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    Welding glass, your ND solution!

    An interesting alternative to an expensive 10 stop ND filter !

    Welding Glass ND

    not sure if I'm game to try but it wouldn't be a very expensive experiment hehe
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    Now that is very interesting...

    Wonder if anyone will get it into one of those cokin filters? Anyone here game enough to try? :P

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    Ingenious!
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    I'm going to give this a go, just for the hell of it.

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    for a few bucks why not!

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    What a brilliant idea!

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    I`ll be getting one....for a few bucks, why not.
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    I have tried the welding glass "Big Stopper" concept:
    Found a reseller in Ireland that I purchased 3x 104x94mm welding glass screens (8 10 and 12 rating) for a total of $14 incl postage!
    Good news is they do work really well - bad news is they have a very heavy green colour cast. If you convert your images to B+W this is not much of an issue. I will be getting a big stopper (If I can find one!) however but the concept is a good one..
    Here are some examples with the welding glass:WeldingGlass-1.jpgWeldingGlassBW-1.jpg
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    This is not such a bad idea.... ebay here I come.

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    Would you be able to alter the WB if you shoot in RAW, sufficiently to get any kind of real colours back, or is this only ever going to be a B&W thing?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ezookiel View Post
    Would you be able to alter the WB if you shoot in RAW, sufficiently to get any kind of real colours back, or is this only ever going to be a B&W thing?
    It's hard enough getting real colours back in a jpeg when shooting outdoors with WB accidentally set to Tungsten!

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    Taking off my sillyboy hat, you could try Custom WB in-camera, then at least you can get a preview of the likely colour balance.

    Have you tried that Bernie? Any luck?

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    no worries

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    I opened my image in photo shop raw and this is as close as I could get to a blue sky all the tight area's have a blue tint.

    Last edited by Duane Pipe; 20-06-2012 at 2:08pm.

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    nice!

    doesn't qualify as "neutral density" if it throws a colour cast though. but certainly opens up a distinct creative look.
    Thanks,
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ezookiel View Post
    Would you be able to alter the WB if you shoot in RAW, sufficiently to get any kind of real colours back, or is this only ever going to be a B&W thing?
    This was taken through welding glass with a cloudy WB and then WB adjusted in ACR. At the bottom of the clothes line is a bit of teflon plumbers tape which is an excellent white reference.


    Washing Line by stevetla, on Flickr

    and this one was done by shooting a white paper bag and doing an in-camera custom WB. It's pretty much as it came straight from the camera.


    Merry-Go-Round (ND13) by stevetla, on Flickr


    Steve

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