Magic Cloth photography

Magic Cloth Photography

Please find below a bunch of Magic Cloth Photography tutorials. They are in no particular order at the moment, but I hope to be categorising everything later.

Where to start

The original article gives you an introduction to the technique, but as the art requires physical movement, it is so much easier to watch one of the Videos to begin with. It is a very simple idea, but whenever I try to write about it it seems very complex. So my strong recommendation is to watch the videos and then use the blog tutorials as a reference.

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Tutorials

Horny Lights

Taken on November 16th, 2017 Location: Stokksnes & Vestrahorn Mode: Bulb mode. Focus: Just before infinity. Camera equipment Canon EOS 5D Mark III EF24mm f/1.4L II USM Medium weight Gitzo Magic Cloth...

Magic Cloth & Northern Lights

The number 1 requirement for using the Magic Cloth Technique is having a long exposure, so you can control the exposure to different parts of the scene.

Magic Cloth and Milky Way

Milky way images are stunning, but what you see on the front page of 500px is usually the result of careful camera and lens choice…

Tony’s Magic Cloth Technique

The Magic Cloth Technique involves controlling the amount of exposure to different parts of a scene during a long exposure.

Ansel Adams – magic card

In one of the last interviews with Ansel Adams he expressed excitement over the possibility of digital photography.

Suburban Aurora

I constantly advise photographers to get out of the city and away from the city lights to get the best aurora images. But, seeing as I am here, I thought I would give the challenging conditions a try.

Simple cloth technique

This very simple technique is the basic for Magic Cloth photography and this video is actually a good starting point for the beginner.

Magic cloth night photography :: Arctic Butterfly

Iceland landscape photography Often, photography in Iceland has to be opportunistic. The greatest obstacle for photographers is also the biggest danger to tourists: the weather! Often we have to just accept what is given to us and count our blessing that... "It could...

Magic Cloth Image focus

Here I focus on Magic Cloth images to help you understand the whole process. Each image is presented with the background story, composition and focus considerations and, of course, Magic Cloth Technique.

Pink Panther Returns

Taken on November 5, 2011 Location: The Ice Beach at Breidarmurkursandur Winter photo tour to Jökulsarlon lagoon and Ice Beach. After enjoying the glacier lagoon for the afternoon, we managed to catch some sunset colours on the ice beach. Fortunately for us, there...

Horny Lights

Taken on November 16th, 2017 Location: Stokksnes & Vestrahorn Mode: Bulb mode. Focus: Just before infinity. Camera equipment Canon EOS 5D Mark III EF24mm f/1.4L II USM Medium weight Gitzo Magic Cloth...

Ice Gorge

Taken on February 15, 2011 Location: This is at the Fjaðrargljufur river canyon in South East Iceland. The unassuming river winds like a snake between the rocks. The canyon was forged over 6 million years and most of the forging force was when the river flashed...

Blue Wing

Taken on Dec 5, 2010 Location: Jökulsarlon Ice beach. This was on the West side of the lagoon mouth. The beach consists of black sand and black pebbles. Both of these give a dark canvas for the glacier ice. The different textures behave different in the morning light...

Rose Tinted

Taken on February 5, 2013 Location: The ice beach at Jökulsarlon. The black sand beach with magical chunks of glacial ice. This is where the Atlantic Ocean interacts with Europe's largest glacier. Mode:...

Oskar Ice man

Taken on March 24, 2017 Location: In the ice caves under Vatnjökull glacier in South East Iceland. This is a very popular ice cave and is normally full of tourists. On this morning, we were in there hours before the tourists. The caves are formed by glacier melt water...

Velvet Beach

Taken on December 12 , 2010 Location: Ice beach near Jökulsarlon. The beach is the final land based resting place for ice chunks that calve from the retreating Vatnjökull ice cap. The ice eventually melts into the North Atlantic, but not before being washed up on this...

Colour Jelly

Taken on January 11, 2017 Location: Jökulsarlon diamond beach Mode: AV mode with + 2 stops over (compensation +/-). Focus: f/11 hyperfocal mark. This is slightly weighted to the foreground. Camera...

Mother of a morning

This was a January morning in the South East of Iceland. This was no ordinary morning for our 5 day workshop because the sky was filled with a special kind of cloud. Nacreous clouds are ice particles high up in the atmosphere that catch sunlight long before sunrise....

Nacreous Dawn

Taken on January 6, 2017 Location: The Ice beach at Jökulsarlon, South East Iceland. The ice on this beach come direclty from the glacier lagoon at Jökulsarlon. The tide of the Atlantic ocean interact with the lagoon, accelerating the melt and taking small ice bergs...

January Star

Taken on January 11, 2017 Breiðarmerkursandur is the name of the beach and the "Sandur" part of the name denotes a desert. Indeed we were reminded of the "sand" all too often as Strong winds from the North battered the glacier ice sitting on the black sand waiting for...

ColourRipples

Taken on January 11, 2017 Location: The Ice Beach at Breidarmurkursandur Winter Sunsrie on a stormy Jökulsarlon lagoon and Ice Beach. The storm was overnight and we caught the tail end of ice. The wind & sand created incredible scalloped textures in the fresh glacier...

Glacial Mirrors

Taken on January 5, 2017 Location: Between Skafatfell National Park and Svinafellsjökull. The view is over Skaftafellsjökull glacier tongue and we are about a kilometer from the ice. According to our Geologist, photo-guide Owen Hunt, "The moraine is relatively recent...

Dream of the Gods

Taken on August 15, 2016 just after 9 o'clock in the evening. Location: Goðafoss Waterfall The Waterfall of the Gods is a fine location for photographers, both Summer and Winter. You will often see me there in the Summer months. Great photographs can be made on both...

Timing is communication

Taken 20th Sept 2016. Location: Ice beach at Jökulsarlon. Location Link: Jökulsarlon Canon EOS 5D Mark III EF24mm f/1.4L II USM Medium weight Gitzo 6 stop B&W ND filter Magic Cloth = my hat. Background This is one of...

VestraBluePool

Taken January 10th 2013 Vestrahorn Mountain from Stokksness. The grass anchors itself in the black sand forming tussocks from the drifting sand. Location Link Canon EOS 5D Mark III EF24mm f/1.4L II USM Medium weight...

Kirkjufell Light

August 18th 2016 This was a late Summer tour of Snæfellsness. The location near Grundarfjordur is best known for the waterfall/mountain combination at Kirkjufellsfoss. But this particular spot is a short hike from the popular waterfall.   ƒ/14 24 mm 5 sec...

Godafoss Red

Godafoss waterfall Sunset 15th August 2016 Godafoss is one of the most beautiful locations in Iceland. The waterfall is in the North of Iceland and is easy to access from the ring road. This shot was taken from the East side of the falls at the level of the river....

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