Ice from the land of ice and fire


Mixtures of red ribbons and blue ripples at Jökulsarlon... The best place in the world to photograph glacier ice.

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

Posted by Iceland Aurora Photo Tours on 2015-01-25 22:42:24

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Choose the right equipment for Magic Cloth photography. A lens with a large= element is essential, I get poor results with anything smaller than 58mm filter size. The larger the lens element, the truer the cloth shadow. Lenses can be so wide, such as Nikon’s 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 Long Exposure photography.

  • Great features and manual mode
  • Fantastic live view able to see auroras before humans!
  • Essential settings can be edited with external buttons and dials.
  • The Red light on the back lets you know you are shooting.
Essential Photo stuff Canon 5D 
mark III
Canon 5D mark III

More Long Exposure links…

The Ultimate Guide To Long Exposure Photography – 2014 Edition

Magic Cloth Method:


Use a filter or darkness for a to achieve a long exposure, then over-expose the scene by 2 – 3 stops.

Exposure time

It is easier to set a long Exposure time. 2-5 seconds requires a quick, but controlled movement to burn the sky within a split second. 5-10 seconds gives you a extra exposure of the middleground.

Magic Cloth Movement

I usually lower the cloth very quickly and bring it up slowly.


Vary the Movement to capture many short exposures of the sky, rather than one initial exposure (30 seconds + exposures only).

Spot meter for the sky and multiply that shutter speed by

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Did you know?

In the Icelandic phone book everyone is listed by their first name.

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Earth’s two ice sheets cover most of Greenland and Antarctica and make up more than 99% of the world’s glacial ice.

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