The Plassey - a wrectangular view by George Row

The Plassey - a wrectangular view by 

[abandoned, Aran Islands, Aran Islands, Atlantic, boat, coastal, Galway Bay, Hugin, Inis Oirr, Inisheer, Irish, nautical, Panini, panorama, Plassey, Rectangular Panoramas, rock, rocky beach, ruin, rusty, seashore, ship wreck, Ted, >500 >1,000,>2,000 >3,000 views]

  1. 17 th July 2014 View Count reached 3,006
  1. 16 th August 2013 View Count reached 2,002

This image is a rectangular panorama in Paninni projection taken from a full 360° panorama. It was taken on Inisheer (Inis Oirr in the local Irish language), the smallest of the Aran Islands in Galway Bay.

The source images were shot in Raw mode on a Canon EOS 5D with a 16mm M42 Manual fisheye lens mounted on the 5D via an EOS adapter.

There are three related full 360° stereographic panoramas here:

    Another version         One shot on       One at O′Brien    
      of this one         seaward side       Fort nearby.  


This wreck, which lies on the Eastern shoreline, is one of the island’s tourist attraction. It is known as the “Plassey Wreck”.

The Plassey, was a cargo vesel, launched in 1940. It was renamed “Plassey” after being acquired by the Limerick Steamship Company in 1951.

On its final voyage the Plassey was sailing through Galway Bay carrying a cargo of whiskey, stained glass, and yarn. On 8th March 1960 it was caught in a severe storm and ran onto Finnis Rock, Inisheer, Aran Islands.

The crew of 11 were safely taken off with the assistance of local islanders. Several weeks later a second storm washed the ship off the rock and drove it ashore on the island above the usual high tide line – where it has remained.

An article in the Irish Independent newspaper in 2010 commemorated the rescue of the crew by talking to two of those who had taken part.

The opening sequence of the TV comedy series “Father Ted” uses shots of Inisheer to portray “Craggy Island” starting with an aerial shot of the Plassey wreck.

This High Dynamic Range panorama was created by combining 27 separate photographs covering every angle and with bracketed exposures. Those source images were shot in Raw mode on a Canon EOS 5D with a 16mm M42 Manual fisheye lens mounted on the 5d via an EOS adapter. They were shot in groups of three bracketed exposures (from -2 stops to +2 stops). They were then stitched and blended together using a program called Hugin, which in turn invoked a program called Enfuse to create the High Dynamic Range effect.

Because of the way that it was created this is a very high resolution image (the equivalent of about 30-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”

This is part of my new postcard range. You can follow on to another gorgeous Very Ireland Post card .

History of this Image on RedBubble

  1. 17 th July 2014 View Count reached 3,006
  1. 16 th August 2013 View Count reached 2,002
  2. 10th February 2012 it had been viewed 538 times.
  3. 13th March 2011 it had been viewed 100 times.
  4. 28th November 2010 uploaded to RedBubble .

I have other panoramas here from the Aran Islands and I have three collections here of stereographic panoramas like this one, they are panoramas of:

        Donegal           Derry
      The Aran Islands  


  • Polly x
    Polly xover 4 years ago

  • clydeessex
    clydeessexover 4 years ago

  • trobe
    trobeabout 4 years ago

    Love the title! – and the viewpoint, come to that.Nice work.

  • Trobe, Thank you – I know punning titles can become a bit corny but in this case I couldn’t resist. George

    – George Row

  • Agnes McGuinness
    Agnes McGuinnessabout 4 years ago

    Fabulous shot. Love the perspective. x

  • Agnes, Thank you. George

    – George Row

  • kalaryder
    kalaryderabout 3 years ago

    Quite amazing to see a wreck perched on land like this

  • Kala’,
    Yea … while it originally ran into difficult on an off shore rock, once the storm washed it up onto the beach I don’t think it was ever going to re-float. It has been there more than fifty years now. Of course this shot was taken from the landward side. I have another one taken from the other side.

    – George Row

  • muz2142
    muz2142about 3 years ago

    Good shot.

  • Sheryl Gerhard
    Sheryl Gerhardalmost 3 years ago

    Terrific image, George.

  • Sheryl,
    Thank you.

    – George Row

  • Rafal Antoniuk
    Rafal Antoniukover 1 year ago

    Great work!!!

  • Rafal, Thank you. I see you have an interesting shipwreck too!

    – George Row

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