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Skyline of New York from downtown New York by Jay Hirschfeld

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Taken by
Jay Hirschfeld Jay Hirschfeld
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2.34 Gigapixels
Date added
Jul 18, 2009
Date taken
Jul 17, 2009

First shot i've taken that I feel was worth the extra time to photoshop and make perfect, including everything from the Mercedes Benz shoot to the cars stopped in traffic on the West Side Highway. Also what I think is the first shot taken at this resolution of the new Highline Park that's just opened. Definitely the most time i've ever spent working on a single picture...pretty good view from here. Printing as big as I can as well. enjoy!

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  1. Jay Hirschfeld

    Jay Hirschfeld (July 22, 2009, 02:58PM )

    Thanks! You're right, a lot of work for a single picture. About 10 hours to retouch in CS4 on a 3 ghz quad-core, 12 gb ram, 64-bit GPU accelerated behemoth....and still slow working @ 2 gigapixels. Shot on a D90 @ 120mm with a Gigapan Epic in HDR (to ensure clarity). F/8 aperture. Snuck up to the roof of a 20-story hotel and took about 35-40 minutes total once set up. All-in-all, about 20-25 hours for this shot. Wind is clearly what inhibits this method of high-resolution photography, as well as what makes clear, long-exposure HDR night gigapixel photography a debatable impossibility/excessively hard (I've tried one before but will attempt another shortly). More tips to come once I get a dedicated site up for this stuff-- been experimenting w/ workflow and settings this entire summer and going cross-country to take some more gigapixel photos. You really have to travel with this thing...and make a lot of mistakes. Read up as much as you can on the nodal point. Thanks again, more to come!

  2. Stoney Vintson

    Stoney Vintson (July 20, 2009, 04:39PM )

    Excellent job. Many do not know how much work it is to retouch an image this large. You maintained good image quality with a larger panorama. Do you have any details about the aquisition of the images? Camera body, lens, amount of time, etc Thanks for posting this for our enjoyment : )

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