Dramatic Landscape photography from Iceland


Icy foregrounds in the East of Iceland on an Iceland Winter Workshop. This mountain is on the other side or Vesturhorn and is known locally as the “Batman Mountain”

Dodged and burned onto my sensor with magic cloth long exposure. Use the Magic Cloth Technique.

Iceland Aurora Photo Tours on 2015-01-30 16:45:50

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The Magic Cloth Photography Technique

What you need:

Neutral Density Filter:
To extend the shutter speed during daylight hours. I would recommend round filters, especially for damp days.

Magic cloth:

Choose a large cloth like a hat, or the same size black card. Has to be able to cover the lens completely. Better to be Black. A non-reflective colour is best. Use a straight edge of any shaped cloth.

Magic Cloth Method:


Begin with a filter or darkness for a for a slower shutter speed, then over expose the image by 2 – 3 stops.

Shutter speed

It is easier to set a long Shutter speed. 2-5 seconds requires a fast, but smooth movement to darken the sky within a split second. 5-10 seconds allows for a extra exposure of the middle-ground.

Magic Cloth Movement

In many conditions I bring the cloth down quickly and up slowly. Bring the cloth up in a gentle, controlled manner.

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Hekla is Iceland’s second most active volcano; Grimsvötn is the most active volcano.

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