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A close-up of "U.S. Capitol Building & Compass at Twilight" by Tim Lo Monaco: an ultra-high-resolution VAST photo.
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915 megapixels! A very high resolution, large-format VAST photo print of the USA Capitol Building and Compass; photograph created by Tim Lo Monaco at the United States Capitol in Washington, D.C., USA.
915 megapixels! A very high resolution, large-format VAST photo print of the USA Capitol Building and Compass; photograph created by Tim Lo Monaco at the United States Capitol in Washington, D.C., USA.
915 megapixels! A very high resolution, large-format VAST photo print of the USA Capitol Building and Compass; photograph created by Tim Lo Monaco at the United States Capitol in Washington, D.C., USA.
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U.S. Capitol Building & Compass at Twilight

915 MEGAPIXELS
915 megapixels! A very high resolution, large-format VAST photo print of the USA Capitol Building and Compass; photograph created by Tim Lo Monaco at the United States Capitol in Washington, D.C., USA.
This photo is 4,257% higher resolution than a typical photo.
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U.S. Capitol Building & Compass at Twilight

915 MEGAPIXEL VAST PHOTO
This photo is
4,257% higher resolution
than a typical photo.
Scroll to learn more.

U.S. Capitol Building & Compass at Twilight

915 MEGAPIXEL VAST PHOTO
United States Capitol, Washington, D.C.

For this photo, I intended to recreate a previous wide angle shot I took in the late afternoon one day while waiting for the sunset at the U.S. Capitol Building. While I took the original photo to experiment during “down time”, it turned out to be as stimulating and enjoyable to create as was my pre-visualized sunset image. Maybe since I have struggled with a poor sense of direction my entire life, I was quite taken by the Compass for both its design as well as the practical purpose to help navigate the immediate area. While I am quite happy the original shot, I felt the traditional photograph didn’t allow for the intended impact I wanted to have when printing on a large scale.

Part of the VAST technique is to not only create an image where a viewer is brought into it via the ability to see the minute details, but to give justice to a beautiful scene by the feeling it evokes. The VAST technique is a labor of love. I could go on for days about the process of making this image, but with the efforts to keep your attention I will sum up the highlights. After sweeping the Compass for 15 minutes to remove every last pebble and debris, I began taking pictures. Soon after, the Capitol Police drove by to tell me I couldn't use a tripod. Nooooo!!!! After some pleading, they yielded, and noted that I had cleaned up the Compass, which was something positive. Who would have known my small dust pan and brush would have saved the day? In fact, this image wouldn't have been possible but for the gracious officers that allowed me to keep my setup for long after my promised finish time.

I originally intended to replicate my original wide angle shot in the late afternoon golden hour. I soon realized after having to take the extra time to expose 16-18 images in each position to achieve the full range of focus for what would turn out to be the foreground of the end image, that my “end image” would provoke a different mood altogether as the light changed so dramatically. The image you see is a blend of 45 input images (5 rows of 9 images) taken over the span of an hour and a half, from the golden hour through sunset and the blue hour. The input images were both exposure blends as well as focus-stacked results which yield a final image that maintains focus from the Compass to the U.S. Capitol Building.

For those like myself who appreciate compositional disruption by having two subjects; the often-overlooked Compass and the U.S. Capitol Building itself, this image will speak loudly. (Those with an established sense of direction who want the wide scope of the magnificent building can refer to the cropped panorama of the U.S. Capitol Building alone)

Date & TimeJuly 20, 2018:  7:29pm - 8:52pm
LocationUnited States Capitol, Washington, D.C.
Coordinates38.889300, -77.009100
Focal Length60mm
Aperturef/11
Shutter1/25 - 1/3 sec
ISO125
Num of Exposures45

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Produced using a specialty, large-format fine art printer operating at 300ppi resolution—the gold standard for sharpness
Printed onto heavyweight, 100% acid-free fine art canvas to preserve color-accuracy and longevity
Created using materials and methods that exceed the rigorous technical standards required to achieve the prized "giclée" industry rating
Designed to meet the most demanding standards for color-permanence set by leading museums
Handmade by award-winning master printmakers with over 4 decades of experience
Optionally accompanied by your choice of elegant floater frame available in a variety of trims
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915 megapixels! A very high resolution, large-format VAST photo print of the USA Capitol Building and Compass; photograph created by Tim Lo Monaco at the United States Capitol in Washington, D.C., USA.
Paper print
Shine-enhancing
protective coating
Laser-exposed at a truly unprecedented 610ppi resolution
Created using fine art paper with a specialty emulsion enabling unsurpassed micro-contrast, ultra-bright whites, and deep blacks
Printed with a chromogenic process that produces "continuous tones" of silky smooth color (other printers use noticeable dots of ink)
Sealed between an extra-thick, shine-enhancing protective coating and a sturdy aluminum composite backing for a sleek look
Award-winning product quality recognized industry-wide
Designed to meet the most demanding standards for color-permanence set by leading museums
Handmade by certified master printmakers with over 4 decades of experience
Hand-signed by the artist and accompanied by our digitally-enhanced, holographic certificate of authenticity
Optionally accompanied by your choice of elegant floater frame available in a variety of trims
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Unlimited number of projects*
Worldwide, perpetual usage*
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Total Pixels914,939,226 px
Width33,819 px
Height27,054 px
Aspect Ratio1.25 : 1
Date & TimeJuly 20, 2018:  7:29pm - 8:52pm
LocationUnited States Capitol, Washington, D.C.
Coordinates38.889300, -77.009100
Focal Length60mm
Aperturef/11
Shutter1/25 - 1/3 sec
ISO125
Num of Exposures45

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915 megapixels
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10 megapixels
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250 megapixels
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full file
915 megapixels
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> 4 ft away
if viewers will be
> 8 ft away
Photo id: 10513