The Mourne Mountains in Northern Ireland are a sight to behold spread along the County Down coastline. The forest lined range of mountains offer a number of challenging walks, from scaling Slieve Donard (the highest mountain in Northern Ireland) through to the slightly less challenging walk to ‘Hare’s Gap’ the vista views are stunning throughout.
A full family adventure to Hare’s Gap was the order of the day starting with an uphill but gentle walk through the forest path to Trassey River. At this point the true beauty of the walk is revealed with the cliffs of Spellack, Slieve Meelmore and the edge of the rocky path to Hare’s Gap just visible ahead. Check out my Hare’s Gap feature on Capture Outdoors.
A family walk meant we were taking a leisurely pace. It was a great opportunity to re-familiarise myself with the Fujifilm X100s. Over the last few months, thanks to the X-T1 I had neglected my favourite little camera and to be honest I had forgotten just how versatile the X100s is for everyday documentary photography. During the hike I had the Lee Filter Seven5 X100s adaptor attached so was able to add ND grads when necessary.
X100s Panoramic Photography
The X100s comes with a built in panoramic capture option. Simply set up your shot and gently sweep across the scene you want to capture. The system is very reliable but the more I use this function the more familiar I get with the best composition and speed of sweep. These images are best viewed on flickr full size.
The views at the top of Hare’s Gap are stunning as the mountains meet the clouds. The latter part of the climb was a challenge but there was a considerably easier route down although this may only be safe when it is dry.
At the top there was enough shelter to grab a quick picnic, the journey down felt quicker and even managed to yield a crop of blackberries as a bonus. The X100s, protected with the little retro case performed admirably documenting every aspect of this family adventure. It is a great little camera reminding me of the very reason I was drawn to the X100 back in 2011. Small, versatile, stunning image quality and simply a joy to use.