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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.)
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?
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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.