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My Photographic Life: Aug 6

Published August 7th, 2011

Some time ago I got excited about a Filter, to be more precise the Lee Big Stopper. A ND filter that blocks 10 stops of light. So that means that if you were shooting 100 speed film at f16 in the middle of the day your shutter speed would be 1/125. Add the Big stopper and you get a shutter speed of 8 seconds! If you look around this site you will see many photographs

Of course when it first came out it was so big that they went out of stock quite quickly. The manufactories Lee are not about mass production but quality made products (in some cases hand made) so it took a while to fill the backlog, especially when getting them shipped from England. So I lost some of the excitement and it has been sitting in the bag after some initial tests. So today it was time to bring it out to play.

One of the biggest problems I had was finding a location that was not back lit and the clouds would also be in frame. For some reason the clouds disappeared for the last half and hour before sun set.

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This is the clock tower and Central Station, well under the protective cover. It is not a really exciting shot but it helps show what you can do with the Big Stopper by really smoothing out the sky.

  • August 6th, 2011
  • Nikon D90
  • 29mm / f/8 / 1/400 sec
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Here you can see that the sky has really smoothed out. This is a 30second exposure. Also not that the big stopper does add a little bit of a blue colour cast. Here I was also lucky that during the exposure the sun broke out between the clouds onto the tower.

  • August 6th, 2011
  • Nikon D90
  • 31mm / f/11 / 15 sec
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As you look around the side you will see most people converting these long exposures into Black and White, here I have added a slight sepia tone.

  • August 6th, 2011
  • Nikon D90
  • 31mm / f/11 / 15 sec

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Jennyhh
Jenny Halvorsen  almost 6 years ago
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Great tut. been thinking of gettin one of these filter but never really seen how it works..really like the outcome! cheers

StephenGodfrey
Stephen Godfrey  almost 6 years ago
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Thanks I am glade you enjoyed it. It is great to know some one is reading these.

DougWheller
Doug Wheller  almost 6 years ago
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Great little tutorial!