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245 megapixels! A very high resolution, large-format VAST photo of the United States Capitol building at sunset; fine art photograph created by Tim Lo Monaco in Washington, D.C.

Capitol Sunset

245 MEGAPIXEL VAST PHOTO
United States Capitol, Washington, D.C., USA
February 3, 2019

The United States Capitol Building, home of the United States Congress and legislative branch of the federal government. With its distinctive neoclassical style architecture, it was originally completed in 1800. It has been expanded over time with the Capitol Dome, and completed in 1863 after being adorned by the Statue of Freedom that sits atop the dome. Arguably the most recognizable building in the United States, the Capitol Building attracts millions of visitors per year.

I've truly taken for granted growing up in Arlington, Virginia, a mere bridge crossing away from Washington, D.C. As my passion for travel has grown over the years, so has my appreciation for what I have at home, especially since moving into D.C. proper in 2015. Being local, I have the luxury to be picky about when and what I shoot in this tourist-friendly city.

After spending a day sightseeing with the kids downtown, I made a strategic stop by the Capitol to both enjoy the inspiring and architecturally impressive building with my children and to get a feel for the Capitol Police on duty. I could sense it would be a good sunset that cold winter day. Being Super Bowl Sunday, I thought it wouldn't be too crowded so I returned that evening with fingers crossed that the Capitol Police would allow me to use my tripod. I was fortunate that day with both the officers on duty and the sky, and I was able to capture a tighter shot of the building with a vibrant sunset.

Standing in front of the Capitol of the United States of America brings a mix of emotions, among those national pride as well as awe of the structure itself. I wanted to mix two elements to make this dynamic image. While winter can oftentimes bring overcast and gloomy days, it also can bring some of the most beautiful skies with bold red, pink, and orange colors. The opportunity to photograph the vibrant winter sunset along with the splendor of one of the most iconic buildings in the United States was the icing on the cake of a great day in Washington, D.C.

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The United States Capitol Building, home of the United States Congress and legislative branch of the federal government. With its distinctive neoclassical style architecture, it was originally completed in 1800. It has been expanded over time with the Capitol Dome, and completed in 1863 after being adorned by the Statue of Freedom that sits atop the dome. Arguably the most recognizable building in the United States, the Capitol Building attracts millions of visitors per year.

I've truly taken for granted growing up in Arlington, Virginia, a mere bridge crossing away from Washington, D.C. As my passion for travel has grown over the years, so has my appreciation for what I have at home, especially since moving into D.C. proper in 2015. Being local, I have the luxury to be picky about when and what I shoot in this tourist-friendly city.

After spending a day sightseeing with the kids downtown, I made a strategic stop by the Capitol to both enjoy the inspiring and architecturally impressive building with my children and to get a feel for the Capitol Police on duty. I could sense it would be a good sunset that cold winter day. Being Super Bowl Sunday, I thought it wouldn't be too crowded so I returned that evening with fingers crossed that the Capitol Police would allow me to use my tripod. I was fortunate that day with both the officers on duty and the sky, and I was able to capture a tighter shot of the building with a vibrant sunset.

Standing in front of the Capitol of the United States of America brings a mix of emotions, among those national pride as well as awe of the structure itself. I wanted to mix two elements to make this dynamic image. While winter can oftentimes bring overcast and gloomy days, it also can bring some of the most beautiful skies with bold red, pink, and orange colors. The opportunity to photograph the vibrant winter sunset along with the splendor of one of the most iconic buildings in the United States was the icing on the cake of a great day in Washington, D.C.

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182 megapixels! A very high resolution, large-format VAST photo of a very big Oak tree; nature photograph created by Tim Lo Monaco in Angel Oak Park, Johns Island, South Carolina, USA

Angel Oak

182 MEGAPIXEL VAST PHOTO
Angel Oak Park, Johns Island, South Carolina, USA
August 11, 2018

Angel Oak, on Johns Island, nearby Charleston, South Carolina. This southern live oak is estimated to be nearly 500 years old, stand 66.5 ft (20 m) tall, measures 28 ft (8.5m) in circumference, and produces shade that covers 17,200 square feet (1,600 m2). Its longest branch distance is 187 ft in length.

