I received a Hitech 10-stop ND filter for my birthday and was slightly gutted not to have it in Kerry where there’s plenty of moving water to play around with. However, I played around with it a bit in the back garden to get a feel for the exposure and the effects. It has roughly the same light-stopping abilities as my welding glass but the optical quality is much better, the colour casts can be corrected and, of course, it costs more than €3. On the plus side, it is cheaper and more available than the Lee “Big Stopper”.
Finally, I noticed a pretty good scene unfolding: there was hardly a breath of wind so the field of corn was mostly stationary but the storm clouds were moving. This meant I could get the crops sharp and the clouds blurred (unlike yesterday’s attempts which had everything blurred because of the wind).
By the way, this was the scene an hour after the photo above was taken (unfortunately, I was too busy to get the camera out again):