Magical Dawn

Magical Dawn

This photo was taken on a Summer morning on the great iceberg lake at Jökulsarlon. The sun was just coming up and the sky was filled with these beautiful soft, pastel colours. There were perfect reflections because the glacier lagoon was so still. We had been camping at Skaftafell so we could make the most of the twenty four hour day light of an Icelandic Summer. In South Iceland, the sun does set for a couple of hours, but there is no darkness, there are just a few hours of twilight. Sometimes these twilight zones can have terrific colours in the clouds so it is worth staying up all night if you don’t mind the discomfort of sleeping during the day.

 

In some cases these strange places can have amazing tones in the mists so it merits remaining up throughout the evening in the event that you wouldn’t fret the uneasiness of dozing during the day.

This photograph was taken throughout a mid year night at the Jokulsarlon glacial lake in Iceland. It was so serene there, just me and 1 other photographic artist and a crowd of Icelandic Eidur ducks. I adored the manner in which the day break light lit up the mists and chunks of ice on the tranquil tidal pond. The reflection truly makes this photograph extraordinary.

Long Exposure

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

  • Neutral Density Filter: (Not at night!)
  • sturdy Tripod: I use a medium weight Gitzo.
  • Shutter bulb: in case your exposure goes over 30 sec.
  • Magic Cloth: a mouse-mat, hat or sleeve.
  • 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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    Kirkjufell Light

    Kirkjufell Light

    We checked out the Kirkjufellsfoss waterfall earlier in the day and there were 6 – 10 tourists walking through the scene at any one time.

    Godafoss Red

    Godafoss Red

    The one thing we agreed on was to leave our tents erect and stay another night at the falls.

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