O'Brien Fort Inisheer, Aran Islands, Ireland

George Row

Derry, United Kingdom

Artist's Description

[Ancient Ireland,Aran, Fr.Ted, Calendar, Featured-RB,featured, historic, Inisheer, Ireland, pano, ruin, sky out, stereographic, throw pillows, tote bag, >500 >1,000 >2,000 >3,000 >4,000 >5,000 >6,000 >7,000 >8,000 >9,000 >10,000 views, Featured, nine features, winner]

  1. 20 th April 2015 View Count reached 10,000
  1. 7 th February 2015 Awarded its Nineth feature in the group Mugs World
  1. 3rd October 2014 Joint Winner of the Castles challenge in the Dilapidated Buildings group
      Camera: Canon EOS 5d   |   Lens: 16mm Zenitar Fisheye lens.

 

It has been featured in Nine Redbubble groups including: “All that’s Archeological”, “My Island Home”, “Superbly Visual”, “Stunning Scapes”, Historic Sites and Mugs World .

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. 20 th April 2015 View Count reached 10,000
  2. 7 th February 2015 Awarded its Nineth feature in the group Mugs World
  3. 3rd February 2015 View Count reached 9,000
  4. 29th November 2014 View Count reached 8,000
  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
  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

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