waterfall of the Gods
In the Summer, I like to photograph Goðafoss waterfall in North Iceland at an un-godly hour!! The waterfall of the Gods is at the perfect angle for a Summer sunrise. The dawn light shines right down the canyon directly onto the waterfall. This event happens at around 03.00. The Sunrise and set set are in slightly different places each day in Iceland. These positions range from South in the Winter to North in the Summer months. A waterfalls normally face towards the coast, it makes sense to photograph the Northern Waterfalls in the Summer and the Summer falls in the Winter. Godafos faces West which is perfect for the soft light at 2 a.m.
The Magic Cloth Technique
The Magic Cloth Technique is a an interesting method to give more exposure to the shadows and less to the highlights. This is perfect for a regular sunset scene at a great location where the sky is just as interesting as the landscape. The The Magic Cloth Technique is a useful tool for your camera bag and flexible for your needs.
Magic Cloth photo tips
Be sure to choose the right equipment for Long exposure photography. A lens with a Some lenses are so wide, such as Nikon’s famous 14-24mm. The lens is great for long exposures at night, but dark filters for day time Long Exposure photography becomes complicated. Canon pro-DSLRs are perfect for Low light photography.
- Simple features and total manual mode
- Amazing live view able to fine focus stars!
- Most features can be accessed with external buttons .
- A little Red light on the back lets you know you are shooting. (useful at night)
ND Filter: (not if you are shooting at night!)
I prefer circular filters for wet atmospheres. The variable ND filters are very popular, but if you get moisture in between the glass, your filter is out of action for the rest of the day.
If your tripod has a hook , suspend something from it to give extra stability. Many professionals carry a special tripod bag to put stones in to give a better stability which will support the tripod much better in windy conditions – perfect for long exposures.
Exposure times can sometimes be longer than the 30 sec your camera will allow. Having a Remote shutter (sometimes called “infra red Shutter release) will allow you to expose: as long as your battery allows.
Although the Northern lights require a long exposure, the object is often to reduce exposure time as much as possible to achieve a usable exposure and with minimal star trails.
This photo was taken early November on a Jökulsarlon tour. I was taking some shots without an ND filter and some shots with. This is one of the shots with the Neutral Density filter – which creates a slight rose tint. This was one of the last photos of the session and everything fells into place when the sky reached it’s best.