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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.  


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!

Learn to create this photograph in my eBook: Star Photography Masterclass

Divided - Mikko Lagerstedt 2014

Print Giveaway Winner XII

This was my twelfth Print Giveaway, and now is the time to reveal the winner.
Drum rolls... 

Sofie Løve Forsberg

She will be getting a limited edition, 50 cm print of one of my photos printed with high quality Hahnemühle PhotoRag paper. Thanks to everyone who participated. 

Congrats to the winner! I will send shortly email regarding the print. :)

Mikko Lagerstedt - Still Standing, 2012 - This is a single exposure, taken in Kanta-Häme Finland

Mikko Lagerstedt - Still Standing, 2012 - This is a single exposure, taken in Kanta-Häme Finland

Arctic Symphony

A beautiful evening at the coast of Finland. I loved how the mist made the horizon disappear.
These moments are really those what I search for when I go out and take photos. 

Arctic Symphony - 2014 - Mikko Lagerstedt

Nikon D800, Nikon 16 - 35 mm f/4.0 VR, 
Sirui Tripod R-4203L and Sirui Ball Head K-40X

ISO 100, 30 secs, f/4.0

If you haven't seen, my next Solo Exhibition is starting next week at Järvenpää-talo. 
Here is some more info about the exhibition: Edge - Exhibtion

Also if you enjoy Lightroom as I do, check my newly updated Fine Art Presets

Alone & Forgotten

I have similar shot to this from my early days, but somehow I liked how this looks. 
I shot this last October on a beautiful foggy evening. 

Nikon D800, Nikon 16 - 35 mm f/4.0 VR, Sirui Tripod R-4203L & Sirui Ball Head K-40X

ISO 100, 35 mm, f/4.0, 30 sec. 

I processed this shot with my Fog Preset & Split Toning Preset. More info about the presets here.

Enjoy your weekend! :)