long exposure

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.

Last chance to get Fine Art Presets on sale! 

Tranquil Night - Cyprus, 2015

Everlasting Moment

A long night at the coast of Finland. For this photograph, I wanted to capture that everlasting and eternal feeling of movement and constancy. I captured this photograph on the same night as my previously published photograph Divided. I hope you enjoy it as much as I enjoyed to spend the whole night there. 

Equipment & Exif

Nikon D800, Samyang 14 mm f/2.8 & Sirui Tripod R-4203L, and Sirui Ball Head K-40X
ISO 1600, 30 secs. f/2.8

Processing

I edited this photograph with my upcoming Lightroom Collection called Phase. The Collection should be available for the public to purchase by next week. I will be still making some changes to it and will be sending it for preview for three lucky owners of my previous Fine Art Preset Collection

Everlasting Moment, 2014 - Mikko Lagerstedt

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

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!

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Divided - Mikko Lagerstedt 2014