I’m not sure whether ‘big stopper’ is a brand name but for my purposes it is simply a 10 stop neutral density filter. Mine is from B&H in NY and the brand is B&W (confusing). It is the cheap version not the one with all sorts of fancy coatings. The reviews of this filter warned that it can give colour shifts. I wanted to try a landscape or two with it.
At 5.40am the alarm went off and I struggled out of bed and headed to Nai Chung to see what was about. It was a slow burn dawn and I decided it was worth trying the big stopper. The sea was already quite smooth and a fishing boat sat nicely below the horizon. I set the Fuji up on a tripod, used cable release and was shooting exposures up to 30 seconds. I used the 10-24mm zoom.
Here are some of the results. You will see that I have played around with the tones – a photo is free to interpret as you or I wish. There is no right or wrong. Photo 3 is a crop of photo 4.
I could have done with a bit more light to increase both shutter speed and DoF but it will do for a record shot. No cigar.
And finally a standard landscape – no wide angle here – from the roadside car park on Sai Sha Road looking out over Kei Ling Ha Lo Wai: