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795 megapixels! A very high resolution, large-format VAST photo print of a rock wall; photograph created by Scott Dimond in Jasper National Park, Alberta, Canada

The Rockface at Horseshoe Lake: Cropped

795 MEGAPIXEL VAST PHOTO
Jasper National Park, Alberta, Canada

400 megapixels! A very high resolution, large-format VAST photo print of ice climbers on a rock wall; landscape photograph created by Scott Dimond on the Weeping Wall along the Icefields Parkway in Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada

Ice climbing the Weeping Wall: Cropped

400 MEGAPIXEL VAST PHOTO
Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada

The Icefields Parkway starts at the townsite of Lake Louise in Banff National Park and travels north to the townsite of Jasper in Jasper National Park. It is a wonderful drive with endless mountain peaks and glaciers to see along the way. This, understandably, makes it a very popular drive in the summer months. In the winter, it can be just as spectacular even if only visited by a comparable few but is my favourite time of year to explore the area.

Along the Icefields Parkway, just at the northern boundary of Banff National Park and located at the western base of Cirrus Mountain is the Weeping Wall. Comprised of a collection of cliffs that are over 300 meters (1000 feet) high, the waterfalls are fed by a spring higher up on the mountain that never stops flowing. In spring and summer, the cliffs are usually covered with cascading waterfalls but in winter, the frozen water creates towering pillars of ice, creating one of the best known and sought-after waterfall ice climbing destinations in Canada.

Nearly as wide as it is tall, it is just a ten-minute hike from the road and presents virtually no avalanche hazard. So, besides its obvious appeal to ice climbers, its close proximity to the Icefields Parkway roadway presents those in the know with a great observation point to take in the view.

It was on this particularly gorgeous day in December 2020 that I set up roadside to create a VAST image of the Weeping Wall. Fortunately, there were already three separate groups of climbers on the ice face, and I was able to include them in the creation of this ultra-high-resolution image. The wall is so vast that at first glance there is no sign of the climbers in the photo. It becomes a bit like a Where's Waldo challenge. But upon closer inspection, they are easier to spot in their brightly coloured climbing gear as they make their way to the top of the Weeping Wall.

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The Icefields Parkway starts at the townsite of Lake Louise in Banff National Park and travels north to the townsite of Jasper in Jasper National Park. It is a wonderful drive with endless mountain peaks and glaciers to see along the way. This, understandably, makes it a very popular drive in the summer months. In the winter, it can be just as spectacular even if only visited by a comparable few but is my favourite time of year to explore the area.

Along the Icefields Parkway, just at the northern boundary of Banff National Park and located at the western base of Cirrus Mountain is the Weeping Wall. Comprised of a collection of cliffs that are over 300 meters (1000 feet) high, the waterfalls are fed by a spring higher up on the mountain that never stops flowing. In spring and summer, the cliffs are usually covered with cascading waterfalls but in winter, the frozen water creates towering pillars of ice, creating one of the best known and sought-after waterfall ice climbing destinations in Canada.

Nearly as wide as it is tall, it is just a ten-minute hike from the road and presents virtually no avalanche hazard. So, besides its obvious appeal to ice climbers, its close proximity to the Icefields Parkway roadway presents those in the know with a great observation point to take in the view.

It was on this particularly gorgeous day in December 2020 that I set up roadside to create a VAST image of the Weeping Wall. Fortunately, there were already three separate groups of climbers on the ice face, and I was able to include them in the creation of this ultra-high-resolution image. The wall is so vast that at first glance there is no sign of the climbers in the photo. It becomes a bit like a Where's Waldo challenge. But upon closer inspection, they are easier to spot in their brightly coloured climbing gear as they make their way to the top of the Weeping Wall.

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265 megapixels! A very high resolution, panorama photo of Turin, Italy; landscape photograph created by Duilio Fiorille from Basilica of Superga over Turin, Piedmont, Italy

Turin and the Alps II

265 MEGAPIXEL VAST PHOTO
Turin, Piedmont, Italy

To make the view of these beautiful mountains adequate, I wanted to create a series of VASTphoto, of which this is the second photograph. I chose the highest and most panoramic point of the city, from the 700 meters of altitude of the Superga hill where the huge basilica of the same name resides. From the top of this hill the view is unique and spectacular, as you can see from the photo. It is possible to see the entire city and all the villages surrounding it with a single glance over a radius of over 100 kilometers in width and about 50 in depth. All the main buildings and the great straight avenues of the city are clearly visible, from ancient to new and modern skyscrapers, up to all the historic buildings of the Savoy. On the other hand, the main alpine peaks stand out on the mountains, including Gran Paradiso (4061 meters high), Rocciamelone (3538 meters high), Orsiera-Rocciavrè (2778 meters high) and many other peaks, a destination for mountaineers and hikers.

The bright light of the morning in this photo, with the totally clear blue sky create a huge details improvement and a great depth to the final image.

Turin is an Italian town of about 850,000 inhabitants, the fourth largest town in Italy by population and the capital of the metropolitan city of the same name and of the Piedmont region. Heart of a metropolitan area with 2 million inhabitants on an approximate surface of about 2 300 km², Turin is the third economic-productive complex in the country and one of the major university, artistic, tourist, scientific and cultural centers in Italy.

In its territory there are also areas and buildings included in two assets protected by UNESCO: some buildings and areas that are part of the Savoyard residences circuit in Piedmont (world heritage) and the area of the Po hills (biosphere reserve).

A city with a two-thousand-year history, it was probably founded near its present location, around the third century BC, by the Taurini, then transformed into a Roman colony by Augustus with the name of Iulia Augusta Taurinorum in the first century BC. After the Ostrogothic dominion, it was the capital of an important Lombard duchy, and then passed, after becoming the capital of the Carolingian brand, under the nominal lordship of the Savoy in the eleventh century. City of the homonymous duchy, in 1563 it became its capital. From 1720 it was the capital of the Kingdom of Sardinia (even if only de facto until the perfect merger of 1847, when it also became one formally), a state that in the nineteenth century would lead to Italian unification and that made Turin the first capital of the Kingdom of 'Italy (from 1861 to 1865).

