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344 megapixels! A very high resolution, close-up VAST photo of water droplets on green leaves on the ground in spring; fine art macro photograph created by Dan Piech in the New York Botanical Garden, New York City

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Few people ever notice the unblemished perfection found in a newborn leaf. Every spring, if the conditions are just right, a new crop of leaves bursts forth and, for a few fleeting days, remains untainted by the elements.

It has been a goal of mine to capture this delicate purity for many years. However, each year, the possibility of finding this state of affairs in the natural world is incredibly slim. A number of factors have to come together for a perfect leaf to naturally form, beginning with an early-spring that is free from harsh frosts or driving rainstorms. Additionally, the leaves need to be in an area that is protected from adverse conditions such as falling debris, high insect activity, poor soil, or any other of a number of issues which could damage the developing foliage.

After spending years neurotically keeping an eye out for the perfect patch of newborn leaves, I finally found them one late-April day in 2017.

A light morning rain had just fallen and I was at the New York Botanical Garden with the aim of capturing a particular "Snowdrift" Crabapple tree. After a few hours spent creating that photo, I was walking through the Luce Herb Garden when I spotted a low-lying patch of hosta whose fresh leaves were still in the process of unfurling.

A few droplets of rain remained scattered across the foliage and the thinly overcast sky created a beautiful soft light that highlighted the leaves without casting them in too harsh an aesthetic. Furthermore, these lighting conditions enabled the white-rimmed leaves to "pop" out of the image, representing their upward climbing journey that had just begun.

Creating this VAST photo was particularly challenging because it needed to be shot directly downward. This required setting up the support structure in a unique fashion that enabled it to remain outside the field of view. Additionally, I had to shoot most of the frames used in the final photo blind, because I was unable to perch myself above the 6-feet-tall equipment to look through the viewfinder. I happily accepted these challenges because, after years hunting for the perfect patch of newborn leaves, I was going to do whatever it took to capture this VAST photo of nature in its most flawless state.
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This 344-megapixel VAST photo is one of the highest definition fine art photographs ever created. It has a resolution equivalent to 166 full-HD TVs.


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EXPOSURE SPECS

Date & TimeApril 27, 2017:  3:13pm
LocationNew York Botanical Garden, New York City
Coordinates40.863810, -73.881280
CameraCanon 5DS
Megapixels per Exposure50.6
LensCanon 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II
Focal Length148mm
Aperturef/22
Shutter Speed1/60
ISO1600
Number of Exposures36

FILE SPECS

Total Pixels344,072,028
Horizontal Pixels26,233
Vertical Pixels13,116
Aspect Ratio1 : 2
File Size1.97 GB
Width @ 300ppi (perfect)7.29 feet
Height @ 300ppi3.64 feet
Width @ 150ppi (near-perfect)14.57 feet
Height @ 150ppi7.29 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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