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602 megapixels! A very high resolution abstract artwork photo of the Manhattan skyline skyscrapers in New York City at night; fine art photograph created by Dan Piech
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A New York Dream

602 MEGAPIXEL VAST PHOTO
Midtown Manhattan, New York City
December 31, 2016

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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.


Surreal New York   
Midtown Manhattan   
Manhattan   
New York City   
New York   
USA   
nighttime   
cityscapes   
abstract   
skylines   
architecture   
water   
rivers   
sky   
clouds   
Empire State Building   
square aspect ratio   
surreal   
long exposure   
warped   
miniplanet   
vibrant   
blue   
black   
red   
orange   

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FILE SPECS

Total Pixels601,524,676
Horizontal Pixels24,526
Vertical Pixels24,526
Aspect Ratio1 : 1
File Size3,430 MB
Width @ 300ppi (perfect)6.81 feet
Height @ 300ppi6.81 feet
Width @ 150ppi (near-perfect)13.63 feet
Height @ 150ppi13.63 feet

EXPOSURE SPECS

Date & TimeDecember 31, 2016:  11:53pm
LocationMidtown Manhattan, New York City
Coordinates40.746117, -73.957213
Focal Length400mm
Aperturef/7.1
Shutter Speed6 sec
ISO500
Number of Exposures189
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Certificate of authenticity  
with artist signature

Mounting brace floats the display
off the wall by 1 inch
Metal back
Paper print
Acrylic glass
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