Site in 2006 of the XX Winter Olympic Games, birthplace of some of the major symbols of Made in Italy in the world, such as Vermouth, gianduja chocolate and espresso coffee, it is the hub of the Italian automotive industry, as well as an important center of publishing, banking and insurance, information technology, cinema, food and wine, aerospace, industrial design, sport and fashion.

It is home to very important museums, including the Egyptian Museum, the second largest in the world.
One of the peculiar characteristics of the city, which make it unique in the world, is the presence of mountain ranges that surround it for a radius of over 100 kilometers, the Alps. Some of these peaks are among the highest in Europe and Turin is the city with the largest number of high mountains around it in the entire European continent.

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To make the view of these beautiful mountains adequate, I wanted to create a series of VASTphoto, of which this is the second photograph. I chose the highest and most panoramic point of the city, from the 700 meters of altitude of the Superga hill where the huge basilica of the same name resides. From the top of this hill the view is unique and spectacular, as you can see from the photo. It is possible to see the entire city and all the villages surrounding it with a single glance over a radius of over 100 kilometers in width and about 50 in depth. All the main buildings and the great straight avenues of the city are clearly visible, from ancient to new and modern skyscrapers, up to all the historic buildings of the Savoy. On the other hand, the main alpine peaks stand out on the mountains, including Gran Paradiso (4061 meters high), Rocciamelone (3538 meters high), Orsiera-Rocciavrè (2778 meters high) and many other peaks, a destination for mountaineers and hikers.

The bright light of the morning in this photo, with the totally clear blue sky create a huge details improvement and a great depth to the final image.

Turin is an Italian town of about 850,000 inhabitants, the fourth largest town in Italy by population and the capital of the metropolitan city of the same name and of the Piedmont region. Heart of a metropolitan area with 2 million inhabitants on an approximate surface of about 2 300 km², Turin is the third economic-productive complex in the country and one of the major university, artistic, tourist, scientific and cultural centers in Italy.

In its territory there are also areas and buildings included in two assets protected by UNESCO: some buildings and areas that are part of the Savoyard residences circuit in Piedmont (world heritage) and the area of the Po hills (biosphere reserve).

A city with a two-thousand-year history, it was probably founded near its present location, around the third century BC, by the Taurini, then transformed into a Roman colony by Augustus with the name of Iulia Augusta Taurinorum in the first century BC. After the Ostrogothic dominion, it was the capital of an important Lombard duchy, and then passed, after becoming the capital of the Carolingian brand, under the nominal lordship of the Savoy in the eleventh century. City of the homonymous duchy, in 1563 it became its capital. From 1720 it was the capital of the Kingdom of Sardinia (even if only de facto until the perfect merger of 1847, when it also became one formally), a state that in the nineteenth century would lead to Italian unification and that made Turin the first capital of the Kingdom of 'Italy (from 1861 to 1865).

Site in 2006 of the XX Winter Olympic Games, birthplace of some of the major symbols of Made in Italy in the world, such as Vermouth, gianduja chocolate and espresso coffee, it is the hub of the Italian automotive industry, as well as an important center of publishing, banking and insurance, information technology, cinema, food and wine, aerospace, industrial design, sport and fashion.

It is home to very important museums, including the Egyptian Museum, the second largest in the world.
One of the peculiar characteristics of the city, which make it unique in the world, is the presence of mountain ranges that surround it for a radius of over 100 kilometers, the Alps. Some of these peaks are among the highest in Europe and Turin is the city with the largest number of high mountains around it in the entire European continent.

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1,093 megapixels! A very high resolution, large-format VAST photo print of the city of Turin, Italy in front of the Alps; landscape photograph created by Duilio Fiorille in Turin, Piedmont, Italy

Turin and the Alps I

1,093 MEGAPIXEL VAST PHOTO
Turin, Piedmont, Italy

Turin is an Italian town of about 850,000 inhabitants, the fourth largest town in Italy by population and the capital of the metropolitan city of the same name and of the Piedmont region.

Heart of a metropolitan area with 2 million inhabitants on an approximate surface of about 2 300 km², Turin is the third economic-productive complex in the country and one of the major university, artistic, tourist, scientific and cultural centers in Italy. In its territory there are also areas and buildings included in two assets protected by UNESCO: some buildings and areas that are part of the Savoyard residences circuit in Piedmont (world heritage) and the area of the Po hills (biosphere reserve).

A city with a two-thousand-year history, it was probably founded near its present location, around the third century BC, by the Taurini, then transformed into a Roman colony by Augustus with the name of Iulia Augusta Taurinorum in the first century BC. After the Ostrogothic dominion, it was the capital of an important Lombard duchy, and then passed, after becoming the capital of the Carolingian brand, under the nominal lordship of the Savoy in the eleventh century. City of the homonymous duchy, in 1563 it became its capital. From 1720 it was the capital of the Kingdom of Sardinia (even if only de facto until the perfect merger of 1847, when it also became one formally), a state that in the nineteenth century would lead to Italian unification and that made Turin the first capital of the Kingdom of 'Italy (from 1861 to 1865).

Site in 2006 of the XX Winter Olympic Games, birthplace of some of the major symbols of Made in Italy in the world, such as Vermouth, gianduja chocolate and espresso coffee, it is the hub of the Italian automotive industry, as well as an important center of publishing, banking and insurance, information technology, cinema, food and wine, aerospace, industrial design, sport and fashion. It is home to very important museums, including the Egyptian Museum, the second largest in the world.

One of the peculiar characteristics of the city, which make it unique in the world, is the presence of mountain ranges that surround it for a radius of over 100 kilometers, the Alps. Some of these peaks are among the highest in Europe and Turin is the city with the largest number of high mountains around it in the entire European continent.

