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Jefferson Contemplation in Early Morning

215 megapixel VAST photo
Thomas Jefferson Memorial, National Mall, Washington, D.C.

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215 megapixels! A very high resolution, large-format VAST photo print of the Jefferson Memorial; panorama photograph created by Tim Lo Monaco in Thomas Jefferson Memorial, National Mall, Washington, D.C.

Jefferson Contemplation in Early Morning

215 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 Jefferson Memorial attracts millions of people per year and is oftentimes thick with tourists contesting for limited space. There are ebbs and flows in the tourist season but usually in the early morning it’s calm and I can wait for the few people around to pass out of frame to take a picture. The tranquil aura of the marble columns and bronze statue of Thomas Jefferson calls one to peaceful reflection, with the quiet lapping of the water of the Tidal Basin a distant song.

I wanted to incorporate all of the elements I love about the memorial in a single photo. The engulfing marble columns, the contemplating figure of Jefferson within the dome, and the Washington Monument in the distance. Using a moderate wide-angle lens in a vertical orientation, I created this single-row 360° panorama with ten images.

I enjoy this style of panoramic stitching as it doesn’t create obvious distortion of the columns and distant sites because the vertical lines remain straight. It allows for a perspective that makes one look twice as to what they are seeing rather than the more obvious intent of a traditional photo. Those unfamiliar with the memorial and layout of the National Mall may not realize the Washington Monument is a full 180° from the Jefferson statue. This VAST technique allows for a perspective of which your eyes alone are unable to provide. The peacefulness of the early morning completes the pensive mood of the scene.

Date & TimeSeptember 16, 2016:  7:54am - 7:57am
LocationThomas Jefferson Memorial, National Mall, Washington, D.C.
Coordinates38.881406, -77.036551
Focal Length24mm
Aperturef/13
Shutter Speed1/60 - 2 sec
ISO50
Number of Exposures30

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Total Pixels214,825,626
Horizontal Pixels31,302
Vertical Pixels6,863
Aspect Ratio4.56 : 1
File Size1,228 MB
Width @ 300ppi (perfect)8.7 feet
Height @ 300ppi1.91 feet
Width @ 150ppi (near-perfect)17.39 feet
Height @ 150ppi3.81 feet

Date & TimeSeptember 16, 2016:  7:54am - 7:57am
LocationThomas Jefferson Memorial, National Mall, Washington, D.C.
Coordinates38.881406, -77.036551
Focal Length24mm
Aperturef/13
Shutter Speed1/60 - 2 sec
ISO50
Number of Exposures30

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