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Heart of The Storm

In Finland and northern Europe, the summer weather has been hot, and it has lasted far longer than the typical summers. I fell in love with the warm mornings. Waking up early in the morning has its advantages, and in Summer when the sun rises around, 4 am you need to be early to catch it. For the past three weeks, I have woken up around 3 am to head out before the first rays hit the landscapes. The rains have been scarce, but recently after long hot days, the storms have arrived. 

The storm gives a fresh feel to nature. Humidity and wind make you feel alive. Heart of the Storm is a vision I created by combining three of my images to create this surreal looking seascape view. 

Exif & Equipment

Nikon D810, Nikkor 14-24 mm f/2.8, RRS Tripod
Sky: ISO 100, 14 mm, f/7.1, 1/100
Seascape: ISO 100, 15 mm, f/11, 109 sec.
Lightning: ISO 64, 24 mm, f/9, 3.0 sec.

Post-processing

The photographs were first edited in Lightroom to match the light and color using the reference view. After this, the set was opened as smart objects inside Photoshop and drafted together using the techniques in my Day & Night -course. Finally, opened in Lightroom to make the final color adjustments using Phase Collection - Discreet - Blues preset. 

Mikko Lagerstedt – Heart of the Storm, 2018 – Emäsalo, Finland

Flow - Portugal

You might know that I love to capture night sky near a coastline. I traveled to Portugal to capture the beauty of night sky and the Atlantic Ocean. I was blown away by all of the little gems and beautiful seascape views in Portugal. This picture was captured near Telheiro a small beach. I spent my days searching for possible locations to capture and I found a location with the foreground rocks. I went back to this location when it was dark. I knew that the tide might affect the landscape and it certainly did. The view was different, but luckily I found a spot to capture. 

I used my Vision of Depth technique, to capture the scenery. Longer exposure for the foreground and 25 second's for the Milky Way. I also brought my new lens Sigma 20 mm f/1.4 ART with me to capture the sky. This lens is a beast! 

Exif & Equipment

Nikon D810, Sigma 20 mm f/1.4 ART, RRS Tripod and Hähnel Gigapro II remote controller. 
Sky: ISO 6400, f/1.8, 25 sec. tilting the camera upwards. 
Foreground: ISO 2000, f/4.0, 7-minute exposure tilting the camera downwards.

Post-processing

Color and contrast edit in Lightroom and opened the images in Photoshop as Smart Objects and copied the landscape to the same file as the sky. Once both images are in the same file, expanded the canvas with the crop tool. Masked the meeting point of the views. Saved file and went back to Lightroom, and used a Phase Preset (Contrast - Light) to give it an overall look. 

Mikko Lagerstedt - Flow - Portugal, 2017

Divided

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.  

Post-processing 

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

Alone In The Light

While going through some of my photographs from last year, I came across with this one. A shot on a beautiful misty Summer morning, taken about a year ago. As the sun was rising I had my camera on my tripod and used my remote controller to trigger the camera. 

Equipment 

Nikon D800, Nikon 16 - 35 mm f/4.0 VR, Sirui R4203-L tripod & Hähnel Giga T Pro II remote controller.

Exif
ISO 100, f/5.6, 35 mm, 1/1600 sec.

Post-processing

Lightroom for color temperature, contrast and saturation. I also used one of my presets to base edit the photo: Morning Blues. 

More info about the tools I use, can be found in the FAQ-page.

Want a print of this photo? You can find it here: Alone in the Light

Alone in the Light - Mikko Lagerstedt - 2014

Blue

Cold simplicity at the coast of Finland. This seascape image was taken last month, when we still had some snow and cold weather. It seems like Winter has gone quickly this year and we have early spring already. I hope you enjoy this view, I most certainly did.  

Equipment

Nikon D800, Nikon 16 - 35 mm f/4.0 VR, Sirui Tripod R-4203L and Sirui K-40X, B&W 10 Stop ND

ISO 100, 35mm, f/8.0, 30 sec.

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