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The Mighty American Elm

A close-up of "The Mighty American Elm" by Dan Piech: an ultra-high-resolution VAST photo.
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2,139 megapixels! A very high resolution, HD large-format VAST photo print of autumn foliage on an American Elm Tree on The Mall in Central Park, NYC; created by Dan Piech

The Mighty American Elm

Central Park, New York City
The American Elm is one of the most magnificent trees native to North America, growing to heights in excess of 120 feet and possessing a distinctive stately appearance. A hallmark of American main streets and majestic pastoral landscapes for centuries, the species was one of the most revered icons of natural life in America.

In the mid-20th century, an epidemic of the Dutch Elm Disease devastated much of the American Elm population. Today, only a small fraction of the original number of trees remains. One of the largest and last remaining stands of these trees is the "Mall" in New York City's Central Park, a quadruple row of trees that runs for a quarter mile through the southern end of the park. Meticulously cultivated for a century and a half, this grove of trees was uniquely protected from the Dutch Elm Disease because of its isolation from the blight, thanks to the city that surrounds the park.

I brought all of my gear to the Mall on a crisp, calm autumn morning to capture an exceptionally high resolution VAST photo of the most impressive elm in the stand, an enormous century-old tree on the northeastern end. With over a dozen branches that each would each make a decently-sized tree, it was awe inspiring setting up my camera and gimbal equipment under its canopy.

The sun was low on the horizon which provided excellent dramatic lighting conditions and a cloudless sky ensured that the conditions remained that way while I exposed the 138 high resolution photos that were used to create the final 2,139-megapixel VAST photo, one of the highest quality images ever created.

This VAST photo is special not only because you can follow the paths of hundreds of incredibly detailed branches on the main tree, but also because of how fascinating all of the surroundings are. Close ups of the surroundings reveal many other impressive trees - each of which have more resolution in this single VAST photo than they would have in their own dedicated traditional fine art photo!
Date & TimeNovember 5, 2016:  9:09am
LocationCentral Park, New York City
Coordinates40.771704, -73.971335
Focal Length50mm
Shutter Speed1/5
Number of Exposures138

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Total Pixels2,138,748,502
Horizontal Pixels58,267
Vertical Pixels36,706
Aspect Ratio1.59 : 1
File Size12,221 MB
Width @ 300ppi (perfect)16.19 feet
Height @ 300ppi10.2 feet
Width @ 150ppi (near-perfect)32.37 feet
Height @ 150ppi20.39 feet

Date & TimeNovember 5, 2016:  9:09am
LocationCentral Park, New York City
Coordinates40.771704, -73.971335
Focal Length50mm
Shutter Speed1/5
Number of Exposures138

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