Lee Big Stopper Ten-Stop Neutral Density Filter

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Robert Crown Memorial State Beach at Low Tide, Alameda, California (Singh-Ray Galen Rowell Two-Stop Soft Graduated Neutral Density Filter)

Robert Crown Memorial State Beach at Low Tide, Alameda, California (Singh-Ray Galen Rowell Two-Stop Soft Graduated Neutral Density Filter)

Over the past two weeks, I’ve been experimenting with long exposures using the Lee Big Stopper Ten-Stop Neutral Density Filter. I’ve had a portfolio of work that I’ve wanted to add to for a while now where for certain situations I feel that it would be beneficial to do longer exposures. I’m still getting the hang of how to use ten-stop neutral density filter properly however as I’ve basically made every mistake in the book so far with light leaks, severe under-exposure, struggling to figure out how to compose when you can’t see through a dark viewfinder, etc… but I’m starting to figure it out now thanks to a blog post by San Diego-photographer Alex Kunz. Also note that if you plan to get one of these filters you will have to buy a shutter release cable for your camera if you don’t already have one because you will be making use of the Bulb exposure mode on your camera where you can expose for as long as you want.

Robert Crown Memorial State Beach at Low Tide, Alameda, California (Lee Big Stopper 10-Stop Neutral Density Filter + Singh-Ray Galen Rowell Two-Stop Soft Graduated Neutral-Density Filter)

Robert Crown Memorial State Beach at Low Tide, Alameda, California (261-second exposure with Lee Big Stopper 10-Stop Neutral Density Filter + Singh-Ray Galen Rowell Two-Stop Soft Graduated Neutral-Density Filter)

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2 thoughts

  1. You are a daring one Mr. Wong – with that ND Grad and a 10 stop ND!? How in the world did you line it up to the horizon?

    I particularly like the softening in the reflecting pools in this shot. BTW, I don’t know if you use the PhotoPills app, but it is quite handy for figuring out the equivalent exposure with a 10stop (or x-stop) ND on. I use it regularly with mine.

    • Thanks Mark. I actually composed and took test shots without the 10-stop ND before I put it on so lining up the filter properly was not an issue. Thanks for the tip on PhotoPills. I’m not familiar with it but it sounds like something I should download!

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