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426 megapixels! A very high resolution, large-format VAST photo print of a beautiful sky with wavy, peaceful, and soothing clouds at sunset while an airplane takes off in the distance; artistic photograph created by Dan Piech in New York City

Aloft, 5

426 MEGAPIXEL VAST PHOTO
New York City
June 22, 2019

Dan Piech's "Aloft" series captures the breathtaking grandeur of the skies that so many of us take for granted as we soar through the air.

From his Manhattan home in Tribeca, Dan has an unobstructed view of one of the most trafficked airspaces on the planet. With sight-lines to numerous air routes, he has studied the New York sky and the planes that fill it for years. His series focuses on the best moments when sky and plane speak to one another.

As part of the VAST artist collective, Dan uses advanced imaging techniques and equipment to create the photos for his Aloft series at incredibly high resolutions, often dozens of times higher resolution than ordinary photos. This enables the prints from the photos to be perfectly sharp even at very large sizes.

Backdropped by the heavens, the tiny planes in Aloft humble us and remind of us of our place on this beautiful planet.

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Dan Piech's "Aloft" series captures the breathtaking grandeur of the skies that so many of us take for granted as we soar through the air.

From his Manhattan home in Tribeca, Dan has an unobstructed view of one of the most trafficked airspaces on the planet. With sight-lines to numerous air routes, he has studied the New York sky and the planes that fill it for years. His series focuses on the best moments when sky and plane speak to one another.

As part of the VAST artist collective, Dan uses advanced imaging techniques and equipment to create the photos for his Aloft series at incredibly high resolutions, often dozens of times higher resolution than ordinary photos. This enables the prints from the photos to be perfectly sharp even at very large sizes.

Backdropped by the heavens, the tiny planes in Aloft humble us and remind of us of our place on this beautiful planet.

Explore the full Aloft series here.

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1153 megapixels! A very high resolution, large-format VAST photo print of poppy wildflowers on the rolling hills and valleys of Walker Canyon; landscape photograph created by Jim Tarpo in Walker Canyon, California

Walker Canyon Poppies Superbloom

1,153 MEGAPIXEL VAST PHOTO
Walker Canyon, California
March 19, 2019

The spring of 2019 in California will go down as one of the most abundant super blooms the state has ever experienced. With the crowds at Walker Canyon causing road closures and other general havoc to this normally quite area near Lake Elsinore, it took a bit of planning and some good fortune to capture this rare proliferation of wild flowers on the hillsides. Fortunately I arrived during a brief window of time on Tuesday, March 19 when the roads were still open. I was able to make off with this crazy large panorama of the poppies covering everything that meets the eye. The bright orange bloom is beautifully accented with patches of purple Wild Canterbury Bells.

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The spring of 2019 in California will go down as one of the most abundant super blooms the state has ever experienced. With the crowds at Walker Canyon causing road closures and other general havoc to this normally quite area near Lake Elsinore, it took a bit of planning and some good fortune to capture this rare proliferation of wild flowers on the hillsides. Fortunately I arrived during a brief window of time on Tuesday, March 19 when the roads were still open. I was able to make off with this crazy large panorama of the poppies covering everything that meets the eye. The bright orange bloom is beautifully accented with patches of purple Wild Canterbury Bells.

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523 megapixels! A very high resolution, large-format VAST photo print of Venice, Italy with the Campanile di San Marco, canals, and boats; fine art cityscape photograph created by Justin Katz in Venice, Italy

Venice, Italy Skyline

523 MEGAPIXEL VAST PHOTO
Church of San Giorgo Maggiore, Venice, Italy
May 6, 2019

238 megapixels! A very high resolution artistic photograph of a Gibson Les Paul guitar; VAST photo created by Phil Crawshay

Les Gibson

238 MEGAPIXEL VAST PHOTO
June 6th 2019

Another addition to my series of classic objects which in this case features the Gibson Les Paul guitar. Hyper detailed image of this classic instrument that is the sound of classic rock. This particular guitar is a super custom with fine tuning tail piece, roller bridge and custom abalone knobs.

