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A very high resolution, large-format VAST photo print of the Prince of Wales Hotel in Waterton Lakes National Park with smoke from a wildfire in the valley in the background; fine art landscape photograph created by Scott Dimond in Alberta, Canada

Smoke in the Valley

Artist: Scott Dimond
Location: Waterton National Park, Alberta, Canada
Captured: August 31, 2017
Resolution: 4,650 megapixels
Max size: 60x23 ft @ 300ppi

It all started with a lightning strike. That is how the Kenow wildfire in Southeastern British Columbia came to be and that is how my need to get down to Waterton National Park (Alberta, Canada) became more urgent. I have a list of locations that I think will be particularly well suited as subjects for a VAST photo and of course, the decision is always where to go next.

Photographing all the images needed to assemble a VAST photo is a time consuming task that can take hours to shoot. There is always the high risk of sudden changes in the light falling on the scene that can completely ruin any possibility of producing an acceptable final image. Smoke is one element that can reduce the risk of such changes in lighting. So with the many wildfires burning in British Columbia, all of southern Alberta was covered with thick smoke for days and weeks at a time. It was these conditions the convinced me that now was the time to get down to Waterton National Park and create the VAST photo I had in my mind’s eye...  read more

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It all started with a lightning strike. That is how the Kenow wildfire in Southeastern British Columbia came to be and that is how my need to get down to Waterton National Park (Alberta, Canada) became more urgent. I have a list of locations that I think will be particularly well suited as subjects for a VAST photo and of course, the decision is always where to go next.

Photographing all the images needed to assemble a VAST photo is a time consuming task that can take hours to shoot. There is always the high risk of sudden changes in the light falling on the scene that can completely ruin any possibility of producing an acceptable final image. Smoke is one element that can reduce the risk of such changes in lighting. So with the many wildfires burning in British Columbia, all of southern Alberta was covered with thick smoke for days and weeks at a time. It was these conditions the convinced me that now was the time to get down to Waterton National Park and create the VAST photo I had in my mind’s eye...  read more

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A very high resolution, large-format VAST photo print of a stream, waterfall, and rocks; fine art nature photo created by Steve Webster in Red Rock Canyon, Waterton Lakes National Park, Alberta Canada

Red Rock Canyon #3

Artist: Steve Webster
Location: Waterton Lakes National Park, Alberta Canada
Captured: July 6, 2017
Resolution: 5,868 megapixels
Max size: 45x39 ft @ 300ppi

In the heart of Waterton Lakes National Park (located in the province of Alberta, Canada) a small glacier stream has quietly and steadily, over eons of time, cut a deep valley through an iron rich vein of red stone. This place is aptly named Red Rock Canyon and it's my favourite place in the world.

In July 2017 I spent a week in Waterton, specifically photographing the few miles of steep canyon walls colored in a beautiful red hue. I don't usually make color photos - my real passion is black and white - but with a landscape of such striking colors as Red Rock Canyon, a color photograph is needed.

Making VAST photos here is particularly challenging due mostly to the temperature of the water, which comes from local glaciers, making it freezing cold! I wear full wetsuit pants with built in socks when shooting here as it's impossible to stand in the water for more than few seconds otherwise...  read more

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In the heart of Waterton Lakes National Park (located in the province of Alberta, Canada) a small glacier stream has quietly and steadily, over eons of time, cut a deep valley through an iron rich vein of red stone. This place is aptly named Red Rock Canyon and it's my favourite place in the world.

In July 2017 I spent a week in Waterton, specifically photographing the few miles of steep canyon walls colored in a beautiful red hue. I don't usually make color photos - my real passion is black and white - but with a landscape of such striking colors as Red Rock Canyon, a color photograph is needed.

Making VAST photos here is particularly challenging due mostly to the temperature of the water, which comes from local glaciers, making it freezing cold! I wear full wetsuit pants with built in socks when shooting here as it's impossible to stand in the water for more than few seconds otherwise...  read more

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A very high resolution, large-format VAST photo of the World Trade Center and Battery Park City at sunset; fine art skyline photo created by cityscape photographer Dan Piech in New York City

Standing Tall

Artist: Dan Piech
Location: World Trade Center, Battery Park City, New York City
Captured: July 1, 2017
Resolution: 759 megapixels
Max size: 17x13 ft @ 300ppi

This VAST photo has been three years in the making. During that time, I've visited this unique vantage point on no fewer than a dozen occasions, returning each time with photographic results that did not live up to my expectations. Finally, in the summer of 2017, a perfect set of conditions combined to reveal the photograph I had been envisioning ever since I first discovered this location.

