstate 90.

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Seattle, known for its long gray wet days can actually have a few days in the winter of clear skies. Seattle has been under an on going construction boom and trying to find the right angle to view the city skyline without the annoying cranes has been a challenge for years.

This view is from the south of downtown looking north and northwest with the snow covered Olympic Mountains across Puget Sound in the quiet light of dawn and the rush hour traffic of Interstate 5 and Interstate 90.

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521 megapixels! An artistic photograph of a lighthouse with the ocean and rocks; photograph created by Phil Crawshay in Portland Head Lighthouse, Portland, Maine

Portland Head: Sepia

521 MEGAPIXEL VAST PHOTO
Portland Head Lighthouse, Portland, Maine

I often see lighthouse pictures with beautifully calm waters and a perfectly clear sky, however, lighthouses to me conjure up images of rugged coastlines, dark skies and choppy waters. For this reason I chose this less than favorable day to photograph this very historic lighthouse in Cape Elizabeth near Portland, Maine.
Construction started in 1787 and finished on January 10, 1791. It was originally illuminated by 16 whale oil lamps.

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I often see lighthouse pictures with beautifully calm waters and a perfectly clear sky, however, lighthouses to me conjure up images of rugged coastlines, dark skies and choppy waters. For this reason I chose this less than favorable day to photograph this very historic lighthouse in Cape Elizabeth near Portland, Maine.
Construction started in 1787 and finished on January 10, 1791. It was originally illuminated by 16 whale oil lamps.

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320 megapixels! A very high resolution, large-format VAST photo print of a coastline in the Pacific Northwest at twilight with large rock monoliths; photograph created by Greg Probst in Cannon Beach, Oregon, USA

Sea Stacks Silhouetted at Cannon Beach, Oregon

320 MEGAPIXEL VAST PHOTO
Cannon Beach, Oregon, USA

This is Hay Stack Rock at Cannon Beach, Oregon. The Oregon coast is as beautiful as you have heard. It can be as tranquil as this scene is or as stormy as you can imagine but it is always beautiful.

When I was making this image I didn't see the sea birds sitting on some of the off shore rocks, it wasn't until I was working on the image in post production that I noticed them. Take a moment and zoom in on the sea stacks and see them.

I hope you get a chance to visit the Oregon coast and when you do stay out after sunset for a bit longer then you think you should, I won't tell you why, you'll have to see for yourself, it'll be worth it.

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This is Hay Stack Rock at Cannon Beach, Oregon. The Oregon coast is as beautiful as you have heard. It can be as tranquil as this scene is or as stormy as you can imagine but it is always beautiful.

When I was making this image I didn't see the sea birds sitting on some of the off shore rocks, it wasn't until I was working on the image in post production that I noticed them. Take a moment and zoom in on the sea stacks and see them.

I hope you get a chance to visit the Oregon coast and when you do stay out after sunset for a bit longer then you think you should, I won't tell you why, you'll have to see for yourself, it'll be worth it.

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324 megapixels! A very high resolution, large-format VAST photo print of a beautiful tree; photograph created by Phil Crawshay in Angel Oak, Charleston, South Carolina

Everlasting Life

324 MEGAPIXEL VAST PHOTO
Angel Oak, Charleston, South Carolina

This incredible 400 year old tree had been on my photography bucket list for as long as I can remember so I was very excited as I approached it with all my gear in tow. That excitement quickly turned to dismay as the custodians of the tree have a bizarre rule that disallows the use of tripods within 100ft of the trunk. The way these high pixel images are taken rely on the use of tripods, however, not to be put off, I removed the panoramic head from my tripod and attempted to shoot the panorama by holding the equipment on the ground as steady as possible. The ground was wet as it was lightly raining so I knew that I was going to get filthy as there is also another even more bizarre rule…no blankets of any kind within 100ft.
So I lay down on the ground and started the process using the fastest camera settings possible to counteract any unsteadiness in my grasp. I managed to get the first panorama captured and was just resetting to do my second backup capture when an official came up to me and stated that there was no sitting or laying down allowed within 100ft of the tree. By this time the rain was starting to increase so I decided to cut my losses and hope that what I had captured was good enough.
When I got back to my computer to look at the images I was elated that everything had worked in one take and so stitched up the image to what you see here now. As exasperated as I was at the time, I now look back on this with quite a sense of pride and achievement .

