Dramatic Waterfalls from Iceland


This was a colourful Winter dawn behind the falls at Seljalandsfoss. The waterfall has access behind it. It is possible to photograph many different angles. Sometimes it is difficult to find a dry spot behind the waterfall. In the Winter it can be extremley slippery. The slippery path is hazardous.

Posted by Iceland Aurora Photo Tours on 2011-02-11 00:28:55

The Magic Cloth Photography Trick is a an interesting way to expose a scene with high dynamic range.

Take advantage of your DSLR light meter and set the exposure compensation about 2 stops over. This ought to provide you with a genuinely fine exposure on the lower foreground.


Start with a dark filter or darkness for a for a slower shutter speed, then over expose the scene by two to three stops.

Exposure time

There are benefits to using a long Exposure time. 2-5 seconds requires a quick, but controlled movement to cover the sky within a split second. 5-10 seconds gives you a extra exposure of the middleground.

Magic Cloth Action

I usually bring the cloth down quickly and bring it up gently.

The Magic Cloth technique isn’t for every scene or for everybody, but it is unquestionably more economical than carrying around a set of expensive glass filters. It’s probably best looked at as as being a night photography technique, which can be adapted with using an ND filter that was strong for daytime photography.

It’s possible if 1 side of a scene is overly bright, to make use of a mixture of angles. In addition it’s possible to scrub your lens half-way through an exposure. Really helpful for waterfall shots. It is likely to use the fabric to keep the lens dry during the exposure.

Magic cloth photography

More Long Exposure tips

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