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512 megapixels! A very high defintion long exposure cityscape VAST photo of the Midtown Manhattan New York City skyline and the Hudson River in black and white; created by Dan Piech

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512 MEGAPIXEL VAST PHOTO
Manhattan, New York City
August 9, 2016

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New York's skyline casts an indelible shadow in every viewer's memory. Diverse architectural styles vie for attention in a never-ending competition that has spanned centuries. Capturing a fraction of that magic via a photo is difficult given the constant flurry of distracting activity that surrounds the city from every vantage point. In order to overcome this, I decided to combine two photographic techniques.

First, I used the VAST photo technique to create one of the highest resolution photos ever crafted of the skyline, at 512 megapixels. Second, as I was shooting the VAST photo, I also set up a camera to record a series of 100 long-exposure photographs using a very strong neutral density filter. I later merged these long exposures together into a single image, representing a 23-minute exposure. The sky and the Hudson river benefited from this technique, appearing with a smooth and subdued character, replete with subtle flowing gradients.

Then, I very carefully merged the VAST photo and the long exposure photo into a single final image: the highest quality super long-exposure photo ever taken of New York City. In addition to its exceptionally high resolution, this photo stands out because of how starkly the subtle tonality of the negative space juxtaposes with the sharp lines and contrast of the most powerful skyline on earth.

Note: This is a close-up section from a larger version of the photo that has a taller aspect ratio and more negative space.

Stunning image clarity

This 512-megapixel VAST photo is one of the highest definition photographs ever created. It has a resolution equivalent to 247 HDTVs.


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EXPOSURE SPECS

Date & TimeAugust 9, 2016:  7:24pm
LocationManhattan, New York City
Coordinates40.719342, -74.029410
CameraCanon 5DS
Megapixels per Exposure50.6
LensCanon 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II
Focal Length349mm
Aperturef/7.1
Shutter Speed1/320
ISO250
Number of Exposures109

FILE SPECS

Total Pixels511,917,802
Horizontal Pixels38,126
Vertical Pixels13,427
Aspect Ratio1 : 2.84
File Size1,500 MB
Width @ 300ppi (perfect)10.59 feet
Height @ 300ppi3.73 feet
Width @ 150ppi (near-perfect)21.18 feet
Height @ 150ppi7.46 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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SIZING GUIDE

This VAST photo becomes a stunning conversation-starter wherever it's showcased. It's offered in 4 large-format sizes:


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