Glacier Ice from Jökulsarlon the Glacier Lagoon


Loving the blues on this December workshop morning. The Winter dawns are fantastic opportunities for capturing amazing colours. The dawn is not a quick affair in Iceland. The colours can be good for hours. This allows you to experiment with different exposure times and techniques.

Posted by Iceland Aurora Photo Tours on 2014-02-19 21:31:50

The Magic Cloth Technique

When you want to avoid burning the highlights in the sky like a normal aurora display, the The Magic Cloth Technique is a useful tool for your camera bag. The Magic Cloth Technique involves controlling the amount of exposure within a very long exposure to different portions of a picture.


Dark Filter: (not at night, only in daylight) The ND filter is simply to lengthen the exposure. Without having to wait for it to get dark, you can get glossy waterfalls or wave activity that is fine. Like Grads, they come in various powers.
My advice is to purchase a filter for your biggest lens so you could utilize the same filter on all of your lenses, and utilize a step-up ring.

I recommend round filters for wet conditions.

Heavy Tripod:

I have to get low down for better details in the foreground so extra flexibility are definitely great options to look out for on your tripod. Stabilize your tripod to make it heavy. Vibrations can be caused by the movement of the Magic Cloth. But, this is necessary for fine art long exposure photography.


2 stops over compensation (liveview) or 3 stops over (without live view), 2 sec delay. There is an advantage to a long Shutter speed. 2-5 sec requires a fast, but smooth action to darken the sky within a reflex time. 5-10 sec allows for a controlled exposure of the middleground.


Divide complete exposure by 10 for the sky exposure. For instance, a 10 second exposure could be a sky that is 1 2nd. Press on the shutter to activate the THE TWO second timer, with this time get your material ready. When the shutter is open, allow 1 second for the sky exposure.

Magic Cloth Action

In most conditions I bring the cloth down with a fast action and up slowly.

Magic cloth photography

Some more Long Exposure hints…

Digital school – long exposures

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