It seems like longer, but my Lee Filters’ Big Stopper 10-stop filter was delivered just short of six months after I placed my online order with Speed Graphic. Lee aficionados will know that such a wait for these expensive squares of glass is par for the course due to demand far outstripping supply and, I was told, to quality issues.
I did become impatient during the wait, but never enough to pay the nearly double retail price that Big Stoppers were/are fetching on eBay. At one point I wrote an email to Lee asking if they knew why there was constant supply these otherwise scarce filters available at inflated prices on the auction site. I didn’t’ get a reply.
Today was my first short trip out armed with the BS. The previous evening I had, as recommended by Lee, done some test shots to establish how close to 10-stops my ten-stopper really is. Ten and a third apparently. So all that is necessary until I make myself or Google for a ten-and-third-stop ready reckoner is convert the conventional shutter speed to a decimal and multiply that by 1365. I was pleased to find a calculator in the “Extras” menu on my steam-powered not an iPhone. Yes, I expect there’s an iPhone app.
The image above is my first little starter with the Big Stopper. Nothing spectacular. Rather too chocolate box but fun.
Above: 25 seconds at f16. Nikon D700 with 24 – 70 lens at 24 mm. Lee 0.3 grad and, finally, Lee Big Stopper. Curves adjustments in Photoshop.
Below: 47 seconds at f16. Nikon D700 with 24 – 70 lens at 42 mm. Lee 0.6 grad and, Lee Big Stopper. Curves adjustments in Photoshop.
Bottom: Silver Efex Pro 2 conversion.