Statistical facts aside, words and imagery fail to capture the beauty and grandeur of this tree. This evergreen tree is native to the southeastern United States. One must witness this tree firsthand to fully appreciate it. I've always been fascinated with trees, Oaks in particular. When I first heard of Angel Oak and its massive and gnarly branches, I knew I wanted to photograph it.

I took the opportunity to take a large detour to Charleston while on a trip to North Carolina in 2013. While it was great to experience this huge southern live oak tree in person, I was unhappy with the photos I came home with.

Needless to say, it felt good to satisfy a five-year itch when I was able to return in 2018. This time I knew I had to get my shot, and the only way to do this tree justice was to make a composite VAST photo, to both provide the perspective I wanted as well as the ability to print it on large scale as to display it in the form this tree warrants. I wanted to emphasize the immense trunk and beautiful intertwining branches, each branch being the size of a substantial tree. This tree must be protected by angels to withstand hurricanes and other environmental and human pressures over hundreds of years to have the grace that it does today.

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Angel Oak, on Johns Island, nearby Charleston, South Carolina. This southern live oak is estimated to be nearly 500 years old, stand 66.5 ft (20 m) tall, measures 28 ft (8.5m) in circumference, and produces shade that covers 17,200 square feet (1,600 m2). Its longest branch distance is 187 ft in length.

Statistical facts aside, words and imagery fail to capture the beauty and grandeur of this tree. This evergreen tree is native to the southeastern United States. One must witness this tree firsthand to fully appreciate it. I've always been fascinated with trees, Oaks in particular. When I first heard of Angel Oak and its massive and gnarly branches, I knew I wanted to photograph it.

I took the opportunity to take a large detour to Charleston while on a trip to North Carolina in 2013. While it was great to experience this huge southern live oak tree in person, I was unhappy with the photos I came home with.

Needless to say, it felt good to satisfy a five-year itch when I was able to return in 2018. This time I knew I had to get my shot, and the only way to do this tree justice was to make a composite VAST photo, to both provide the perspective I wanted as well as the ability to print it on large scale as to display it in the form this tree warrants. I wanted to emphasize the immense trunk and beautiful intertwining branches, each branch being the size of a substantial tree. This tree must be protected by angels to withstand hurricanes and other environmental and human pressures over hundreds of years to have the grace that it does today.

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128 megapixels! A very high resolution, large-format VAST photo of fall foliage in the Appalachian mountains at sunrise on Skyline Drive in Shenandoah National Park; landscape panorama photograph created by Tim Lo Monaco in Rappahannock County, Virginia

Appalachian Sunrise

128 MEGAPIXEL VAST PHOTO
Skyline Drive, Shenandoah National Park, Rappahannock County, Virginia
October 28, 2016

The Appalachian Mountains is the oldest mountain range in North America. Once as tall as the Alps, millions of years of ice and water wore down these mountains into the beautiful rolling hills and broad valleys that we see today. This particular view is from the Range View Overlook in Skyline Drive, in Shenandoah National Park, Virginia. Skyline Drive is a small section of the greater Blue Ridge Parkway that winds into southwest Virginia and North Carolina into the Smokey Mountains.

During a two-day bicycle ride through the 105-mile scenic highway, I stopped at many of the overlooks I could find to enjoy the views (and to get much needed respite from the climbing!) This was my favorite view from the trip, with the many layers of the mountain range and a lone farm in the valley. I took a few pictures with my cell phone so I could find this place again to later create this image.

