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(January 1st — December 31st, 2014)

Gerardo A. Sanchez


George Row

Dawn at Foyle Marina

Derry, Northern Ireland, UK

30 December 2014 09:00 GMT

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The panorama opens with a view of Derry City Council office building with the Foyle Marina in front of it.

As it starts to rotate we are looking down the River Foyle towards the Foyle Bridge in the distance and then gradually the trees of St Columb's Park come into view.

Next we reach the golden light of dawn reflected in the river. The white structure over the river just after the dawn light, is the foot and cycle bridge known as the "Peace Bridge"

The Peace Bridge joins Ebrington Square on the "Waterside" of the river Foyle with Harbour Square on the "Cityside" of the river. At Harbour Square you can see the clock tower of the Guildhall and the yellow brickwork of the City Hotel.

Along the river front are many restaurants and then across the car park near the camera are buildings belonging to North West Regional College. Just before we come back to the Council offices you catch a glimpse of one of the buildings on the University of Ulster, Magee College campus.

Until the latter half of the twentieth century this was a thriving cargo port. The straight lines in the concrete are the remnants of tramlines that guided cranes along the quayside. Where the cars are parked was once the location of the Glasgow Shed and Liverpool Shed, warehouses where cargo, including livestock, waited to be loaded onto ships.

The last remnants of the cargo port moved down river twenty five, or more, years ago. In recent years the riverside has been developed with foot and cycle paths, the Foyle Marina, apartment complexes and Derry City Council office building. New restaurants and cafes have opened along the river.

This panorama of Foyle Marina is available as a print on Redbubble. You will also find there a Stereographic Print of this Panorama of Foyle Marina.
I have also made this and other Photographs of Derry available as: and even as Mugs of Derry and iPhone Covers of Derry.

My website VeryDerry.com

Europe / UK-Northern Ireland

Lat: 55° 0' 14.9" N
Long: 8° 20' 13.66" W

Elevation: 3m

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Precision is: High. Pinpoints the exact spot.

The source images were taken with a Canon EOS 5D Mk II, Canon EF 15mm f/2.8 Fisheye lens.

The camera was mounted on a Kaiden Kiwi panorama adapter on a Manfrotto 190XDB tripod with a Bushman Monopole extension lifting the camera above the railings.

A sky shot and six shots, tilted slightly below the horizontal, were taken. These were at 60° intervals so no separate ground shot was needed. Each "shot" consisted of seven bracketed exposures from +3 to -3 stops.

A total of 49 separate images were combined using Hugin (which in turn invokes Nona, Enfuse and Enblend) in order to achieve this High Dynamic Range type result.

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