Glacier Ice from Iceland


The Golden sunrise and a rush of Atlantic Ocean. Ice on the beach on an Iceland Winter Workshop.

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

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More Long Exposure hints…

Shoot Stunning Seascapes With These Long Exposure Tips

Remote release:

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

Black cloth:

Choose a large cloth like a mouse-mat, or the same size black card. Should be large enough to completely cover the glass. Better to be Dark. A non-reflective colour is best. The cloth can be any shape, but you need to be able to create a straight edge.

The Magic Cloth Technique:


Start with a dark filter or darkness for a longer exposure time, then over expose the photograph by two to three stops.

Shutter speed

There are benefits to using a long Shutter speed. 2-5 sec requires a quick, but controlled action to darken the sky within a split second. 5-10 sec gives you a extra exposure of the foreground.

Magic Cloth Movement

In most conditions I bring the cloth down with a fast action and up slowly.


Vary the Movement to capture several short exposures of the sky, instead of a single medium exposure (30 seconds or more exposures only).

Meter for the sky and multiply that shutter speed by three or four

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