To make the view of these beautiful mountains adequate, I wanted to create a series of VASTphoto, of which this is the first photograph. I chose the highest and most panoramic point of the city, from the 700 meters of altitude of the Superga hill where the huge basilica of the same name resides. From the top of this hill the view is unique and spectacular, as you can see from the photo. It is possible to see the entire city and all the villages surrounding it with a single glance over a radius of over 100 kilometers in width and about 50 in depth. All the main buildings and the great straight avenues of the city are clearly visible, from the spire construction of the Mole Antonelliana, its symbol, to the new and modern skyscrapers, up to all the historic buildings of the Savoy. On the other hand, the main alpine peaks stand out on the mountains, including Gran Paradiso (4061 meters high), Monviso (3841 meters high), Rocciamelone (3538 meters high) and many other peaks, a destination for mountaineers and hikers.

The cold light of dawn in this photo, with the sky creating a transition of light and color, gives this photo a very special atmosphere.

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Turin is an Italian town of about 850,000 inhabitants, the fourth largest town in Italy by population and the capital of the metropolitan city of the same name and of the Piedmont region.

Heart of a metropolitan area with 2 million inhabitants on an approximate surface of about 2 300 km², Turin is the third economic-productive complex in the country and one of the major university, artistic, tourist, scientific and cultural centers in Italy. In its territory there are also areas and buildings included in two assets protected by UNESCO: some buildings and areas that are part of the Savoyard residences circuit in Piedmont (world heritage) and the area of the Po hills (biosphere reserve).

A city with a two-thousand-year history, it was probably founded near its present location, around the third century BC, by the Taurini, then transformed into a Roman colony by Augustus with the name of Iulia Augusta Taurinorum in the first century BC. After the Ostrogothic dominion, it was the capital of an important Lombard duchy, and then passed, after becoming the capital of the Carolingian brand, under the nominal lordship of the Savoy in the eleventh century. City of the homonymous duchy, in 1563 it became its capital. From 1720 it was the capital of the Kingdom of Sardinia (even if only de facto until the perfect merger of 1847, when it also became one formally), a state that in the nineteenth century would lead to Italian unification and that made Turin the first capital of the Kingdom of 'Italy (from 1861 to 1865).

Site in 2006 of the XX Winter Olympic Games, birthplace of some of the major symbols of Made in Italy in the world, such as Vermouth, gianduja chocolate and espresso coffee, it is the hub of the Italian automotive industry, as well as an important center of publishing, banking and insurance, information technology, cinema, food and wine, aerospace, industrial design, sport and fashion. It is home to very important museums, including the Egyptian Museum, the second largest in the world.

One of the peculiar characteristics of the city, which make it unique in the world, is the presence of mountain ranges that surround it for a radius of over 100 kilometers, the Alps. Some of these peaks are among the highest in Europe and Turin is the city with the largest number of high mountains around it in the entire European continent.

To make the view of these beautiful mountains adequate, I wanted to create a series of VASTphoto, of which this is the first photograph. I chose the highest and most panoramic point of the city, from the 700 meters of altitude of the Superga hill where the huge basilica of the same name resides. From the top of this hill the view is unique and spectacular, as you can see from the photo. It is possible to see the entire city and all the villages surrounding it with a single glance over a radius of over 100 kilometers in width and about 50 in depth. All the main buildings and the great straight avenues of the city are clearly visible, from the spire construction of the Mole Antonelliana, its symbol, to the new and modern skyscrapers, up to all the historic buildings of the Savoy. On the other hand, the main alpine peaks stand out on the mountains, including Gran Paradiso (4061 meters high), Monviso (3841 meters high), Rocciamelone (3538 meters high) and many other peaks, a destination for mountaineers and hikers.

The cold light of dawn in this photo, with the sky creating a transition of light and color, gives this photo a very special atmosphere.

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606 megapixels! A very high resolution, large-format VAST photo print of the Thomas Jefferson Memorial & Washington Monument; photograph created by Tim Lo Monaco at the Tidal Basin on the National Mall in Washington, D.C.

Thomas Jefferson Memorial & Washington Monument Winter Morning

606 MEGAPIXEL VAST PHOTO
Thomas Jefferson Memorial, National Mall, Washington, D.C.

The Thomas Jefferson Memorial on the National Mall is located at the southern end of the Tidal Basin in Washington, D.C. This memorial is dedicated to Thomas Jefferson, an integral American Founding Father, one of the main writers of the Declaration of Independence, member of the Continental Congress and second president of the United States. The neoclassical architecture commonplace in Washington, D.C. is evident in this memorial with its circular marble steps, ionic order columns and shallow dome. It is open to the elements and managed by the National Mall and Memorial Parks division of the National Park Service.

The pediment, sculpted by Adolph Alexander Weinman, depicts the “Committee of Five” who drafted and presented to Congress, the delegates of the Thirteen Colonies, what would become America’s Declaration of Independence of July 4, 1776. The Committee of Five included Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, Roger Sherman, and Robert Livingston.

The Washington Monument is among the most well-known landmarks of Washington, D.C. The obelisk dedicated to the first president of the United States stands over 500 feet tall. Construction began in 1848 and didn’t finished for nearly 40 years due to lack of funding and the American Civil War. Made of marble, granite and bluestone gneiss; one can see the different shades in color of the stone between the bottom and top sections of the monument as the quarry stone couldn’t be matched after a two-decade long gap in construction. Fifty flags surround the base of the structure, symbolizing the fifty states of the Union.

I shot this high-resolution photo of the Jefferson Memorial and the Washington Monument on a frigid winter morning by stitching fifty-four photos together (three rows of eighteen images). Most times when shooting these images, one would go in order, ie start at the top left and go row by row but in this particular image I was a bit all over the place. A busload of students was dropped off just as I was starting to take the series so I went back in forth between rows and positions to get the frames with the Jefferson Memorial without people.

