Ice in Iceland


Even a decapitated head can breathe fire… but not for long! This beautifully scalloped ice Popsicle was breathing fire until the end.

Prumpt onto my sensor with magic cloth long exposure. Use the Magic Cloth Technique.

Posted by Iceland Aurora Photo Tours on 2015-03-06 09:10:02

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Long Exposure photography

Choose the right equipment for Long Exposure photography. A lens with a large= element is essential, I find things difficult with anything smaller than 58mm filter thread. The larger the lens element, the truer the cloth shadow. Lenses can be so wide, such as the famous Nikkor 14-24mm. For low light and night, this lens is fine, but dark filters for day time Magic Cloth photography becomes complicated.
Canon pro-DSLRs are perfect for Neutral Density photography.

  • Easy features and total manual mode
  • Excellent live view able to fine focus stars!
  • Most features can be changed with external buttons and dials.
  • The Red light on the back lets you know you are taking a picture. [Good to have)
Recommended Night photography gear Nikon 
Nikon D810

Hints for Magic Cloth photography

What you need:

Neutral Density Filter: (Not nightime, only day!)

I prefer round filters for damp weather conditions.

Heavy Tripod:

I have to get down to the ground for an interesting perspective so extra flexibility are definitely great features to have on your tripod. Set up your tripod so it is sturdy. Magic Cloth movemnts can cause vibrations. A sturdy tripod is important for fine art long exposure photography.

Try to avoid extending the center column unless it is absolutely important. The center column is the weak spot of the tripod.

Sometimes a tripod has a hook between the legs, suspend something from it to provide better strength. Often Travel photographers carry a bag to put stones in to give a better strength which will hold the tripod still – great for long exposure work.

Long Exposure tips…

Long Exposure Photography Tips


Magic Cloth Method:

Camera settings

Use a dark filter or low light for a to acheive a long exposure, then over expose the picture by two to three stops.

Shutter speed

There is an advantage to a long Shutter speed. 2-5 sec requires a fast, but smooth movement to cover the sky within a reflex time. 5-10 sec lets you have a extra exposure of the foreground.

Magic Cloth Action

Normally, I use very fast downward motion and slow, careful upward motions.


Vary the Action to allow many short exposures of the sky, instead of a single medium exposure (30 seconds and over exposures only).

Spot meter for the highlights and then x 4 to get the total exposure time.

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