This 360° panorama was shot in the village near the ferry pier on Inisheer Island. The smallest of the three Aran Islands in Galway Bay. (The island′s official name is the Irish: “Inis Oírr” meaning “east island”.
The name of the hotel “Tigh Ruairí” (the yellow writing on the blue sign behind the wall) literally means “Ruairí′s House”.
With a modern day population of only 250 people, Inisheer welcomes many times that number of tourists each summer. If you visit (in the tourist season) you can be sure of a music-session most nights at Tigh Ruairí.
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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 fisheye lens. 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 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”
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