Washington, D.C. has no shortage of great areas to walk around and explore. Certain times of year like this winter morning with the frozen Tidal Basin, I shot a series of the interior with not a soul in sight but a few minutes later there were forty children exploring the monument. The public space is truly a place for all; I’d recommend it for anyone wanting a beautiful place to see some history of the United States and to pass the time and reflect.

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The Thomas Jefferson Memorial on the National Mall is located at the southern end of the Tidal Basin in Washington, D.C. This memorial is dedicated to Thomas Jefferson, an integral American Founding Father, one of the main writers of the Declaration of Independence, member of the Continental Congress and second president of the United States. The neoclassical architecture commonplace in Washington, D.C. is evident in this memorial with its circular marble steps, ionic order columns and shallow dome. It is open to the elements and managed by the National Mall and Memorial Parks division of the National Park Service.

The pediment, sculpted by Adolph Alexander Weinman, depicts the “Committee of Five” who drafted and presented to Congress, the delegates of the Thirteen Colonies, what would become America’s Declaration of Independence of July 4, 1776. The Committee of Five included Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, Roger Sherman, and Robert Livingston.

The Washington Monument is among the most well-known landmarks of Washington, D.C. The obelisk dedicated to the first president of the United States stands over 500 feet tall. Construction began in 1848 and didn’t finished for nearly 40 years due to lack of funding and the American Civil War. Made of marble, granite and bluestone gneiss; one can see the different shades in color of the stone between the bottom and top sections of the monument as the quarry stone couldn’t be matched after a two-decade long gap in construction. Fifty flags surround the base of the structure, symbolizing the fifty states of the Union.

I shot this high-resolution photo of the Jefferson Memorial and the Washington Monument on a frigid winter morning by stitching fifty-four photos together (three rows of eighteen images). Most times when shooting these images, one would go in order, ie start at the top left and go row by row but in this particular image I was a bit all over the place. A busload of students was dropped off just as I was starting to take the series so I went back in forth between rows and positions to get the frames with the Jefferson Memorial without people.

Washington, D.C. has no shortage of great areas to walk around and explore. Certain times of year like this winter morning with the frozen Tidal Basin, I shot a series of the interior with not a soul in sight but a few minutes later there were forty children exploring the monument. The public space is truly a place for all; I’d recommend it for anyone wanting a beautiful place to see some history of the United States and to pass the time and reflect.

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337 megapixels! A very high resolution, large-format VAST photo print of Grinzane Cavour Castle; photograph created by Duilio Fiorille in Grinzane Cavour, Italy

Grinzane Cavour Castle

337 MEGAPIXEL VAST PHOTO
Grinzane Cavour, Italy

The castle of Grinzane Cavour is a fortification located in Grinzane Cavour in the province of Cuneo.

The historical information on its origins is extremely scarce and there are many doubts about its construction date: there are those who place it in the thirteenth century and those who maintain that the construction of the tower dates back to 1350 and the rest to a later period. It is actually probable that the large tower constituted the primitive nucleus of the building and the subsequent bodies therefore completed it.

Around the fifteenth century the castle and the surrounding land belonged to the Marquis of Busca, whose noble coats of arms were in fact discovered under the plaster of some rooms.
The castle then passed by numerous owners of which little news remains until, in the nineteenth century, the castle hosted a figure of the Risorgimento for almost twenty years: Camillo Benso Conte di Cavour. The statesman arrived there in 1830, as a guest of his uncles, the De Tonnerre family.
In charge of administering these family assets, Camillo Benso demonstrated organizational capacity and openness to new scientific acquisitions. He gave a new imprint to local agriculture: he drew canals, adopted new rational cultivation systems, planted two hundred thousand new vines and attempted the cultivation of beets. He was appointed mayor of the small town in May 1832 at the age of twenty-two and he held this position until February 1849.

Since 2014 it has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The castle is well preserved, it looks like an imposing rectangular building with a keep that occupies an entire wing, and a "U" shaped factory decorated with a series of turrets: two square and two, external and hanging, roundabout. Many windows open on the main facades to the east and west, only two on the north facade, while on the south side they are numerous and neatly aligned on three floors.
On 23 October 2010 a new building was inaugurated, designed by the architect Giorgio Teggi. The new wing is built inside the hill on which the ancient manor stands and includes offices and multifunctional environments: a 60-seat Teaching Room and a Congress Hall with over 250 seats and audio and video equipment.

Every year, at the beginning of November, the World Auction of the White Truffle of Alba takes place in the castle of Grinzane Cavour, which sees the participation of famous personalities from Italian politics, culture and the international jet set.
The auction is not for profit, as the proceeds from the sale of specimens of white truffles (Tuber Magnatum Pico) are entirely donated to hospitals, medical research institutes or other charitable organizations.

In this VASTphoto the castle has been photographed during a beautiful sunset on the first days of January 2021, with the surrounded vineyards snowed. These vineyards are famous for many wines, all five stars quality, renowned in all the world. Also in the winter season, the vineyards are extremely curated and clean, due to extraordinary quality of their grapes. Every row of the vine is numered and developed in a straight line with every single plants placed on a intricate wires structure to permit them to grow in the correct way and generate the precious wine in the autumn season

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The castle of Grinzane Cavour is a fortification located in Grinzane Cavour in the province of Cuneo.

The historical information on its origins is extremely scarce and there are many doubts about its construction date: there are those who place it in the thirteenth century and those who maintain that the construction of the tower dates back to 1350 and the rest to a later period. It is actually probable that the large tower constituted the primitive nucleus of the building and the subsequent bodies therefore completed it.

Around the fifteenth century the castle and the surrounding land belonged to the Marquis of Busca, whose noble coats of arms were in fact discovered under the plaster of some rooms.
The castle then passed by numerous owners of which little news remains until, in the nineteenth century, the castle hosted a figure of the Risorgimento for almost twenty years: Camillo Benso Conte di Cavour. The statesman arrived there in 1830, as a guest of his uncles, the De Tonnerre family.
In charge of administering these family assets, Camillo Benso demonstrated organizational capacity and openness to new scientific acquisitions. He gave a new imprint to local agriculture: he drew canals, adopted new rational cultivation systems, planted two hundred thousand new vines and attempted the cultivation of beets. He was appointed mayor of the small town in May 1832 at the age of twenty-two and he held this position until February 1849.

