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Eilean Donan Castle, Scotland

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A close-up of "Eilean Donan Castle, Scotland" by Scott Dimond: an ultra-high-resolution VAST photo.
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2,036 megapixels! A very high resolution, large-format VAST photo print of a Scotland landscape with a castle; photograph created by Scott Dimond at Eilean Donan Castle, Dornie, Kyle of Lochalsh, United Kingdon

Eilean Donan Castle, Scotland

2,036 MEGAPIXEL VAST PHOTO
Eilean Donan Castle, Dornie, Kyle of Lochalsh, United Kingdon

Eilean Donan is a 13th-century castle located in the highlands of Scotland and is considered one of the most iconic. Situated on an island pinched between three great sea lochs it is easy to see why. First inhabited in the 6th century, there have been four different versions of the castle built or rebuilt during the Scottish conflicts that have taken place over the centuries.

The castle lay in ruins for over 200 years following its destruction during the Jacobite uprising in the early 1700s. Lt. Colonel John MacRae-Gilstrap purchased the island in 1911 and started a restoration that took 20 years to complete with the castle re-opening in 1932.

On a recent trip to Scotland, Eilean Donan was high on my list of locations where I hoped to capture and create an ultra-high-resolution VAST photo. I knew that the famous Scottish weather was sure to be a challenge in my quest. Capturing all the images that will be assembled to create an ultra-high-resolution image, like this one, takes time. And in Scotland, time means changing weather. It can be cloudy and raining one minute and then suddenly the sun can appear, illuminating only certain areas of the landscape only to disappear as quickly as it appeared. Changing weather is the enemy when creating ultra-high-resolution VAST photos. When I arrived on location at Eilean Donan, I was greeted with bright but overcast conditions and with good cloud definition. That was the perfect moody weather to match the iconic castle in its iconic location. If that weather and light remained constant, it would be the ideal situation for capturing literally thousands of photos that would be assembled into one homogeneous scene.
As luck would have it, the weather held while I captured all the images needed for this creation. Ten minutes later I was caught in a downpour and was thankful I had already started to pack up my gear.

This image is like many I have created recently with a technique that is starting to produce my signature look. I don’t shy away from including a very close foreground, and although it is time-consuming, highly risky, and technically challenging, it presents a finished work with incredible in-focus detail in an expanded view from front to back.

As a side note, you may notice the Scottish flag is at half-mast. This is because this photo was captured just a few days after the passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

Date & TimeSeptember 12, 2022:  11:58am - 1:07pm
LocationEilean Donan Castle, Dornie, Kyle of Lochalsh, United Kingdon
Coordinates57.274308, -5.516290
Focal Length135mm
Aperturef/8
Shutter1/160 sec
ISO400
Num of Exposures2456
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Canvas print

Our ready-to-hang canvas prints are created using a specialty printer that carefully lays pigment inks down onto archival-quality fine art canvas material. The canvas is then stretched around a 1.5-inch-deep wood support structure to provide depth and elegance. Our canvas material has a delightfully matte finish that looks spectacular in any lighting conditions while retaining maximum vibrancy and contrast. Click here to learn more.

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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VAST Print™

A VAST Print™ represents the pinnacle of the photographic medium. Each print is a true photograph created specifically for you using light-sensitive paper exposed in a darkroom with the industry's highest precision exposure technique. Your print is then sealed with a shine-enhancing protective glossy coating*, adhered to a sturdy aluminum composite backing, and finished in one of two ready-to-hang formats:

  • Frameless floating display: A hidden mounting brace on the rear gracefully "floats" the print off the wall for a sleek, modern look.
  • Framed display: The print is mounted inside one of our handcrafted 100% wood frames with a decorative separation between the print and the frame so that the print appears to be floating within the frame, providing depth and elegance to the finished photo.

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*Note: a non-glossy, satin matte coating is alternatively available on request.

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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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Usage in most media formats*
Unlimited number of projects
Worldwide, perpetual usage
Not for use in products for sale
No use laminated in or onto glass
Non-exclusive

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Total Pixels2,036,468,000 px
Width72,731 px
Height28,000 px
Aspect Ratio2.6 : 1
Date & TimeSeptember 12, 2022:  11:58am - 1:07pm
LocationEilean Donan Castle, Dornie, Kyle of Lochalsh, United Kingdon
Coordinates57.274308, -5.516290
Focal Length135mm
Aperturef/8
Shutter1/160 sec
ISO400
Num of Exposures2456

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  • Marketing prints < 76x29 in
  • Large murals viewed from > 13 ft
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250 megapixels
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  • Marketing prints < 170x65 in
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  • Massive murals viewed from > 11 ft
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1000 megapixels
  • Fine art prints < 170x65 in
  • Marketing prints < 340x131 in
  • Large murals viewed from > 3 ft
  • Massive murals viewed from > 6 ft
full file
2036 megapixels
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  • Marketing prints < 485x187 in
  • Large murals viewed from > 2 ft
  • Massive murals viewed from > 4 ft
Fine art
prints
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Marketing
prints
(150ppi)
Large
murals
(~20x8 ft)
Massive
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2 megapixels
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full-screen use
low-resolution
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medium
10 megapixels
< 17x7 in < 34x13 in full-screen use high-resolution
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large
50 megapixels
< 38x15 in < 76x29 in if viewers will be
> 13 ft away
if viewers will be
> 25 ft away
huge
250 megapixels
< 85x33 in < 170x65 in if viewers will be
> 6 ft away
if viewers will be
> 11 ft away
colossal
1,000 megapixels
< 170x65 in < 340x131 in if viewers will be
> 3 ft away
if viewers will be
> 6 ft away
full file
2,036 megapixels
< 242x93 in < 485x187 in if viewers will be
> 2 ft away
if viewers will be
> 4 ft away
Photo id: 11361