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SF City Skyline

A close-up of "SF City Skyline" by Justin Katz: an ultra-high-resolution VAST photo.
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112 megapixels! A very high resolution, large-format VAST photo print of the San Francisco skyline in California at at night; cityscape photo created by Justin Katz

SF City Skyline

Downtown San Francisco, California
The San Francisco Bay Area has an endless bounty of beautiful locations to take photos of. This is one of my favorite aspects of living here. Some locations are more easily accessible and therefore more commonly photographed, while many are relatively unknown or require a bit of exploring to be able to find.

Halfway across the Bay Bridge is an exit that leads to this small residential island right in the middle of the Bay, Treasure Island. Once you navigate the confusing roadways and limited available parking, you can find yourself with an expansive and unobstructed view of the entire San Francisco city skyline. Other photographers have captured the city from this Treasure Island vantage point, but very few have tried so many times waiting for the perfect lighting conditions - and even fewer have used the VAST technique to create a photo with such an exceptionally high resolution.

I traveled to the same spot about countless times over the course of a few months, trying to nail the optimal conditions for the shot that I had in mind. There was always something just slightly off that signaled to me that I would have to come back and try again: either the sky was too overcast, the weather was too windy even for my secure tripod, or the stadium lights from a Giants baseball game would overpower the scene. On the final attempt however, I found myself perched on the large rocks against the water, watching the sky turn into that perfect post-sunset glow that I was looking for. The lights on the bridge and the city itself began to turn on, and I was ready to begin capturing the 13 individual exposures that I would later stitch together to create this high definition panorama of the San Francisco skyline.
Date & TimeMay 11, 2014:  8:03pm
LocationDowntown San Francisco, California
Coordinates37.815577, -122.371535
Focal Length155mm
Shutter Speed30 sec
Number of Exposures13

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Total Pixels112,145,866
Horizontal Pixels23,009
Vertical Pixels4,874
Aspect Ratio4.72 : 1
File Size641 MB
Width @ 300ppi (perfect)6.39 feet
Height @ 300ppi1.35 feet
Width @ 150ppi (near-perfect)12.78 feet
Height @ 150ppi2.71 feet

Date & TimeMay 11, 2014:  8:03pm
LocationDowntown San Francisco, California
Coordinates37.815577, -122.371535
Focal Length155mm
Shutter Speed30 sec
Number of Exposures13

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