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


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 1st 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!
Winner will be announced on 3rd 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. 


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. 


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

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


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

In the Silence

I was searching for some misty landscapes and went to one of my favorite places here in Kerava, Finland. I used my Sirui tripod and then adjusted the self-timer in camera with 10 seconds timer and just ran to the scene. I try to never forget how I have made it to where I'm today - this photo represents my journey and vision. Hope you enjoy my new photograph!

I used one of my favorite fine art Lightroom presets: Dark Blue as the base edit. 

Equipment & Exif:
Nikon D800Sigma 50mm f/1.4 & Sirui R-4203L
ISO 100, 50 mm, f/4.5, 1/8 sec.

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

A print of this photograph can be found here: Mikko Lagerstedt - In The Silence

In the Silence - Mikko Lagerstedt - 2014

In the Silence II - Mikko Lagerstedt - 2014

Night Photography Master Class eBook

I'm just starting to work on a Night Photography Master class eBook. It will be available this summer, if nothing unexpected happens. The eBook will contain specific details on how to create similar work as in my Edge series and also containing files to practice the post-processing. 

Enjoy your Summer everyone!

Here is a new similar work: Evolving Depths

Evolving Depths - Mikko Lagerstedt

Upcoming Night Photography Master Class - eBook, available this Summer 2014

How To Use Graduated Filters & Radial Filters in Lightroom 5

I made a short video tutorial on how to use Graduated Filters and Radial Filter to balance pictures and add colors. Hope you like it.

Sorry that I sound bit weird, but I have the flu. :) 

Some of the things I'll go in the tutorial.

  • Balancing photo with Graduated Filter
  • Adding color with the Radial Filter
  • Using the Radial Filter to add Vignetting
  • Basic adjustments

Sunset - Before

Sunset - After Graduated Filters and Radial Filter

I have also gathered my favorite Lightroom settings to presets and provide those here:

Lightroom & Camera Raw Presets