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Soliloquy for SoHo

268 megapixel VAST photo
SoHo, New York City

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268 megapixels! A very high definition, large-format VAST photo print of Mercer Street in SoHo in NYC in winter snow; black and white fine art street photo created by Dan Piech in New York City

Soliloquy for SoHo

268 MEGAPIXEL VAST PHOTO
SoHo, New York City
The SoHo neighborhood in New York city has an immediately-recognizable charm about it. Stately cast iron facades line manicured cobblestone streets and symmetrical urban canyons carry into the distance, flanked by iconic New York fire escape ladders.

Typically accompanying this charm are groups of residents and tourists perusing the upscale boutiques that the neighborhood is also known for. However, this bustle of activity can frequently overshadow the architectural beauty of the surrounding buildings that were protected as a National History Landmark in 1978. I've secretly wanted to reprimand these groups of shoppers for not pausing to appreciate the special place they're visiting. In lieu of doing that, I've sought to capture a VAST photo of SoHo at a time when the bustle of activity is all but gone and SoHo stands to speak for itself.

I found the perfect moment for doing just that during a late-winter snowstorm in 2017. With over a foot of snow forecast for the city, New York's typically crowded streets had become home to only the accumulating snow and howling wind. As residents remained inside cozy homes, I bundled up and trekked down the desolate avenues, knowing the exact spot in SoHo I wanted to head to.

This was a particularly biting storm as the falling snow was mixed with hard sleet, and a blustering wind was driving the harsh particles sideways, stinging any exposed skin. With considerable difficulty, I set up the complex equipment needed to created a VAST photo in the middle of Mercer street at the heart of SoHo. I then proceeded to create a VAST photo of the scene amid constant lens cleanings to ensure perfect optical quality through the precipitation.

After I finished, I noticed a lone SoHo resident walking down the street and quickly decided to capture another VAST photo as they passed. Despite the swirling storm, there was something deeply calming about this solitary individual strolling down the middle of a street typically replete with cars. As the figure disappeared into the hazy white distance, I finished exposing the last frames that comprise this exceptionally high resolution VAST photo.

My hope is that this photo conveys the true source of SoHo's character: its splendid architectural history, free from congregations of shop-goers. The unparalleled resolution of this photo captures the intricate details of this moment with a clarity unmatched by traditional fine art photography. This enables the creation of truly superlative large-format prints befitting this iconic neighborhood.
Date & TimeMarch 14, 2017:  12:53pm
LocationSoHo, New York City
Coordinates40.722397, -74.000470
Focal Length50mm
Aperturef/18
Shutter Speed1/30
ISO640
Number of Exposures13

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Your piece has two certificates of authenticity hand-signed by the artist and the printmaker: one affixed to the rear of the frame 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. Learn more.

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Giclee print in thick white float frame

This frame style mounts one of our giclee prints inside a handcrafted frame made from the highest quality Italian wood. The mount causes the print to appear to float effortlessly within the frame and the resulting gap between the print and the frame border acts as a visual mat, providing depth and elegance to the piece. Note: to fully show off the beauty of the print, there is no glazing on the front of the piece. Click on the icons below to learn more.

Your piece has two certificates of authenticity hand-signed by the artist and the printmaker: one affixed to the rear of the frame 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. Learn more.

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Total Pixels268,164,468
Horizontal Pixels24,042
Vertical Pixels11,154
Aspect Ratio2.16 : 1
File Size1,532 MB
Width @ 300ppi (perfect)6.68 feet
Height @ 300ppi3.1 feet
Width @ 150ppi (near-perfect)13.36 feet
Height @ 150ppi6.2 feet

Date & TimeMarch 14, 2017:  12:53pm
LocationSoHo, New York City
Coordinates40.722397, -74.000470
Focal Length50mm
Aperturef/18
Shutter Speed1/30
ISO640
Number of Exposures13

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