Gotham, The Big Apple, and Manhattan are words synonymous with one of the world's most amazing and vibrant cities. Bustling with activity, and the hub of fashion, food, and luxury, New York City is a place unlike any other. I just arrived in NYC for a few days, and the weather forecast basically gave me one shot to photograph sunset over the city's skyline. For years I've been wanting to go to the infamous Brooklyn Waterfront, but I never had the chance. That was about to change, as I decided to gamble it all, push luck, and go for the shot. Minutes after getting to Manhattan from the airport, I ran for the subway, tripod and camera in hand. I emerged from the underground station in Brooklyn and noticed gorgeous warm evening light bathing the buildings. Without a moment to lose, I made my way to the waterfront, setup my camera, and started shooting. The result, as you see here, is spectacular. The photograph is like New York City itself, larger than life and grand in every way.
The image is delivered on Fuji Crystal Archive paper. This paper is absolutely magical. When light hits it, it's like the paper causes the image to glow, almost appearing backlit. Your friends, family, and clients have never seen anything like this before. The secret to the amazing shimmer of the image are the silver hallide crystals embedded within the paper. Unlike most prints you find in stores and online, this is a true photographic print developed via a chemical process on Fuji Crystal Archive paper, not an inkjet product, and not an offset (lithographic) replica. The effect is truly unique and something you must see to believe! You will cherish this piece for generations.
My name is Mike Wiacek and I live in Mountain View, California, which is in the heart of Silicon Valley. I enjoy shooting all types of photography, everything from street life, to commercial, to abstract images. However, my true love is fine art landscape photography. I like to produce very large wall sized panoramic images of locations most people don't even know exist. I take all of my images myself, process them, and send them to the lab. I don't use any third parties in the production of my images, with the exception of my photo lab who develops the final paper product. My images have been seen on television shows, mainstream fiction books, as well as used for promotional work. One of my panoramas of Napa Valley was selected to be on the cover of the Napa Valley telephone directory for 2011. Even more than my photography, I love my wife and I am thrilled that I get to travel to these fantastic locales with her by my side.