Since 2014 it has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The castle is well preserved, it looks like an imposing rectangular building with a keep that occupies an entire wing, and a "U" shaped factory decorated with a series of turrets: two square and two, external and hanging, roundabout. Many windows open on the main facades to the east and west, only two on the north facade, while on the south side they are numerous and neatly aligned on three floors.
On 23 October 2010 a new building was inaugurated, designed by the architect Giorgio Teggi. The new wing is built inside the hill on which the ancient manor stands and includes offices and multifunctional environments: a 60-seat Teaching Room and a Congress Hall with over 250 seats and audio and video equipment.

Every year, at the beginning of November, the World Auction of the White Truffle of Alba takes place in the castle of Grinzane Cavour, which sees the participation of famous personalities from Italian politics, culture and the international jet set.
The auction is not for profit, as the proceeds from the sale of specimens of white truffles (Tuber Magnatum Pico) are entirely donated to hospitals, medical research institutes or other charitable organizations.

In this VASTphoto the castle has been photographed during a beautiful sunset on the first days of January 2021, with the surrounded vineyards snowed. These vineyards are famous for many wines, all five stars quality, renowned in all the world. Also in the winter season, the vineyards are extremely curated and clean, due to extraordinary quality of their grapes. Every row of the vine is numered and developed in a straight line with every single plants placed on a intricate wires structure to permit them to grow in the correct way and generate the precious wine in the autumn season

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1,429 megapixels! A very high resolution, wallpaper photo of climbers climbing an ice wall; landscape photograph created by Scott Dimond in Weeping Wall, Icefields Parkway, Banff National Park, Alberta Canada

Ice climbing the Weeping Wall

1,429 MEGAPIXEL VAST PHOTO
Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada

The Icefields Parkway starts at the townsite of Lake Louise in Banff National Park and travels north to the townsite of Jasper in Jasper National Park. It is a wonderful drive with endless mountain peaks and glaciers to see along the way. This, understandably, makes it a very popular drive in the summer months. In the winter, it can be just as spectacular even if only visited by a comparable few but is my favourite time of year to explore the area.

Along the Icefields Parkway, just at the northern boundary of Banff National Park and located at the western base of Cirrus Mountain is the Weeping Wall. Comprised of a collection of cliffs that are over 300 meters (1000 feet) high, the waterfalls are fed by a spring higher up on the mountain that never stops flowing. In spring and summer, the cliffs are usually covered with cascading waterfalls but in winter, the frozen water creates towering pillars of ice, creating one of the best known and sought-after waterfall ice climbing destinations in Canada.

Nearly as wide as it is tall, it is just a ten-minute hike from the road and presents virtually no avalanche hazard. So, besides its obvious appeal to ice climbers, its close proximity to the Icefields Parkway roadway presents those in the know with a great observation point to take in the view.

It was on this particularly gorgeous day in December 2020 that I set up roadside to create a VAST image of the Weeping Wall. Fortunately, there were already three separate groups of climbers on the ice face, and I was able to include them in the creation of this ultra-high-resolution image. The wall is so vast that at first glance there is no sign of the climbers in the photo. It becomes a bit like a Where's Waldo challenge. But upon closer inspection, they are easier to spot in their brightly coloured climbing gear as they make their way to the top of the Weeping Wall.

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The Icefields Parkway starts at the townsite of Lake Louise in Banff National Park and travels north to the townsite of Jasper in Jasper National Park. It is a wonderful drive with endless mountain peaks and glaciers to see along the way. This, understandably, makes it a very popular drive in the summer months. In the winter, it can be just as spectacular even if only visited by a comparable few but is my favourite time of year to explore the area.

Along the Icefields Parkway, just at the northern boundary of Banff National Park and located at the western base of Cirrus Mountain is the Weeping Wall. Comprised of a collection of cliffs that are over 300 meters (1000 feet) high, the waterfalls are fed by a spring higher up on the mountain that never stops flowing. In spring and summer, the cliffs are usually covered with cascading waterfalls but in winter, the frozen water creates towering pillars of ice, creating one of the best known and sought-after waterfall ice climbing destinations in Canada.

Nearly as wide as it is tall, it is just a ten-minute hike from the road and presents virtually no avalanche hazard. So, besides its obvious appeal to ice climbers, its close proximity to the Icefields Parkway roadway presents those in the know with a great observation point to take in the view.

It was on this particularly gorgeous day in December 2020 that I set up roadside to create a VAST image of the Weeping Wall. Fortunately, there were already three separate groups of climbers on the ice face, and I was able to include them in the creation of this ultra-high-resolution image. The wall is so vast that at first glance there is no sign of the climbers in the photo. It becomes a bit like a Where's Waldo challenge. But upon closer inspection, they are easier to spot in their brightly coloured climbing gear as they make their way to the top of the Weeping Wall.

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1,275 megapixels! A very high resolution, abstract photo of a church; photograph created by Tim Lo Monaco in The Riverside Church, Manhattan, New York, New York

Riverside Church Spherical Panorama II

1,275 MEGAPIXEL VAST PHOTO
The Riverside Church, Manhattan, New York, New York

The Riverside Church in Manhattan, is situated at one of the highest points of New York City, overlooking the Hudson River and 122nd Street. Riverside was conceived and built by John D. Rockefeller. It is 100 feet wide and covers two city blocks. Construction began in 1927 with the first service held on October 5, 1930. The Nave seats nearly 2,000 worshipers. The tower rises nearly 400 feet high and houses the carillon’s 20-ton bourdon bell, the largest tuned bell in the world.

