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  1. 1 st January 2015 View Count reached 4,000
  1. 2nd November 2014 Achieved its fifth feature in the group when it was made Image of the week in Street Shots
  1. 2 Feb. 2013 Featured, for the fourth time in a RedBubble Group, on this occasion in: This and That
  1. 10th January 2013 A Virtual reality version of this Photograph is now featured as part of the World Wide Panorama Project.

The source images for this were shot in Canon Raw Mode using:
    Camera: EOS 5d Mk ii     Lens: Zenitar 16mm Fisheye f/2.8 M42 manual-focus via an EOS adapter.
    Bracketed Exposures: f/16, at 1/50th, 1/200th and 1/800th at ISO 200

This image is effectively a crop from a full 360° panorama

The slogan across the old barracks-building on Ebrington Square, Derry saying: “Let it be LegenDerry” is anticipating 2013 when Derry will be the first city to spend a year being designated “UK City of Culture”.

Ebrington Square was formerly the parade ground of Ebrington Army Barracks. Under the guidance of Ilex (the local Urban Regeneration Company) the parade ground has been transformed into a public open space. Gradually the buildings around it are being renovated and finding new uses.

This summer (2012) the square is playing host to the Cow Parade of painted cows.

Each of the cows in the parade was painted by a different artist. Each artist was paired with a community group and worked with them to identify a theme.

The cow in this panorama – with the little girl climbing on it – was created by St Columb’s Cathedral Youth Club. Its theme is “Shared History”. They painted it under the guidance of local artist Bridget Murray. She will be having an exhibition of her paintings at the Waterside Theatre in the Autumn.

The 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.

History of this Image on RedBubble

  1. 1 st January 2015 View Count reached 4,000
  2. 2nd November 2014 Achieved its fifth feature in the group when it was made Image of the week in Street Shots
  3. 19 th April 2014 View Count reached 3,000
  1. 7 th August 2013 View Count reached 2,006
  2. 2 Feb. 2013 Featured, for the fourth time in a RedBubble Group, on this occasion in: This and That
  3. 30th January 2013 Featured by RedBubble also featured, in three RedBubble Groups: Children Come 1st, Architecture British Isles and Artists Universe
  1. 2rd December 2012 View Count reached 1015
  1. 6th Oct 2012 View Count reached 500
  2. 9th Sept 2012 Featured in the group Artists Universe
  3. 7th Sept 2012 View Count passed 235
  4. 25th Aug 2012 View Count passed 102
  5. 24th Aug 2012 Featured in the RedBubble Group Architecture British Isles
  6. 22nd Aug 2012 Featured in the RedBubble Group Children Come 1st
  7. 21st Aug 2012 Uploaded to RedBubble
  8. 21st Aug 2012 This 180° image was cropped from the original and transformed through the Panini Projection.
  9. 20th Aug 2012 The source-images were blended together to create a full 360° panorama
  10. 4th Aug 2012 Source Images shot in Ebrington Square

The high dynamic range (HDR) equirectangular panorama was created from 24 separate images. The source images (see below) were stitched and blended together using Hugin, which in turn invoked Nona, Enblend and Enfuse to combine the images and achieve the HDR effect.

This image is half the width of the full panorama – 180° wide – and not quite the full height – in order to give us a 7×5 aspect ratio. It was created from the equi-rectangular panorama (by the program Hugin) using the Panini projection.

Photographic Details
    Camera: EOS 5 d Mk ii
    Lens: Zenitar 16mm Fisheye f/2.8 M42 manual focus on an EOS adapter.
    Bracketed Exposure: f/16, at 1/50th, 1/200th and 1/800th at ISO 200


  • Revenant
    Revenantover 2 years ago

    very, very impressive, George.

  • Stefan,
    Thank you. Oh I see you are also a 5d Mk ii user … isn’t it a lovely camera!

    – George Row

  • Agnes McGuinness
    Agnes McGuinnessover 2 years ago

    Fabulous, George. Somebody’s having fun; as well as the photographer, that is. x

  • Agnes,
    Thank you … yes … the cows seem to really engage kids’ imaginations. They seem to just want to climb all over them … I also have a photograph in the pipeline of a “kid” who was closer to my age than to this young one’s!

    – George Row

  • dgscotland
    dgscotlandover 2 years ago

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

  • Derek, Thank you.

    – George Row

  • Sarah Davies
    Sarah Daviesover 2 years ago

    Love the cow shadow!

  • Sarah,
    Thank you. I really liked it too … you may have noticed that in its shadow the cow does not have a kid climbing on it. One of the advantages of a stitched panorama is that at the joins you can choose which version looks best! :-)

    I just had a browse through your portfolio and realised that you are a long-standing member of RedBubble. I came across a shot that I wanted to make a favourite and realised that I had already made it a favourite … in fact of my 23 pages of favourites it is on the very first page!

    – George Row

  • leapdaybride
    leapdaybrideover 2 years ago
  • Carla, Thank you for featuring this photograph in your group.

    – George Row

  • micklyn
    micklynover 2 years ago

    Awesome image, George, and a wonderfully interesting and detailed description – thank you! : )

  • Micklyn, Thank you!

    – George Row

  • withsun
    withsunover 2 years ago

    Great one !

  • WithSun,
    Thank you. I like your collection that contradicts your username!

    – George Row

  • withsun
    withsunover 2 years ago

    Ha thanks George ! Indeed contradict !

  • Richard G Witham
    Richard G Withamover 2 years ago


  • Elizabeth Bravo
    Elizabeth Bravoover 2 years ago

    This is such a fun shot….so many things to look at. The shadow of the bull ….the little girl….love the curves. Nice work!!

  • Elizabeth,
    Thank you! I had a lot of fun spending two afternoons wandering through these exhibits and there is something about the absurdity of the painted cows that makes children just want to “engage” with them.

    – George Row

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