Dramatic Landscape photography from Iceland


A Yellow Razor Head starts to attack photographers at this Sunrise Location (witnessed by Olgeir).

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

Iceland Aurora Photo Tours on 2015-02-25 13:31:13

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The Magic Cloth Photography Technique

If you need to avoid burning the highlights in the sky like a typical northern light show, the The Magic Cloth Photography Technique is a useful tool for your camera kit.

Long exposure photo tips

Long Exposure photography info…

Long Exposure Photography Tips

Remote release:

Shutter speeds 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:

Pick a big cloth like a mouse-mat, or the same size black card. Should be able to cover the whole surface of the glass. Better to be Black. A non-reflective colour is preferable. You can normally make a straight edge out of any cloth.

Magic cloth procedure:


Start with a dark filter or darkness for a for a slower shutter speed, then over expose the photo by two to three stops.

Exposure time

It is easier to set a long Exposure time. 2-5 sec requires a fast, but smooth action to cover the sky within a split second. 5-10 sec allows for a extra exposure of the foreground.

Magic Cloth Motion

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


Vary the Motion to allow a dozen short exposures of the clouds, rather than one initial exposure (30 seconds or more exposures only).

Meter for the sky and

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Iceland Factoids

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