This past weekend I spent a couple of nights away with a few members of the Birmingham Photographic Society at Ty Carreg, in the Brecon Beacons (south Wales).
Friday evening, we had hoped to do some night sky photography, but the cloud cover over the mountains looked ominous. As it happens, it's not really dark enough this time of the year to photograph the stars.
In preparation for an up coming weekend away with Birmingham Photographic Society, I took the opportunity to invest in a new filter system and a set of filters... enter the Lee Big Stopper:
The "Lee Big Stopper" is a Neutral Density filter that stops 10 stops of light... to put that into perspective, if your exposure is 1/8th of a second without the Lee Big Stopper, with it would require an exposure of 2 minutes !
In the photo above, we have the Lee Foundation Kit (the holder) with a Lee Wide Angle 77mm adaptor, the Lee Big Stopper, a Gradual Neutral Density filter and a Polarising filter fitted to the front of the holder.