Ice chunks feel amorous on the beach at Jökulsarlon. This couple embraced as they faced the Atlantic Ocean. The distant clouds echoed their shape.

Posted by Iceland Aurora Photo Tours on 2012-11-19 15:01:54


Exposed with the Magic Cloth

The Magic Cloth Technique includes controlling the total amount of exposure during an extended exposure to different areas of a landscape. Under ordinary conditions, the sky part of a landscape is lighter than the lower half. So that you can get the best exposure of both the skies and also the land, photographers have traditionally employed filters that are darker at the top and clear at the bottom. Additionally they come as soft or hard grads. Afterward there are inverse grads to contemplate where the top half is darker, but gets somewhat lighter to the top. The Magic Cloth method gives a similar effect to your soft grad filter and can also behave as a Reverse Grad.

Important:

Long Exposure = around 10 sec for regular use, no less than 2 sec. (to reach this you’ve to shoot when the light fades or use a dark filter.)

Equipment

  • Sturdy Tripod = vital for long exposure function.
  • Digital Camera = Bridge, modern mirror-less or dSLR camera – live view is a bonus to take an extended exposure.
  • Lenses = around 17-35mm is the very be

  • st focal length, choose a lens with a large front glass to maneuver the cloth.
  • A 6 stop ND filter For daytime work.

  • Dark Material or card (larger than the front of lens and using a straight-edge)
  • Settings
    2 stops over compensation (liveview) or 3 stops over (without live-view), 2 second delay
    Process
    As an example, a 10 second exposure would be a sky exposure of 1 second. Enable 1 sec for the skies exposure when the shutter is open. Immediately lower the cloth to cover the entire lens, then carefully lift the cloth to the height of the horizon. Do this a few times over the remaining exposure time for around 3:1 ration. Don’t permit the cloth to become still throughout the exposure. Extending the shutter speed and dropping the cloth quicker over the sky will increase the ratio.

    Magic cloth photography


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