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This 360° panoramic image was shot on Clooney Terrace in The Waterside area of Derry.
I grew up in this part of town in the 1960s. At that time, this street and beyond it, Spencer Road, provided the main shopping area on this side of the river Foyle. Now most of the local retail activity is in edge-of-town shopping centres at Lisnagelvin and Cresent Link. Nevertheless the butcher’s shop, “Clooney Meats” and Ruth Bigger’s opticians remain prominent among the businesses still active on Clooney Terrace.
Across the road at a branch of the Ulster Bank you can see several images of the same people as they wait, withdraw cash and walk away.
The photographer’s tripod was positioned at the top of the steps that lead down to Bonds Hill.
There is another panorama here of All Saints Church
. It was assembled from the same set of original shots. They differ only in the final rendering via Stereographic projection. I think that they make an interesting pair.
|This image is also available as part of a calendar|
|Panoramic views of Ireland|
The source images were shot on a Canon EOS 5d DSLR with a 16mm fisheye lens and stitched and blended together using Hugin, a free open source program.
Because of the way it was created this is a very high resolution images (the equivalent of about 40-megapixels). It is 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”
This will look great using the maximum framed print size here on Red Bubble – 16 inch print in a frame about 22 inches square. Or you could go for their Poster-print service at about 33 inches, and get that framed elsewhere.