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10 stop

By paulcr
So I went to my local welding suppliers today (didn't even know we had one) to pick up some photography accessories. Now theres an expression I never thought I'd use. A shade 10 welding glass to be exact, as a substitute for a 10 stop ND filter. It cost 1.50 as opposed to over 100. Then I had to go buy some elastic bands to secure it to the camera.
This is the result of my experiments today. It was a really bright sunny day and I managed 30 second exposures. Using the glass gives a complete green cast to the images (see variant) but that was quite easily corrected by moving the tint slider in the RAW converter in PS.
It was just my first outing with the glass so I'll practice a bit more over time and I'm sure I'll get better results.


Tags: Digitally manipulated Landscape and travel

Voters: AlanWillis, Alan_Baseley, paulmeyer and 27 more

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andylea 13 37 1 United Kingdom
9 Sep 2009 11:09PM
this is a brilliant capture very very clever paul looking forward to seeing more with this filter nice one Wink
lauraHB 16 121 Ireland
9 Sep 2009 11:18PM
And they say Blue Peter is dead............ Great initiative there Paul and it worked out a treat. Great shot and composition.

PS I know I have seen this bridge but can't remember where.
paulcr Plus
16 1.5k 9 Ireland
9 Sep 2009 11:39PM
Thanks guys. Laura its in Duleek. Paul
Daisymaye Plus
13 23 19 Canada
9 Sep 2009 11:42PM
Well done Paul. V1 is beautiful........Sandy
woolybill1 Plus
15 38 78 United Kingdom
10 Sep 2009 9:17AM
I think this is excellent and very informative. Over here if you had followed the local postie around for half an hour you would have got the elastic bands for free.
User_Removed 18 39 6 Scotland
10 Sep 2009 9:31AM
Make you wonder how suppliers can justify there costs. Well worth all the effort. Have to admit I would have taken out the wire across the bridge to give it more of a timeless look.
mrswoolybill Plus
14 3.0k 2459 United Kingdom
10 Sep 2009 9:38AM
Wonderful improvisation, definite shades of sticky-back plastic.
I remember Mikbee used a plastic magnifying glass stuck to the front of his camera (with Blu-Tak I seem to remember...) back a while ago with interesting results.
paulcr Plus
16 1.5k 9 Ireland
10 Sep 2009 9:43AM
Cheers guys. never thought of the postie Bill haha. Victor, I did consider the wire but didn't bother in the end (obviously). I was more concerned with the colour cast experiment than anything.
Ridgeway 14 222 2 Ireland
10 Sep 2009 10:06AM
There's thinking on your feet,,
Great to see this inovative thinking Paul,,
I am for No, 1 today Paul, Beautiful water,,

GeorgeMSmith 12 4 6 United States
10 Sep 2009 10:44AM
It works! A beautiful image indeed. Just a little humor though if you can stand it. I did imagine you and your camera with an actual welding hood mounted to the lens, flip up to focus, flip down to expose. Just me and my imagination Paul.
paulcr Plus
16 1.5k 9 Ireland
10 Sep 2009 11:35AM
Thanks Aidan. Not a bad idea either George, might prevent light getting in through the sides lol Smile
buddha64 12 4 United Kingdom
10 Sep 2009 3:24PM
Great shot, very clever..
paulcr Plus
16 1.5k 9 Ireland
10 Sep 2009 7:42PM
Cheers Paul
Gary_Macleod 17 166 Scotland
11 Sep 2009 9:13AM
be interested to see your work Paul
paulcr Plus
16 1.5k 9 Ireland
11 Sep 2009 9:31AM
I'll find better subjects to give another test Gary. Cheers. Paul
13 Sep 2009 7:31PM
Good idea..
EamonnM 12 1 1 Ireland
15 Sep 2009 4:12PM
Excellent buddy, but don't mind them all I think you look great with welders googles on Wink
paulcr Plus
16 1.5k 9 Ireland
15 Sep 2009 5:10PM
haha, cheers Eamo. Thanks Brian. Paul
DaveMead 12 23 14 United Kingdom
15 Oct 2009 11:50PM
Dunno how I missed this one, belatedly sending to the RC Gallery. Good money saving tip. Smile
paulcr Plus
16 1.5k 9 Ireland
16 Oct 2009 1:05PM
Cheers Dave. Paul

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