Mikko Lagerstedt Photography

Masters of Landscape Photography

I'm honored to announce that I was selected as the Master of Nighttime for the new Masters of Landscape Photography book by Ross Hoddinott. It includes photographers such as Art Wolfe, Daniel Kordan, Marc Adamus and many more. The 176 page-book includes interviews with ten selected photographers including yours truly. There are ten pages for each photographer with many photos with all the EXIF information and words from the photographers. The book is beautifully well made and the look is high quality, and I can highly recommend it. 

"The work of these 'masters of landscape' changes one's sense of the world: leaves it somehow brighter around the edges, darker in its currents, or more lively in its energies."

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Descent

After the bright summer nights, I'm excited that the astrophotography season has started in Finland. A couple of weeks ago I made a trip to Emäsalo, Finland. It's one of my favorite seascape places in Finland. I ended up going there four nights in a row to capture some time-lapse footage and still images. 

There are not many places in Finland where you can view to the sea without being on someone's private property. Which is a shame. So this place is rather unique. Standing there is a calming experience when the only noises you could hear are the subtle wind and crashing waves. I placed my camera low and set the self-timer to 20 seconds so I had time to walk to the frame and stand there for 30 seconds. Luckily I also captured a satellite in the frame which gave the image nice balanced look.

Equipment & Exif

Nikon D810, Nikkor 14-24 mm f/2.8 & Manfrotto Tripod
ISO 3200, 14 mm, f/2.8, 30 sec. 

Post-production

Color edit with Lightroom CC basic settings with my Phase Presets: Hazy - Movie Look & Contrast - Night. I also added a Saga Preset: Enhance Stars - Med 2/3 to add detail to the stars. 

Descent - Emäsalo, Finland - 2016

Invisible by Day

Visible During the Night – Stars. I created a new set of images on Behance. This set includes photographs from Finland and Iceland. If you want to learn how my images are created visit the Learn section. 

Stillness of Night - Emäsalo, Finland

Night Sauna - Kirkkonummi, Finland

Glowing Lights - Sipoo, Finland

Silence - Emäsalo, Finland

Aligned - Emäsalo, Finland

Mist - Emäsalo, Finland

Frozen World - Ylläs, Finland

Dimension - Kilpisjärvi, Finland

Abandoned World - Sólheimasandur, Iceland

I was honored to have this project featured on many different websites. Here are few of those. 

This Is Colossal – This article includes also a couple of my other recent images. 

Adobe Lightroom - Twitter & Facebook

Abduzeedo – Invisible by Day

View from Iceland

Hi, everyone. I hope your year has had a fantastic start! I had the pleasure to visit Iceland for the first time. It was an amazing place to travel. I will be creating a series of photographs from there, here is a teaser from my first night there. I'm currently working on a new set of Presets for star and landscape photography. The set will be released in the following two weeks. 

Exif & Equipment

Nikon D810, Nikkor 14 - 24 mm f/2.8 G ED
14 mm, 30 sec. ISO 6400, f/2.8 with a timer

Post-Processing

Phase Preset Collection for Lightroom: Night - Blue and Smooth. 

Mikko Lagerstedt - View from Iceland, 2016

Winter Night Photography Checklist

It's that time of year when the temperature drops and snow covers landscapes. Winter is my favorite time to shoot landscapes. You can almost hear the silence from snow covered landscape photographs. The light is low and beautiful almost the entire day but as you know me I enjoy to photograph at night. Here is my checklist when I'm heading out to photograph in below-freezing weather. 

Frozen World - Ylläs, Finland 2015

Frozen World - Ylläs, Finland 2015

1. Extra Batteries

When shooting in below-freezing temperatures, batteries discharge faster, so it's essential to have extra batteries. Remember to charge the batteries fully before heading out. I put my extra batteries to inside pockets in my jacket, this way they will stay warmer and kept fully charged when I need to change to a new one. 

Night Tiles - Porvoo, Finland 2015

Night Tiles - Porvoo, Finland 2015

2. Camera Bag

Keeping your camera gear clean and easy to access is essential. I take my camera bag with me everywhere, so I take it with me when shooting in cold weather. I use Lowepro Protactic 400AW to carry my gear. Depending on what time I'm out, I might take only a couple of lenses and a Tripod. 

I always carry a big plastic bag inside the camera bag. You don't have to keep your camera inside the plastic bag when you are out shooting, instead use it when you get back inside the house. Put your camera inside the plastic bag and leave the plastic bag with the camera inside your camera bag. The plastic bag will keep the moisture out of the camera. Keep the camera there for a couple hours before transferring the photographs to the computer. It's also important to warm up the gear gradually.

For those of you who are interested in what gear, I have with me most of the time: Camera bodies Nikon D810, D800 and lenses Nikon 14-24 mm f/2.8, Samyang 14 mm f/2.8, Sigma 35 mm f/1.4 ART and a telephoto lens and Sirui tripod. 

Night Glow - Kerava, Finland 2012

Night Glow - Kerava, Finland 2012

3. Gloves, Clothes & Shoes

Keeping yourself warm in cold temperatures is important. I try to have spare gloves with me or top-up mittens such as hunting gloves since these work great when you need to adjust the camera settings. When you are out the whole day with the wrong kind of clothes, it affects the energy level you have so you won't be able to capture all the beauty you might have wanted to. There are a lot of different winter clothes you can choose. My go-to clothes are Goretex to keep me dry and warm. I suggest investing in decent winter clothes. I use IceBug shoes when I'm on a frozen or otherwise slippery surface. When on a snowy terrain I recommend to get snowshoes if you need to travel by foot. 

4. Accessories

My go-to filters include UV-filters and Polarization filter. Usually, I don't bring my long exposure kit (Lee filters) with me, but when there is open-water insight I might have them with me. A remote controller can keep your hands warm when you don't have to change the settings. I keep spare batteries for my remote-controllers if I'm shooting at night or in the evening light. 

Tips for taking the pictures

  1. Don't over exposure the snow
  2. Don't rush and take a moment to appreciate the surrounding scenery
  3. Look for leading lines and interesting foreground elements
  4. Light might change quickly so keep yourself ready to shoot at all times

Learn more my techniques from my Star Photography Masterclass!