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551 megapixels! A very high resolution, large-format VAST photo print of a tree trunk along the banks of a stream; nature photograph created by Tim Lo Monaco in Swift Run, Standardsville, Shenandoah, Virginia.
551 megapixels! A very high resolution, large-format VAST photo print of a tree trunk along the banks of a stream; nature photograph created by Tim Lo Monaco in Swift Run, Standardsville, Shenandoah, Virginia.
551 megapixels! A very high resolution, large-format VAST photo print of a tree trunk along the banks of a stream; nature photograph created by Tim Lo Monaco in Swift Run, Standardsville, Shenandoah, Virginia.
551 megapixels! A very high resolution, large-format VAST photo print of a tree trunk along the banks of a stream; nature photograph created by Tim Lo Monaco in Swift Run, Standardsville, Shenandoah, Virginia.
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Swift Run Tree Roots

551 MEGAPIXELS
551 megapixels! A very high resolution, large-format VAST photo print of a tree trunk along the banks of a stream; nature photograph created by Tim Lo Monaco in Swift Run, Standardsville, Shenandoah, Virginia.
This photo is 2,520% higher resolution than a typical photo.
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Swift Run Tree Roots

551 MEGAPIXEL VAST PHOTO
This photo is
2,520% higher resolution
than a typical photo.
Scroll to learn more.

Swift Run Tree Roots

551 MEGAPIXEL VAST PHOTO
Swift Run, Standardsville, Shenandoah, Virginia

The Appalachian Mountains are the oldest mountain range in North America. Once as tall as the Alps, millions of years of ice and water wore down these mountains into the beautiful rolling hills and broad valleys that we see today. In Virginia, the Appalachians are commonly known as the Blue Ridge Mountains. Along that range is the 311 square mile Shenandoah National Park extending into southwest Virginia. It’s heavily forested and home to much wildlife including many species of birds, black bear, deer, and many many squirrels. There are wetlands, myriad creeks, streams and waterfalls.

This photo was taken along one of those streams called Swift Run right outside of Shenandoah National Park. Even though it was a family trip, knowing how beautiful the area is, I brought along my camera gear in case I found an inspiring scene. My wife found a cabin to rent in Stanardsville, Virginia, adjacent to Swift Run. We spent a few days in the late summer relaxing and exploring our immediate surroundings. Not bothered by the icy temperature of the water, my kids spent many hours playing in and catching little fish in the stream, next to the tree here.

I am fascinated with trees: their form, strength and resilience, but I find it hard to do them justice in a photograph. The best advice I ever received for composing a shot was simply: “Think about what it is about the scene that made you want to take a picture in the first place. Try to capture that.” I loved the forest setting here: gnarly exposed roots, covered in moss, grasping onto earth after years of erosion washing away the stable base, and the surrounding deciduous forest.

After a series of still images, I wanted to capture the essence of the forest with a hyper realistic photo only possible with an ultra high resolution panoramic stitch. Fortunately, my telephoto lens is also a macro lens and can focus at very close distances or this wouldn’t have worked. For the next 1.5 hours I went through the sequence multiple times. The images from the first half hour were ultimately discarded as there was too much variance in the changing light. When the sun dipped below the mountain behind me, I started all over again with a more even light. This VAST photo was made from 220 photos: 3 rows of 8 input images, with between 6 to 20 focus-stacked frames depending on the input image. This was a satisfying photo to finish because of the challenging scene and precision needed in capturing and post-processing the sequence.

While I could see the hundreds of little snails, it wasn’t until I processed the image that I saw so much other life in the forest here. The little mushrooms hidden in the roots, the millipede, spider, and arthropods that all call this tree “home”. Nature never ceases to inspire us and it’s fascinating to see these micro ecosystems working in harmony.

Date & TimeAugust 29, 2020:  5:06pm - 5:57pm
LocationSwift Run, Standardsville, Shenandoah, Virginia
Coordinates38.317148, -78.517098
Focal Length200mm
Aperturef/13
Shutter0.5 sec - 1.3 sec
ISO50
Num of Exposures220

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551 megapixels! A very high resolution, large-format VAST photo print of a tree trunk along the banks of a stream; nature photograph created by Tim Lo Monaco in Swift Run, Standardsville, Shenandoah, Virginia.
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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
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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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Worldwide, perpetual usage*
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Total Pixels550,646,607 px
Width31,253 px
Height17,619 px
Aspect Ratio1.77 : 1
Date & TimeAugust 29, 2020:  5:06pm - 5:57pm
LocationSwift Run, Standardsville, Shenandoah, Virginia
Coordinates38.317148, -78.517098
Focal Length200mm
Aperturef/13
Shutter0.5 sec - 1.3 sec
ISO50
Num of Exposures220

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  • Marketing prints < 208x117 in
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2 megapixels
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low-resolution
screens
medium
10 megapixels
< 14x8 in < 28x16 in full-screen use high-resolution
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250 megapixels
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> 7 ft away
if viewers will be
> 13 ft away
full file
551 megapixels
< 104x59 in < 208x117 in if viewers will be
> 4 ft away
if viewers will be
> 9 ft away
Photo id: 10757