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I shot the source images for this panorama on 17th Match 2012 (St Paddy’s Day) – I previously visited Hanna’s Close on the equivalent weekend in 2011. You might like to look at the panorama I took then and think about what a difference a blue sky makes It was (almost) the same spot, the same camera, the same method … but I think you will agree the mood is quite different. This time around the tripod was lower – so the daffodils are more prominent and the tree seems larger.
I’d be interested to hear opinions!
Hanna’s Close is one of two “Clachans” in Northern Ireland that have been preserved and given an official listing as historic buildings.
The Clachan was a type of small traditional settlement common in Ireland and Scotland for hundreds of years. It usually consisted of a small cluster of single-storey cottages, lacking a church, or other formal building.
The Clachan was an integral part of the Rundale common-land farming system, through which a small community could sustain itself on poor quality land.
That style of farming was disrupted in the nineteenth century (by changes in landlords and the events around the Great Famine) and as a style of dwelling place the Clachan had mostly died out by the middle of the 20th century.
Hanna’s Close is near the foot of the Mountains of Mourne, about a mile and a half from the fishing port of Kilkeel in County Down, Northern Ireland. It includes seven old restored cottages, that are earning their keep as heritage holiday cottages these days.
It makes a great base for a hiking holiday or a trip to the nearby Silent Valley reservoir.
History of this image on Redbubble
This full 360° 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 5D with a 16mm Zenitar Manual Focus fisheye lens mounted 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.