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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

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An Exceptionally High Resolution Fine Art PhotoAn Exceptionally High Resolution
Fine Art Photo

This 759-megapixel VAST photo is one of the highest definition fine art photographs ever created, with a resolution equivalent to 366 full-HD TVs.

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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.

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This 759-megapixel VAST photo is one of the highest definition fine art photographs ever created. It has a resolution equivalent to 366 full-HD TVs.


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TECH SPECS

EXPOSURE SPECS

Date & TimeJuly 1, 2017:  7:34pm
LocationWorld Trade Center, Battery Park City, New York City
Coordinates40.726351, -74.015232
CameraCanon 5DS
Megapixels per Exposure50.6
LensCanon 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II
Focal Length227mm
Aperturef/7.1
Shutter Speed1/30
ISO400
Number of Exposures41

FILE SPECS

Total Pixels759,125,444
Horizontal Pixels32,009
Vertical Pixels23,716
Aspect Ratio1 : 1.35
File Size4.34 GB
Width @ 300ppi (perfect)8.89 feet
Height @ 300ppi6.59 feet
Width @ 150ppi (near-perfect)17.78 feet
Height @ 150ppi13.18 feet
Canon 5DS
Canon 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II
Canon 5DS
Canon 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II
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