First Impression Of The Lee Little Stopper | Blea Tarn

I recently bought a Lee Little Stopper (6 Stop) to get a photograph for a client. It's not my usual style so I decided to head out into the Lake District and have a play and get used to it. I messed my ankle up at the weekend so I went to Blea tarn which only has a small walk, I'll be back up on the fells asap. I did a video to show all of the setup over on my YouTube channel- Adam Kappa



I'm not a big fan of long exposures but I've never really experimented with them myself though so maybe it's something that grows on you?

Question: Will I ever use this filter again? Or is it just something that will live in my bag and rarely make an appearance?

I decided to set the camera/tripod up so I got the same composition each time. I figured that to make it as realistic a test as possible I should use the CPL filter for the glare and a 2 stop soft ND Grad for the sky. I wasn't sure how stacking all the glass would effect vignetting so I stuck them all and found out.

I did 3 photos. All at 41mm, ISO 100 and F8 with a 2 stop soft ND Grad and a CPL. They're all photographed in RAW and converted to jpeg with no adjustments

1. No ND Filter
2. 2 Stop ND Filter
3. 6 Stop ND Filter


I gave the 6 stop photo a quick edit to see how it would look.  I liked the slightly darker look when I was taking the photographs but after seeing it on the big screen I could of/should of done a longer exposures - 15 or 20 seconds. In my head I was shooting this for a black and white image and wanted the dark shadows but now i'm not so sure. What do you think?

Blea tarn, the lake district black and white

I'm still not fully convinced I'll be doing a lot of these but it should be a fun thing to try out on the bad weather days to help make them look nicer. After I ended the video I stopped on the edge of coniston water and tried a even longer exposure of 2 minutes. I personally think that's too long, I think I like the idea of keeping some of the detail still in the water. I'm writing this on the 23/06/2017 I wonder how long it'll take for me to change my mind.

This is the photo of the cotton grass I got at the start of the video . Looking down onto Blea tarn and up towards Great Langdale.