Slieve Bearnagh

The Mournes : Slieve Donard : A Winter Hike

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Nothing beats a 6 hour adventure into the Mourne Mountains on a bright winter’s day with the Fujifilm X-Pro2. We started with an early meet at Trassey Track and made our way up past the river to the famous Hare’s Gap. The tops of Slieve Bearnagh, Binnian and Donard with thick with snow and there was certainly lots of ice as we climbed up the Gap.

Slieve Binnian

I was travelling light with the Fujifilm X-Pro2 and the 16-55mm zoom lens, both are weather sealed which was reassuring given the amount of snow we were facing especially on Donard. We made our way from Hare’s Gap through the Brandy Pad with the snow covered peaks of Slieve Binnian just visible overlooking Ben Crom Reservoir.


It was a bright day but absolutely freezing in the shade, the Fujifilm X-Pro2 performed exceptionally well given the ever changing balance of light and shade. Even when focusing on low contrast, dark areas on the mountains it hit the spot every time.

The Brandy Pad

The following images are the view from the Brandy Pad back over to Slieve Bearnagh, to be upfront these were actually captured on the way back from Donard just as the sun was beginning to set. The detail in the X-Pro2 RAW files is extraordinary and there is so much editing and control offered within Lightroom.

Slieve Bearnagh

The Fujifilm X-Pro2

The images are sharp and breathtaking straight out of the camera, to be honest I am spending more time playing with the X-Pro2 film simulation options that really processing the images in Lightroom. That said, RAW editing with the latest Lightroom release and the X-Pro2 RAW files is a total joy.

Slieve Bearnagh Snow

From the Brandy Pad we made our way to the saddle / col for lunch before climbing through the thick snow to the top of Slieve Donard (Northern Ireland’s largest mountain).

View from Donard

The views as we climbed Donard were stunning and you could really feel the temperature drop. The reflections on the white ground can often make shooting in the snow difficult but the X-Pro2 performed admirably. Climbing Donard The light was really beginning to drop as we made the return journey from Donard, back through the Brandy Pad and to Hare’s Gap. I grabbed this quick shot of some walkers returning to from Slieve Bearnagh shooting directly into the sun (spot metering).

Hare's Gap

It is hard to believe I have been shooting with the X-Pro2 since last November and still find the camera exciting. The Fujifilm X-Pro2 is not only a leap in performance but the files are absolutely amazing (both JPG and RAW). I suspect there will be another trip into the mountains this week with the X-Pro2 this time with a tripod and my Lee Filters. You can view this track on my ViewRanger account but please note routes are used at your own risk.


Fujifilm X-Pro2 First Impressions
Music Photography with the X-Pro2
The Northern Ireland Landscape
Fujinon 16-55mm Review.


David is a documentary and landscape photographer covering everything from dramatic long exposure landscape photography through to live music. David is a former Official Fujifilm X Photographer.


  1. Excellent set of pics David , i was up there just a couple of weeks ago with my Xpro 1 and got some lovely images too ,very similar as the weather/conditions were much the same.
    Looking forward to getting the 2 when it comes out as i have saved a few shekels.
    Good enjoyable blog especially as its so local.

  2. Awesome as always. Your photos are such a refreshing change from all the gaudy, over-saturated landscapes out there. I think you’re the only landscape photographer I’ve come across who captures the emotional as well as the physical.

  3. Hello David,
    Very beautiful pics indeed. I am jealous really. I wish i could make these photographs .
    I own a fuji X pro 1 since recently (two weeks now) and ik am very curious about which Raw converter is the best for the Fuji X pro 1??
    With one did you use?

    Greetings from Holland,

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