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Milky Way & Aurora

A couple of weeks ago I went on a six-day road trip with Sami (@samiheiskanen) from Helsinki to Utsjoki to all the way up to Varanger, Norway. Even with over 4500 km's of driving we had an excellent photo journey there. 

For the final day in Norway, we had a chance to watch the Northern Lights dance over the clear sky near Vadsø. I captured this view from a nearby small river. 

Exif & Equipment

Nikon D810, Nikkor 14-24 mm f/2.8 & Manfrotto MT190CX Pro tripod. 
Two horizontal photographs ISO 6400, 30 sec., f/2.8 @ 14 mm 

Post-processing

I blended the two vertical images manually in Photoshop CC. If you wish to learn this blending technique go and see my ebook Star Photography Masterclass. After combining the images, I opened the final work in Lightroom and edited it with Saga Lightroom presets Star Landscape - Born and Split-Toning - Blues.  

Milky Way & Aurora - Vadsø, Norway - 2016

Storm - Vik, Iceland

In January, I visited Iceland for the first time in my life. It was a magical experience to drive around the beautiful country. I'm sure I will return there some day. Here is a brief moment captured in Vík when the clouds gave . 

Equipment & Exif

Nikon D810, Tamron 70–200 mm f2.8 VC
ISO 100, 90 mm, f/5.6, 1/640

Post-Processing

Two vertical images merged to panorama in Lightroom and color and atmosphere edit with the Saga Preset Collection.

Storm – Vík, Iceland 2016

Moonlit Road

I had the pleasure to witness this beautiful night view near Loviisa, Finland. The moonlight and fog created this unique atmosphere. This road is by far one of my favorite roads in Finland! 

Exif & Equipment

Nikon D810, Nikkor 14–24 mm f/2.8 G ED, Sirui Tripod
30 sec. ISO 1000, f/2.8 @ 24 mm

Post-Processing

Minor edit with my Phase Presets Basic Settings: Balanced - Smooth 

Moonlit Road - Mikko Lagerstedt - Loviisa, Finland 2015

Tranquil Night

I have always loved to photograph water. There is something magical about the planet we live in, and I have always enjoyed being around water, in fact, Earth surface is 75% water. I have plans to enjoy more places like this in the Summer. I captured this seascape in Cyprus. 

Do you have travel plans for this Summer? 

Exif and equipment

Nikon D800, Nikon 16 - 35 mm f/4.0 VR
Dual exposure ISO 3200, 30 sec. f/4.5, 16 mm 

Editing

Panorama using the new Lightroom Panorama function. I made a tutorial on how to use it, check here. Color editing with the Phase Presets (Balanced & Blue) and star enhance with Fine Art Actions.

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Tranquil Night - Cyprus, 2015

The Lost World

New work created using my Lightroom Presets (Phase Collection) and a couple of my photographs. I had this work sitting on my computer for a long time, somehow I felt that now was the perfect time to share it. I hope you enjoy my new work! 

Exif & Equipment:

Nikon D800, Nikon 14 - 24 mm f/2.8 & Sirui Tripod R-4203L and K-40X
The Sky: 30 sec, ISO 6400, f/2.8
The Shipwreck: 30 sec, ISO 800, f/4.0
The Foreground: 30 sec, ISO 6400, f/2.8

Editing:

First I imported all of the files in Lightroom and applied a Phase Preset (Balanced - Base). After I had adjusted the colors, I opened the photographs in Photoshop. I masked the pictures to create the final peace. Once ready I applied another Phase Preset (Hazy Night) in Lightroom to give the image atmospheric final look. 

Click to view full size on a dark background!

Mikko Lagerstedt - The Lost World - 2015

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