Northern lights & Ice from Iceland


We are billion year old carbon. Yes, we all come from stars. Maybe this is why we love Northern lights and volcanoes so much.

Magic cloth and Northern lights photography on the Glacier Lagoon at Jökulsarlon.

Magic Cloth

The Magic Cloth Technique involves restraining the quantity of exposure to different elements of a picture within a long exposure.

Northern Lights

For recording the foreground or reflections in a night scene, the Magic Cloth Technique functions wonderfully. For using the Magic Cloth Method, the main prerequisite is having a long-exposure. So when you are photographing northern lights, which generally involve exposures between 30 and 5 seconds, the main requirement is already met. It is satisfied without needing to include filters. The only extra gear you are going to require is card or a straight-edge material, even though I’ve found that a large mitten functions just fine.

In case your composition includes hardly any ground, or you’re shooting with super-wide angles, then the Magic Cloth is not going to be this useful. The purpose of the Magic Cloth Method is really to balance the exposure on the sky versus the ground, which means this works best if you aim to add some foreground that is completely fascinating in the scene.
In the event you can get your complete exposure up to 20 seconds (2 2nd skies exposure), then you’ll give your self time to do a reverse cloth actions.

Choose the right equipment for Long exposure photography. Some lenses are too large, they create their own problems, such as the Nikkor 14-24mm. For low light and night, this lens is fine, but dark filters for day time Neutral Density photography becomes complicated.

Canon pro-DSLRs are perfect for Magic cloth photography

  • Easy features and total manual mode
  • Great live view able to fine focus stars!
  • Most settings can be changed with external buttons .
  • The Red light on the back lets you know you are shooting.

Recommended Low light camera equipmentCanon 5D
mark III
Canon 5D mark III

Magic cloth photography

Facts about Northern Lights

The Oxygen in the atmosphere over 150 miles above the Earth’s surface reacts with the plasma & makes the sky appear red.

Tagged with: , Iceland , ice , ice lagoon , glacial lagoon , glacier , Jökulsárlón , jokulsarlon , long exposure , low light , Aurora , aurora borealis , Night , Northern Lights , Magic cloth

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