This photo was taken with the Magic Cloth Technique. The Magic Cloth Technique is a a unique way to record a scene with high dynamic range. Maybe you want to give more exposure to the shadows like a normal sunrise beach, the The Magic Cloth Technique is a good tool for your camera kit. It is convenient and inexpensive.
Magic Cloth Tools
Choose a large cloth like a mouse-mat, or black card of similar size. Has to be able to cover the glass completely. Better to be Black. A dark colour is better. Use a straight edge of any shaped cloth.
What you do:
Begin with a filter or low light for a for a slower shutter speed, then over expose the photograph by two to three stops. It is preferable to work with a long Exposure time. Shorter exposures (2-5 seconds) require a quick, but controlled action to darken the sky within a reflex time. 5-10 seconds gives you a controlled exposure of the middle-ground. Double your metered exposure for a straightforward scene that just requires a bit more exposure on the land. Snow scenes and reflections work well with this approach.
Magic Cloth Action
In most situations I bring the cloth down quickly and up slowly. But you can change the action to capture a dozen short exposures of the sky, rather than one initial exposure (longer exposures only).
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From this position, I had several challenges. It took 17 shots to get to this one and I already knew my composition!
We checked out the Kirkjufellsfoss waterfall earlier in the day and there were 6 – 10 tourists walking through the scene at any one time.
The one thing we agreed on was to leave our tents erect and stay another night at the falls.