Hen Mountain is situated in the western Mournes and peaks at approximately 350m above sea level. The three birds, (Hen, Cock and Pigeon rock), is a popular day walk with a total walking distance of around 6 miles. On this day hike we decided to approach Hen from a photographic point of view and headed up the steep Rocky Mountain, through to Tornamrock then back down to the river via Windy Gap. We definitely made it difficult for ourselves.
I was shooting with my trusty Fujifilm X100T, (as it goes everywhere). The 35mm focal length offers enough of the landscape to provide a good balance between detail and scale. I decided to capture everything using a reasonably shallow depth of field of f/4 and an ISO of 400. Fixing these variables meant I was able to concentrate my focus on the clouds and use the exposure compensation dial to make adjustments ensuring I was happy with the level of balance and contrast in the sky.
The photograph above is the view as we climbed the steep side of Rocky Mountain, you can just see the river and main path running along the centre of the image. Hen Mountain is also popular with climbers who favour the single pitch crags and the whole area offers a vast array of natural colour from rich yellows to deep greens through to the bright purples of the various heathers.
Personally I think the best vistas / photographic opportunities are on the way back down along the river from Pigeon Rock. As we walked alongside the Rocky River the sun offered a warm balance of colour and shade that made up for the challenges we faced along the way.
A word of warning, there is very little in way of a set paths in this area. Always take proper precautions when out in the mountains and make sure you are equipped for all weathers. It is wise to let someone know your route before you head out. Please note location recommendations are used at your own risk.