I'm beginning to enjoy the my new creative tool in the form of The Big Stopper. So why not add another one, maybe a Graduated ND filter to help further that creative process.
In my last post I wrote how I'm starting to enjoy the new creative addition to my photography tool kit. The Big Stopper. I'm a busy man. I work in the outside broadcasting industry whereby most weekends I'm working somewhere around the country and weekdays preparing for the next forth coming event. I may have time to fit an Advanced Mototing session in during the week - another hobby I'm involved with. I’m also a family man, which keeps me busy in between work. Finding time to be creative can be difficult.
However I'd managed to set a couple of hours aside the other week and drove to the nearby village of Aylesford. The village here has a medieval footbridge crossing over the River Medway. Built around 1000 - 1599 and until recently had been opened to road traffic it has a very picturesque feel about it. From the road bridge next to it one can see the full view of the bridge, the church and the rear gardens of the property that's located along the river.
Celebrating your own birthday is always a joyful experience but it's also great when a birthday gift becomes a useful tool for creativity.
I’m a very lucky man. Not least because my partner puts up with me and my hobby. In fact she encourages me somewhat in so many ways. Back in October, for my Birthday she presented to me as always, many fantastic gifts. One that I've been after for a while now has be ’The Big Stopper’
For those who don't know what ’The Big Stopper’ is, it's a piece of glass that fits in front of the lens using a holder system all made by Lee Filters. The glass is almost non see through if you hold it up and look through it. It is an ND filter - 10 stop ND to be precise.
The glass is square and comes in a nice little metal box with a card for exposure adjustment. This card is important as the metering system on the camera simply can't coup with the heavy ND that will be placed in front of the lens and besides, you won't see much in the viewfinder once it's in place.
Around 60% of Brits will have made a New Years resolution at the turn of 2015, 2% fail in the first day, most fail before the end of January – I failed in the first week.
29th January 2015 was seen as the day most people give up on their New Years resolution. And the day has of course been given a name – fail Friday. It will come as no surprise that loss weight comes top of the list of promises that people try and keep to. Stop smoking is another in the top 10 list too. I for one don’t smoke, never have. I’ve put on a little weight, but I’m not a big lad. Tall yes, but not fat. So I never felt the need to make such resolution. But I did make one? Yes I did. It was to take more pictures. In fact, take one each week and post it online.