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  1. 10 th January 2015 View Count has reached 5,010
  1. 27 th August 2014 Achieved its second feature in the group historic-sites

The Source images were shot in Raw-mode on a Canon EOS 5d DSLR with a 16 mm M42 fisheye lens.

These ancient stones are in the Shalwy Valley, near the village of Kilcar: in the South West of County Donegal, the most North Westerly county in Ireland.

A virtual reality version of this panorama has been featured as part of the World Wide Panorama project’s Heritage event from where you can launch a full screen Virtual Reality version.

Croaghbeg is a Megalithic stone structure known as a “full-court tomb”. It was uncovered and investigated by archaeologists between 1969 and 1973.

That excavation revealed a long cairn – about 40m – with the two chambered gallery shown here, and a subsidiary chamber on the NW side of the court.

The site is also sometimes referred to as Pontabane Cairn. (I think perhaps the hump that existed here before the excavation was called “Pontabane Cairn” and what was revealed by the excavation was named “Croaghbeg Tomb”. But that is just speculation on my part.)

Looking in you can see the massive stones that form the sides and back of the chambers. They are each about 2m in diameter. The lintel stones at the entrance and between the chambers are each about 2.5m wide and almost a metre thick.

This is one of three Megalithic tombs in the Shalwy valley, which lies on the road from the fishing port of Killybegs to Slieve League about 6km West of Killybegs and about 3km East of the village of Kilcar .

Based on its style of construction it is likely that Croaghbeg was built about 6,000 years ago – about 1,000 years before work started on Stonehenge or the great Egyptian pyramids.

History of this Image

  1. 10 th January 2015 View Count has reached 5,010
  2. 1 st August 2014 View Count reached 4,000
  3. 15 th March 2014 View Count reached 3,003
  4. 28th January 2014 Added to Featured Images by RedBubble
  1. 30 th July 2013 View Count reached 2,007
  2. Monday 15th July 2013 Featured in the group Ferns and Mosses Around the World its first group feature.
  3. Tuesday 18th December 2012 View count reached
  4. 27th Sept 2012 view count reached 503
  5. Friday 21st July 2012 View count reached 202.
  6. Monday 9th July 2012 View count reached 102.
  7. 2nd July 2012 Stereographic panorama uploaded to Redbubble
  8. 24th June 2012 Source images shot in the Shalwy Valley

Photographic Method and Processing detail
The panorama was created by combining 27 separate digital photographs covering every angle and with bracketed exposure. Hence the HDR effect with detail both in the most brightly lit areas and in the shadows.
Eight separate “shots” were taken: six horizontal at 60° intervals, one down into the tomb and one up at the sky. Each “shot” was actually three bracketed exposures: a middle, a +2 stops and a -2 stops.
Hugin delegates the generation of the High Dynamic Range effect to a program called “Enfuse” which does the exposure blending it is a close cousin of the “Enblend” program that it invokes for blending the joins.
The Source images were shot in Raw-mode on a Canon EOS 5d DSLR with a 16 mm M42 fisheye lens, and were stitched and blended into a HDR Panorama using Hugin – a free open-source panorama stitching program.


  • Sandra Fortier
    Sandra Fortierover 2 years ago

    Amazing work. I love this shot — it’s so mysterious.

  • Sandra,
    Thank you. If it is not too late to do so I’d like to say – “Welcome to RedBubble!” … and thank you for the kind words and especially thanks for all the treats … as my hero would say “fruit pie hmmmmmmm”!

    If you haven’t already given it a try you might enjoy the virtual reality version of this panorama.

    – George Row

  • MaryinMaine
    MaryinMaineover 2 years ago

    What country, please?

  • Mary,
    It is in Ireland. I usually remember to say that, but I think on this occasion I was probably distracted by uploading the full screen Virtual Reality version and forgot to mention the location. I had mentioned Ireland in the tags beneath the title, but I have now added a sentence to the start of the caption with more location information.

    – George Row

  • Mary Sedici
    Mary Sediciover 2 years ago

    OCTOBER 13th, 2012
    Please VISIT & PLACE the nominated work in the

  • leapdaybride
    leapdaybrideover 2 years ago

  • Mary Sedici
    Mary Sediciabout 2 years ago

    ♥ FEBRUARY 8th, 2013
    Thank You For Participating!

  • Mary, Thank you.

    – George Row

  • tori yule
    tori yulealmost 2 years ago


  • Jane Neill-Hancock
    Jane Neill-Han...over 1 year ago

    Amazing Graves Challenge
    8th place out of 29 entries

  • Jane, Thank you and thanks for the work you do running the group.

    – George Row

  • MotherNature
    MotherNatureover 1 year ago


    July 15, 2013

  • Thanks for featuring this image and of course thank you for all the work you do running the group.

    – George Row

  • MotherNature
    MotherNatureover 1 year ago

    CONGRATULATIONS! You earned a TOP 10 place in the Ferns And Mosses Around The World Challenge, August Avatar. This is a wonderful picture.

    Terrific work, and already a favorite:>) July 15, 2013

  • MotherNature
    MotherNatureover 1 year ago

    CONGRATULATIONS! This exquisite image earned a TOP 10 PLACE in the September Avatar challenge in Ferns And Mosses Around The World. August 15, 2013 FAVE

    You can read your announcement HERE.

  • MotherNature, Thanks again!

    – George Row

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