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(March 16-25, 2012)

Kerry Rudy


George Row

The Brandy Pad—in Sunshine

The Mourne Mountains, County Down, Northern Ireland, UK

March 18, 2012, 15:00 GMT

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© 2012 George Row, All Rights Reserved.

The Brandy Pad is an old smugglers track that runs from the coast of County Down through the Mourne Mountains.

In the 18th and 19th Centuries it was used by smugglers to get contraband out of the area patrolled by revenue police.

Their contraband would have included brandy, wine, tobacco, tea and silk—often shipped in via the Isle of Man.

Nowadays a popular walking route, the Brandy Pad still crosses the Mournes from east to west and extends from the coast at Bloody Bridge going over the shoulder of several of the Mourne Mountains, through the pass known as Hare’s Gap and down to Hilltown.

These days on the Brandy Pad you are more likely to meet leisure hill-walkers than smugglers—at least in daylight!

This panorama was shot below the rocky outcrops known as "The Castles", on the top of Slieve Commedagh. It opens with two hill-walkers in view—one striding along, coming from Hare's Gap and one consulting her map, as she looks towards the view down the Annalong Valley.

Much of the water from the river that runs along the floor of that valley is diverted through a 3.6km tunnel under Slieve Binnian and into the Silent Valley reservoir, which is just over the hill from the site of this panorama. The tunnel took 150 men four years to build and was completed in 1951. The reservoir provides water for Belfast and surrounding areas.
Prints and cards of photographs of County Down and Mourne Mountains are available from my Redbubble pages.

Europe / UK-Northern Ireland

Lat: 54° 10' 46.63" N
Long: 5° 56' 24.61" W

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Precision is: Medium. Nearby, but not to the last decimal.

Shot with a Canon EOS 5D, with a 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 three bracketed exposures.

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

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