I stumbled upon this church during a visit to New York City with my wife in 2013. I was truly amazed at its size and splendor, yet it didn’t feel out of place considering the large scale of the metropolis in which it resides. But how to capture this grandeur in a photo? Take a photo of everything and make it a single photo! While not to everyone’s taste; I’m so fascinated with surreal perspective captured in the final image.

To create a spherical panorama or “little planet”, imagine taking photos of every angle as viewed from where you stand, including the points directly under your feet and straight above you. Combine all those photos into a single image and the end-result would be the view from inside a three-dimensional sphere. Flatten that into two-dimensions and you have what you see here. I chose the vaulted ceiling directly above me as the center point.

The symmetry of twisting lines and bending shapes grab my attention, but even more interesting is the incredible amount of detail found when delving deeper into the image, from the wood-worked carvings, engravings, and stained glass windows. With its impressive architecture and craftsmanship, it was well-worth the hike uptown in Manhattan to visit.

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The Riverside Church in Manhattan, is situated at one of the highest points of New York City, overlooking the Hudson River and 122nd Street. Riverside was conceived and built by John D. Rockefeller. It is 100 feet wide and covers two city blocks. Construction began in 1927 with the first service held on October 5, 1930. The Nave seats nearly 2,000 worshipers. The tower rises nearly 400 feet high and houses the carillon’s 20-ton bourdon bell, the largest tuned bell in the world.

I stumbled upon this church during a visit to New York City with my wife in 2013. I was truly amazed at its size and splendor, yet it didn’t feel out of place considering the large scale of the metropolis in which it resides. But how to capture this grandeur in a photo? Take a photo of everything and make it a single photo! While not to everyone’s taste; I’m so fascinated with surreal perspective captured in the final image.

To create a spherical panorama or “little planet”, imagine taking photos of every angle as viewed from where you stand, including the points directly under your feet and straight above you. Combine all those photos into a single image and the end-result would be the view from inside a three-dimensional sphere. Flatten that into two-dimensions and you have what you see here. I chose the vaulted ceiling directly above me as the center point.

The symmetry of twisting lines and bending shapes grab my attention, but even more interesting is the incredible amount of detail found when delving deeper into the image, from the wood-worked carvings, engravings, and stained glass windows. With its impressive architecture and craftsmanship, it was well-worth the hike uptown in Manhattan to visit.

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1,414 megapixels! A very high resolution, large-format VAST photo print of bales of hay; wallpaper photograph created by Scott Dimond in Aldersyde, Alberta, Canada

Hay Wall

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Aldersyde, Alberta, Canada

I had been thinking of creating this type of image for a while but I needed to come across the right huge pile of hay bales in the right light.

There is something that just appeals to me about creating an ultra-high-resolution image that contains just one subject. There are no distracting external factors, just more of the same in great detail.

I can imagine one wall of a huge stable being covered with this image. I look forward to seeing what other creative uses our customers come up with.

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I had been thinking of creating this type of image for a while but I needed to come across the right huge pile of hay bales in the right light.

There is something that just appeals to me about creating an ultra-high-resolution image that contains just one subject. There are no distracting external factors, just more of the same in great detail.

I can imagine one wall of a huge stable being covered with this image. I look forward to seeing what other creative uses our customers come up with.

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121 megapixels! A very high resolution, large-format VAST photo print of Union Station in Washington, DC; architecture photograph created by Tim Lo Monaco in Washington Union Station, Washington, D.C.

Doorway at Union Station, Washington, D.C.

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Washington Union Station, Washington, D.C.

Union Station is the ground transportation hub of Washington, D.C. that provides local, regional and interstate routes for trains and buses. This train station was designed by architect Daniel Burnham and opened in 1907. Union Station exudes a grandeur in the architectural details in the interior and exterior influenced by classical Roman and Greek architecture.

Union Station in DC is a photogenic place. It’s easy to find inspiration all over. I was taken by this doorway, a simple entrance to the side of the building because of its vaulted archway, details in the stonework, and the aged wood of the door itself. This particular doorway is on the eastern side of the façade of Union Station.

The symmetry and detail make this such a grand doorway in my eyes and inspired this photo. On a summer evening after exploring the area I set up my tripod and panoramic head and shot six input images comprised of three bracketed exposures each for this vertical panoramic stitch.

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Union Station is the ground transportation hub of Washington, D.C. that provides local, regional and interstate routes for trains and buses. This train station was designed by architect Daniel Burnham and opened in 1907. Union Station exudes a grandeur in the architectural details in the interior and exterior influenced by classical Roman and Greek architecture.

Union Station in DC is a photogenic place. It’s easy to find inspiration all over. I was taken by this doorway, a simple entrance to the side of the building because of its vaulted archway, details in the stonework, and the aged wood of the door itself. This particular doorway is on the eastern side of the façade of Union Station.

The symmetry and detail make this such a grand doorway in my eyes and inspired this photo. On a summer evening after exploring the area I set up my tripod and panoramic head and shot six input images comprised of three bracketed exposures each for this vertical panoramic stitch.

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501 megapixels! A very high resolution, large-format VAST photo print of an architectural element of a building; fine art photograph created by Tim Lo Monaco in The Federal Triangle, Washington, D.C.

Federal Triangle Archway B&W

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The Federal Triangle, Washington, D.C.

The Federal Triangle refers to the triangular area between Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Constitution Avenue NW, 15th St NW, & E St NW beside the National Mall. Exiting the Federal Triangle Metro station, one would find grand neoclassical buildings that house nine enormous federal buildings with government offices including the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, U.S Department of Justice, U.S. Attorney General, National Archives, and the Federal Trade Commission to name a few.

I noticed this archway one day as I headed to the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History and knew I had to come back one day with my gear to take a proper photo. Washington, D.C. has a distinct feel downtown with myriad impressive buildings with their neoclassical architecture. I was taken by the simplistic beauty of the curved walkway with its windows and hanging lanterns guiding my eye down the path of geometric shapes.