As a long-distance runner, I spend a considerable amount of time traversing New York City on foot. While doing this, I'm always keeping an eye out for great photographic perspectives. In August 2014, while running out to the end of the Holland Tunnel mechanical pier, I discovered this wonderfully unique perspective on downtown Manhattan, Battery Park City, and the World Trade Center. I instantly fell in love. Consequently, I knew that I needed to return to capture a photograph that would convey at least a fraction of the scene's beauty. At the time, I didn't realize how difficult that would be...  read more

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This VAST photo has been three years in the making. During that time, I've visited this unique vantage point on no fewer than a dozen occasions, returning each time with photographic results that did not live up to my expectations. Finally, in the summer of 2017, a perfect set of conditions combined to reveal the photograph I had been envisioning ever since I first discovered this location.

As a long-distance runner, I spend a considerable amount of time traversing New York City on foot. While doing this, I'm always keeping an eye out for great photographic perspectives. In August 2014, while running out to the end of the Holland Tunnel mechanical pier, I discovered this wonderfully unique perspective on downtown Manhattan, Battery Park City, and the World Trade Center. I instantly fell in love. Consequently, I knew that I needed to return to capture a photograph that would convey at least a fraction of the scene's beauty. At the time, I didn't realize how difficult that would be...  read more

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A very high resolution, large-format VAST photo of ice and icebergs floating in an ocean bay; black & white fine art landscape photo created by Scott Dimond in La Scie, Newfoundland, Canada

Trapped

Artist: Scott Dimond
Location: La Scie, Newfoundland, Canada
Captured: June 5, 2017
Resolution: 1,580 megapixels
Max size: 37x12 ft @ 300ppi
In April 2017, on the far east coast of Canada, a huge ice pack floated down the coast of Labrador and slammed into the northeast corner of Newfoundland. Made up of thick first-year ice mixed with icebergs of much older ice, it trapped fishing communities with 40 miles of impassable ice. The ice conditions were the worst in living memory and could easily be seen in NASA photographs from space.

The ice severely impacted the fishing, crabbing, and sealing industries as ships could not leave the harbors. But this impact was not just for a week or two. I visited the area during the first week of June, over 45 days since the ice arrived and it had not yet moved.

The ice invasion brought with it unexpected and dangerous visitors. Over a dozen Polar Bears, following seals that inhabited the ice pack, descended on the coastal villages, including one that was spotted walking directly through the town of La Scie, just weeks before my arrival.

On a foggy June evening, just outside the town, I headed for the top of the cliffs with a great view to the north – hoping I wouldn’t encounter any of the polar bears...  read more

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In April 2017, on the far east coast of Canada, a huge ice pack floated down the coast of Labrador and slammed into the northeast corner of Newfoundland. Made up of thick first-year ice mixed with icebergs of much older ice, it trapped fishing communities with 40 miles of impassable ice. The ice conditions were the worst in living memory and could easily be seen in NASA photographs from space.

The ice severely impacted the fishing, crabbing, and sealing industries as ships could not leave the harbors. But this impact was not just for a week or two. I visited the area during the first week of June, over 45 days since the ice arrived and it had not yet moved.

The ice invasion brought with it unexpected and dangerous visitors. Over a dozen Polar Bears, following seals that inhabited the ice pack, descended on the coastal villages, including one that was spotted walking directly through the town of La Scie, just weeks before my arrival.

On a foggy June evening, just outside the town, I headed for the top of the cliffs with a great view to the north – hoping I wouldn’t encounter any of the polar bears...  read more

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A very high resolution, large-format VAST photo of the Milky Way, stars, and night sky over a beach; fine art landscape astrophotograph created by astrophotographer Paul Wilson in Eastern Bays, Banks Peninsula, New Zealand

Scintillate

Artist: Paul Wilson
Location: Eastern Bays, Banks Peninsula, New Zealand
Captured: February 5, 2017
Resolution: 113 megapixels
Max size: 8x4 ft @ 300ppi
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A very high resolution, close-up VAST photo of water droplets on green leaves on the ground in spring; fine art macro photograph created by Dan Piech in the New York Botanical Garden, New York City

Newborn

Artist: Dan Piech
Location: New York Botanical Garden, New York City
Captured: April 27, 2017
Resolution: 344 megapixels
Max size: 14x7 ft @ 300ppi
Few people ever notice the unblemished perfection found in a newborn leaf. Every spring, if the conditions are just right, a new crop of leaves bursts forth and, for a few fleeting days, remains untainted by the elements.

