I’m a very lucky man. Not least because my partner puts up with me and my hobby. In fact she even encourages me somewhat. So last week, for my Birthday she presented me with many gifts. All fantastic gifts, but one that I’ve been after for a while now. The Lee Filters Big Stopper. What she didn’t know was I needed the system to fit this very dark quality piece of glass in front of my camera. I quickly ordered the screw on filter and holder and waited for that package to arrive. Which it did in good time. Today I decided that I’ll give it a quick test. Water would be the order of the day, and nearby is Maidstone Town Centre and the River Medway. The Archbishop Palace is a place I’ve been to and taken a few pictures and a place I can quickly test things be it the Big Stopper or a new little lens for my iPhone. Normally these test don’t see the light of day once I’ve uploaded them to Lightroom. But today was different. Having had my eye on the big stopper for a while, I’d seen the video’s on You Tube and read the instructions on the net. I knew how it should be mounted and with the aid of the prompt card inside, know what I needed to do. Lining the shot up, manually focusing and dialling in the correct exposure, then popping the glass in the holder and mounting on the lens I snapped away. With the camera on a tripod and remote release of course. The result was promising and with the thought that I’d be converting these images to black and white I’d wasted no time in getting home and processing the images in Lightroom. Quick conversions, and lengthy work with the brush tool gave some good results. However, processing them in Nik Silver Efex Pro 2 gave a stunning result – as seen above. Below are two images, one not processed at all, and the other with careful adjustments in Nik Silver Efex Pro.
I for one am pleased with the Big Stopped and I think you’ll be seeing more images from me and the Big Stopper in the next few months.