Two Cows on Parade, lower - Ebrington Square, Derry by George Row

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  1. 16 th July 2014 View Count reached 4,000
  1. Featured in four RedBubble Groups see the section History of this Image on Redbubble for details.
  1. 6th April 2013 sold as card
     Camera: Canon EOS 5d Mk ii   |   Lens: 16mm Zenitar Fisheye lens. 
  1. 10th January 2013 A Virtual reality version of this Photograph is now featured as part of the World Wide Panorama Project.

Created from 25 separate images shot on a Canon EOS 5d Mk-ii with a 16mm Zenitar Fisheye M42 Manual Focus lens. Then stitched and blended together using Hugin, Nona, Enblend and Enfuse to combine the images and achieve the HDR effect. (see Method below for more detail.)

These painted cows are part of Derry’s Cow Parade in Ebrington Square, Derry.

One of the cows in this panorama was created by Something Special a music and arts education centre for adults with learning disabilities. They named it Moolinton. Its theme is “our musical heritage”. They painted it under the guidance of artist Rory Harron. It depicts a scene of Derry’s City walls, incorporating into the stone work the names of the musical heroes of the members of Something Special. The heroes are a diverse group which included: The Undertones, Paul Brady, Snow Patrol and even The Ulster Orchestra!

The other is, one of two, created by the Pennyburn Play Trail under the guidance of artists John and Trisha Deery. Its theme is “The future” and amid its bright colours are scenes and slogans representing the aspirations of the children from the Play Trail.

Ebrington Square was formerly Ebrington Army Barracks. Under the guidance of Ilex (the local Urban Regeneration Company) it has been transformed into a public open space. You can see Derry City centre in the distance across the river.

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 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.

You may think that this looks a lot like another photograph here. This one was taken about a week later and with the tripod set at knee height. Whereas the other one was taken at eye-level. I’d be interested to hear opinions on the two of them – which one do you prefer?

History of this Image on Redbubble

  1. 27 th April 2014 View Count reached 3,000
  2. 17 th September 2013 View Count reached 2,000
  3. 6th April 2013 sold as card
  4. 12th January 2013 View Count reached 1012
  1. 10th January 2013 A Virtual reality version of this Photograph is now featured as part of the World Wide Panorama Project.
  1. 9th October 2012 view count reached 503
  2. Monday 18th September 2012 Featured by the RB group European Everyday Life
  3. Sunday 16th September 2012 Featured by the RB group Best of Red Bubble
  4. Thursday 13th September 2012 Featured the RB group Digital Art Compilations
  5. Tuesday 11th September 2012 Featured the RB group Canon DSLR
  6. Tuesday 4th September 2012 view count reached 147
  7. 23rd Aug 2012 Uploaded to RedBubble
  8. 22nd Aug 2012 The source-images were blended together to create this one.
  9. 10th Aug 2012 Source Images shot in Ebrington Square

This high dynamic range (HDR) panorama was created from 25 separate images. The source images were shot on a Canon EOS 5d Mk ii, with a 16mm Zenitar Fisheye lens. These were stitched and blended together using Hugin, which in turn invoked Nona, Enblend and Enfuse to combine the images and achieve the HDR effect.


  • Richard G Witham
    Richard G Withamabout 2 years ago

    Awesome! You’re certainly the master of these globes George, and I love the way you included the shadows in this one.

  • Richard,
    Thank you. Yes, one of the problems with shooting 360° is that somewhere in the rotation the camera will dazzled as it will be staring at the sun.

    So I try to find creative ways of avoiding, or better making use of, that problem. In setting the tripod at knee-height I put the direct-sun behind the dark coloured cow while still having its brightness on the flags and the yellow cow and at the same time got the benefit of this dramatic point of view and the great shadow.

    The multiple exposures for the High Dynamic Range effect gave me detail in the shaded side of the cow as well as the sunlit side of the yellow one. Also of course those multiple exposures give a sense of motion in the red flags.

    – George Row

  • Sandra Fortier
    Sandra Fortierabout 2 years ago

    So complicated! Beautiful work George even though I don’t understand how you do it!

  • Sandra,
    Thank you.
    I wrote a journal entry called: Creating a Stereographic Panorama the Basic Idea that introduces the method I use to create these panoramic images. You might find that interesting.

    – George Row

  • Aaron Campbell
    Aaron Campbellabout 2 years ago


  • Aaron, thanks for featuring this age.

    – George Row

  • Spiritinme
    Spiritinmeabout 2 years ago

  • Spirit’, Thanks for featuring this panorama in Digital art compilations group.

    – George Row

  • Rene Hales
    Rene Halesabout 2 years ago

    FEATURED on 16 September, 2012

  • Rene, THANK YOU! for featuring this panorama.

    – George Row

  • Maria  Moro
    Maria Moroabout 2 years ago

    17th September 2012

  • Maggie Hegarty
    Maggie Hegartyabout 2 years ago

    Featured 18th September 2012
    A great effect with the Fisheye lens George!

  • Maggie, Thanks for featuring this image in your group and a special thank you for all the work you do running the group.

    – George Row

  • Spiritinme
    Spiritinmealmost 2 years ago


  • reflector
    reflectoralmost 2 years ago

    A bizarre image! Great clarity and depth of tones. Congrats on your Top Ten placement!

  • Reflector, Thank you.

    – George Row

  • Randy Turnbow
    Randy Turnbowover 1 year ago

    Great light, colorful, love the shot!

  • Randy, Thank you – it was a particularly fun day last summer that I took the source images for this shot! We don’t often get such bright sun and clear skies.

    – George Row

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