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(September 18-26, 2010)


Flying Visit to Piccadilly

George Row

Upper Killea

County Derry, UK, on the border with County Donegal, Republic of Ireland

September 26, 2010, 16:15 BST

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This rural crossroads is a few minutes drive from the city of Derry and yet close to the border with County Donegal in the Republic of Ireland.

The roads that cross here are Killea Road and Creevagh Road. From the opening scene, the roads straight on (Creevagh Rd.) and to the left (Killea Rd.) are running down hill and the road behind (Creevagh Rd.) and to the right (Killea Rd.) are uphill. If we followed either road downhill we would, within a few hundred metres, cross the border into County Donegal. If we followed either of them uphill we would be heading back towards Derry city centre.

Most of the landscape included in the panorama is in County Donegal. The eagle-eyed viewer, who is familiar with Donegal's mountains, may spot on the horizon as the panorama opens, the characteristic shape of the mountain range from Muckish to Erigal in West Donegal.

The area with the rolling fields straight in front is called Bogay. Local artist, Julius Guzy, has made a painting called “View at Bogay near Derry” which was inspired by the view from this spot.

Approaching from the left is a tractor and trailer transporting grain. Beyond the tractor down the Killea Road is the border village of Killea it has been expanded hugely by housing developments in the last decade or so.
Prints from this scene of Bogay seen from Killea are available, from a print on demand service.

Europe / UK-Northern Ireland

Lat: 54° 59' 12.37" N
Long: 8° 24' 46.33" W

Elevation: 100m

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Precision is: High. Pinpoints the exact spot.

Shot with a Canon EOS 5D, Zenitar 16mm fisheye f/2.8 lens. The camera was mounted on a Kaiden Kiwi panorama adapter on a Manfrotto 190XDB tripod.

Horizontal photographs were taken at 60° angles and also a ground and sky shot. Each "shot" consisted of five bracketed exposures (With shutter speeds from 1/30 to 1/8000). Extra shots were taken of the tractor as it drove through the shot as the tripod was being set up.

A total of 48 separate images were combined using Hugin in order to achieve this High Dynamic Range type result and in particular to cope with the full Sun.

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