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Lincoln Reflection at Twilight

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Lincoln Memorial, Washington, D.C.

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220 megapixels! A very high resolution, 360-degree VAST photo of the Lincoln Memorial and the National Mall at twilight; panorama photograph created by Tim Lo Monaco in Washington, D.C.

Lincoln Reflection at Twilight

220 MEGAPIXEL VAST PHOTO
Lincoln Memorial, Washington, D.C.

This presidential memorial honors the sixteenth president of the United States, Abraham Lincoln. It is located on the far west end of the National Mall, across from the Washington Monument. Abraham Lincoln led the nation through the American Civil War, both preserving the Union and abolishing slavery.

The Lincoln Memorial is on every tourist’s list of sites to see in Washington, D.C. for good reason; for the importance of both Abraham Lincoln in the path he set for the future of the country as well as that of the surrounding area and its own place in history. The Reflecting Pool has become a symbolically sacred site for the Civil Rights Movement with the March on Washington in 1963, which brought a quarter of a million people to the National Mall and the steps of the memorial on which Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. gave his “I Have a Dream” speech.

This photo not only incorporates the main element of the memorial itself with its solemn prominence in marble and granite, but the frozen Reflecting Pool, World War II Memorial, and Washington Monument opening to the pink hues as twilight yields to sunrise. Filled with people during the day in all seasons, the early morning hours on a cold winter morning allow one to enjoy the Lincoln Memorial almost by himself. The occasional joggers up the marble steps were my only companions on this frigid morning.

I created this single-row 360° panorama with ten photos; the first of three images created within minutes of each other from the same location. Although taken just before the Sunrise version of this photo, the ethereal mood of civil twilight casts the blue color in the sky while the primary light source of the building itself was still the artificial lights, providing the bright illumination of the interior.

The full circle of this single row panorama makes for the initial feel that it was shot with a wide-angle lens but leaves the viewer, many of whom have visited the Lincoln Memorial, wondering where or how exactly this image was taken. The moment of realization that the marble statue of Lincoln and the Reflecting Pool with the Washington Monument are actually opposite each other fascinates me to this day. I enjoy how this method makes for a surreal feel while still being a fairly straightforward image.

Date & TimeFebruary 7, 2015:  6:47am - 6:55am
LocationLincoln Memorial, Washington, D.C.
Coordinates38.889300, -77.050200
Focal Length24mm
Aperturef/13
Shutter Speed1.6 sec - 13 sec
ISO500
Number of Exposures10

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Total Pixels220,359,769
Horizontal Pixels30,893
Vertical Pixels7,133
Aspect Ratio4.33 : 1
File Size1,259 MB
Width @ 300ppi (perfect)8.58 feet
Height @ 300ppi1.98 feet
Width @ 150ppi (near-perfect)17.16 feet
Height @ 150ppi3.96 feet

Date & TimeFebruary 7, 2015:  6:47am - 6:55am
LocationLincoln Memorial, Washington, D.C.
Coordinates38.889300, -77.050200
Focal Length24mm
Aperturef/13
Shutter Speed1.6 sec - 13 sec
ISO500
Number of Exposures10

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