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Vast – Vík, Iceland

After driving to Vík for my first night in Iceland, I decided to head out and capture the beautiful night sky. I drove to multiple locations and one of which was Reynisfjara. This beach is a gem even in the daylight. I wanted to focus on the beautiful sky and vast landscape, so I ended up taking multiple shots of the Milky Way. I set my camera on my tripod and left it to take multiple photographs and shot this one. Standing still for 15 seconds is always a difficult task, and in this wind, it was almost impossible. Thankfully I ended up with a shot I was happy. With the photograph, I want to show you how beautifully vast the landscapes are in Iceland and also convey the feeling of how small we are in this Universe.

Equipment & Exif

Nikon D810, Nikkor 14–24 mm f/2.8, Sirui R4203 L Tripod & Manfrotto 3WAY-Head
ISO 6400, 24 mm, f/2.8, 15 sec.

Post-Processing

I used the new Saga Preset Collection to edit the image. First, I chose a Landscape preset: Cool Water and used the built-in graduated filters in the Saga Collections to enhance the stars and Milky Way. I chose a split-toning preset from the collection Blue and Green to slightly boost the colors. I opened the image in Photoshop and used the Puppet Warp to straighten my silhouette in the picture and remove the distortions from the picture. Lastly, I used Stars Enhance from my Fine Art Actions to boost the night sky. 

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2013 in Pictures

Hey everyone, here are my favorite photos published on 2013. 

Thanks for the amazing year! Happy Holidays! :)

Mikko Lagerstedt - Endless Depths - 2013 - Rusutjärvi, Finland

Mikko Lagerstedt - Dawn - 2013 - Tuusulanjärvi, Finland - Created Using Fog Preset for Lightroom

Mikko Lagerstedt - The End - 2013 - Meri-Pori, Finland - Edge

Mikko Lagerstedt - Night Tracks - Nurmijärvi, Finland - 2013

Mikko Lagerstedt - Night Flight - 2013

Mikko Lagerstedt - On My Way - 2013

Mikko Lagerstedt - Luminescence - 2013 - Meri-Pori, Finland

Mikko Lagerstedt - Cold Night - 2013 - Meri-Pori, Finland

Mikko Lagerstedt - Dark Times - 2013 - Kerava, Finland

Mikko Lagerstedt - Foal - 2013 - Porvoo, Finland - Night Animals

Mikko Lagerstedt - Peacock - 2013 - Porvoo, Finland - Night Animals

Mikko Lagerstedt - Shipwreck - 2013 - Emäsalo, Finland.

Mikko Lagerstedt - Dark Times II - 2013 - Kerava, Finland 

Mikko Lagerstedt - Infinity - 2013

Mikko Lagerstedt - Between Two Worlds - 2013 - Nokia, Finland

Mikko Lagerstedt - In The Spotlight - 2013 - Järvenpää, Finland

Mikko Lagerstedt - Blizzard - 2013 - Kerava, Finland - Created Using Atmosphere Preset for Lightroom

Mikko Lagerstedt - Between Two Worlds II - Nokia, Finland - 2013

If you have any suggestions on tutorials, I would be glad to make some tutorials for you. :)

Couple of days to go on the Preset Christmas Sale.