Lifford Coins, County Donegal by George Row

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  1. 2nd March 2015 View Count reached 11,000
  1. 22 nd October 2014 Achieved its Eleventh feature in the group Sculpture

The source images were shot in Raw mode on a Canon EOS 5d DSLR with a 16 mm M42 manual Fisheye lens mounted on the Canon via an EOS adapter.

This 360° panorama was shot on the traffic roundabout at the entrance to the town of Lifford (Leifear in Irish) in County Donegal, Ireland. The roundabout is home to a piece of public art called “The Three Coins”. It was designed by a company called “Cod Steaks” who specialise in public art projects.

Lifford is the seat of local government and administrative centre of County Donegal. But, in recent years, people in Lifford felt that the town had been side-lined. (Letterkenny has developed into Donegal’s larger centre of industry, retail, education, and leisure facilities. Across the river, county boundary and border, Strabane in County Derry has also grown larger and busier than Lifford.)
So this sculpture was commissioned in an effort to re-assert Lifford as the gateway to Donegal.

The three coins symbolise the three rivers that converge at Lifford and no doubt are also seen as symbolising other triples such as past, present and future; and the shamrock’s trinity. Each coin includes pictorial references to Lifford’s history. Around the edge of each one is embossed the Latin phrase: “Praeterita Fecunda ~ Futura Praeclara” which means something like “Fruitful Heritage and Bright Future”
The 3 coins stand at 4.5m, 3m and 2.5 m in height.


          This image is also available as part of a calendar
                        Panoramic views of Ireland      

Because of the way that it was created this is a very high resolution image (the equivalent of about 80-megapixels). It is capable of delivering very fine detail even when printed at massive sizes.

The source images were shot on a Canon EOS 5d DSLR with a 16 mm Fisheye lens and stitched and blended using Hugin (a free open soure program).

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 this image at RedBubble

  1. 2nd March 2015 View Count reached 11,000
  2. 23 rd January 2015 View Count reached 10,010
  1. 21st December 2014 View Count reached 9,002
  2. 22 nd October 2014 Achieved its Eleventh feature in the group Sculpture
  3. 10th October 2014 View Count reached 8,000
  4. 27 th July 2014 View Count reached 7,000
  5. 5 th May 2014 View Count has reached 6,002
  6. 16 th April 2014 View Count has reached 5,725 (that was when it joined the 5,000 views group
  7. 6 th February 2014 View Count has reached 5,009
  8. 22 nd June 2013 View Count reached 4,000
  9. 14th December 2012 view count reached 3,001
  10. 7th November 2012 Featured for a second time in “Sculpture” making for ten features in nine groups
  11. 21st March 2012 This image was joint winner of the Circles and Squares challenge in the Through the Eyes of the Lens group.
  12. 20th March 2012 it had been viewed 1675 times
  13. 16th April 2011 it had been viewed 500 times and been made a favourite by 10 people.
  14. 26 th April 2010 Sold as a Print – a 305mm x 305mm laminated print.
  15. 11th April 2010 it had been viewed 101 times, had been commented on 12 times and had become a favourite image of 4 people.
  16. 13th March 2010 – this panorama was uploaded to Red Bubble

It has been featured eleven times in ten RedBubble Groups:

  1. Sculpture
  2. #3”,
  3. Mini Galaxy”,
  4. JPG Cast-Offs
  5. “One, two, three”,
  6. “Sculpture” three times (third time 22 nd October 2014, second time 7th November 2012 )
  7. “Canon Photography Only”
  8. “Superbly visual”
  9. “Featured for a Challenge” (20 March 2012)
  10. “Freelance Photographers” group (4th April 2012)


  • Polly x
    Polly xabout 5 years ago

  • Finbarr Reilly
    Finbarr Reillyabout 5 years ago

    many thanks from
    Tina & Fino

  • peterellison
    peterellisonabout 5 years ago

    Excellent work, as always!

  • Peter,
    Thank you – I finally took some time this afternoon to browse around RedBubble – and found that you have a wonderful collection of your own.

    Do you know about the World Wide Panorama Project ? We have an even coming up next week, to which I am sure you could contribute.


    – George Row

  • peterellison
    peterellisonabout 5 years ago

    Guess what, I didn’t know, but I will look at it now.
    Thank you for the information and the comments!

  • Peter – great I hope to see you over there – for anyone else who might be interested I have written a short journal entry about the World wide Panorama Project that would help you get involved.

    – George Row

  • Bethan  Howells
    Bethan Howellsabout 5 years ago

    it’s great to see new perspectives and angles!!!!!

  • Miraart
    Miraartabout 5 years ago

    Your work is very creative!

  • EvaBridget
    EvaBridgetalmost 5 years ago

    Excellent work George! The coins make the composition really interesting. I really like your technique and what you are doing with it.

  • thv73
    thv73almost 5 years ago

    To me, one of your best! This composition made of 4 circles is very graphic… Amazing work, bravo!

  • DonDavisUK
    DonDavisUKalmost 5 years ago

    Awesome work George.

  • Don, Thank you. George

    – George Row

  • Jonathan Doherty
    Jonathan Dohertyalmost 5 years ago

    George, amazing work, really brings a new way of viewing the world, I especially enjoy seeing places that I have not seen in some time in a new way. Lifford and the Donegal Borders with Derry are especially close to my heart. Thanks for sharing your unique viewpoint

  • Jonathan – thanks for the kind words.
    I have had a few spells of working in London – some of your photographs are of scenes familiar to me! So the experience is mutual. George

    – George Row

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