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The Peak

523 megapixel VAST photo
Peak Hill, Canterbury, New Zealand

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523 megapixels! A very high resolution, large-format VAST photo print of mountains and stars; landscape astrophotograph created by Paul Wilson in Peak Hill, Canterbury, New Zealand

The Peak

523 MEGAPIXEL VAST PHOTO
Peak Hill, Canterbury, New Zealand

A 180-degree panorama from Peak Hill, New Zealand.
I believe this could be the first Astro taken from up here!
The Carina Nebula can be seen at the top of the sky, Large Magellanic Cloud to the right, and some awesome airglow from atomic oxygen excitation near the horizon.

I haven’t put this much work into a shot before!

I had a crazy idea, hike up Peak Hill with most of my photography equipment for panoramic views of the surrounding landscape. I was 10 minutes into the extremely steep hike when I realised my 26.5kg bag was too heavy, but I had to keep going, I had to complete my plan. It was a slow grind over 2.5 hours with quite a few stops, the start of the track just goes straight up, with marble-like rocks on hard clay, making the track very slippery (coming down was a lot worse and I took a couple of spills but was fine)

I finally made it to the top, only to have the wind pick right up, there needs to be virtually zero wind when shooting long exposures, tracked panoramas are no exception.
This shot was my third attempt, I started the image sequence and the wind suddenly dropped! It stayed that way for 40 minutes, just as I completed the last frame of the panorama the wind hit hard, I was so lucky to be able to pull it off.

Then it was time to leave, the sky was getting brighter and I began my descent.
This one-shot took 4 hours of driving, 5 hours hiking, 7 hours standing on the hill, and 8 hours putting it all together, painfully stitching and blending the shots.

Date & TimeJanuary 13, 2021:  3:08am - 4:38am
LocationPeak Hill, Canterbury, New Zealand
Coordinates-43.317702, 171.491743
Focal Length40mm
Aperturef2.8
Shutter Speed60s
ISO1600
Number of Exposures38

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Total Pixels522,676,000
Horizontal Pixels28,000
Vertical Pixels18,667
Aspect Ratio1.5 : 1
File Size2,987 MB
Width @ 300ppi (perfect)7.78 feet
Height @ 300ppi5.19 feet
Width @ 150ppi (near-perfect)15.56 feet
Height @ 150ppi10.37 feet

Date & TimeJanuary 13, 2021:  3:08am - 4:38am
LocationPeak Hill, Canterbury, New Zealand
Coordinates-43.317702, 171.491743
Focal Length40mm
Aperturef2.8
Shutter Speed60s
ISO1600
Number of Exposures38

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