astronomy

2015 in Pictures

Happy New Year everyone! A year has gone by and what a year it has been. I feel grateful that I can continue to do what I love! Thank you all for the support! As always I have gathered my favorite pictures from the previous year. 

Mikko Lagerstedt - Glow - 2015 - Lempäälä, Finland

Mikko Lagerstedt - Searching For The Horizon - 2015 - Meri-Pori, Finland

Mikko Lagerstedt - The Whole Universe Surrenders - 2015 - Emäsalo, Finland

Mikko Lagerstedt - Pier - 2015 - Cyprus

Mikko Lagerstedt - Illuminated Night - 2015 - Porvoo, Finland

Mikko Lagerstedt - The Lost World - 2015 (published) - Emäsalo, Finland

Mikko Lagerstedt - Stillness of Night - 2015 - Emäsalo, Finland

Mikko Lagerstedt - Frozen Wrodl - 2015 - Ylläs, Finland

Thank you for viewing! If you are interested in prints, go ahead to my print shop: http://www.mikkolagerstedt.com/buy-art.

How To Use Lightroom Presets Collection Phase

Hi everyone, I made a tutorial on how you can easily change the way your images look with the Phase Collection. The main idea of the Phase Collection is to save time with the editing and give you unique way to improve your photographs.  

Here are examples on how you can change the way your images look:

The Whole Universe Surrenders

Finally new work from just couple of days ago. I used two exposures to create this surreal effect. Remember to visit my exhibition Atmosphere open through 14th January to 8th of February 2015 in Pohjanmaan valokuvakeskus, Lapua. 

I was inspired to title my image by this quote "To the mind that is still, the whole universe surrenders." - Lao Tzu. 

Equipment & Exif

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

For the sky: 30 sec, f/4.0 ISO 3200 @ 16 mm
For the foreground: 445 seconds, f/9.0, ISO 100 @ 16 mm

Post-Processing

Edited with my new Phase preset collection "Hazy Night" using Lightroom. After the images were edited they were blended together in Photoshop.

Hope you like it! 

Mikko Lagerstedt - The Whole Universe Surrenders, Emäsalo, 2015

Dreamy Night

Here is another shot taken at Yyteri beach, Finland. It was a beautiful night to walk around the beach alone. I think the light pollution gives this photograph dreamy atmosphere. I hope you like it!

Equipment & Exif

Nikon D800, Samyang 14 mm f/2.8, Sirui R-4203L tripod with K-40X ball head
ISO 6400, 14 mm, f/2.8, 30 sec. 

Post-processing 

For base edit I used my Fine Art Lightroom Preset: Landscape - Stars II. I also used one of my upcoming Lightroom presets to edit the colors here. No Photoshop was used to edit this one. 

Dreamy Night - Mikko Lagerstedt 2014

I just released a new project on Behance: Night II I'm really happy that it got featured on the front page of the site among many blogs. 

If you are interested, I was interviewed for two websites check those out:
http://www.idesigni.co.uk/blog/interview-top-finnish-landscape-photographer-mikko-lagerstedt/
&
http://www.photographyoffice.com/blog/2014/9/the-most-beautiful-night-sky-photography-by-mikko-lagerstedt

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. 
 

Post-processing

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