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Standing Tall

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A close-up of "Standing Tall" by Dan Piech: an ultra-high-resolution VAST photo.
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759 megapixels! A very high resolution, large-format VAST photo of the World Trade Center and Battery Park City at sunset; fine art skyline photo created by cityscape photographer Dan Piech in New York City

Standing Tall

759 MEGAPIXEL VAST PHOTO
World Trade Center, Battery Park City, New York City

This VAST photo has been three years in the making. During that time, I've visited this unique vantage point on no fewer than a dozen occasions, returning each time with photographic results that did not live up to my expectations. Finally, in the summer of 2017, a perfect set of conditions combined to reveal the photograph I had been envisioning ever since I first discovered this location.

As a long-distance runner, I spend a considerable amount of time traversing New York City on foot. While doing this, I'm always keeping an eye out for great photographic perspectives. In August 2014, while running out to the end of the Holland Tunnel mechanical pier, I discovered this wonderfully unique perspective on downtown Manhattan, Battery Park City, and the World Trade Center. I instantly fell in love. Consequently, I knew that I needed to return to capture a photograph that would convey at least a fraction of the scene's beauty. At the time, I didn't realize how difficult that would be.

For the next three years, I closely watched weather conditions and visited this location on numerous occasions. Time after time, the resulting photographs never had the beauty that I envisioned in my mind's eye. By 2017, I had all but given up hope that this location would reveal anything to me.

It was a hot summer afternoon on July 1, 2017 and I was in Brooklyn photographing an incoming thunderstorm. As the storm reached New York, the front lost its structure and, in the process, lost its electrical strength. I began packing up and heading home, thinking that the day of work would be yet another without any successful photos to show for it. Then, I suddenly noticed that the weakening storm was beginning to open a break in the clouds on the distant western horizon. The opening was appearing in the exact location where the sun would be soon setting. It could be perfect!

In the pouring rain, I raced towards TriBeCa and the Holland Tunnel pier, hoping to get there in time. As I did, the sun began to dip into the opening on the horizon, lighting up the pouring rain of the east-moving storm and producing a magnificent double rainbow overhead. Completely soaked, I ran out to the end of the pier and began frantically setting up my gear as the rain moved east. With my gear set up and ready to create the VAST photo, I looked out at the scene. After three years, everything was finally perfect.

A confluence of factors led this scene to finally have the beauty I always hoped it could have.

  • It was only a week after the summer solstice, so the sun was setting as far north on the western horizon as it ever does. This meant that the northwest-facing side of the World Trade Center (the side facing the camera) would be brightly lit and reflecting directly into the camera, unlike nearly any other time of year.
  • The storm clouds provided a beautifully dark backdrop on the left side of the scene, creating a stark but natural contrast inversion. Normally, foregrounds are darker than the sky but in this case, the buildings are brighter than the background.
  • The opening in the clouds happened in exactly the right location at exactly the right time. This illuminated the right side of the sky, balancing the weight of the image which would otherwise have been centered too far to the left. This also caused an interesting effect (that will probably go unappreciated by most viewers) where the inverted contrast found on the left side of the image slowly reverts to a standard contrast model as you travel from left to right in th image.
  • The rain and low-hanging storm clouds provided the necessary mechanisms to to enable the sunset to paint the scene with a beautiful palette of pink/peach pastel hues.
  • The storm clouds were unusually smooth and free from harsh contrast lines. Usually storm clouds compete for attention in a scene but on this evening, the clouds functioned as complementary negative space backdrop, allowing the skyline to shine as the focal point of the photo.

It's only fitting that a moment this perfect was captured using the VAST technique. This VAST photo is 759 megapixels which makes it 3,300% higher resolution than a typical professional photograph. This unprecedented level of clarity reveals a world of detail that would otherwise have gone unseen. The Verrazano-Narrows Bridge, despite being 9 miles away, is clearly visible. Intricate architectural details of every building have been carefully captured. Groups of people can be seen enjoying a glass of wine at the City Vineyard. The pier 25 attractions are ready to be explored. The famous Stuyvesant High School stands in stunning quality. And even tiny details such as the climbing ladder for the World Trade Center spire can be clearly seen.

Three years after discovering this vantage point, I'm finally proud to have created a VAST photo that is worthy enough to represent it.

Date & TimeJuly 1, 2017:  7:34pm
LocationWorld Trade Center, Battery Park City, New York City
Coordinates40.726351, -74.015232
Focal Length227mm
Aperturef/7.1
Shutter1/30
ISO400
Num of Exposures41

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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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*Note: a non-glossy, satin matte coating is alternatively available on request.

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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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Digital file

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.

Usage in most media formats*
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Worldwide, perpetual usage
Not for use in products for sale
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Non-exclusive

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Total Pixels759,125,444 px
Width32,009 px
Height23,716 px
Aspect Ratio1.35 : 1
Date & TimeJuly 1, 2017:  7:34pm
LocationWorld Trade Center, Battery Park City, New York City
Coordinates40.726351, -74.015232
Focal Length227mm
Aperturef/7.1
Shutter1/30
ISO400
Num of Exposures41

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  • Wallpapers for devices with low‑resolution screens
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  • Marketing prints < 55x41 in
  • Large murals viewed from > 17 ft
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  • Fine art prints < 61x45 in
  • Marketing prints < 122x91 in
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  • Massive murals viewed from > 15 ft
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759 megapixels
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  • Marketing prints < 213x158 in
  • Large murals viewed from > 4 ft
  • Massive murals viewed from > 9 ft
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759 megapixels
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Photo id: 10275