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Idyllic DC

A close-up of "Idyllic DC" by Dan Piech: an ultra-high-resolution VAST photo.
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559 megapixels! A very high resolution, large-format VAST photo print of the Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington, DC during Spring; landscape photo created by Dan Piech

Idyllic DC

Tidal Basin, Washington, DC
People in Washington, DC don't agree on much, but one thing they unanimously agree on is that the most beautiful time of year is the fleeting week in late March when the city turns pink.

In 1912, Tokyo mayor Yukio Ozaki gave thousands of Japanese cherry trees to Washington, DC as a symbol of friendship between Japan and the US. Every year since, for just a few days, all of those trees bloom together at once, radiating a beautiful pink glow across the city. Crowds from across the US descend on the nation's capital to view this gorgeous scene and DC residents retire from their contentious debates to pause for a moment of reflection amid the beauty.

The 2016 period of peak blossoms began with a few days of lackluster weather, causing me to worry that the season would pass without any great photos. Then, the weather suddenly cleared one morning and we had a sublime day at the peak of the blossoms. I set up my gear on a bed of fallen blossoms along the bank of the Tidal Basin while the spring air carried faint wispy clouds and the sounds of chirping birds.

I wanted to capture the idyllic atmosphere of the scene, so I affixed a very strong neutral density filter to the front of the lens. This enabled me to shoot long exposures of the scene when creating this VAST photo, conferring a uniquely dreamy feel to the final image - a fitting mood for the city at its most beautiful.
Date & TimeMarch 23, 2016:  4:28pm
LocationTidal Basin, Washington, DC
Coordinates38.885361, -77.044549
Focal Length100mm
Shutter Speed13 sec
Number of Exposures19

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Total Pixels558,613,024
Horizontal Pixels58,286
Vertical Pixels9,584
Aspect Ratio6.08 : 1
File Size3,192 MB
Width @ 300ppi (perfect)16.19 feet
Height @ 300ppi2.66 feet
Width @ 150ppi (near-perfect)32.38 feet
Height @ 150ppi5.32 feet

Date & TimeMarch 23, 2016:  4:28pm
LocationTidal Basin, Washington, DC
Coordinates38.885361, -77.044549
Focal Length100mm
Shutter Speed13 sec
Number of Exposures19

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