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Soliloquy for SoHo: Square

141 MEGAPIXELS
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141 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: Square

141 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
Shutter1/30
ISO640
Num of Exposures13

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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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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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Due to their record-setting resolutions, VAST photos are the most versatile images ever created, with the quality necessary to look great at any size and in any project. Purchasing one of our standard royalty-free licenses provides you with the digital file at your choice of resolution and a permit to use it for most types of projects. Click here to learn more.

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Total Pixels141,324,544 px
Width11,888 px
Height11,888 px
Aspect Ratio1 : 1
Date & TimeMarch 14, 2017:  12:53pm
LocationSoHo, New York City
Coordinates40.722397, -74.000470
Focal Length50mm
Aperturef/18
Shutter1/30
ISO640
Num of Exposures13

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small
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  • Marketing prints < 9x9 in
  • Use on webpages at sizes smaller than full‑screen
  • Wallpapers for devices with low‑resolution screens
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  • Marketing prints < 21x21 in
  • Use on webpages at full‑screen sizes
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  • Fine art prints < 24x24 in
  • Marketing prints < 47x47 in
  • Large murals viewed from > 19 ft
  • Massive murals viewed from > 39 ft
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141 megapixels
  • Fine art prints < 40x40 in
  • Marketing prints < 79x79 in
  • Large murals viewed from > 12 ft
  • Massive murals viewed from > 23 ft
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full file
141 megapixels
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> 12 ft away
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Photo id: 10222