North Uist Panoramas – Barpa Nam Feannag

As seen in this post where I ran over the PTGui process, these are from Barpa Nam Feannag. This site is a little less well known to tourists, as it’s about an hour’s walk from the nearest road & it isn’t signposted with a footpath or anything. Plenty of sheep along the way to keep you company though.

I took this first one from a nice large flat rock when I first laid eyes on the cairn, partly to show its situation in the wider landscape & partly to give my legs a rest. You can see the cairn to the left of the big body of water.

15 Barpa Nam Feannag (chambered cairn at Ahmor) (from far away)

This one is pretty much the whole project’s money shot, really pleased with how well it came out. It prints quite nicely as well.

16 Barpa Nam Feannag (chambered cairn at Ahmor) (at barp)

One from the base of the stones.

17 Barpa Nam Feannag (chambered cairn at Ahmor) (at base of stones)

And one from the side to show the length of the cairn (it’s classified as a ‘long’ cairn for reasons that should now be fairly evident).

18 Barpa Nam Feannag (chambered cairn at Ahmor) (from side)

If you click this Roundme image it will load the space & let you click between the 4x different panoramas & drag them with your mouse/finger to look around. Once it’s loaded you can double click to go fullscreen (highly recommended).


North Uist Panoramas – Dun Sticir

As seen in this post, here are a bunch from Dun an Sticir. This one is literally right next to a road, so it’s a common place for tourists to visit. (The causeways are fun as well!)

This is the view from the first island, called Eilean na Mi-Chomhairle (Island of Bad Counsel).

10 Dun an Sticir (dun or broch) (first island)

On the second island, standing outside of the dun itself.

11 Dun an Sticir (dun or broch) (outside dun)

One from inside the dun (add midges for an authentic experience).

12 Dun an Sticir (dun or broch) (inside dun)

It may seem odd to have taken one from on top of the wall, but it lets you look down & appreciate the thickness of the wall in places.

13 Dun an Sticir (dun or broch) (on top of dun)

And the one featured in the previous post, from halfway along the causeway between the two islands.

14 Dun an Sticir (dun or broch) (second causeway)

If you click this Roundme image it will load the space & let you click between the 5x different panoramas & drag them with your mouse/finger to look around. Once it’s loaded you can double click to go fullscreen (highly recommended).

North Uist Panoramas – Udal

This first one is from a ‘wheelhouse‘ (so called because the walls of the rooms look like the spokes of a wheel if viewed from above) from the Udal site at the North of the island, which was excavated over many years.

07 Coileagan An Udal (wheelhouse at Udal)

This second one is a nearby midden where you can see the layers of limpet shells in the wall of sand.

08 Midden at Udal

If you click this Roundme image it will load the space & let you click between the 2x different panoramas & drag them with your mouse/finger to look around. Once it’s loaded you can double click to go fullscreen (highly recommended).

North Uist Panoramas – Langass

The first in a series of posts showing some of the spherical panoramas I took on the Isle of North Uist this summer, while working with Taigh Chearsabhagh. These two are from the very first site I shot after going out to the island & one of the most visited by tourists to the island (possibly thanks to its proximity to a main road). After stitching these it became evident that completely clear or completely overcast skies looked quite dull & ‘scattered cloud’ is where it’s at for panoramas.

This is a burial chamber that sits at the top of the Langass hill. We came back up here a few days later when the weather was even better & you could easily see right to the horizon.

04 Barpa Langass (chambered cairn at Langass)

And this is a stone circle called Pobull Fhinn, which lies on one side of the hill toward the water (there’s water everywhere on North Uist).

02 Pobull Fhinn (stone circle at Langass)

If you click this Roundme image it will load the space & let you click between the 2x different panoramas & drag them with your mouse/finger to look around. Once it’s loaded you can double click to go fullscreen (highly recommended).

Ahmor Barp & Panorama Process

Yesterday I got taken out to another archaeological site, in the Ahmor area of North Uist, this one a ‘barp’ (a mound or cairn of stones) about an hour’s walk inland from the road. I don’t really know much about shooting landscapes, but since coming to North Uist & shooting these panoramas I’ve noticed that scattered clouds make for much more interesting images than either completely clear or completely overcast skies. It also helps the panorama software, as a large expanse of flat blue or grey doesn’t have any features for the software to pick up on & match between adjacent images. Yesterday was the perfect example of this & I’m really pleased with how the panorama I shot up next to the barp came out.

So how do we go from this bunch of images…

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To this 360×150 eqirectangular panorama?

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