While not a direct easterly view, I knew this spot would boast a great sunrise in October with the fall foliage changing color. About a 1.5-hour drive from Washington, D.C., I left in the early morning hours to arrive by sunrise. Part of the beauty here is the remote location in itself. The downside to that was the incredible difficulty in finding this same spot, even with my bright headlights. I could barely see where the winding road led, and the GPS failed to find any signal. Fortunately, I found my way to this scenic overlook through memory as the sun began to rise and I waited until the sun provided the warmer golden glow on the range to capture this image with the purple hues in the sky and deep orange cast on the trees in the ridge this cool autumn morning.

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The Appalachian Mountains is the oldest mountain range in North America. Once as tall as the Alps, millions of years of ice and water wore down these mountains into the beautiful rolling hills and broad valleys that we see today. This particular view is from the Range View Overlook in Skyline Drive, in Shenandoah National Park, Virginia. Skyline Drive is a small section of the greater Blue Ridge Parkway that winds into southwest Virginia and North Carolina into the Smokey Mountains.

During a two-day bicycle ride through the 105-mile scenic highway, I stopped at many of the overlooks I could find to enjoy the views (and to get much needed respite from the climbing!) This was my favorite view from the trip, with the many layers of the mountain range and a lone farm in the valley. I took a few pictures with my cell phone so I could find this place again to later create this image.

While not a direct easterly view, I knew this spot would boast a great sunrise in October with the fall foliage changing color. About a 1.5-hour drive from Washington, D.C., I left in the early morning hours to arrive by sunrise. Part of the beauty here is the remote location in itself. The downside to that was the incredible difficulty in finding this same spot, even with my bright headlights. I could barely see where the winding road led, and the GPS failed to find any signal. Fortunately, I found my way to this scenic overlook through memory as the sun began to rise and I waited until the sun provided the warmer golden glow on the range to capture this image with the purple hues in the sky and deep orange cast on the trees in the ridge this cool autumn morning.

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917 megapixels! A very high resolution, large-format VAST photo print of Florence, Italy at Sunset with the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, The Palazzo Vecchio, and the Arno river; fine art cityscape landscape photograph created by Justin Katz in Florence, Tuscany, Italy

Florence, Italy at Sunset

917 MEGAPIXEL VAST PHOTO
Piazzale Michelangelo, Florence, Toscana, Italy
May 7, 2019

Florence, Italy is a magical city. There is something about the pace of life and attitude of the inhabitants here that convince you that they know something the rest of us don't.

Once you get away from the tourist-y attractions and find yourself wandering the stone streets where the people of Florence actually live, there is an unmistakable charm that makes you forget you are actually in a city. Instead, as you eat one unbelievable meal after another and open up another bottle of incredible local wine, you feel like you are in a small intimate town.

This city holds a special place in my heart, so on this most recent trip back, I knew I had to complete an ultra-high resolution VAST photo of the Florence city skyline to try and capture the extraordinary detail and beauty that this city has to offer.

From the Piazzale Michelangelo on the south side of the river, you get a sweeping view of the city, and are able to see in incredible high resolution detail all of the famous locations and attractions. This includes the Basilica of Santa Croce all the way on the right, the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore with its beautiful red-tiled dome (the "duomo"), and even Ponte Vecchio, the famous bridge filled with high-end shops and wonderful views of both sides of the embankments of the Arno river.

Captured right as the sun was beginning to set on a windy evening in May, and with some dramatic clouds to create a bit of interest in the sky, this ultra-high resolution VAST photo brings into vivid detail all of the wonderful elements that make Florence such an incredible city to visit. I am already planning my next trip to return here.

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Florence, Italy is a magical city. There is something about the pace of life and attitude of the inhabitants here that convince you that they know something the rest of us don't.

Once you get away from the tourist-y attractions and find yourself wandering the stone streets where the people of Florence actually live, there is an unmistakable charm that makes you forget you are actually in a city. Instead, as you eat one unbelievable meal after another and open up another bottle of incredible local wine, you feel like you are in a small intimate town.

