O'Brien Fort Inisheer, Aran Islands, Ireland by George Row
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  1. 3rd October 2014 Joint Winner of the Castles challenge in the Dilapidated Buildings group
  1. 1 st September 2014 Achieved its Eighth feature in the group Historic Sites
  2. 24th July 2014 View Count reached 7,000
     
          Camera: Canon EOS 5d   |   Lens: 16mm Zenitar Fisheye lens.
It has been featured in eight Redbubble groups including: “All that’s Archeological”, “My Island Home”, “Superbly Visual”, “Stunning Scapes”, Historic Sites.

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
Check out his interesting work!
(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

  1. 3rd October 2014 Joint Winner of the Castles challenge in the “Dilapidated Buildings”(visit the group’s home page):http://www.redbubble.com/groups/dilapidated-bui... group
  2. 24th July 2014 View Count reached 7,000
  3. 7 th February 2014 View Count has reached 6,010
  4. 20 th October 2013 View Count has reached 5,490
  5. 10 th August 2013 View Count has reached 5,0087
  6. 16th May 2013 Added to Featured Images by RedBubble
  7. 28th January 2013 View count reached 4,004
  8. 29th September 2012 View count reached 3,000
  9. end of July 2012 it had been viewed 2750 times and had been made a favourite by 17 people.
  10. end of March 2011 it had been featured in four groups, had been made their favourite-image by 8 people, had been commented on 32 times, and had been viewed over 650 times.
  11. 11th March 2010 Uploaded to RedBubble

It has been featured in seven Redbubble groups:

  1. “Islands of Great Britain and Ireland”,
  2. “The World As We See It , or as we missed it”
  3. “All that’s Archeological and in
  4. “My Island Home” .
  5. “Superbly Visual” (29 October 2011)
  6. “Stunning Scapes” (1st February 2012)
  7. “Alphabet Soup” (21st April 2012)

It has sold once as a print (at 16″x16″), not here on RedBubble but on (shhhh don’t mention it) ImageKind

Comments

  • RedHillDigital
    RedHillDigitalover 4 years ago

    Fascinating work George. You can’t beat the crystal clear waters around the Aran islands! Best regards, Howard (RedHillDigital)

  • Howard, Thanks for the kind words. Yes the Aran Islands are a magical place – I am heading back there this Summer … I have a few more panoramas from the islands that I plan to add here as soon as I can. … I am working on one of the Plassey wreck at the moment.

    – George Row

  • Casey Herman
    Casey Hermanover 4 years ago

    Really love your treatment, George!

  • Hugh Fathers
    Hugh Fathersover 4 years ago

    Lovely!! . . .

  • RedHillDigital
    RedHillDigitalover 4 years ago

  • Howard, Thank you!

    – George Row

  • Martina Fagan
    Martina Faganover 4 years ago

    many thanks from
    Tina & Fino

  • EarthGipsy
    EarthGipsyover 4 years ago

    Amazing work, George.

    A great addition to the Heritage and Other Listed Properties Group

  • Sonia,
    Thank you for the kind words and thanks for featuring my other panorama

    on the “Heritage and Other Listed Properties” group.

    – George Row

  • Polly x
    Polly xover 4 years ago

    These images are so good when you open them up. Great work George.

  • Thanks for the kind words – yes this one is 9,000×9,000 pixels so there is LOADS of detail in there even when it is printed REALLY large – you can see every wall around every field on the island.

    – George Row

  • Polly x
    Polly xover 4 years ago

    Wonderful, might try for something similar one day

  • Lenka
    Lenkaover 4 years ago

    Another great planet, George :) I really like this one, hopefully I’ll get there one day!

  • Lenka, Thank you.
    If you do go there try to stay overnight. Most visitors tend to do just a day trip … On sunny summer days the islands, especially Inishmore (the largest one), become really crowded the with day-trippers in the middle of the day. But if you stay, the islands become a different place in the time in the morning before the first ferry has arrived and in the evening after the day trippers have gone. And of course those are the best times for photography also!

    – George Row

  • Lenka
    Lenkaover 4 years ago

    Thank you for good advise, I’ll do my best to keep to it :)

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