Magical Iceland Landscapes


A bit of shallow DOF work on the beach, not to everyone’s taste.

I just love f/6.3

Conjured onto my sensor with magic cloth long exposure… the Magic Cloth on an Iceland Winter Workshop.

Tagged: , Blue , Iceland , ice , beach , ice beach , Breiðamerkursandur , Jökulsárlón , jokulsarlon , Magic cloth

“Go ahead, make my day.”!

“There are no rules for good photographs, there are only good photographs.” ― Ansel Adams

Magic Cloth Photography

Magic Cloth Photography is a an interesting method to photograph a scene with high dynamic range.

Maybe you have to give more exposure to the shadows like a average aurora display, the Magic Cloth Photography is a useful gadget for your camera bag and flexible for your needs.

Magic Cloth Tricks


Be sure to choose the right equipment for Long Exposure photography. A lens with a Some lenses are too large, they create their own problems, such as Nikon’s famous 14-24mm. The lens is amazing for long exposures at night, but dark filters for day time Long Exposure photography becomes complicated.
Canon pro-DSLRs are perfect for Long Exposure photography.

  • Simple features and true manual mode
  • Great live view able to see auroras before humans!
  • Essential settings can be changed with external buttons .
  • The Red light on the back lets you know you are exposing.
Recommended Night photography gear

Dark Filter: (not if you are shooting at night!)

I recommend round filters for damp weather conditions.

sturdy Tripod:

I have to get down to the ground for foreground intimacy so no center column are really great features to look out for on your tripod. Arrange your tripod to make it strong. Moving the Magic Cloth can introduce vibrations. A sturdy tripod is necessary for fine art long exposure photography.

Try not to heighten the center column unless it is absolutely important. The center column is the weakest link of the tripod.

Sometimes a tripod has a hook underneath, hang things from it to help with extra stability. Often professionals carry an empty “rock bag” that they can fill with stones to give a good weight which will hold the tripod still – great for long exposure work.

Remote release:

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

Magic Sock:

Pick a big cloth like a mouse-mat, or black card of similar size. Has to be able to cover the glass completely. Better to be Dark. A non-reflective colour is preferable. Use any shaped cloth, as long as you can get a straight edge.

What you do:

Camera settings

Use a filter or darkness for a longer exposure time, then over expose the photo by two to three stops.

Shutter speed

There are benefits to using a long Shutter speed. 2-5 seconds requires a fast, but smooth movement to cover the sky within a split second. 5-10 seconds allows for a controlled exposure of the foreground.

Magic Cloth Motion

Normally, I use very fast downward motion and slow, gentle upward actions.

Different Methods

Change the Motion to capture several short exposures of the clouds, rather than one initial exposure (30 seconds + exposures only).

Meter for the sky and {multiply that shutter speed by |then times four to get the total exposure time.

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What a fantastic moment it was to have the opportunity to snap such incredible landscapes in a fantastic setting.

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