It has been a goal of mine to capture this delicate purity for many years. However, each year, the possibility of finding this state of affairs in the natural world is incredibly slim. A number of factors have to come together for a perfect leaf to naturally form, beginning with an early-spring that is free from harsh frosts or driving rainstorms. Additionally, the leaves need to be in an area that is protected from adverse conditions such as falling debris, high insect activity, poor soil, or any other of a number of issues which could damage the developing foliage.

After spending years neurotically keeping an eye out for the perfect patch of newborn leaves, I finally found them one late-April day in 2017...  read more

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Few people ever notice the unblemished perfection found in a newborn leaf. Every spring, if the conditions are just right, a new crop of leaves bursts forth and, for a few fleeting days, remains untainted by the elements.

It has been a goal of mine to capture this delicate purity for many years. However, each year, the possibility of finding this state of affairs in the natural world is incredibly slim. A number of factors have to come together for a perfect leaf to naturally form, beginning with an early-spring that is free from harsh frosts or driving rainstorms. Additionally, the leaves need to be in an area that is protected from adverse conditions such as falling debris, high insect activity, poor soil, or any other of a number of issues which could damage the developing foliage.

After spending years neurotically keeping an eye out for the perfect patch of newborn leaves, I finally found them one late-April day in 2017...  read more

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A very high resolution, large-format VAST photo of the Downtown San Francisco city skyline at sunset dusk; fine art cityscape photograph created by Justin Katz in California

San Francisco Blue Hour

Artist: Justin Katz
Location: Downtown San Francisco, CA
Captured: March 28, 2017
Resolution: 363 megapixels
Max size: 18x6 ft @ 300ppi
The “blue hour” is that brief but magical moment of twilight, either early in the dawn, or late in the dusk, when the sun is at a significant distance below the horizon and the residual, indirect sunlight takes on a predominantly blue hue. My goal was to create a VAST photo capturing San Francisco at that special moment - but first I had to find the perfect location.

The "City By the Bay" is located on a geologic fault line, which means that there is no shortage of scenic overlooks, dramatic views, and picturesque locations. That being said, Twin Peaks is one of my favorites. It offers a great vantage of the entire downtown San Francisco area, with a straight view down Market Street all the way to the famous Ferry Building. In the background, you can see the recently reinvigorated Bay Bridge, with all its dancing lights.

On this particularly cold evening, I worked my way past the main viewpoint, and down the hillside where I could be in perfect position...  read more

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The “blue hour” is that brief but magical moment of twilight, either early in the dawn, or late in the dusk, when the sun is at a significant distance below the horizon and the residual, indirect sunlight takes on a predominantly blue hue. My goal was to create a VAST photo capturing San Francisco at that special moment - but first I had to find the perfect location.

The "City By the Bay" is located on a geologic fault line, which means that there is no shortage of scenic overlooks, dramatic views, and picturesque locations. That being said, Twin Peaks is one of my favorites. It offers a great vantage of the entire downtown San Francisco area, with a straight view down Market Street all the way to the famous Ferry Building. In the background, you can see the recently reinvigorated Bay Bridge, with all its dancing lights.

On this particularly cold evening, I worked my way past the main viewpoint, and down the hillside where I could be in perfect position...  read more

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A very high resolution, large-format VAST photo of a redwood forest with ferns and a creek; fine art nature photo created by Justin Katz in Montgomery Woods State Reserve, California

Redwoods, Ferns, and Light

Artist: Justin Katz
Location: Montgomery Woods State Reserve, California
Captured: June 23, 2017
Resolution: 536 megapixels
Max size: 19x8 ft @ 300ppi

The Montgomery Redwood Grove is one of only a handful of remaining old-growth redwood groves in this area of Northern California, due to heavy logging that took place in the early 20th century. After the 1906 earthquake, the fires that consumed all of San Francisco meant that the city had to be rebuilt, and that meant lumber. Where there used to be endless groves of gigantic coastal redwoods throughout the Pacific Northwest, now there are only a handful left, preserved by forward-thinking land owners.

