Divided

The weather has been quite bad lately, so after glancing at the weather report, and finding out it should be clear skies for couple of hours near Pori, I had to go and take some star photos. I had an awesome trip. I drove around the area and captured couple of photographs. Here is first from the set.

The photograph is blended from two different exposure. First one was exposed for sky and the second was for the water/foreground. 

Equipment & Exif

Nikon D800
Samyang 14 mm f/2.8
Sirui R-4203L Tripod & K-40X Ball Head
Apature Remote Controller

Sky Exposure: ISO 3200, 14 mm, f/2.8, 30 sec.
Foreground Exposure: ISO 100, 14 mm, f/8, 669 sec.  

Post-processing 

For the sky photograph, I used for base editing one of my Milky Way presets: Subtle II. For the foreground I adjusted contrast and clarity and boosted up the exposure. After the Lightroom settings were done, I used Photoshop to manually merge the exposures together. 

I'm currently working on a Photoshop Action Pack, which will include my favorite adjustments inside Photoshop. Hopefully they will be available in couple of weeks. 

Thanks for viewing, I hope you enjoy the photograph!

Divided - Mikko Lagerstedt 2014

Print Giveaway Winner & Luminous Night

Finally I have an internet connection to share the winner of the latest print giveaway! But before announcing the winner here is another shot from the same night as my previous photo. 

Luminous Night II - Mikko Lagerstedt

And the winner is..

Lauren Denise Rogers

Congratulations to the winner and thanks for the wild amount of entries to the giveaway! I hope you have enjoyed the summer. I will be sending message to the winner via facebook. 

Luminous Night - Mikko Lagerstedt

Raasepori Castle

This one is from last year when I had the pleasure to visit this unique place Raasepori Castle. It was a bit haunting to walk around this area on a quiet autumn night. I spent there couple of hours trying to find a perspective I liked, and this one was probably one of the first ones I took from there. The moonlight was quite strong to give the castle some nice texture. Hope you like it! 

Equipment & Exif

Nikon D800, Nikon 16 - 35 mm f/4.0 VR, Sirui R4203-L tripod & Sirui K-40X ball head
ISO 3200, 16 mm, f/4.0, 30 sec

Post-processing

Base edit with one of my Star & Milky Way Lightroom presets: Landscape Stars II - and after that I used Nik Software Silver Efex Pro 2 to convert the image to b&w. 

Mikko Lagerstedt - Raasepori Castle

Evening Mist

Last year I had the chance to capture this shipwreck scenery in a beautiful evening mist. Now the shipwreck has been pulled to the shore.. The light from the left actually comes from a construction hall of some kind. The moon silhouette behind the clouds was a great detail in the final shot. 

Equipment & Exif

Nikon D800, Nikon 16 - 35 mm f/4.0 VR & Sirui R-4203L tripod with K-40X ball head.

ISO 100, 29 mm, f/4.0 & 30 sec. 

Mikko Lagerstedt - Evening Mist - 2013

Print Giveaway XIII & Preset Sale

I'm overwhelmed and truly inspired to have such a huge following in social media. So to show my appreciation, it's that time again - giveaway time! I will be giving away one 76 cm wide Metal Print from one of my photographs! We have also updated the shop section on the site where you can purchase some of my work: Buy Art

If you are interested in my fine art Lightroom & Camera Raw presets, they are on sale until 10th of August!

How to participate in the giveaway?

Just leave a comment in this blog post before 31st July, 2014 and you are in the draw!
Update: Winner will be announced on 6th of August. 

Moment of Elegance

A view of a beautiful night from last autumn. I was really enjoying this quiet moment. It is me in the picture - I had to adjust the perspective quite a bit to get it straight like this, but it was worth it.
 

Equipment & Exif

Nikon D800, Samyang 14 mm f/2.8, Sirui R-4203L Tripod and Hähnel Giga Pro II Remote
ISO 3200, 14 mm, f/3.2, 30 sec. 
 

Post-processing

For the base edit I used one of my Star & Milky Way Lightroom Presets: Landscape - Stars. 
In Photoshop I straightened the subject using Puppet Warp -tool. I also added some detail to the stars using one of my techniques seen here: Night Photography Tutorial.

Print of this photo is available here.

Mikko Lagerstedt - Moment of Elegance, 2014

Alone In The Light

While going through some of my photographs from last year, I came across with this one. A shot on a beautiful misty Summer morning, taken about a year ago. As the sun was rising I had my camera on my tripod and used my remote controller to trigger the camera. 

Equipment 

Nikon D800, Nikon 16 - 35 mm f/4.0 VR, Sirui R4203-L tripod & Hähnel Giga T Pro II remote controller.

Exif
ISO 100, f/5.6, 35 mm, 1/1600 sec.

Post-processing

Lightroom for color temperature, contrast and saturation. I also used one of my presets to base edit the photo: Morning Blues. 

More info about the tools I use, can be found in the FAQ-page.

Want a print of this photo? You can find it here: Alone in the Light

Alone in the Light - Mikko Lagerstedt - 2014