Magical Iceland Landscapes


16:9 from Stokksness with some nice Winter light and a Magic Cloth.

Tagged: , Iceland , Vestrahorn , vesturhorn , reflection , Magic cloth

What an Experience!!

What a great moment it was to have the chance to capture such incredible landscapes in a great location.

The Magic Cloth Photography Technique

The Magic Cloth Photography Technique is a a clever way to record a high dynamic range scene.

Maybe you want to balance the highlights in the sky with the shadows on the ground like a normal sunrise beach, the The Magic Cloth Photography Technique is a useful accessory for your camera kit and flexible for your needs.

Magic Cloth Tricks


ND Filter: (Not nightime, only day!)

I recommend round filters for damp atmospheres.

sturdy Tripod:

I have to get as low as possible for foreground detail so quickly adjusting legs are really nice features to have on your tripod. Arrange your tripod so it is sturdy. Magic Cloth movemnts can cause vibrations. A solid tripod is essential for top quality long exposure photography.

Try to avoid heightening the center column unless you really need to. The center column is the weak spot of the system.

Sometimes a tripod has a hook , hang things from it to provide extra stability. Often Travel photographers carry a special bag to place rocks and stones to give a good weight which will hold the tripod nicely – fine for Magic Cloth photography.

Long Exposure tips…

Long Exposure Photography Tips

Remote release:

Exposures can be longer than the 30 seconds your camera will allow. Having a Remote release (sometimes called “Remote) will allow you to expose: as long as your power allows.

Magic Sock:

Pick a big cloth like a large sock, or the same size black card. Should be able to completely cover the whole surface of the glass. Better to be Dark. A dark colour is better. Use any shaped cloth, as long as you can get a straight edge.

Magic Cloth Method:


Use a filter or low light for a longer exposure time, then over expose the scene by two to three stops.

Shutter speed

It is preferable to work with a long Shutter speed. 2-5 seconds requires a fast, but smooth movement to burn the sky within a split second. 5-10 seconds allows for a extra exposure of the middleground.

Magic Cloth Action

I usually bring the cloth down as fast as possible and bring it up gently.

Different Methods

Vary the Action to allow many short exposures of the clouds, instead of a single medium exposure (30 sec + exposures only).

Spot meter for the highlights and {multiply that shutter speed by 4|then x 4 to get the total shutter speed.

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— Jean-Luc Godard

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