Basically, I needed an ND Filter. The next day.
Here was my thought process:
1. What is an ND Filter? An ND Filter is a filter that basically lowers the intensity of the colors of a scene without messing them up.
2. How can I make one without buying it?* Well, research on the internet showed that there is a way to do it with welding glass and another with polarizing filters. I did not have access to either and in such a short time, I couldn't get my hands on either. Shipping, sadly, is not instant.
3. Well, going back to the purpose of an ND Filter, how can I make one with materials on hand? Well, since an ND Filter basically a way to make things darker then...
4. What can dim the intensity of light? The first thing that came to mind were sunglasses.
5. Will sunglasses work as an ND Filter? Luckily, this idea is testable as sunglasses are not that hard to come by. So, I set up a camera on a tripod and I took a meter reading (I went into Arpeture Priority and held the shutter button half way down). F36! Yikes! Then I placed on the glasses and took another reading F22! That is a drastic improvement. I repeated this experiment on different scenes and came to the conclusion that although not exactly specially made for a specific darkening amount, it works.
6. What is the cost and time input needed? Well, I found the sunglasses at a dollar store and with tax it is just over a dollar. Not bad considering some others can go for about $50.
*Making stuff is just so much better...
Step 1: Parts List
Step 2: Added Bonus.
Step 3: Cut.
Step 4: Sever.
Step 5: Tape and Photograph.
Set your camera into Shutter Priority (Tv on Canon or S on Nikon) and change to the shutter speed you want (the max on mine is 30 so I used 30 seconds.) and then hold the shutter button half way down.