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This incredible 400 year old tree had been on my photography bucket list for as long as I can remember so I was very excited as I approached it with all my gear in tow. That excitement quickly turned to dismay as the custodians of the tree have a bizarre rule that disallows the use of tripods within 100ft of the trunk. The way these high pixel images are taken rely on the use of tripods, however, not to be put off, I removed the panoramic head from my tripod and attempted to shoot the panorama by holding the equipment on the ground as steady as possible. The ground was wet as it was lightly raining so I knew that I was going to get filthy as there is also another even more bizarre rule…no blankets of any kind within 100ft.
So I lay down on the ground and started the process using the fastest camera settings possible to counteract any unsteadiness in my grasp. I managed to get the first panorama captured and was just resetting to do my second backup capture when an official came up to me and stated that there was no sitting or laying down allowed within 100ft of the tree. By this time the rain was starting to increase so I decided to cut my losses and hope that what I had captured was good enough.
When I got back to my computer to look at the images I was elated that everything had worked in one take and so stitched up the image to what you see here now. As exasperated as I was at the time, I now look back on this with quite a sense of pride and achievement .

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623 megapixels! A very high resolution, large-format VAST photo print of the Boston skyline; photograph created by Phil Crawshay in Fan Pier Park, Boston, Massachusetts

Boston at Fan Pier II

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Fan Pier Park, Boston, Massachusetts

Boston, a city steeped in rich history and culture and in the fall, one of the prettiest cities I have seen. I took this panorama from Fan Pier Park on a brisk evening with a few other photographers next to me for company. It was a perfect night and the weather played fair with me resulting in this fantastic final piece.

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Boston, a city steeped in rich history and culture and in the fall, one of the prettiest cities I have seen. I took this panorama from Fan Pier Park on a brisk evening with a few other photographers next to me for company. It was a perfect night and the weather played fair with me resulting in this fantastic final piece.

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344 megapixels! A very high resolution, large-format VAST photo print of the Atlanta skyline at dusk with highways in the foreground; photograph created by Phil Crawshay in Jackson Street Bridge, Atlanta Georgia

Walking Atlanta

344 MEGAPIXEL VAST PHOTO
Jackson Street Bridge, Atlanta Georgia

The view of the Atlanta skyline at sunrise as seen from Jackson street bridge. This viewpoint has become very popular due to the AMC series The Walking Dead and indeed at the time I shot this, there were many people taking their own snapshots.
Prominent buildings featured in this image are The Georgia Pacific Tower, The Peachtree Tower, The Westin Peachtree Plaza and the Suntrust Plaza building which is the 48th tallest building in the USA.
Technically this shot provided some challenges which were mainly due to the fact that the bridge would bounce every time a vehicle went across it. To counteract this I took multiple shots of each frame when the bridge was still.

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The view of the Atlanta skyline at sunrise as seen from Jackson street bridge. This viewpoint has become very popular due to the AMC series The Walking Dead and indeed at the time I shot this, there were many people taking their own snapshots.
Prominent buildings featured in this image are The Georgia Pacific Tower, The Peachtree Tower, The Westin Peachtree Plaza and the Suntrust Plaza building which is the 48th tallest building in the USA.
Technically this shot provided some challenges which were mainly due to the fact that the bridge would bounce every time a vehicle went across it. To counteract this I took multiple shots of each frame when the bridge was still.

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524 megapixels! A very high resolution, large-format VAST photo print of a big waterfall with a river in the foreground and green plants and moss on the sides; photograph created by Dan Piech at the Skógafoss Waterfall in Iceland

The Mighty Skógafoss

524 MEGAPIXEL VAST PHOTO
Skógafoss Waterfall, Iceland

737 megapixels! A very high resolution, large-format VAST photo print of the Hollywood Sign from behind at sunset with the city in the background; cityscape fine art photograph created by Tim Shields in Hollywood, California, USA

Hollywood Lights

737 MEGAPIXEL VAST PHOTO
Hollywood, California, USA

339 megapixels! A very high resolution, large-format VAST photo print of a lake with evergreen trees and a large mountain rockface in the foreground; wilderness landscape photograph created by Tim Shields in Sunburst Mountain, British Columbia, Canada

