Its resolution is 3,514% greater than
a typical fine art photograph.
It is one of the highest quality images
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'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.
This 759-megapixel VAST photo is one of the highest definition photographs ever created. It has a resolution equivalent to 366 HDTVs.
|Date & Time||July 1, 2017: 7:34pm|
|Location||World Trade Center, Battery Park City, New York City|
|Megapixels per Exposure||50.6|
|Lens||Canon 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II|
|Number of Exposures||41|
|Aspect Ratio||1 : 1.35|
|File Size||4,340 MB|
|Width @ 300ppi (perfect)||8.89 feet|
|Height @ 300ppi||6.59 feet|
|Width @ 150ppi (near-perfect)||17.78 feet|
|Height @ 150ppi||13.18 feet|
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