Its resolution is 2,766% greater than
a typical fine art photograph.
It is one of the highest quality images
Over 160 hours in the making, "A New York Dream" is the culmination of a monumental undertaking I began a year ago.
I wanted to create an extremely high resolution photographic artwork that captured the vibrant energy our city continually bursts forth with - a seemingly chaotic energy that nevertheless has structure, order, and rhythm.
To do this, I first needed to find a location from which to gather source material for the skyline. After hours researching and scouting locations, I found a perfect place on a rooftop in Queens. This elevated vantage point provided an unobstructed view of the entire undulating Midtown Manhattan skyline.
A few weeks later on New Years Eve, my assistant and I ascended to the empty rooftop. A thick blanket of low-hanging clouds, aglow with the city lights, hugged the skyline. It was beautifully tranquil. We began exposing the 189 individual images that would eventually comprise this VAST photo. Each image was only a small section of the overall scene, but together the ensemble represented a full visual catalog of the scene that lay before us. We wrapped up shooting around 2am and disassembled our equipment amid a light sprinkling of rain.
Upon returning home, I carefully color-graded each individual exposure and began creating a unified visual construct around which to build the final creation. Over the course of 2017, I slowly and painstakingly warped, stitched, and masked layer after layer of city skyline to build on top of one another in the composite image. My goal was to try to retain the natural feel of the skyline (with relative geographic locations of buildings as intact as possible) while simultaneously creating a visual aesthetic that was balanced and pleasingly rhythmic.
A stunning 9,563 megapixels of image data were used to create the final 602-megapixel VAST photo. This unprecedented volume of image data (9.6 billion pixels!) has resulted in an incredibly sharp image that can be enlarged to dozens of square feet and still remain perfectly sharp to the naked eye. Hidden treasures fill the details of the scene: American flags proudly waving in the breeze, New Years Eve parties lighting up windows, architectural flourishes adorning impressive buildings, and more. Crowning the top of the VAST photo is the Empire State Building, keeping watch over the city beneath her.
One year after the origination of my idea for this VAST photo, I'm finally proud to share it with you. I hope it elicits some of the captivating New York energy I worked so hard to capture in it.
"A New York Dream" has been featured in My Modern Met. Read more about it in the article here.
VAST photos are the highest resolution photographs ever made.
This 602-megapixel VAST photo is one of the highest definition photographs ever created. It has a resolution equivalent to 290 HDTVs.
|Date & Time||December 31, 2016: 11:53pm|
|Location||Midtown Manhattan, New York City|
|Lens||Canon 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II|
|Shutter Speed||6 sec|
|Number of Exposures||189|
|Aspect Ratio||1 : 1|
|File Size||3,430 MB|
|Width @ 300ppi (perfect)||6.81 feet|
|Height @ 300ppi||6.81 feet|
|Width @ 150ppi (near-perfect)||13.63 feet|
|Height @ 150ppi||13.63 feet|
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