This city holds a special place in my heart, so on this most recent trip back, I knew I had to complete an ultra-high resolution VAST photo of the Florence city skyline to try and capture the extraordinary detail and beauty that this city has to offer.

From the Piazzale Michelangelo on the south side of the river, you get a sweeping view of the city, and are able to see in incredible high resolution detail all of the famous locations and attractions. This includes the Basilica of Santa Croce all the way on the right, the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore with its beautiful red-tiled dome (the "duomo"), and even Ponte Vecchio, the famous bridge filled with high-end shops and wonderful views of both sides of the embankments of the Arno river.

Captured right as the sun was beginning to set on a windy evening in May, and with some dramatic clouds to create a bit of interest in the sky, this ultra-high resolution VAST photo brings into vivid detail all of the wonderful elements that make Florence such an incredible city to visit. I am already planning my next trip to return here.

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387 megapixels! A very high resolution artistic photograph of a Fender guitar; VAST photo created by Phil Crawshay

Fender

387 MEGAPIXEL VAST PHOTO
February 1, 2012

I am also a music producer in my other life and one evening I decided to take this hyper detailed shot of my made in USA Fender Stratocaster. I have this very piece adorning the wall of my studio and it always reminds me that I love to photographs objects that I love.

The classic Fender Stratocaster, designed in 1954 and synonymous with well known guitar players across many genres but perhaps most known as the guitar of choice of Jimi Hendrix.

This particular model is a made in USA HSS version and features a lacquered maple neck. The HSS stands for humbucker / single / single which relates to the type of pickups installed. Earlier Stratocasters were nearly always made in the SSS configuration (single / single / single). The addition of a Humbucker allows for greater output and reduced noise.

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I am also a music producer in my other life and one evening I decided to take this hyper detailed shot of my made in USA Fender Stratocaster. I have this very piece adorning the wall of my studio and it always reminds me that I love to photographs objects that I love.

The classic Fender Stratocaster, designed in 1954 and synonymous with well known guitar players across many genres but perhaps most known as the guitar of choice of Jimi Hendrix.

This particular model is a made in USA HSS version and features a lacquered maple neck. The HSS stands for humbucker / single / single which relates to the type of pickups installed. Earlier Stratocasters were nearly always made in the SSS configuration (single / single / single). The addition of a Humbucker allows for greater output and reduced noise.

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402 megapixels! A very high resolution panorama landscape photo of Bryce Canyon National Park with a rainbow; VAST photo created by Phil Crawshay in Bryce Canyon, Utah

Terracotta Army

402 MEGAPIXEL VAST PHOTO
Bryce Canyon, Utah
September 3, 2016

I find that clouds and inclement weather is definitely a photographer's friend as they add drama and interest.
Luckily I had my camera rig set up in time for an approaching rain storm which produced a fantastic rainbow, plus the added benefit was that the storm was way off in the distance and I remained dry!

Bryce Canyon is located in Utah nearby to Zion Canyon. The view here is the amphitheater featuring many hoodoos, formed by weather and water erosion. This view reminds me of the Terracotta Army in China, hence the title of the piece.

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I find that clouds and inclement weather is definitely a photographer's friend as they add drama and interest.
Luckily I had my camera rig set up in time for an approaching rain storm which produced a fantastic rainbow, plus the added benefit was that the storm was way off in the distance and I remained dry!

Bryce Canyon is located in Utah nearby to Zion Canyon. The view here is the amphitheater featuring many hoodoos, formed by weather and water erosion. This view reminds me of the Terracotta Army in China, hence the title of the piece.

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321 megapixels! A very high resolution, large-format VAST photo print of a snowy mountain scene with glaciers, blue sky, and clouds; fine art landscape photograph created by Alexandre Deschaumes at El Chalten in Los Glaciares National Park, Argentina, Patagonia

La montagne Ciselée

321 MEGAPIXEL VAST PHOTO
Los Glaciares National Park, Argentina, Patagonia
April 12, 2015

Althought the light and the point of view are quite common, I like the sense of scale here . The mightiness of the mountains , of rock and ice.
We can see some people on the moraine ( bottom right ) to imagine the scale. They are hiking to "Laguna de los tres".

