Northern Lights Photos in Iceland


Some smooth, green aurora colours over a packed lagoon. This was the scene from the banks of Jökulsarlon glacier lagoon. The moon was new and the Aurora was dancing in the skies above us. The lagoon was busy with ice.

Posted by Iceland Aurora Photo Tours on 2012-11-16 15:14:55

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Magic Cloth Photography

If you like to give more exposure to the shadows like a average aurora display, the Magic Cloth Photography is a great tool to carry – so convenient and inexpensive.

Shutter bulb:

Exposures can be longer than the 30 seconds the camera will let you do. Having a Shutter bulb (sometimes called “Remote) will allow you to expose: as long as your power allows.

Black cloth:

Pick a big cloth like a large sock, or black card of similar size. Should be able to cover the whole surface of the optics. Better to be Dark. A non-reflective colour is better. Use any shaped cloth, as long as you can get a straight edge.

What you do:


Start with a dark filter or darkness for a for a slower shutter speed, then over expose the image 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 darken the sky within a reflex time. 5-10 seconds gives you a extra exposure of the foreground.

Magic Cloth Action

For Northen lights, I usually bring the cloth down very quickly after the sky has been exposed (after 10-20 seconds). Then bring it up slowly and gently to expose only the landscape.

Check out some Auroras on our Photo Tours.

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