Behind the Photography

Lonely Tree - A beautiful day on the coast of Finland

For the past couple of weeks, I have been photographing all over Southern Finland. Last week I visited Emäsalo, Finland for the first time this winter and it sure was a beautiful day. I captured one of my favorite trees there while it was snowing and ice was gathering on the shore. 

I couldn't believe that I had the place all to myself the whole time I was there. It is undoubtedly a hard place to walk when there are snow and ice covered rocks. Nevertheless, I had fun time photographing there. Here is my favorite shot from that day. 

Lonely Tree - Mikko Lagerstedt 2018 - Emäsalo, Finland

EXIF & EQUIPMENT

Nikon D810, Nikon 14-24 mm f/2.8
ISO 100, 16 mm, 1/250 exposure & f/5.0

POST-PROCESSING

I used Lightroom basic settings to edit the photograph. The colors I edited by using my Phase Preset Collection

First Snow

Feeling inspired by the first snowfall of the season, I headed to one of my favorite spots near our home. There is always something magical about the first snow and how it lights up the landscape.The heavy snowfall and the beauty of the landscapes with calm water made me appreciate the moment. In the blizzard, I saw a fisherman going for his fish traps and rowing in the middle of the lake. The scenery sure looked like a still from a movie. I captured many photographs here and might publish some later.

After spending time at the first location, I decided to head to Järvenpää and photograph a spot I have been to many times and this time I had luck with the conditions. Not a single person in sight and no tracks in the snow I carefully made my way to the beach. Capturing the beach and lake and balancing the elements I saw a man approaching the scenery. I waited for some minutes before he was in the perfect spot. 

Exif & Equipment

Nikon D810, Sigma 20 mm f/1.4 ART
ISO 100, 1/160 exposure, f/4.0

Post-Processing

I used Lightroom basic settings to edit the photograph. The colors I edited by using my Phase Preset Collection - Blue & Yellow. 

 First Snow - Mikko Lagerstedt 2017 - Järvenpää, Finland

First Snow - Mikko Lagerstedt 2017 - Järvenpää, Finland

Vacant Beach

Vacant Beach is a series of images captured one August night after summer season on the deserted Yyteri beach, Finland

I visited Yyteri Beach a couple of weeks ago. After walking down to the beach first thing I noticed was this bright source of light in the distance of the beach. It was a new restaurant I hadn't seen before, and it was right at the beach. Unfortunately, it had huge lights that almost blinded me while I passed the place. I almost turned back to my car because it was something I had not wanted to be in my photographs, but I kept on walking along the beach and saw a lifeguard chair and a lifeboat. I took some shots and finally ended up in a darker part of the beach. As my eyes got used to the darkness, I loved how the dunes and sand looked. 

I saw this feather in the sand and knew there was something that intrigued me. I visioned a shallow depth of field photograph with stars in the background and the feather as the central part of the image. I captured a couple of different shots while lying on the ground and waiting for the camera to take the long exposures. And while I was lying on the sand I was in awe of the moment and how something so simple as a feather can get in the state of awe. I started by capturing three horizontal images. It was hard to get the perfect low angle I wanted. Finally, I got what I was looking for and continued to photograph and roam around the beach. I love the combination of crashing waves and stars and the smell of the sea. 

I wanted to create a small series of what I captured that night. I hope you enjoy the series as much as I enjoyed capturing these photographs.  

Exif & Equipment

All of these photographs were captured with Nikon D810 and Sigma 20 mm f/1.4 lens. I used a RRS-tripod.
20 mm, ISO 3200, 20 sec, f/1.4 

Post-Processing

I used Lightroom to edit these photographs with my Phase Presets (Color: Oldie).

Prints

All of my prints are numbered, signed and dated. You can view the prints from the button below. There are three different sizes and editions. You can read more about my prints here.  

 Mikko Lagerstedt - View - Yyteri, Finland - 2017

Mikko Lagerstedt - View - Yyteri, Finland - 2017

 Mikko Lagerstedt - Flow - Yyteri, Finland - 2017

Mikko Lagerstedt - Flow - Yyteri, Finland - 2017

 Mikko Lagerstedt - View II - Yyteri, Finland - 2017

Mikko Lagerstedt - View II - Yyteri, Finland - 2017

 Mikko Lagerstedt - Feather - Yyteri, Finland - 2017

Mikko Lagerstedt - Feather - Yyteri, Finland - 2017

 Mikko Lagerstedt - Steps - Yyteri, Finland - 2017

Mikko Lagerstedt - Steps - Yyteri, Finland - 2017

 Mikko Lagerstedt - Safety - Yyteri, Finland - 2017

Mikko Lagerstedt - Safety - Yyteri, Finland - 2017

Flow - Portugal

You might know that I love to capture night sky near a coastline. I traveled to Portugal to capture the beauty of night sky and the Atlantic Ocean. I was blown away by all of the little gems and beautiful seascape views in Portugal. This picture was captured near Telheiro a small beach. I spent my days searching for possible locations to capture and I found a location with the foreground rocks. I went back to this location when it was dark. I knew that the tide might affect the landscape and it certainly did. The view was different, but luckily I found a spot to capture. 

I used my Vision of Depth technique, to capture the scenery. Longer exposure for the foreground and 25 second's for the Milky Way. I also brought my new lens Sigma 20 mm f/1.4 ART with me to capture the sky. This lens is a beast! 

Exif & Equipment

Nikon D810, Sigma 20 mm f/1.4 ART, RRS Tripod and Hähnel Gigapro II remote controller. 
Sky: ISO 6400, f/1.8, 25 sec. tilting the camera upwards. 
Foreground: ISO 2000, f/4.0, 7-minute exposure tilting the camera downwards.

Post-processing

Color and contrast edit in Lightroom and opened the images in Photoshop as Smart Objects and copied the landscape to the same file as the sky. Once both images are in the same file, expanded the canvas with the crop tool. Masked the meeting point of the views. Saved file and went back to Lightroom, and used a Phase Preset (Contrast - Light) to give it an overall look. 

Mikko Lagerstedt - Flow - Portugal, 2017

Distant Land

Last year I had the pleasure to visit Chile and the Torres Del Paine national park with Konsta Punkka and the crew. We stayed there for eight days and shot a mini-doc series Exploring Earth's first episodes. If you haven't seen the series, check it out here: Exploring Earth – Patagonia

I captured this view from a different perspective than the usual views of this mountain line. I used two exposures to capture the scenery and then blended them together in Photoshop. 

Equipment & Exif

Nikon D810, Nikkor 14-24 mm f/2.8 - Tripod RRS TVC-34, BH-40 Ballhead. 
Sky ISO 6400, 30 sec, f/2.8 @ 14 mm
Water & Mountains ISO 800, 215 sec, f/4.0 @ 20 mm

Post-processing

I blended the two vertical images manually in Photoshop CC. Learn this blending technique from my eBook Star Photography Masterclass. After combining the images, I opened the final work in Lightroom and edited it with Phase Presets: Hazy Night.

If you wish to see my and Konsta's photos in prints, visit the Photo & Camera Expo in Messukeskus, Helsinki on the 17-19th March.