This is Poincenot and Fitz Roy Mountain.

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Althought the light and the point of view are quite common, I like the sense of scale here . The mightiness of the mountains , of rock and ice.
We can see some people on the moraine ( bottom right ) to imagine the scale. They are hiking to "Laguna de los tres".

This is Poincenot and Fitz Roy Mountain.

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1,148 megapixels! A very high resolution, large-format VAST photo print of a snowy winter scene with evergreen trees coated in fresh snow; fine art nature photograph created by Scott Dimond in Mistaya Canyon, Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada

White Wonder at Mistaya

1,148 MEGAPIXEL VAST PHOTO
Mistaya Canyon, Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada
January 6, 2019

January 4th, 2019 brought a huge snowfall to Banff National Park. The 80+ cm (31.5 inches) of fresh snow made travel impossible on the mountain roads and in fact, the famous Icefields Parkway (Hwy 93) was closed for several days. At the first notice of the reopening of the Icefields Parkway, I headed for Banff National Park, knowing full well that the huge snowfall would present some wonderful photo opportunities.

My first stop was to photograph Castle Mountain about half-way between the townsites of Banff and Lake Louise. Check out the photo “Castle Mountain Sunrise” to see the result.

After photographing Castle Mountain, I headed up the just re-opened Icefields Parkway. The amount of new snow was incredible. In some places, the snow plows had only been able to cut a single lane through the huge drifts. After a long drive and frequent stops to photograph some other snow-covered areas along the way, I arrived at Mistaya Canyon, a beautiful and accessible canyon that is known for its distinctive curvy canyon walls. When I arrival, I was super excited to see that I would be the first visitor to the canyon since the huge snowfall/road closure, as the trailhead was untouched and under a meter (3 feet) of fresh snow.

With my camera gear and my special VAST equipment on my back, I donned my snowshoes and made my way downhill the bridge that crosses the Mistaya River and the canyon below. Once there, I setup my VAST equipment on the bridge and as it started to snow again, I worked quickly to capture over 600 images in just under 40 minutes. All those images would be necessary to assemble this high-resolution image with incredible depth of focus. Once the photo taking was over, I sat and enjoyed the view in complete solitude for quite some time. It was quiet and peaceful. There is just something I love about white fresh untouched snow in the mountains.

Scott is an award-winning photographer, world-renowned teacher of specialty imaging techniques, and computer scientist. His images have appeared in magazines and books around the world and his fine art prints adorn the walls of homes and businesses alike. In 2015, Scott received the prestigious international award of “Panoramic Photographer of the Year” by Kolor for his pioneering work in the field of high-resolution image-making.

Living next to the Canadian Rocky Mountains and Banff National Park, Scott spent many years focusing his photography purely on their natural beauty.

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January 4th, 2019 brought a huge snowfall to Banff National Park. The 80+ cm (31.5 inches) of fresh snow made travel impossible on the mountain roads and in fact, the famous Icefields Parkway (Hwy 93) was closed for several days. At the first notice of the reopening of the Icefields Parkway, I headed for Banff National Park, knowing full well that the huge snowfall would present some wonderful photo opportunities.

My first stop was to photograph Castle Mountain about half-way between the townsites of Banff and Lake Louise. Check out the photo “Castle Mountain Sunrise” to see the result.

After photographing Castle Mountain, I headed up the just re-opened Icefields Parkway. The amount of new snow was incredible. In some places, the snow plows had only been able to cut a single lane through the huge drifts. After a long drive and frequent stops to photograph some other snow-covered areas along the way, I arrived at Mistaya Canyon, a beautiful and accessible canyon that is known for its distinctive curvy canyon walls. When I arrival, I was super excited to see that I would be the first visitor to the canyon since the huge snowfall/road closure, as the trailhead was untouched and under a meter (3 feet) of fresh snow.