Early on a cold Saturday morning in February I made my attempt to avoid the crowds of government workers who flood this hallway during the week. I started the morning with my planned sunrise shot of the U.S. Capitol Building & Reflecting Pool found here. I then hopped on a bicycle from the bike-share and whisked over here and was pleased to find few people and perfect light casting deep shadows on the hallway. Any day taking photos in Washington, D.C. is a good one, yet it’s satisfying to reflect after shooting and to know you were able to capture your previsualized images.

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The Federal Triangle refers to the triangular area between Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Constitution Avenue NW, 15th St NW, & E St NW beside the National Mall. Exiting the Federal Triangle Metro station, one would find grand neoclassical buildings that house nine enormous federal buildings with government offices including the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, U.S Department of Justice, U.S. Attorney General, National Archives, and the Federal Trade Commission to name a few.

I noticed this archway one day as I headed to the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History and knew I had to come back one day with my gear to take a proper photo. Washington, D.C. has a distinct feel downtown with myriad impressive buildings with their neoclassical architecture. I was taken by the simplistic beauty of the curved walkway with its windows and hanging lanterns guiding my eye down the path of geometric shapes.

Early on a cold Saturday morning in February I made my attempt to avoid the crowds of government workers who flood this hallway during the week. I started the morning with my planned sunrise shot of the U.S. Capitol Building & Reflecting Pool found here. I then hopped on a bicycle from the bike-share and whisked over here and was pleased to find few people and perfect light casting deep shadows on the hallway. Any day taking photos in Washington, D.C. is a good one, yet it’s satisfying to reflect after shooting and to know you were able to capture your previsualized images.

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501 megapixels! A very high resolution, large-format VAST photo print of the architecture in Washington, DC; photograph created by Tim Lo Monaco in The Federal Triangle, Washington, D.C.

Federal Triangle Archway

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The Federal Triangle, Washington, D.C.

The Federal Triangle refers to the triangular area between Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Constitution Avenue NW, 15th St NW, & E St NW beside the National Mall. Exiting the Federal Triangle Metro station, one would find grand neoclassical buildings that house nine enormous federal buildings with government offices including the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, U.S Department of Justice, U.S. Attorney General, National Archives, and the Federal Trade Commission to name a few.

I noticed this archway one day as I headed to the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History and knew I had to come back one day with my gear to take a proper photo. Washington, D.C. has a distinct feel downtown with myriad impressive buildings with their neoclassical architecture. I was taken by the simplistic beauty of the curved walkway with its windows and hanging lanterns guiding my eye down the path of geometric shapes.

Early on a cold Saturday morning in February I made my attempt to avoid the crowds of government workers who flood this hallway during the week. I started the morning with my planned sunrise shot of the U.S. Capitol Building & Reflecting Pool found here. I then hopped on a bicycle from the bike-share and whisked over here and was pleased to find few people and perfect light casting deep shadows on the hallway. Any day taking photos in Washington, D.C. is a good one, yet it’s satisfying to reflect after shooting and to know you were able to capture your pre-visualized images.

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The Federal Triangle refers to the triangular area between Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Constitution Avenue NW, 15th St NW, & E St NW beside the National Mall. Exiting the Federal Triangle Metro station, one would find grand neoclassical buildings that house nine enormous federal buildings with government offices including the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, U.S Department of Justice, U.S. Attorney General, National Archives, and the Federal Trade Commission to name a few.

I noticed this archway one day as I headed to the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History and knew I had to come back one day with my gear to take a proper photo. Washington, D.C. has a distinct feel downtown with myriad impressive buildings with their neoclassical architecture. I was taken by the simplistic beauty of the curved walkway with its windows and hanging lanterns guiding my eye down the path of geometric shapes.

Early on a cold Saturday morning in February I made my attempt to avoid the crowds of government workers who flood this hallway during the week. I started the morning with my planned sunrise shot of the U.S. Capitol Building & Reflecting Pool found here. I then hopped on a bicycle from the bike-share and whisked over here and was pleased to find few people and perfect light casting deep shadows on the hallway. Any day taking photos in Washington, D.C. is a good one, yet it’s satisfying to reflect after shooting and to know you were able to capture your pre-visualized images.

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1,871 megapixels! A very high resolution, abstract VAST photo of a church; photograph created by Tim Lo Monaco in The Riverside Church, Manhattan, New York, New York

Riverside Church Spherical Panorama 1: Cropped

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The Riverside Church, Manhattan, New York, New York

The Riverside Church in Manhattan, is situated at one of the highest points of New York City, overlooking the Hudson River and 122nd Street. Riverside was conceived and built by John D. Rockefeller. It is 100 feet wide and covers two city blocks. Construction began in 1927 with the first service held on October 5, 1930. The Nave seats nearly 2,000 worshipers. The tower rises nearly 400 feet high and houses the carillon’s 20-ton bourdon bell, the largest tuned bell in the world.

I stumbled upon this church during a visit to New York City with my wife in 2013. I was truly amazed at its size and splendor, yet it didn’t feel out of place considering the large scale of the metropolis in which it resides. But how to capture this grandeur in a photo? Take a photo of everything and make it a single photo! While not to everyone’s taste; I’m so fascinated with surreal perspective captured in the final image.

To create a spherical panorama or “little planet”, imagine taking photos of every angle as viewed from where you stand, including the points directly under your feet and straight above you. Combine all those photos into a single image and the end-result would be the view from inside a three-dimensional sphere. Flatten that into two-dimensions and you have what you see here. I chose the vaulted ceiling directly above me as the center point.

The symmetry of twisting lines and bending shapes grab my attention, but even more interesting is the incredible amount of detail found when delving deeper into the image, from the wood-worked carvings, engravings, and stained glass windows. With its impressive architecture and craftsmanship, it was well-worth the hike uptown in Manhattan to visit.

