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The Peak

523 MEGAPIXELS
A close-up of "The Peak" by Paul Wilson: an ultra-high-resolution VAST photo.
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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
Shutter60s
ISO1600
Num of Exposures38

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Canvas print

Our ready-to-hang canvas prints are created using a specialty printer that carefully lays pigment inks down onto archival-quality fine art canvas material. The canvas is then stretched around a 1.5-inch-deep wood support structure to provide depth and elegance. Our canvas material has a delightfully matte finish that looks spectacular in any lighting conditions while retaining maximum vibrancy and contrast. Click here to learn more.

Produced using a specialty, large-format fine art printer operating at 300ppi resolution—the gold standard for sharpness
Printed onto heavyweight, 100% acid-free fine art canvas to preserve color-accuracy and longevity
Created using materials and methods that exceed the rigorous technical standards required to achieve the prized "giclée" industry rating
Designed to meet the most demanding standards for color-permanence set by leading museums
Handmade by award-winning master printmakers with over 4 decades of experience
Optionally accompanied by your choice of elegant floater frame available in a variety of trims
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VAST Print™

A VAST Print™ represents the pinnacle of the photographic medium. Each print is a true photograph created specifically for you using light-sensitive paper exposed in a darkroom with the industry's highest precision exposure technique. Your print is then sealed with a shine-enhancing protective glossy coating*, adhered to a sturdy aluminum composite backing, and finished in one of two ready-to-hang formats:

  • Frameless floating display: A hidden mounting brace on the rear gracefully "floats" the print off the wall for a sleek, modern look.
  • Framed display: The print is mounted inside one of our handcrafted 100% wood frames with a decorative separation between the print and the frame so that the print appears to be floating within the frame, providing depth and elegance to the finished photo.

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*Note: a non-glossy, satin matte coating is alternatively available on request.

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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
Printed with a chromogenic process that produces "continuous tones" of silky smooth color (other printers use noticeable dots of ink)
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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Digital file

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Worldwide, perpetual usage
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Non-exclusive

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Total Pixels522,676,000 px
Width28,000 px
Height18,667 px
Aspect Ratio1.5 : 1
Date & TimeJanuary 13, 2021:  3:08am - 4:38am
LocationPeak Hill, Canterbury, New Zealand
Coordinates-43.317702, 171.491743
Focal Length40mm
Aperturef2.8
Shutter60s
ISO1600
Num of Exposures38

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  • Marketing prints < 58x38 in
  • Large murals viewed from > 16 ft
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250 megapixels
  • Fine art prints < 65x43 in
  • Marketing prints < 129x86 in
  • Large murals viewed from > 7 ft
  • Massive murals viewed from > 14 ft
full file
523 megapixels
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  • Marketing prints < 187x124 in
  • Large murals viewed from > 5 ft
  • Massive murals viewed from > 10 ft
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2 megapixels
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low-resolution
screens
medium
10 megapixels
< 13x9 in < 26x17 in full-screen use high-resolution
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large
50 megapixels
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> 16 ft away
if viewers will be
> 32 ft away
huge
250 megapixels
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> 7 ft away
if viewers will be
> 14 ft away
full file
523 megapixels
< 93x62 in < 187x124 in if viewers will be
> 5 ft away
if viewers will be
> 10 ft away
Photo id: 10780