North Mournes from Hen Mountain by Przemek Czaicki

North Mournes from Hen Mountain by

A lot of work and very little sleep to get this one.

I got up at 03:30am, had two cups of coffee, packed up, got into the car and stormed away towards the mountains at 04:30am. After about an hour of driving (I missed a few turns) I finally found the car park and started the journey.

This peak is one of the smallest in the Mournes, I think it took me only 30 or 40 minutes to get to the top.

The sunrise was setting in very nice, so I quickly found a vantage point. I couldn’t get anything interesting by shooting a single frame, so I decided to go for a panoramic shot. This ended up being stitched from 12 vertical shots.

The production ended up being quite difficult. I shot 3 exposures for each frame, however only when I got home I realised the dynamic range of the scene was about 11 EV (a camera can only see 6EV). I ended up blending each frame from 6 files. So a total of 72 files went into this photograph and about and hour and a half of postproduction. Quite happy with the result in the end.

I also decided to keep my backback and photobag in the frame, as it gives the shot a bit more of a sense of scale. I removed it, but it just didn’t look the same.

County Down
Northern Ireland

Canon 50D
Tamron 17-50mm



  • Anthony Mancuso
    Anthony Mancusoalmost 4 years ago

  • thank you for the feature :)

    – Przemek Czaicki

  • Colleen Milburn
    Colleen Milburnalmost 4 years ago

    Gorgeous work, Przemek – well worth all your troubles :))

  • thank you :)

    – Przemek Czaicki

  • JHRphotoART
    JHRphotoARTalmost 4 years ago

    Fab image and work Przemek

  • Thanks :)

    – Przemek Czaicki

  • Hugh Fathers
    Hugh Fathersalmost 4 years ago

    Well worth the effort . . .
    Top image . . .

  • thank you :)

    – Przemek Czaicki

  • Jason Asher
    Jason Asheralmost 4 years ago

    Great panoramic mate! Though I’m sure most modern dslrs see about 9 stops not 6.

  • I’ll look it up. This would mean this image has an even higher dynamic range :) Thanks :)

    – Przemek Czaicki

  • Melinda Kerr
    Melinda Kerralmost 4 years ago

    Wow 72 files! Great move keeping the backpack in the frame. It really makes the shit and completes the story. Well done. Worth the trip.

  • Quite sure you were meant to write ‘shot’ instead of ‘shit’, however I think ‘makes the shit’ sounds much funnier :D

    – Przemek Czaicki

  • vampvamp
    vampvampalmost 4 years ago


  • thanks :)

    – Przemek Czaicki

  • Terri~Lynn Bealle
    Terri~Lynn Beallealmost 4 years ago


  • thanks :)

    – Przemek Czaicki

  • Elaine Bawden
    Elaine Bawdenalmost 4 years ago

    WOW!!! So, so beautiful :)))

  • thank you :)

    – Przemek Czaicki

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    NatureGreeting...almost 4 years ago

    Beautiful scene! CONGRATULATIONS on your feature! May 08, 2011

    Your host of SEASONS CHANGE

    Vickie, and Michelle

  • Thank you for the feature :)

    – Przemek Czaicki

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