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The O′Brien Castle has a commanding view of the whole of Inisheer (Inis Oirr in the local Irish language), the smallest of the Aran Islands in Galway Bay. It is a Norman fort built in the 1400s within a much earlier stone structure – that was at least a 1,000 years older.
This image is a 360° panorama showing most of the island from the vantage point of the fort. Many tiny fields can be seen throughout the island with their characteristic stone walls and limestone pavement. In the distance, across Galway Bay, the Cliffs of Moher on the coast of County Clare are wreathed in clouds.
Also clearly visible, at the top left, is the village by the pier where the ferry lands, and at the bottom right of the image is an old signal tower. Although not the same round shape as the classic round Martello Tower, it was probably built at the time of the Napoleonic Wars.
The opening sequence of the TV comedy series “Father Ted” starts with a view of the Plassey wreck and then zooms over Inisheer to portray “Craggy Island”. If you are a fan of the programme you could try clicking “View Larger” and then stare hard at the wall-enclosed fields – you might just start to hear the opening bars of the “Father Ted” theme music start up in your sub-conscious … :-)
Another photographer here, Rick Vohra, also has some photographs of Inisheer:
|O’Brien Fort||The Plassey Wreck|
The Signal Tower
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(There is a link in his caption to bring you back here.)
The O′Brien Castle is an Irish National Monument in the care of the Office of Public Works.
Techie Photographic Detail
This panorama was created by combining 27 separate photographs covering every angle and with bracketed exposures.
The source images were shot in groups of three (bracketed with +2 and -2 stops) as Canon Raw images on a Canon EOS 5d with a 16mm fisheye lens. They were stitched and blended together using a free, open source, program called Hugin. Hugin in turn invokes a program called Enfuse to create the High Dynamic Range effect. Then this image was cropped out of the total panorama.
Because of the way that it was created this is a very high resolution image (the equivalent of about 80-megapixels). It′s capable of delivering very fine detail even when printed at massive sizes.
I have written a short journal entry introducing the method by which these panoramas are created, it is called:
“Creating a Stereographic Panorama – the Basic Idea”
History of the Image on RedBubble
It has been featured in seven Redbubble groups:
It has sold once as a print (at 16″x16″), not here on RedBubble but on (shhhh don’t mention it) ImageKind