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Union Station Main Hall

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A close-up of "Union Station Main Hall" by Tim Lo Monaco: an ultra-high-resolution VAST photo.
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2,128 megapixels! A very high resolution, large-format VAST photo print of Washington DC architecture; interior photograph created by Tim Lo Monaco in Main Hall at Union Station, Washington, D.C.

Union Station Main Hall

2,128 MEGAPIXEL VAST PHOTO
Main Hall at 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. At the time, the main hall was the largest room ever built. Thirty-six roman legionnaire statues stand guard in the barrel-vaulted main hall with its 255 octagonal gilded coffers of Beaux-arts style architecture. It has undergone extensive restoration in recent years including the reinforcement of the 96-foot high ceiling with steel frames. Among other things, the external restoration included the application of 120,000 sheets of 23-karat gold leafing.

It’s hard not to feel a sense of awe as you first walk into the space. I knew I had to attempt a VAST photo to convey the grandeur of the space, the beauty in the ceiling, as well as the noble statues along the balcony. This proved to be the most challenging of my projects for access, logistics to take the photo, and post-processing. Thankful for solid equipment, I never doubted that my setup, mounted to a railing over open space, would hold firm as I shot more than 1000 photos over the course of two hours. Of the 59 input images, each was a composite of multiple focal planes as well as of multiple exposures for greater tonal range.

After I got home, I wasn’t sure if I’d be able to pull it all together. Simply put, panoramic stitching with focus-stacking on architectural subjects doesn’t work. The process in itself creates parallax errors, the very thing you are trying to avoid when approaching this type of project. Sheer stubbornness and borderline obsession drove me for more than 200 hours of meticulous work to produce the final seamless image down to the pixel level. This ultra-high-resolution photo maintains focus from the Roman legionnaire statue directly in front of me to the one on the farthest wall.

You wouldn’t know by this photo that more than 100,000 people pass through Union Station on a daily basis. By the time I made it to the bottom row it was almost 9:00 at night, long after rush hour ended. I have a great feeling of reverence as I contemplate the quiet solitude of the Roman legionnaires standing guard over this magnificent space day and night for over 100 years. It’s no surprise that Union Station is regarded is one of America’s civic architectural treasures.

Date & TimeJune 19, 2018:  6:50pm - 8:45pm
LocationMain Hall at Union Station, Washington, D.C.
Coordinates38.897642, -77.006146
Focal Length90mm
Aperturef/13
Shutter0.6 sec - 5 sec
ISO100
Num of Exposures59

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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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  • Frameless floating display: A hidden mounting brace on the rear gracefully "floats" the print off the wall for a sleek, modern look.
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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
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Award-winning product quality recognized industry-wide
Designed to meet the most demanding standards for color-permanence set by leading museums
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Worldwide, perpetual usage*
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Total Pixels2,128,032,024 px
Width52,412 px
Height40,602 px
Aspect Ratio1.29 : 1
Date & TimeJune 19, 2018:  6:50pm - 8:45pm
LocationMain Hall at Union Station, Washington, D.C.
Coordinates38.897642, -77.006146
Focal Length90mm
Aperturef/13
Shutter0.6 sec - 5 sec
ISO100
Num of Exposures59

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  • Use on webpages at sizes smaller than full‑screen
  • Wallpapers for devices with low‑resolution screens
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  • Use on webpages at full‑screen sizes
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50 megapixels
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  • Marketing prints < 54x41 in
  • Large murals viewed from > 17 ft
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250 megapixels
  • Fine art prints < 60x46 in
  • Marketing prints < 120x93 in
  • Large murals viewed from > 8 ft
  • Massive murals viewed from > 15 ft
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1000 megapixels
  • Fine art prints < 120x93 in
  • Marketing prints < 240x186 in
  • Large murals viewed from > 4 ft
  • Massive murals viewed from > 8 ft
full file
2128 megapixels
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  • Marketing prints < 349x271 in
  • Large murals viewed from > 3 ft
  • Massive murals viewed from > 5 ft
Fine art
prints
(300ppi)
Marketing
prints
(150ppi)
Large
murals
(~20x8 ft)
Massive
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(~40x16 ft)
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Digital
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2 megapixels
< 5x4 in < 11x8 in less than
full-screen use
low-resolution
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medium
10 megapixels
< 12x9 in < 24x19 in full-screen use high-resolution
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large
50 megapixels
< 27x21 in < 54x41 in if viewers will be
> 17 ft away
if viewers will be
> 34 ft away
huge
250 megapixels
< 60x46 in < 120x93 in if viewers will be
> 8 ft away
if viewers will be
> 15 ft away
colossal
1,000 megapixels
< 120x93 in < 240x186 in if viewers will be
> 4 ft away
if viewers will be
> 8 ft away
full file
2,128 megapixels
< 175x135 in < 349x271 in if viewers will be
> 3 ft away
if viewers will be
> 5 ft away
Photo id: 10669