Sunburst

339 MEGAPIXEL VAST PHOTO
Sunburst Mountain, British Columbia, Canada

419 megapixels! A very high resolution, large-format VAST photo print of the Philadelphia skyline; photograph created by Phil Crawshay in Downtown Philadelphia

Philly Nights II

419 MEGAPIXEL VAST PHOTO
Downtown Philadelphia

The impressive Philadelphia skyline captured just as the sun sets.. Thankfully the bridge from where I took this from had a perfect spot to set up my equipment and take this wonderful view without obstructions.
Technically the shoot went well as the weather that evening was calm with little to no wind which is always a challenge when shooting multi image panoramas at a relatively long focal length with a long exposure.

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The impressive Philadelphia skyline captured just as the sun sets.. Thankfully the bridge from where I took this from had a perfect spot to set up my equipment and take this wonderful view without obstructions.
Technically the shoot went well as the weather that evening was calm with little to no wind which is always a challenge when shooting multi image panoramas at a relatively long focal length with a long exposure.

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612 megapixels! A very high resolution, large-format VAST photo print of the Philadelphia skyline at dusk; cityscape photograph created by Phil Crawshay in Philadelphia, PA

Philly Nights

612 MEGAPIXEL VAST PHOTO
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

The impressive Philadelphia skyline captured just after the sun went down. Thankfully the bridge from where I took this from had a perfect spot to set up my equipment and take this wonderful view without obstructions.
Technically the shoot went well as the weather that evening was calm with little to no wind which is always a challenge when shooting multi image panoramas at a relatively long focal length with a long exposure.

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The impressive Philadelphia skyline captured just after the sun went down. Thankfully the bridge from where I took this from had a perfect spot to set up my equipment and take this wonderful view without obstructions.
Technically the shoot went well as the weather that evening was calm with little to no wind which is always a challenge when shooting multi image panoramas at a relatively long focal length with a long exposure.

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588 megapixels! A very high resolution, large-format VAST photo print of the Golden Gate Bridge with a blue sky in the background and the San Francisco Bay in the foreground; photograph created by Jim Tarpo in Marshall

Golden Gate Morning

588 MEGAPIXEL VAST PHOTO
Marshall's Beach, San Francisco, California

Despite having ended off on my Jewel By the Bay photo session at midnight the day before, I took an early morning hike down a somewhat slippery embankment near Marshal's Beach. Since the prior day was also a travel day where I'd gotten up at 4:00 am to catch a flight, my legs were not happy with me.

While there was some self-doubt about the effort at the time, it became clear that this was a fantastic spot from which to photograph the Golden Gate bridge. The viewpoint, while looking down at the water of bay, looks up at the bridge in a way that highlights its immense magnitude.

I had barely gotten set up when the huge orange tanker cruised underneath the center span about eight minutes later.

The large subjects in this image are quite impressive and this photograph is able to convey that in great detail. With over 20K pixels in the vertical dimension, it is a good choice for prints covering a large vertical span.

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Despite having ended off on my Jewel By the Bay photo session at midnight the day before, I took an early morning hike down a somewhat slippery embankment near Marshal's Beach. Since the prior day was also a travel day where I'd gotten up at 4:00 am to catch a flight, my legs were not happy with me.

While there was some self-doubt about the effort at the time, it became clear that this was a fantastic spot from which to photograph the Golden Gate bridge. The viewpoint, while looking down at the water of bay, looks up at the bridge in a way that highlights its immense magnitude.

I had barely gotten set up when the huge orange tanker cruised underneath the center span about eight minutes later.

The large subjects in this image are quite impressive and this photograph is able to convey that in great detail. With over 20K pixels in the vertical dimension, it is a good choice for prints covering a large vertical span.

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169 megapixels! A very high resolution, large-format VAST photo print of the Washington Monument and the Lincoln Memorial reflecting pool at sunrise; photograph created by Tim Lo Monaco in Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool, National Mall, Washington, D.C.