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The Riverside Church in Manhattan, is situated at one of the highest points of New York City, overlooking the Hudson River and 122nd Street. Riverside was conceived and built by John D. Rockefeller. It is 100 feet wide and covers two city blocks. Construction began in 1927 with the first service held on October 5, 1930. The Nave seats nearly 2,000 worshipers. The tower rises nearly 400 feet high and houses the carillon’s 20-ton bourdon bell, the largest tuned bell in the world.

I stumbled upon this church during a visit to New York City with my wife in 2013. I was truly amazed at its size and splendor, yet it didn’t feel out of place considering the large scale of the metropolis in which it resides. But how to capture this grandeur in a photo? Take a photo of everything and make it a single photo! While not to everyone’s taste; I’m so fascinated with surreal perspective captured in the final image.

To create a spherical panorama or “little planet”, imagine taking photos of every angle as viewed from where you stand, including the points directly under your feet and straight above you. Combine all those photos into a single image and the end-result would be the view from inside a three-dimensional sphere. Flatten that into two-dimensions and you have what you see here. I chose the vaulted ceiling directly above me as the center point.

The symmetry of twisting lines and bending shapes grab my attention, but even more interesting is the incredible amount of detail found when delving deeper into the image, from the wood-worked carvings, engravings, and stained glass windows. With its impressive architecture and craftsmanship, it was well-worth the hike uptown in Manhattan to visit.

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582 megapixels! A very high resolution, large-format VAST photo print of a lake covered in snow; landscape photograph created by Scott Dimond in Medicine Lake, Jasper National Park, Alberta, Canada

Medicine Lake - Winter view

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Medicine Lake, Jasper National Park, Alberta, Canada

In Jasper National Park, Medicine Lake is located between the better-known Maligne Lake and the Jasper townsite. I have always found Medicine Lake to be mesmerizing and that is especially true in the winter. Maybe the fact that it is not even a lake has something to do with it. It is actually a geological anomaly since the Maligne River, which is glacial fed and flows to the Athabasca River, disappears underground at the end of the “lake”.

During the summer months when there is lots of meltwater trying to squeeze underground, the water backs up and creates what looks like a large lake. During the winter, Medicine Lake turns into a meandering collection of channels across the frozen expanse. Combined with the remnants of a July 2015 forest fire, the resultant winter view across the “lake” takes on a sense of surrealism with its combination of white snow, dark water, and blackened trees.

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In Jasper National Park, Medicine Lake is located between the better-known Maligne Lake and the Jasper townsite. I have always found Medicine Lake to be mesmerizing and that is especially true in the winter. Maybe the fact that it is not even a lake has something to do with it. It is actually a geological anomaly since the Maligne River, which is glacial fed and flows to the Athabasca River, disappears underground at the end of the “lake”.

During the summer months when there is lots of meltwater trying to squeeze underground, the water backs up and creates what looks like a large lake. During the winter, Medicine Lake turns into a meandering collection of channels across the frozen expanse. Combined with the remnants of a July 2015 forest fire, the resultant winter view across the “lake” takes on a sense of surrealism with its combination of white snow, dark water, and blackened trees.

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4,207 megapixels! A very high resolution, abstract of a church; creative photograph created by Tim Lo Monaco in The Riverside Church, Manhattan, New York, New York

Riverside Church Spherical Panorama 1

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The Riverside Church, Manhattan, New York, New York

The Riverside Church in Manhattan, is situated at one of the highest points of New York City, overlooking the Hudson River and 122nd Street. Riverside was conceived and built by John D. Rockefeller. It is 100 feet wide and covers two city blocks. Construction began in 1927 with the first service held on October 5, 1930. The Nave seats nearly 2,000 worshipers. The tower rises nearly 400 feet high and houses the carillon’s 20-ton bourdon bell, the largest tuned bell in the world.

I stumbled upon this church during a visit to New York City with my wife in 2013. I was truly amazed at its size and splendor, yet it didn’t feel out of place considering the large scale of the metropolis in which it resides. But how to capture this grandeur in a photo? Take a photo of everything and make it a single photo! While not to everyone’s taste; I’m so fascinated with surreal perspective captured in the final image.

To create a spherical panorama or “little planet”, imagine taking photos of every angle as viewed from where you stand, including the points directly under your feet and straight above you. Combine all those photos into a single image and the end-result would be the view from inside a three-dimensional sphere. Flatten that into two-dimensions and you have what you see here. I chose the vaulted ceiling directly above me as the center point.

The symmetry of twisting lines and bending shapes grab my attention, but even more interesting is the incredible amount of detail found when delving deeper into the image, from the wood-worked carvings, engravings, and stained glass windows. With its impressive architecture and craftsmanship, it was well-worth the hike uptown in Manhattan to visit.

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The Riverside Church in Manhattan, is situated at one of the highest points of New York City, overlooking the Hudson River and 122nd Street. Riverside was conceived and built by John D. Rockefeller. It is 100 feet wide and covers two city blocks. Construction began in 1927 with the first service held on October 5, 1930. The Nave seats nearly 2,000 worshipers. The tower rises nearly 400 feet high and houses the carillon’s 20-ton bourdon bell, the largest tuned bell in the world.

I stumbled upon this church during a visit to New York City with my wife in 2013. I was truly amazed at its size and splendor, yet it didn’t feel out of place considering the large scale of the metropolis in which it resides. But how to capture this grandeur in a photo? Take a photo of everything and make it a single photo! While not to everyone’s taste; I’m so fascinated with surreal perspective captured in the final image.

To create a spherical panorama or “little planet”, imagine taking photos of every angle as viewed from where you stand, including the points directly under your feet and straight above you. Combine all those photos into a single image and the end-result would be the view from inside a three-dimensional sphere. Flatten that into two-dimensions and you have what you see here. I chose the vaulted ceiling directly above me as the center point.

The symmetry of twisting lines and bending shapes grab my attention, but even more interesting is the incredible amount of detail found when delving deeper into the image, from the wood-worked carvings, engravings, and stained glass windows. With its impressive architecture and craftsmanship, it was well-worth the hike uptown in Manhattan to visit.

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