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Best Of 2010

(January 1st - December 30th, 2010)

Gerardo A. Sanchez

Communion / Comunión

George Row

Bunglas—Highest Sea Cliffs in Europe?

Slieve League Mountain, County Donegal, Ireland, UK

July 20, 2010, 15:15 (local time)

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The Bunglas Cliffs, in South West Donegal, Ireland are the seaward side of Slieve League mountain. The eroded face of the mountaintop falls 601m (1,972 feet) into the Atlantic Ocean. They are the highest cliffs in Ireland and are said to be the highest *sea cliffs* in Europe.

In terms of Irish tourist attractions, the Cliffs of Moher may be more famous, however the cliffs at Bunglas are considerably taller and are now established on the tourist trail for any visitor who comes this far North.

Slieve League is popular with hill walkers and ramblers. Many of them will walk up the “Pilgrim's Path” from the landward side, being rewarded when they crest the hill with a fabulous sea view, across Donegal Bay to County Sligo.

For those less committed to exercise and deferred gratification, there is a car park at Bunglas and they can drive the first 1,000 feet of the climb and, having parked the car, can then enjoy the sea view as they walk up the the second 1,000 feet.

This panorama was shot on a rock on the cliff edge at an elevation of about 1,500 feet (440m)—with another 500 feet (150m) to the summit.

To get some idea of the scale you can pick out the path from the car park if you rotate a little to the left of the opening view. If you continue rotating to the left you will find that the path winds around behind the photographer and eventually as you reach the upper horizon you will catch up on a walker who can be seen breaking the horizon on his way to the summit.

If you tilt down you can see the rock—on the cliff edge on which the tripod stood while shooting this panorama.
Prints taken from this panorama are available at several print on demand services:

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Europe / Ireland

Lat: 54° 37' 42.33" N
Long: 9° 41' 53.54" W

Elevation: 450m

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Precision is: High. Pinpoints the exact spot.

The source images were taken 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 two ground shots and a sky shot. Each "shot" consisted of three bracketed exposures from +2 to -2 stops.

A total of 27 separate images were combined using Hugin in order to achieve this High Dynamic Range type result.

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