Wed 26-Mar-14 11:32 AM | edited Wed 26-Mar-14 04:54 PM by jrp
Im after some advice regarding PP when using a x10 stop filter.
I used a custom white balance setting for this photo which when uploaded to my computer was far too cold. I played with various white balance setting, opting to select the clouds as a white point for the custom white balance setting in NX.
Ive added 4 colour control points in NX to come up with this version.
I also tried to process in Lightroom but was unable to make it look any better.
If anyone has any advise on how best to process Id be very grateful, all the images I make using my 10 stop filter as a nightmare to PP.
If it's the Lee 10-stop Big Stopper you are referring to, yes it tends to give you a blue cast. And it tends to concentrate in the center of the image. It does require a little more post processing to correct - I have found it is best to make a global correction in WB first and then a second correction to bring the center in line with the edges. This can either be done in Photoshop using a mask or using a local adjustment in LR or ACR.
When using my Lee Big Stopper I have to crank up the Kelvin in manual white balance between 7140 to 8330 K to get what equals 5260 K. I still have to adjust in PP, using control points in Color Efix works best for me.
The Lee Big Stopper definitely has a nasty color cast. The Singh-Ray Mor-Slow filters are much better in that respect, but not as available in some markets.
One thing that you may already know is that it's very important to either close the viewfinder blind or find something to cover it up. If not, you'll get light leakage that can create strange color shifts in portions of the image.
I do remember to close the view finder sometimes although I very rarely do. Thanks for the clarification Rick, I need to get this LE photography to an acceptable level before my trip to Yosemite later in the year.