Slieve Bearnagh with the Mavic Air

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It is exactly a year since our Spring hike to the summit of Slieve Bearnagh. Despite the recent snow it was hard to believe we were blessed with very similar weather as last year and ultimately we needed more suncream that we did layers. A lot has changed in 12 months and on this trip there was a chance to continue my journey with the DJI Mavic Air.

On this outing I was still shooting 4K but had installed some screw on ND filters to the lens of the Mavic Air. Although I thought they were essential given how bright it was I fear the final result is some painfully vivid skies. I shot in D-Cinelike rather than normal mode but I really find the hue of the sky a little too much. It is more like an episode of the Simpsons than anything natural. I did attempt to correct the colour Final Cut Pro but with little success destroying the colour of the landscape below.

DJI Mavic Air ND Filters

I still have a lot to learn when shooting 4K on the DJI Mavic Air but I am really enjoying the journey. If anyone has any tips or advice on colour management or how best to use filters please feel free to add them to the comments; all help and advice is greatly appreciated.

As for our Slieve Bearnagh journey, we headed along our new favourite route. From Trassey Track we headed toward Pollaphuca between Meelmore and Bearnagh and spiralled our way to the summit. The descent to the Hare’s Gap is always a little precarious but offers stunning views of Slieve Donard.

Slieve Bearnagh is the second highest mountain in the Mournes. The summit is crowned by a number of rocky tors interlinked by the famous Mourne Wall and it has to be one of our favourite hikes. The views from the north tor take in Slieve Binnian, Doan Mountain, Slieve Donard and beyond.

DJI Mavic Air

I really can’t believe the portability of the DJI Mavic Air. It literally folds down into a tiny case that fits nicely in a rucksack. Set up is quick and it is great to capture a different perspective to our regular mountain views, it is now time I learned how to use it properly!


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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.

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