Ice in Iceland


Landscape in East Iceland East of Iceland on an Iceland Winter Workshop.

This is one of my favourite mountain ranges in Iceland because that classic pattern is repeated on all the mountains receding into the distance.

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

Posted by Iceland Aurora Photo Tours on 2015-01-29 22:11:43

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The Magic Cloth Technique

The Magic Cloth Technique is a an exciting method to record a scene with high dynamic range.


Dark Filter: (to slow the shutter in daylight)

I recommend screw-on filters for wet weather.

Magic Cloth Method:

Camera settings

Use a dark filter or low light to achieve a long exposure, then over expose the scene by two to three stops.

Shutter speed

There are benefits to using a long Shutter speed. 2-5 sec requires a fast, but smooth movement to darken the sky within a split second. 5-10 sec lets you have a extra exposure of the foreground.

Magic Cloth Motion

In many cases I bring the cloth down with a fast movement and up slowly.


Vary the Motion to allow many short exposures of the sky, instead of a single medium exposure (30 seconds + exposures only).

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

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