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

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 Technique – the basics

The Magic Cloth Technique is a simple way to control the exposure on different parts of your scene. Typically the sky is brighter than the land. Our cameras will find a balanced exposure, but generally this is too bright for the sky or too dark for the land. During...

Magic Cloth Group – on Flickr

The Magic Cloth group was created by ultimagaina You might find this tutorial about the basics useful. It features a range of photographers who have used the Magic Cloth technique. All of the results are interesting and they really show the scope of this technique. If...

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.

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...

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...

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....

Glacier Landscape

Kviárjökull This is Kviárjökull, one of the glacier tongues coming down from Örafæjökull Volcano. The volcano is the second largest in Europe and the glacier is the oldest. The area is a huge ancient glacier landscape with giant moraines from 1000s of years of glacier...

LandmannaMossy

This was a rainy trip through Iceland's Southern Highlands in July 2016. The rain was on and off and mostly mist like drizzle. This is one of many lava fields dotted between the mountains near Landmannalaugar. Canon EOS...

Moss on red

Taken on February 4, 2012 at Lake Kleifarvatn in South West Iceland. This is a strange volcanic lake. It goes very deep in places and used to be the deepest lake in Iceland. There are no rivers leading in or leading out and yet the water level rises and falls. The...

Brunahorn

March 17th 2016. It was St. Patricks day here in Iceland. This was quite a mild March and quite dry. We lost the tonnes of snow that were freshly delivered the Winter before. Taken on the East Coast of Iceland during our March photo workshop. Behind this mountain is...

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