[community, cow parade, cows, Derry, depth of field, diaspora, Ebrington, Enfuse, EOS 5d mk ii, focus stack, Gasyard, Hugin, Ilex, iPad cover, iPhone cover, Londonderry, Maydown, NI, playtrail, public art, sculpture, shirt factory, statues, throw pillows, tote bag, Six features, >500 >1,000, >2,000 views]

  1. 4 th September 2014 View Count reached 2,005
  1. 16 th August 2014 Achieved its Sixth feature in the group Decorative Pillows group
    Camera: EOS 5 d Mk ii     Lens: Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 L IS USM (at 277mm)

These are three of the painted cows in Derry’s Cow Parade in Ebrington Square.

Shown in order are:

  1. Maydown Seniors Group’s diaspora themed cow, called Ermintrude, painted by Dr Andrea Redmond.
  2. Gasyard Centre and Pilots Row Community Centre created a shirt factory themed cow, called The Shirt Factory Horn! The artists involved were Catherine Duddy and Mary Kennedy. This is one of three photographs that include this cow
  3. The Playtrail’s cow representing Derry City’s past, created by John and Trisha Deery.

Cow Parade is said to be the largest participative art project in the world. Having been seen by 300m people world wide it certainly has a claim to that title! In fact there are many cow parades. The organisers provide plain white fiberglass cows – mostly in three characteristic stances – and artists and community groups in a local area come together to decorate their cow in a way that highlights a locally relevant theme.

There are twelve, or more of these cows in Ebrington Square and a few others scattered around Derry. I spent a few hours over there and will upload a few more photographs over the next week or so as I get their post-production processing completed.

History of this Image on Redbubble

  1. 16 th August 2014 Achieved its Sixth feature in the group Decorative Pillows group
  2. 17 th August 2013 View Count reached 1,000
  3. 10 th July 2013 Achieved its fifth feature in the group The Power Of Photography
  4. 26 th April 2013 Achieved its fourth feature in the group European Everyday Life
  5. 31st October 2012 view count reached 500
  6. 2nd September 2012 view count reached 200.
  7. 26th Aug 2012 Was Featured for the third time by a RedBubble group. This time by the group Sculpture
  8. 23rd *Aug 2012 Was Featured for the second time by a RedBubble group. This time by the group Postcard Style
  1. 21st Aug 2012 view count reached 101.
  2. 13th Aug 2012 Was Featured for the first time in a RedBubble group, by the group Statues and Such
  3. 12th Aug 2012 Uploaded to RedBubble
  4. 11th Aug 2012 Three source-images blended together to create this one.
  5. 10th Aug 2012 Source Images shot in Ebrington Square

Method and techie Photographic Detail
Because of the foreshortening effect of the telephoto lens these cows look closer to each other than they really are. They are in fact spread over about 30m.

Hence the photograph has an unusually large depth of field. It was created from a “focus-stack” of three separate shots – each one with it’s focus on a different cow.

The three source shots were taken with an aperture of f/14 – so they had a generous depth of field to start with. They were blended together using Hugin, which aligned the three images and then invoked Enfuse, to blend the images and achieve the apparently-huge depth of field with all three cows in sharp focus.

    Camera: EOS 5 d Mk ii     Lens: Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 L IS USM (at 277mm)     Exposure: f/14 1/250th


  • Marie Sharp
    Marie Sharpabout 2 years ago

  • Marie,
    Thank you for featuring this photograph in Statues and Such That must be one of my fastest (about 18 hours) transitions from upload to feature. Thank you also for all the free time you donate to running the group.

    – George Row

  • dgscotland
    dgscotlandabout 2 years ago

    Nice work mate.

    Click the banner to take you to the group. Your work is welcome here and please enjoy it.

  • Derek, Thank you!

    – George Row

  • Agnes McGuinness
    Agnes McGuinnessabout 2 years ago

    Brilliant, George. My favourite is the shirt factory one, possibly because I sew. Best wishes, Agnes x

  • Agnes,
    Thank you. I have added a photograph of your favourite one, it’s called: The Shirt Factory Horn I am also working on a panorama of that one.

    – George Row

  • steppeland
    steppelandabout 2 years ago

    “Surprising Faces”

    Congrats on your feature in the group Postcard Style (Aug. 23, 2012) –
    You can also check these featured works in the Group message here
    Awesome work!

  • Steppe, Thank you for featuring this card.

    – George Row

  • biddumy
    biddumyabout 2 years ago


  • Biddumy,
    Thanks for featuring this photograph in the Sculpture group.

    – George Row

  • John Holding
    John Holdingover 1 year ago

    Clicking the image takes you to the group where you can support fellow members.

  • John,
    Thanks for the welcome.

    – George Row

  • Marie Sharp
    Marie Sharpover 1 year ago

  • Mary,
    Thank you.
    I see my photograph just squeaked in at place number 10! :)

    Also thanks for the work you do running the group including challenges such as this one.

    – George Row

  • katekreations
    katekreationsover 1 year ago

    Congratulations Featured 26th April 2013

  • Kate, Thank you for featuring this photograph in the European Everyday Life group, and of course thanks for all the work you do running the group!

    – George Row

  • aprilann
    aprilannover 1 year ago

    Your image is in the Top Ten winners of Whimsical Challenge – June 25, 2013.

    Great job!

    Please click HERE and vote or enter into the challenges going on right now.

    your co-host

  • April, thank you and thanks for all the work you do running the group and its challenges.

    – George Row

  • Thomas Barker-Detwiler
    Thomas Barker-...over 1 year ago

    To see the feature page click HERE

  • Thomas, Thank you for featuring this photograph and special thanks for all the work you do running the group.

    – George Row

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