With my camera gear and my special VAST equipment on my back, I donned my snowshoes and made my way downhill the bridge that crosses the Mistaya River and the canyon below. Once there, I setup my VAST equipment on the bridge and as it started to snow again, I worked quickly to capture over 600 images in just under 40 minutes. All those images would be necessary to assemble this high-resolution image with incredible depth of focus. Once the photo taking was over, I sat and enjoyed the view in complete solitude for quite some time. It was quiet and peaceful. There is just something I love about white fresh untouched snow in the mountains.

Scott is an award-winning photographer, world-renowned teacher of specialty imaging techniques, and computer scientist. His images have appeared in magazines and books around the world and his fine art prints adorn the walls of homes and businesses alike. In 2015, Scott received the prestigious international award of “Panoramic Photographer of the Year” by Kolor for his pioneering work in the field of high-resolution image-making.

Living next to the Canadian Rocky Mountains and Banff National Park, Scott spent many years focusing his photography purely on their natural beauty.

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216 megapixels! A very high resolution photo of the beach and ocean under a pier; VAST photo created by Phil Crawshay in Naples Pier, Florida, USA

Infinity

216 MEGAPIXEL VAST PHOTO
Naples Pier, Florida, USA
March 28, 2016

Under the pier at Naples Beach, Florida photographed at sunset and featuring a beautifully colored sky.

The hardest part about these large format shots is that in areas like these, people will be constantly getting in shot. To combat this I will take the shot manually, pausing between each location to wait for that person to move. If they don't move, then I will take the shot again and superimpose that shot with the previous one so I can effectively 'rub out' the obstruction. Because of all of this, this capture took a long time to do but it was certainly worth it as the sky provided some fantastic colors and shapes.

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Under the pier at Naples Beach, Florida photographed at sunset and featuring a beautifully colored sky.

The hardest part about these large format shots is that in areas like these, people will be constantly getting in shot. To combat this I will take the shot manually, pausing between each location to wait for that person to move. If they don't move, then I will take the shot again and superimpose that shot with the previous one so I can effectively 'rub out' the obstruction. Because of all of this, this capture took a long time to do but it was certainly worth it as the sky provided some fantastic colors and shapes.

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506 megapixels! A very high resolution fine art photograph of an old iconic bus that is emblamatic of Texas culture; VAST photo created by Phil Crawshay in Texas

Broken Bus

506 MEGAPIXEL VAST PHOTO
October 1, 2011

For years, this bus used to be a common photographic spot for people and was quite the local treasure in Austin, Texas. Parked outside the famous Broken Spoke and with an old pumping jack in the background, the scene was set for a classic piece of Americana, that was until the owner of this bus took it away in the middle of the night. To this day, nobody really knows why he took it but I am told that it resides somewhere in San Antonio.

The bus featured here is a Flxible (pronounced Flexible) Clipper from the 1950's made by the Flxible Co from Loudonville, Ohio. The company originally manufactured motorcycle sidecars, hearses and ambulances. This model of bus has a huge following with many having been restored or converted into camper vans.

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For years, this bus used to be a common photographic spot for people and was quite the local treasure in Austin, Texas. Parked outside the famous Broken Spoke and with an old pumping jack in the background, the scene was set for a classic piece of Americana, that was until the owner of this bus took it away in the middle of the night. To this day, nobody really knows why he took it but I am told that it resides somewhere in San Antonio.

The bus featured here is a Flxible (pronounced Flexible) Clipper from the 1950's made by the Flxible Co from Loudonville, Ohio. The company originally manufactured motorcycle sidecars, hearses and ambulances. This model of bus has a huge following with many having been restored or converted into camper vans.