The moment I came across this location, I knew that it deserved to become a VAST photo. Up against the creek in a clearing of the redwoods, there was a bed of ferns and a fallen tree. A small footbridge led the path throughout the ferns and across the stream. I knew that I wanted to incorporate all of these elements into the final photo...  read more

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The Montgomery Redwood Grove is one of only a handful of remaining old-growth redwood groves in this area of Northern California, due to heavy logging that took place in the early 20th century. After the 1906 earthquake, the fires that consumed all of San Francisco meant that the city had to be rebuilt, and that meant lumber. Where there used to be endless groves of gigantic coastal redwoods throughout the Pacific Northwest, now there are only a handful left, preserved by forward-thinking land owners.

The moment I came across this location, I knew that it deserved to become a VAST photo. Up against the creek in a clearing of the redwoods, there was a bed of ferns and a fallen tree. A small footbridge led the path throughout the ferns and across the stream. I knew that I wanted to incorporate all of these elements into the final photo...  read more

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An abstract modern art VAST photo of the surreal Midtown Manhattan skyline; very high resolution fine art black and white cityscape photograph created by Dan Piech in New York City

Gotham Square

Artist: Dan Piech
Location: Midtown Manhattan, New York City
Captured: December 31, 2016
Resolution: 5,935 megapixels
Max size: 42x42 ft @ 300ppi
I spent well over one hundred hours meticulously creating this incredibly high resolution photographic artwork by rearranging the Manhattan skyscrapers from "Requiem for 2016: Black & White".

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...  read more

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I spent well over one hundred hours meticulously creating this incredibly high resolution photographic artwork by rearranging the Manhattan skyscrapers from "Requiem for 2016: Black & White".

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...  read more

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A very high resolution, large-format VAST photo of sunset over Quakish Lake in New England; fine art landscape photograph created by Aaron Priest in Millinocket, Maine

Sunset at Quakish Lake

Artist: Aaron Priest
Location: Millinocket, Maine
Captured: May 28, 2013
Resolution: 179 megapixels
Max size: 13x4 ft @ 300ppi

Standing at the edge of the Quakish Lake, you would not know of the treasure that lies beneath, or the commercial industries that have grown and faded over time. This 1,021 acre reservoir in Millinocket, Maine, is a favorite fishing spot amongst the locals. With an average depth of 18 feet and a shore line of almost 17 miles, the bottom is lined with over a million cords of wood that have sunk and been resting there for more than a century. The lake used to be a holding area for logs floating downriver to the Great Northern Paper Company in Millinocket in the early 1900s. Railroads and interstates did not exist yet to transport logs and so rivers and lakes were used. The wood is remarkably preserved by the deep, cold water and lack of sunlight and oxygen. Recently, the lumber has started to be dredged and is highly sought after all around the world for its unique color variations and patinas. What cannot be used for lumber is turned into pulp, biomass to heat local homes, and even shavings for animal bedding.

I had been exploring this area, shooting panoramas at a nearby foot bridge earlier in the afternoon, when I struck up a conversation with some hikers that were passing through and vacationed here every summer. I like to engage with locals and learn more about a region I’m photographing to discover secrets they hold. They knew about this peaceful spot at the end of a peninsula that had a wide, sweeping view of the lake where they liked to fish, and told me of a pair of eagles that lived on a nearby island and loved to swoop in and steal the fish...  read more

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Standing at the edge of the Quakish Lake, you would not know of the treasure that lies beneath, or the commercial industries that have grown and faded over time. This 1,021 acre reservoir in Millinocket, Maine, is a favorite fishing spot amongst the locals. With an average depth of 18 feet and a shore line of almost 17 miles, the bottom is lined with over a million cords of wood that have sunk and been resting there for more than a century. The lake used to be a holding area for logs floating downriver to the Great Northern Paper Company in Millinocket in the early 1900s. Railroads and interstates did not exist yet to transport logs and so rivers and lakes were used. The wood is remarkably preserved by the deep, cold water and lack of sunlight and oxygen. Recently, the lumber has started to be dredged and is highly sought after all around the world for its unique color variations and patinas. What cannot be used for lumber is turned into pulp, biomass to heat local homes, and even shavings for animal bedding.

I had been exploring this area, shooting panoramas at a nearby foot bridge earlier in the afternoon, when I struck up a conversation with some hikers that were passing through and vacationed here every summer. I like to engage with locals and learn more about a region I’m photographing to discover secrets they hold. They knew about this peaceful spot at the end of a peninsula that had a wide, sweeping view of the lake where they liked to fish, and told me of a pair of eagles that lived on a nearby island and loved to swoop in and steal the fish...  read more

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