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A Fire Sky in New York

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Midtown Manhattan, New York City

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981 megapixels! A very high definition cityscape VAST photo of the Midtown East Manhattan city skyline and East River during a beautiful sunset in New York City; created by Dan Piech

A Fire Sky in New York

981 MEGAPIXEL VAST PHOTO
Midtown Manhattan, New York City
The idyllic residential communities of East Midtown Manhattan are some of the most famous in the world. I wanted to get a shot with the evening sun streaming down one of the streets, so I went over to Roosevelt Island in the East River. Unfortunately, the island has tall fences and embankment walls that make it difficult to position yourself for a well-composed shot. Furthermore, the wispy afternoon clouds I hoped to capture during sunset were quickly giving way to heavy cloud banks.

I was about to give up on the shot when I noticed the clouds on the horizon beginning to dissipate. Hoping for the best and never underestimating the importance of getting the correct photographic angle, I climbed over a fence and down an embankment wall into the East River. Standing on a submerged rock, I assembled my tripod and gear amid swells from passing barges and the rising tide. As the sun appeared beneath the cloud banks, New York bore witness to a few stunning moments of beauty. An enormous halo of light streamed up from between the cloud banks, lighting up the sky like a fire.

I worked furiously to capture hundreds of photos during the fleeting moments - many of which I later stitched together to create this 981-megapixel image. Throughout this scene, you'll find a couple embracing on the esplanade, a reader enjoying a good book on their 50th floor balcony, a group of people having a bbq party, and much more - all of them partaking in this magical moment with us.
Date & TimeJune 15, 2016:  7:57pm
LocationMidtown Manhattan, New York City
Coordinates40.753509, -73.959102
Focal Length135mm
Aperturef/4
Shutter Speed1/100
ISO100
Number of Exposures71

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Total Pixels980,973,430
Horizontal Pixels49,382
Vertical Pixels19,865
Aspect Ratio2.49 : 1
File Size5,606 MB
Width @ 300ppi (perfect)13.72 feet
Height @ 300ppi5.52 feet
Width @ 150ppi (near-perfect)27.43 feet
Height @ 150ppi11.04 feet

Date & TimeJune 15, 2016:  7:57pm
LocationMidtown Manhattan, New York City
Coordinates40.753509, -73.959102
Focal Length135mm
Aperturef/4
Shutter Speed1/100
ISO100
Number of Exposures71

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