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210 megapixels! A very high resolution nature photo of a waterfall with a bridge over it in a forest; VAST photo created by Phil Crawshay in Multnomah Falls, Portland, Oregon

Multnomah Falls

210 MEGAPIXEL VAST PHOTO
Multnomah Falls, Portland Oregon
October 16, 2015

The first of a series of waterfalls along the Columbia River Gorge in Portland, Oregon. Accessible from the historic Columbia River Gorge Highway it spans two tiers and is the largest waterfall in Oregon at 620 feet. The bridge was built by Italian stonemasons and was financed by a Portland local, Simon Benson.

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The first of a series of waterfalls along the Columbia River Gorge in Portland, Oregon. Accessible from the historic Columbia River Gorge Highway it spans two tiers and is the largest waterfall in Oregon at 620 feet. The bridge was built by Italian stonemasons and was financed by a Portland local, Simon Benson.

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330 megapixels! A very high resolution landscape photo of desert sand dunes; VAST photo created by Phil Crawshay in Great Sand Dunes National Park, Colorado, USA

Turkish Delight

330 MEGAPIXEL VAST PHOTO
Great Sand Dunes National Park, Colorado, USA
September 7, 2016

Travelling back from Utah after an exhausting 2 week photo trip I decided to travel back to Texas via Colorado to check out this place after some advice from a good friend.
I was certainly glad I did as this was a truly magical place that had formed from years of wind blowing dust off the distant mountains. I was also rewarded by some fantastic cloud formations which always adds real drama to a capture.

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Travelling back from Utah after an exhausting 2 week photo trip I decided to travel back to Texas via Colorado to check out this place after some advice from a good friend.
I was certainly glad I did as this was a truly magical place that had formed from years of wind blowing dust off the distant mountains. I was also rewarded by some fantastic cloud formations which always adds real drama to a capture.

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A very high resolution microscopic photo artwork; VAST photo created by Steph Mantis & Dan Piech

Awaken: Turquoise

130 MEGAPIXEL VAST PHOTO
2019

Imbued with the captivating energy that artists Steph Mantis and Dan Piech bring to their work, the Awaken series of VAST photos represents a collaboration of creative and technical mastery. The series explores the artistic beauty of microscopic selenite crystals photographed at extraordinarily high resolutions using specialty equipment and innovative techniques.

Selenite (Latin for "moonstone") has unique molecular properties that produce elegant crystalline structures and brilliant refractive properties. When combined with Mantis and Piech's meticulously constructed setup of lights, colored filters, microscopes, and cameras, these properties produce stunning imagery that elevates the mood and captures the imagination.

Designed to be showcased as sets, the rich colors and powerful compositional language used throughout the series usher viewers to discover tranquility from chaos, beauty from the unseen, and meaning from the abstract.

Explore the full Awaken series here.

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Imbued with the captivating energy that artists Steph Mantis and Dan Piech bring to their work, the Awaken series of VAST photos represents a collaboration of creative and technical mastery. The series explores the artistic beauty of microscopic selenite crystals photographed at extraordinarily high resolutions using specialty equipment and innovative techniques.

Selenite (Latin for "moonstone") has unique molecular properties that produce elegant crystalline structures and brilliant refractive properties. When combined with Mantis and Piech's meticulously constructed setup of lights, colored filters, microscopes, and cameras, these properties produce stunning imagery that elevates the mood and captures the imagination.

Designed to be showcased as sets, the rich colors and powerful compositional language used throughout the series usher viewers to discover tranquility from chaos, beauty from the unseen, and meaning from the abstract.

Explore the full Awaken series here.

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690 megapixels! A very high resolution, large-format VAST photo of a cozy winter scene with a snow covered forest, icy lake, a warm ski cabin in the woods, and snowy mountains; large-format photo print created at twilight by Scott Dimond in Yoho National Park, British Columbia, Canada

Twilight at Emerald Lake

690 MEGAPIXEL VAST PHOTO
Yoho National Park, British Columbia, Canada
December 28, 2018

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