Sunrise at the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool

169 MEGAPIXEL VAST PHOTO
Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool, National Mall, Washington, D.C.

I’ve always considered Washington, D.C. a very tourist-friendly city as so many of the sights are accessible with a good pair of walking shoes and time to explore. It’s a straight shot from the Lincoln Memorial all the way to the U.S. Capitol Building with many places to visit in between. Washington, D.C. and the National Mall and Memorial Parks have a rich history, but admittedly I’m more intrigued by the aesthetics themselves of the monuments, buildings, and parks throughout the city. I love photography-specific excursions but many more of my encounters come from simply walking around as any tourist would do. Many ideas for photos come during family outings downtown. I also garner inspiration simply by commuting to/from work in Virginia. Whether biking through Georgetown and Key Bridge or driving over the Roosevelt Bridge, I can honestly say I never get tired of the views of the iconic monuments or simply witnessing the changing light of sunrise or sunset. While many a dramatic sky has made me grit my teeth in frustration when I'm without my camera, I appreciate the experience regardless of the circumstance.

I had the idea for this photo for a long time but knew the weather had to be just right for it to work out. I always check the weather in anticipation of a colorful sunrise and ideally one without wind. In January, I originally shot two images a day a part and the slight change in weather and temperature changed the end results completely. With the flexibility made possible by living in DC, during a stretch of cold weather in mid-November with leaves still on the trees I decided to attempt this more complex version of my original images. The obvious composition at the Reflecting Pool might be a centered Washington Monument. I prefer the captivating perspective from the edge which includes views of the U.S. Capitol Building and the World War II Memorial at the opposite end of the Reflecting Pool.

This VAST Photo was made by stitching 10 images, each a blend of 3 exposures for the increased dynamic range, and of focus stacked results to achieve focus from the immediate foreground to the U.S. Capitol Building, nearly two miles away. Needless to say, I had to move fast with the changing light. My 200mm Nikon Macro lens, easily the sharpest lens in my arsenal, struggles to auto-focus in low light and I had to go with instinct manually adjusting the focus. Sunrises in Washington, D.C. with the quiet peacefulness as the city awakens make a special time to experience these sights. Capturing four of the most visited symbols of DC together with the tranquility of sunrise make this photo one of my favorites.

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I’ve always considered Washington, D.C. a very tourist-friendly city as so many of the sights are accessible with a good pair of walking shoes and time to explore. It’s a straight shot from the Lincoln Memorial all the way to the U.S. Capitol Building with many places to visit in between. Washington, D.C. and the National Mall and Memorial Parks have a rich history, but admittedly I’m more intrigued by the aesthetics themselves of the monuments, buildings, and parks throughout the city. I love photography-specific excursions but many more of my encounters come from simply walking around as any tourist would do. Many ideas for photos come during family outings downtown. I also garner inspiration simply by commuting to/from work in Virginia. Whether biking through Georgetown and Key Bridge or driving over the Roosevelt Bridge, I can honestly say I never get tired of the views of the iconic monuments or simply witnessing the changing light of sunrise or sunset. While many a dramatic sky has made me grit my teeth in frustration when I'm without my camera, I appreciate the experience regardless of the circumstance.

I had the idea for this photo for a long time but knew the weather had to be just right for it to work out. I always check the weather in anticipation of a colorful sunrise and ideally one without wind. In January, I originally shot two images a day a part and the slight change in weather and temperature changed the end results completely. With the flexibility made possible by living in DC, during a stretch of cold weather in mid-November with leaves still on the trees I decided to attempt this more complex version of my original images. The obvious composition at the Reflecting Pool might be a centered Washington Monument. I prefer the captivating perspective from the edge which includes views of the U.S. Capitol Building and the World War II Memorial at the opposite end of the Reflecting Pool.

This VAST Photo was made by stitching 10 images, each a blend of 3 exposures for the increased dynamic range, and of focus stacked results to achieve focus from the immediate foreground to the U.S. Capitol Building, nearly two miles away. Needless to say, I had to move fast with the changing light. My 200mm Nikon Macro lens, easily the sharpest lens in my arsenal, struggles to auto-focus in low light and I had to go with instinct manually adjusting the focus. Sunrises in Washington, D.C. with the quiet peacefulness as the city awakens make a special time to experience these sights. Capturing four of the most visited symbols of DC together with the tranquility of sunrise make this photo one of my favorites.

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