Test driving my new Lee Big Stopper filter
I bought a new filter last week at the photography show I visted in Birmingham and have been dying to try it out. I have used cheaper filters before, which were ok but gave very strange colour casts especially on the longer exposures. After a lot of research I finally decided that it was time to upgrade. The main atraction for me is being able to do longer exposures even on a bright day. I like the idea of changing how we see photos, from fairly static often frozen in time, to images with a sense of movement. Even using a slightly slower shutterspeed of perhaps 8sec gives a new feel to my work, and makes it less a "snap" and more a considered image.
Typically the weather has been pretty awful the last week or so. I check the forecast every morning to see if it was worth getting out my camera ( or not ). Then after days of high winds, thick cloud, and very heavy rain, I finally found a very short break in the weather. I didn't have long rain was forecast for about 11am so I headed for my local beach, its only 20mins away.
The sky was quite bright with some clouds already building so I headed straight down to a small stream at the top of the beach. I set up the tripod and cable release, then took a test shot. The filter has a chart with it to quickly add the 10 stops needed, this is a fantastic time saver, instead of having to set the camera, then work out the shutter speed, I just checked the list. My 1/250Sec ended up as 8sec brilliant.
Ater manually focusing the camera all I needed to do was add the filter and press the button. I only had about half an hour before the weather started to change, so speed was essential. I bracketed each shot iust to be sure and managed to get about 10 shots in total, not bad in half a hour.
I loaded my photos into photoshop the second I got home, the difference is amazing, no more magenta colour cast, I think I probably should have bought this filter ages ago. My new mission for the summer more slow shutter speeds in the middle of the day.