According to Strava I have traversed the route to the top of Doan mountain seventeen times in the last few years. It’s not a long hike but it includes some swampy ground and some high rock scrambles to keep it interesting. The views at the top are well worth the effort. As ever the Fujifilm X100V was an able camera to document the Doan Mountain winter sunset.
Fujifilm X100V Setup
I kept things really simple. The X100V was set to JPG mode, classic chrome film simulation and I under exposed each capture by 1 to 2 stops (depending on the light). The X100V was also set to spot mode to make the silhouettes a little easier to capture.
In Lightroom there were three very simply tweaks. I increased the contrast by 10, decreased the blacks by 10 and increased the white balance by 12. The adjustment to the white balance creates the warmer look.
Mourne Mountains : Doan
I keep the weather resistant kit on the camera at all times. Despite heading out with the lens hood I still struggle with a fair bit of lens flare. I suspect a square hood may have offered better protection when shooting directly into the sun. See my favourite accessories for the X100 series cameras. This includes the Pro mist filter and the Lee Filters Seven5 system.
The focus on the X100V continues to impress. The fact the LCD screen can rotate meant I was able to shoot directly into the sun while looking down on the LCD screen sheltered from the sun by the camera body.
There are times I would like to be able to capture a little wider, however the form factor, portability and ease of use make the X100 series perfect for everyday shooting. I do suspect the new Fujifilm X-T5 with a 16mm or 23mm lens may tempt me for film work in the (very) near future.
Doan Mountain Links
Winter Sun on Doan Mountain
New Year on Doan Mountain
Ott Track to Doan Mountain
First Impressions of the Fujifilm X-Pro2
Fifty Photographs of the Mourne Mountains
Doan Mountain from Slieve Bearnagh
The centre of the Mournes (Video)
Doan, Dún Maol Chobha, Irish Mountain 592.6m