Pentre Ifan 2, Pembrokeshire, Wales by Bob Culshaw

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A 6 frame HDR panorama shot of this famous landmark and historical site. In processing this image it reminded me how awestruck I was looking at the way in which the Capstone was supported by the uprights! Look closely at the top of the upright on the right to see how delicately the Capstone is supported – it weighs 16 Tonnes!


Canon 400D, Canon EF-S 17-85mm IS USM Lens @ 50mm, ISO 100, f16 and 3 exposures of each segment -2, 0, +2 Ev’s. Tripod used and Nodal Ninja 3 pano head.

Tonemapped in Photomatix Pro, stitched in Autopano Pro and finished in CS4.

Image size: 32 ins x 24 ins

423 viewings and 35 favouritings at 29th November 2010

Pentre Ifan is the name of an ancient manor in the civil parish of Nevern, in North Pembrokeshire, West Wales. It contains the largest and best preserved neolithic dolmen in Wales.
The dolmen dates from approximately 3,500 B.C. and was used as a communal burial. The existing stones form the portal and main chamber of the tomb, which would originally have been covered with a large stone mound about 36 m long. Some of the stones have been scattered, but at least seven are in their original position. The capstone is 5.1 m in length, and is estimated to weigh 16 tonnes. It is delicately supported by the narrow tips of three uprights. The facade surrounding the portal was built with carefully constructed dry stone walling.

The dolmen is owned and maintained by Cadw, the Welsh Historic Monuments Agency. The site is well-kept and entrance is free. It is located about 6 km by road from Newport and 17 km from Cardigan.

Featured on Red Bubble Featured Photography page 6th November 2010

Featured in ‘Europa’ Group 6th October 2010

Featured in ‘Your Country’s Best’ Group 5th October 2010

Featured in ‘Light of Love’ Group 7th October 2010

Featured in ‘World Hosting Art’ Group 13th October 2010

Featured in the ‘Photography Challenge’ Group 10th November 2010

Top Ten finish in the ‘Ancient Ruins Challenge’ in the ’Photography Challenge Group 10th November 2010

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Another view of Pentre Ifan:-


  • Ellanita
    Ellanitaover 4 years ago

    This is truly magic Bob!!!!

  • Thank you so much Ellanita, and for the fave too!

    – Bob Culshaw

  • Audrey Clarke
    Audrey Clarkeover 4 years ago

  • Thank you so much Audrey.

    – Bob Culshaw

  • David's Photoshop
    David's Photoshopover 4 years ago

    Excellent work Bob, well done.


  • Thank you so much David, I appreciate that.

    – Bob Culshaw

  • Kelvin Hughes
    Kelvin Hughesover 4 years ago

    Excellent Bob …………..(the builders are coming back next week to finish it off)

  • Thank you so much Kelvin – love the comment!!!! lol

    – Bob Culshaw

  • viennablue
    viennablueover 4 years ago

    stunning capture of this magical monument, there is one in Cornwall very simular which I thought this was, would love to visit this one now having seen your superb image. :-)

  • Hi Jacqui, thanks for your super comment. It is a lovely spot to visit and the whole of the North Pembrokeshire Coastline is just fantastic!

    – Bob Culshaw

  • bouncy
    bouncyover 4 years ago

    OK this is just stunning! Your technical skill is outstanding and the subject is wildly interesting. Really illustrates the idea that all things are, in fact, possible!
    (But HOW???) LOL

  • Thank you Bouncy for your lovely comment. And this was possible over 5,000 years ago – with primitive tools and lots of sweat and muscle!

    – Bob Culshaw

  • Anna Shaw
    Anna Shawover 4 years ago

    This is stunning Bob. The dark brooding tones of the sky, and that beautiful clarity of light that you get on days like these. I love the way you have captured the green moss underneath the top stone. Truly fabulous photography.

  • Thank you so much Anna for your wonderfully supportive comment. I really do appreciate that – more than you know! xx

    – Bob Culshaw

  • vampvamp
    vampvampover 4 years ago

    wow eerie almost surreal.

  • Thank you so much vampvamp – I know exactly what you mean!

    – Bob Culshaw

  • Cat Perkinton
    Cat Perkintonover 4 years ago

    superb shot

  • Thank you so much, your comment is most welcome!

    – Bob Culshaw

  • David Davies
    David Daviesover 4 years ago

    Thank you, Bob, the pic I have of this wonderful cromlech is junk compared to this! Excellent picture!

  • Hi mate – thought you would like another shot of ‘the old country’!

    – Bob Culshaw

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