atmospheric

Moonset

Whenever I force myself out of bed at 3 am to catch the sunrise and mist. I never feel disappointed with the time I spend outside. I might feel tired and frustrated if I don't find anything to photograph, but I always try to learn something from these situations. It's not easy by no means. Sometimes I might learn that no, I should have gone photograph the stars instead or create a timelapse. After a shoot, I try to write a few words if I feel frustrated with my work to help solve the feeling. Usually, I just feel that I let myself down by not being good enough in some situation. I also write a few words of what could I do differently next time I go out. I try not to make the same mistakes but of course, I might forget these learning experiences when time goes on, I guess it's part of being a creative. 

This morning I felt cold as my shoes got wet by walking around the wet field. It didn't bother me much. My goal was to capture the setting moon as I knew it was a full moon morning. After some experimenting with compositions, I chose a simplistic approach. Mist, trees and the moon. Sometimes the simplest things can be the one I find myself enjoying the most. I hope you enjoy it as well! 

Equipment & Exif

Nikon D810, Nikon 70-200 mm f/4.0 VR & RRS tripod
200 mm, f/8.0, 1/30 sec. ISO 100. 

Post-processing

Lightroom basic settings and radial and gradual filters. I also applied a Discreet - Blue preset from the Phase preset collection

Moonset - Tuusula, Finland - 2018

Old Ghost

It doesn't matter if you go out to photograph landscapes or portraits there is always a story to be told. Here is a short story about the "Old Ghost" photograph. Woke up at 2 am feeling tired yet excited. Got my gear and drove to the coast. I didn't have a plan for what to photograph in this particular morning; I just knew that there was a possibility of mist. So, I decided to visit a couple of different places. I got out of my car in Emäsalo. The fog was thick, the air smelled like rust. It was a cold yet beautiful morning.

The shipwreck in the picture was once tilted and almost entirely submerged in water. The wreck was fixed a few years ago, and now you can find it sitting in the middle of a seashore. I walked around the area and saw the wreck from a different perspective than I have used to seeing. One seagull kept circling the shipwreck. I shot a couple of photographs, and once the seagull was in the perfect spot, I took this one.

Exif & Equipment

Nikon D810, Nikkor 24-120 f/4.0 VR
95 mm, ISO 200, 1/125, f/8.0

Post-Processing

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

Mikko Lagerstedt – Old Ghost – Emäsalo, Finland – 2018

Mikko Lagerstedt – Old Ghost – Emäsalo, Finland – 2018

Summer Morning Dream

Even though I love to capture the stars and the Milky Way, I love summer mornings. In Finland, summer is so bright that you can't see the Milky Way. I have been photographing mostly on summer mornings and nights recently, and I found that they are full of mystery and beauty. Mist crawling to a field to create a beautiful isolated feeling. I captured this picture a few days ago after photographing the whole night. After a couple of rainy days, the sun made an appearance on this beautiful sunrise. This image was captured in Kerava, Finland. I placed my camera on the tripod and used the camera's self-timer and ran to the scenery. 

Equipment & Exif

Nikon D810, Nikkor 14-24 mm f/2.8 G ED
ISO 100, 1/100, 14 mm @ f/2.8 

Color edited with my Lightroom Phase Preset Collection: Hazy - Surreal

Mikko Lagerstedt – Summer Morning Dream – Kerava, Finland 2016

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Pathway

This was taken at Tuusulanjärvi, Finland on one gorgeous foggy night. Walking this boardwalk at the middle of the night was quite scary experience and while I was taking this photograph I heard some strange noises behind me.. Sometimes the best photographs come from the situations you have to push yourself in different ways. Hope you enjoy the photograph!

Exif:

Nikon D7000, Tokina 11-16 mm f/2.8
ISO 100, 14 mm, f/2.8, 10 sec

I used one of my upcoming Adobe Photoshop Lightroom presets to edit this one.

Mikko Lagerstedt - Pathway

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