Day 298 – Long Exposures During Daylight
I have had a few days now playing around with my latest filter, the Lee Big Stopper, and I am still surprised at the amount of light this thing soaks up.
There is no composing the shot while you have the filter attached – looking through the viewfinder simply gives you the impression you still have your lens cap on. It is a case of composing and getting an idea of the shutter speed required, slot in the filter, and for most of my shots I have been using bulb mode and a remote shutter release for exposures between 1-4 minutes. I have not tried using live view yet but I assume it would have limits as well if it does work.
I had not had the chance to test it out during strong light, so I headed to the beach this morning to see if really long exposures were still possible after the sun had come up. I used a 3 stop hard grad ND filter to tone down the sky and keep some colour along with the Big Stopper, and was still getting exposures of over 30 seconds about an hour after sunrise.
I was happy with knowing I could get that sort of long exposure with this strong light, I am not sure when I will use it in strong sunlight, but you never know… I am sure I will find a reason now I have the option. For the shot above I opened up the aperture a little, and boosted the ISO to 400 for a 6 second exposure just to get some shape to the water coming over the rocks.