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65 megapixels! A very high quality, large-format VAST photo print of the San Francisco skyline in California at dusk in the evening; cityscape photo created by Justin Katz

Downtown SF Blue Hour

65 MEGAPIXEL VAST PHOTO
Downtown San Francisco, California
November 17, 2014

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Living in San Francisco means that you are very frequently confronted with the fact that your home is a major tourist destination. There are just so many places where you find visitors from all over the world, stopping to take a picture of some gorgeous view.

The “City By the Bay” is located on a geologic fault line, which means that there is no shortage of scenic overlooks, dramatic views, and picturesque locations. That being said, Twin Peaks is one of my favorites. It offers a great vantage of the entire downtown San Francisco area, with a straight view down Market Street all the way to the famous Ferry Building. In the background, you can see the recently reinvigorated Bay Bridge, with all its dancing lights.

On this particularly cold evening, I sat on the side of the hill and waited for the sun to go down behind me and for all the other visitors to leave. Facing east towards downtown, my goal was to wait for the moment when all the lights within the city were illuminated, but the sky still had enough light to have the color I was looking for. Once the sun set below the horizon, the light changed at a dramatically fast pace, giving me precious-little time to capture the eight exposures that I would stitch together to create this image.

“Blue hour” is that brief but magical moment of twilight, either early in the dawn, or late in the dusk, when the sun is at a significant distance below the horizon and the residual, indirect sunlight takes on a predominantly blue hue. This VAST photo captures San Francisco at that special moment.

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EXPOSURE SPECS

Date & TimeNovember 17, 2014:  5:21pm
LocationDowntown San Francisco, California
Coordinates37.754697, -122.446323
CameraNikon D610
Megapixels per Exposure24.3
LensNikkor 70-210mm f/4 AF
Focal Length210mm
Aperturef/11
Shutter Speed13 sec
ISO80
Number of Exposures8

FILE SPECS

Total Pixels64,723,753
Horizontal Pixels11,377
Vertical Pixels5,689
Aspect Ratio1 : 2
File Size370 MB
Width @ 300ppi (perfect)3.16 feet
Height @ 300ppi1.58 feet
Width @ 150ppi (near-perfect)6.32 feet
Height @ 150ppi3.16 feet
Nikon D610
Nikkor 70-210mm f/4 AF
Nikon D610
Nikkor 70-210mm f/4 AF
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