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

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. 


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

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


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

Print Giveaway

Today my Photography Facebook Page reached a benchmark I couldn't even believe my page could have. I'm really happy and overwhelmed by all the people following my work on various pages, for example FacebookGoogle+ and now on my tumblr site. I truly appreciate the feedback I get and this is a great opportunity to give something back to you as a Christmas gift to one lucky winner! This is also a great opportunity to celebrate my fifth year in the field of photography. :)

I don't like when people tend to make giveaways so hard and almost impossible to participate, so I just made it as simple as possible: Just log in to your Facebook page and like my page and a post I recently made (PRINT GIVEAWAY) and you will have a chance to win a limited edition (1/5) fine art print, sized 76 cm / 30 inches (longest side) of your choice of my photograph.

The print giveaway will be valid through 4th of December to 17th of December 2013.
You will be contacted via Facebook and I will make a post of the winner also on my page after the timeline.

1. Like my page on Facebook: Photography Mikko Lagerstedt

2. Like my post: Print Giveway

Done! :)

For Google+ users, simply comment on this post:

More of the edge series can be found here:

Aurora Borealis

I had the chance to witness these beautiful lights of Aurora Borealis on one Summer night in Hanko, Finland. Usually we don't see these many times in the Southern part of Finland, but this time I got lucky. 

Nikon D800, Nikon 16 - 35 mm f/4.0 VR
35 mm, f/4.0, ISO 6400 and 10 sec.

Technique & Software:
Manual focusing to infinity on the lens, and because of the strong changes in the Northern Lights, I had to use quite short exposure time to get those beautiful spikes like in the photo in the right side. I used Lightroom 5 to add some contrast and reduce the noise slightly.