Beautiful moonless Night on an Iceland Winter Workshop at Fjallsarlon Glacier lagoon, this big chunk was a prime foreground target, but with all the flash lights nearby, it was a challenge to render it with natural light.

Interested in Night photography?
Collier’s guide to Night Photography eBook review.

Iceland Aurora Photo Tours on 2015-06-20 12:52:36

How to buy

Click the button below to order with a paypal payment. Price include postage and packing.


60cm x 40cm

Signed Open edition $100 USD

Purchase a signed fine art print.

The Magic Cloth Photography Technique is a an exciting method to capture a high dynamic range scene.


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

I suggest round filters for wet weather.

sturdy Tripod:

I love to get as low as possible for better details in the foreground so no center column are definitely great options to look out for on your tripod. Arrange your tripod to make it heavy. Moving the Magic Cloth can introduce vibrations. A solid tripod is necessary for high end long exposure photography.

Don’t heighten the center column unless you really need to. The center column is the weak spot of the system.

Sometimes a tripod has a hook , suspend something from it to provide more sturdiness. Many travel photographers carry a special harness to place rocks and stones to give a better strength which will hold the tripod steady – fine for Magic Cloth photography.

The Magic Cloth Technique:

Camera settings

Use a filter or low light for a for a slower shutter speed, then over expose the photo by 2 – 3 stops.

Exposure time

There are benefits to using a long Exposure time. 2-5 seconds requires a quick, but controlled action to darken the sky within a reflex time. 5-10 seconds allows for a controlled exposure of the middleground.

Magic Cloth Motion

I usually bring the cloth down as fast as I can and bring it up slowly.


Change the Motion to allow several short exposures of the clouds, instead of a single medium exposure (30 sec + exposures only).

Use your spot meter for the highlights and then x 4 to get the total exposure time.

See more Ice and Auroras on our Photo Tours.

Thanks for popping by

Check out more photography Pages:

Glacier Tours

“Taking an image, freezing a moment, reveals how rich reality truly is.”
— Anonymous

Check out some of our latest articles – on my photo tutorial blog

Photo Blogger – are you blind? Photography and visual impairment.

More info about Iceland

Hvannadalshnukur (2,119m) is the highest mountain peak in Iceland.

Tagged: , Red , Iceland , ice , ice lagoon , Fjallsárlón , Aurora , aurora borealis , Night , Northern Lights , Magic cloth , Magic cloth technique

  • 14
  • 1