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Magic Cloth Photography

 

Magic Cloth Photography

Please find below a bunch of Magic Cloth Photography tutorials. They are in no particular order at the moment, but I hope to be categorising everything later.

Where to start

The original article gives you an introduction to the technique, but as the art requires physical movement, it is so much easier to watch one of the Videos to begin with. It is a very simple idea, but whenever I try to write about it it seems very complex. So my strong recommendation is to watch the videos and then use the blog tutorials as a reference.

 

Tutorials

Magic Cloth and Milky Way

Milky way images are stunning, but what you see on the front page of 500px is usually the result of careful camera and lens choice…

Tony’s Magic Cloth Technique

The Magic Cloth Technique involves controlling the amount of exposure to different parts of a scene while you are making a long exposure photograph.

Ansel Adams – magic card

In one of the last interviews with Ansel Adams he expressed excitement over the possibility of digital photography.

Suburban Aurora

I constantly advise photographers to get out of the city and away from the city lights to get the best aurora images. But, seeing as I am here, I thought I would give the challenging conditions a try.

Simple cloth technique

This very simple technique is the basic for Magic Cloth photography and this video is actually a good starting point for the beginner.

Magic Cloth & Northern Lights

The number 1 requirement for using the Magic Cloth Technique is having a long exposure, so you can control the exposure to different parts of the scene.

Magic Cloth Image focus

Here I focus on Magic Cloth images to help you understand the whole process. Each image is presented with the background story, composition and focus considerations and, of course, Magic Cloth Technique.

Magical Dawn

Magical Dawn

A beautiful Summer morning at Jokulsarlon with some icebergs reflecting in the glacier lagoon.

Treasure Iceland

Treasure Iceland

Black sand Beach Treasures Iceland's black sand beach at Jökulsárlón is a treasure chest full of crystal gems. If you catch the glacier ice beach at the right time, you can photograph the incredible colours of a sunset or sunrise. Sometimes a big...

Goðafoss Waterfall Rainbow

Goðafoss Waterfall Rainbow

Godafoss Waterfall 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...

Tiny Comet Aurora

Tiny Comet Aurora

Magical Lights This night photograph, from Jokulsarlon glacier lagoon in Iceland, captured a comet disappearing into the North sky over Iceland. This was the comet which promised to swing quite close to Earth, but this was as close as it got. Not sure what...

Green Angel

Green Angel

Background The otherworldly nature surrounding the huge glaciers in Iceland add an air of mystery to most photographs. The edge of the ice age is so alien to most of us who live in the more populated zones of the Earth. This alien landscape becomes even more bizarre...

Amorphic

Amorphic

Taken on Feb 14th, 2011 Location: Ice, diamond, crystal beach. Mode: AV mode with + 2 stops over...

Berserk Lava field Snæfellsnes

Berserk Lava field Snæfellsnes

Magic Cloth Long Exposure Berserk Lava field Snæfellsnes Snæfellsnes multi day photo tour This fabulous light was the nature of things on this 2 day photo tour of Snæfellsnes. We had been so disappointed to have lost the February snow, but the February...

Pink Panther Returns

Pink Panther Returns

Taken on November 5, 2011 Location: The Ice Beach at Breidarmurkursandur Winter photo tour to Jökulsarlon lagoon and Ice Beach. After enjoying the glacier lagoon for the afternoon, we managed to catch some sunset colours on the ice beach. Fortunately for us, there...

Horny Lights

Horny Lights

Camera equipment Canon EOS 5D Mark III EF24mm f/1.4L II USM Medium weight Gitzo Magic Cloth = Black inter glove. L series Canon EF-24mm f/1.4 Canon EF...

Ice Gorge

Ice Gorge

Taken on February 15, 2011 Location: This is at the Fjaðrargljufur river canyon in South East Iceland. The unassuming river winds like a snake between the rocks. The canyon was forged over 6 million years and most of the forging force was when the river flashed...

Blue Wing

Blue Wing

Taken on Dec 5, 2010 Location: Jökulsarlon Ice beach. This was on the West side of the lagoon mouth. The beach consists of black sand and black pebbles. Both of these give a dark canvas for the glacier ice. The different textures behave different in the morning light...

Rose Tinted

Rose Tinted

Taken on February 5, 2013 Location: The ice beach at Jökulsarlon. The black sand beach with magical chunks of glacial ice. This is where the Atlantic Ocean interacts with Europe's largest glacier. Mode:...

Oskar Ice man

Oskar Ice man

Taken on March 24, 2017 Location: In the ice caves under Vatnjökull glacier in South East Iceland. This is a very popular ice cave and is normally full of tourists. On this morning, we were in there hours before the tourists. The caves are formed by glacier melt water...

Velvet Beach

Velvet Beach

Taken on December 12 , 2010 Location: Ice beach near Jökulsarlon. The beach is the final land based resting place for ice chunks that calve from the retreating Vatnjökull ice cap. The ice eventually melts into the North Atlantic, but not before being washed up on this...

Colour Jelly

Colour Jelly

Mode: AV mode with + 2 stops over (compensation +/-). Focus: f/11 hyperfocal mark. This is slightly weighted to the foreground. Taken on January 11, 2017 Location: Jökulsarlon diamond beach...

Video Tutorials

Watch them here of see the Magic Cloth YouTube Playlist for more.

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