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324 megapixels! A very high resolution, large-format surreal photo artwork of the Milky Way above a bay of water and the ocean; VAST print created by Paul Wilson in Le Bons Bay, New Zealand.
324 megapixels! A very high resolution, large-format surreal photo artwork of the Milky Way above a bay of water and the ocean; VAST print created by Paul Wilson in Le Bons Bay, New Zealand.
324 megapixels! A very high resolution, large-format surreal photo artwork of the Milky Way above a bay of water and the ocean; VAST print created by Paul Wilson in Le Bons Bay, New Zealand.
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Cognisance

324 MEGAPIXELS
324 megapixels! A very high resolution, large-format surreal photo artwork of the Milky Way above a bay of water and the ocean; VAST print created by Paul Wilson in Le Bons Bay, New Zealand.
This photo is 1,442% higher resolution than a typical photo.
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Cognisance

324 MEGAPIXEL VAST PHOTO
This photo is
1,442% higher resolution
than a typical photo.
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Cognisance

324 MEGAPIXEL VAST PHOTO
Le Bons Bay, New Zealand

When I set out for an astrophotography expedition on this night it was totally clear, I drove a couple of hours to the location I had in mind only to be met with fog and a bit of a breeze.

I quickly packed up and traveled to spot number two, a few bays and hills over and was greeted with clear skies.

By then the Milky Way core and Mars was a bit higher than I had anticipated so I proceeded to set up my photography equipment as fast as possible and started imaging the sky.

I shot the sky with a 30 shot panorama at 1 minute each shot, so this section took 30 minutes.

I then shot the foreground with 15 shots at 2 minutes each to capture more light, this also took 30 minutes.

In total, just shooting this single photo took an hour, but it has huge resolution and low noise as a result of that time.

Blending the two panoramas was rather difficult but enjoyable, I wanted to add something to draw the eye and soften the horizon so did some light painting too.

Having a backup plan when going out to shoot is important, the weather has been rather bad for wind and cloud this year so I'm very happy I had a plan B.

A vision is very important, when you execute that goal it's a great feeling!

Shot on Banks Peninsula, New Zealand.

Canon 5D4 & Sigma Art 50mm
Sky: ISO1600, ƒ2.8, 60s x 30 shots
Ground: ISO1600, ƒ2, 120s x 15 shots

Date & Time2018:  11:30pm
LocationLe Bons Bay, New Zealand
Coordinates-43.735653, 173.093889
Focal Length50mm
Aperturef/2-f/2.8
Shutter60 sec - 120 sec
ISO160
Num of Exposures45

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Produced using a specialty, large-format fine art printer operating at 300ppi resolution—the gold standard for sharpness
Printed onto heavyweight, 100% acid-free fine art canvas to preserve color-accuracy and longevity
Created using materials and methods that exceed the rigorous technical standards required to achieve the prized "giclée" industry rating
Designed to meet the most demanding standards for color-permanence set by leading museums
Handmade by award-winning master printmakers with over 4 decades of experience
Optionally accompanied by your choice of elegant floater frame available in a variety of trims
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324 megapixels! A very high resolution, large-format surreal photo artwork of the Milky Way above a bay of water and the ocean; VAST print created by Paul Wilson in Le Bons Bay, New Zealand.
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Shine-enhancing
protective coating
Laser-exposed at a truly unprecedented 610ppi resolution
Created using fine art paper with a specialty emulsion enabling unsurpassed micro-contrast, ultra-bright whites, and deep blacks
Printed with a chromogenic process that produces "continuous tones" of silky smooth color (other printers use noticeable dots of ink)
Sealed between an extra-thick, shine-enhancing protective coating and a sturdy aluminum composite backing for a sleek look
Award-winning product quality recognized industry-wide
Designed to meet the most demanding standards for color-permanence set by leading museums
Handmade by certified master printmakers with over 4 decades of experience
Hand-signed by the artist and accompanied by our digitally-enhanced, holographic certificate of authenticity
Optionally accompanied by your choice of elegant floater frame available in a variety of trims
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Total Pixels324,245,992 px
Width16,106 px
Height20,132 px
Aspect Ratio0.8 : 1
Date & Time2018:  11:30pm
LocationLe Bons Bay, New Zealand
Coordinates-43.735653, 173.093889
Focal Length50mm
Aperturef/2-f/2.8
Shutter60 sec - 120 sec
ISO160
Num of Exposures45

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Photo id: 10399