How Do You Use The Lee Big Stopper?

 Nikon D3, Sigma 24-70mm f2.8, Aperture f/22, ISO-200, Shutter speed of 43 seconds, Filter - Lee Big Stopper, Time of Day - 3:30pm on a sunny day

Nikon D3, Sigma 24-70mm f2.8, Aperture f/22, ISO-200, Shutter speed of 43 seconds, Filter - Lee Big Stopper, Time of Day - 3:30pm on a sunny day

Today on my way home we decided to stop at Fifty Point and take some photos. While there I decided to pull out the Lee Big Stopper because the winds were fairly strong and were moving the clouds through the sky nicely.

We were there on the beach mid afternoon and the sun was fairly high in the sky for what normally one would think you could produce that silky water long exposure... but with the Lee Big Stopper, you can throw out conventional thinking and produce images you wouldn't normally be able to... a long exposure with high sun.

So how did I create this image? Here is how...

1... I set the camera on a tripod and connected my shutter release cable.

2... I then screw on the filter ring and attached the filter holder for the Lee Big Stopper.

3... I set the camera on aperture mode, set the aperture to f22 and focused 1/3rd into the scene on one of the vertical pier posts.

4... I then checked the exposure time and it was 1/20th of a second. After I knew what the exposure was I switched the camera to BULB mode, manual mode and manual focus. (manual focus is a must because the camera will not be able to focus when the filter is attached.

Lee Big Stopper Conversion Chart

5... Lee provides a convenient exposure time converter that easily takes the calculations out of the equation. It said that 1/20th of a second is a 40 second exposure when the filter is attached. I then put on 100mm x 100mm square filter on the filter holder.

6... I then programmed 43 seconds into my shutter release. I added the extra few seconds because I have noticed that i need just a bit more time with my specific filter. - The Lee Big stopper eliminates 10 stops of light but not all filters are the same... there is some variations between 9 stops and 11 stops and you should check your filter by trying it once you take it home.

7...  I then hit the shutter button and 43 seconds later my image came up on my LCD screen. 

Now, some people have mentioned that their images come out blueish... and yes, they will... but I have never had an issue by color correcting it in Photoshop because i shoot everything in raw.

This example was done mid day... but when you really see fantastic images with this filter is when the sun is low in the sky just before or after sun set and sun rise.

I have metered a scene at 1/4 a second just after sun rise and after consulting the easy to use exposure calculator card, I did a four (4) minute exposure and created some flat water and great cloud movement.

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Here are some more images taken with the Lee Big Stopper at the same location.

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