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5,935 megapixels! An abstract modern art VAST photo of the surreal Midtown Manhattan skyline; very high resolution fine art black and white cityscape photograph created by Dan Piech in New York City

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This 5,935-megapixel VAST photo is one of the highest definition fine art photographs ever created, with a resolution equivalent to 2,862 full-HD TVs.

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I spent well over one hundred hours meticulously creating this incredibly high resolution photographic artwork by rearranging the Manhattan skyscrapers from "Requiem for 2016: Black & White".

As 2016 was drawing to a close, I reflected on how to pay tribute to a year that, for many Americans, was more somber than most. Something just didn't feel right about creating a VAST photo culminating 2016 in the heart of the Times Square New Years Eve celebration as many New York photographers are wont to do. Furthermore, the Times Square festivities have become commercialized to the point of being repulsive in recent years. So, I decided to do something different.

After days of researching and scouting for a location that would provide a pensive, quiet, and reflective atmosphere, I found a rooftop in Long Island City, Queens. This elevated location provided a narrow view across the East River into the heart of midtown Manhattan and the Times Square ball drop. However, its distance from the commotion allowed for the majority of the photo's composition to be filled with the peaceful windows of ordinary New Yorkers commemorating the close of 2016 in their own unique ways.

A few hours before midnight on New Years Eve, my assistant and I ascended to the empty roof and began exposing the 189 individual photos that would eventually comprise this VAST photo. The quietness of the scene was only broken by the swirling wind and the gentle sounds of the distant city that were carried by it.

As midnight approached, the low-hanging cloud bank above Times Square glowed brightly from the festivities' pyrotechnics. A chorus of revelers counting down the last remaining seconds of the year could be heard in the distance. We kept shooting the long exposures used for this photo as the new years moment passed, the window lights began to turn off, and a light sprinkle of rain began to fall.

The world fell into an unusually still silence as we completed our shoot and the clock passed 2am. Most of the city had now gone to bed, putting to rest 2016 and awaiting the hopeful 2017 that would greet them in the morning.
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This 5,935-megapixel VAST photo is one of the highest definition fine art photographs ever created. It has a resolution equivalent to 2,862 full-HD TVs.


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TECH SPECS

EXPOSURE SPECS

Date & TimeDecember 31, 2016:  11:53pm
LocationMidtown Manhattan, New York City
Coordinates40.746117, -73.957213
CameraCanon 5DS
Megapixels per Exposure50.6
LensCanon 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II
Focal Length400mm
Aperturef/7.1
Shutter Speed6 sec
ISO500
Number of Exposures189

FILE SPECS

Total Pixels5,935,007,521
Horizontal Pixels77,039
Vertical Pixels77,039
Aspect Ratio1 : 1
File Size33.9 GB
Width @ 300ppi (perfect)21.4 feet
Height @ 300ppi21.4 feet
Width @ 150ppi (near-perfect)42.8 feet
Height @ 150ppi42.8 feet
Canon 5DS
Canon 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II
Canon 5DS
Canon 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II
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Every VAST Print has two certificates of authenticity hand-signed by the artist and the printmaker: one affixed to the print and one standalone. Additionally, each print is assigned a unique serial number via a permanent hologram seal and recorded in our registry. Its provenance is tracked and verified using state-of-the-art digital blockchain encryption technology.

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VAST Displays are ready-to-hang works of art that contain a VAST Print sealed between flame-polished acrylic glass and an aluminum backing. A hidden brace on the back causes the display to gracefully float off the wall for a sleek, modern frameless look that complements nearly any decor style.  Learn more  

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