The Gibson Les Paul began it's life in the early 1950's and went on to be one of the most iconic guitars of all time. Favored by many prominent guitarists from the blues and classic rock genre due to it's full bodied sound which arose from the use of twin humbucker pickups as opposed to the single coil that was used by the Fenders of that era.

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Another addition to my series of classic objects which in this case features the Gibson Les Paul guitar. Hyper detailed image of this classic instrument that is the sound of classic rock. This particular guitar is a super custom with fine tuning tail piece, roller bridge and custom abalone knobs.

The Gibson Les Paul began it's life in the early 1950's and went on to be one of the most iconic guitars of all time. Favored by many prominent guitarists from the blues and classic rock genre due to it's full bodied sound which arose from the use of twin humbucker pickups as opposed to the single coil that was used by the Fenders of that era.

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424 megapixels! A very high resolution photo of a gemstone; VAST photo and fine art print created by Steph Mantis

Ruby Island

424 MEGAPIXEL VAST PHOTO
2019

This VAST photo belongs to the Physis series of VAST photos from artist Steph Mantis.

Physis is a Greek term woven through theology, philosophy, and science, representing the primal growth force of nature. It is often translated into English as simply “nature.” The term stands in opposition to nomos meaning “law” or “custom.” These contrasting terms call forth a debate on which elements of human existence are natural and which are due to social convention.

Of physis, Plato remarked, “Because those who use the term [physis] mean to say that nature is the first creative power; but if the soul turns out to be the primeval element, and not fire or air, then in the truest sense and beyond other things the soul may be said to exist by nature.”

With this body of work, Mantis presents never-before-seen imagery of gemstones captured using innovative photomicroscopy techniques. From these found compositions, subjects seem “to grow or appear” in unique ways, exercising the viewer's imagination and providing an opportunity for self-reflection at a deeper level.

But what are we reflecting? Do we find ourselves in the chaos? The abstract? In the ideas we name? Or are we more than what we see and feel and know? Physis suggests we are.

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This VAST photo belongs to the Physis series of VAST photos from artist Steph Mantis.

Physis is a Greek term woven through theology, philosophy, and science, representing the primal growth force of nature. It is often translated into English as simply “nature.” The term stands in opposition to nomos meaning “law” or “custom.” These contrasting terms call forth a debate on which elements of human existence are natural and which are due to social convention.

Of physis, Plato remarked, “Because those who use the term [physis] mean to say that nature is the first creative power; but if the soul turns out to be the primeval element, and not fire or air, then in the truest sense and beyond other things the soul may be said to exist by nature.”

With this body of work, Mantis presents never-before-seen imagery of gemstones captured using innovative photomicroscopy techniques. From these found compositions, subjects seem “to grow or appear” in unique ways, exercising the viewer's imagination and providing an opportunity for self-reflection at a deeper level.

But what are we reflecting? Do we find ourselves in the chaos? The abstract? In the ideas we name? Or are we more than what we see and feel and know? Physis suggests we are.

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119 megapixels! A very high resolution artwork inspird by maternity themes; VAST photo and fine art print created by Steph Mantis

Birth

119 MEGAPIXEL VAST PHOTO
2019

421 megapixels! A very high resolution abstract nature photo of a gemstone; VAST photo and fine art print created by Steph Mantis

Crown

421 MEGAPIXEL VAST PHOTO
2019

180 megapixels! A very high resolution photographic artwork inspired by science; VAST photo and fine art print created by Steph Mantis

Flow

180 MEGAPIXEL VAST PHOTO
2019

291 megapixels! A very high resolution photo of a rock inspired by geology artwork; VAST photo and fine art print created by Steph Mantis

Earth Is Like a Drum

291 MEGAPIXEL VAST PHOTO
2019

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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