milky way

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

Distant Land

Last year I had the pleasure to visit Chile and the Torres Del Paine national park with Konsta Punkka and the crew. We stayed there for eight days and shot a mini-doc series Exploring Earth's first episodes. If you haven't seen the series, check it out here: Exploring Earth – Patagonia

I captured this view from a different perspective than the usual views of this mountain line. I used two exposures to capture the scenery and then blended them together in Photoshop. 

Equipment & Exif

Nikon D810, Nikkor 14-24 mm f/2.8 - Tripod RRS TVC-34, BH-40 Ballhead. 
Sky ISO 6400, 30 sec, f/2.8 @ 14 mm
Water & Mountains ISO 800, 215 sec, f/4.0 @ 20 mm

Post-processing

I blended the two vertical images manually in Photoshop CC. Learn this blending technique from my eBook Star Photography Masterclass. After combining the images, I opened the final work in Lightroom and edited it with Phase Presets: Hazy Night.

If you wish to see my and Konsta's photos in prints, visit the Photo & Camera Expo in Messukeskus, Helsinki on the 17-19th March. 

Way Of Light

Driving around Western Finland in pitch black night I found myself looking at train tracks to the horizon. Focusing on getting the settings perfect while the train sounds were breaking the silence of the night. It was a feeling to remember. While I was nowhere near the upcoming train, the moment certainly made my heart rate go up. Be safe out there, don't do anything stupid. 

I hope the image conveys the feeling I had in that specific moment. 

Exif & Equipment

Nikon D810, Nikkor 14-24 mm f/2.8, Sirui Tripod & Ballhead
Two horizontal photographs with settings: ISO 6400, 2.8, 30 sec. 14 mm. 

Post-Processing

I used Lightrooms built-in panorama function to stitch the two images together. I edited the colors with Phase Preset: Hazy Night and edited the basic settings. I also enhanced the Milky Way in Photoshop with my Fine Art Action: Enhance Stars. 

Way Of Light - Western Finland, 2016

Glow

Capturing Perseid Meteor Shower is one of the things I try to shoot each year. This year we had luck with the weather and we headed to the coast with Konsta and Juuso. I set my time-lapse rail to a place I thought might work and set it to shoot for four hours. While my other camera was capturing the time-lapse, I took a bunch of different still images of the location. We were amazed at how bright some of the meteors were. 

For this photograph, I ended up using three horizontal images.

Equipment & Exif

Nikon D810, Nikkor 14 - 24 mm f/2.8, Manfrotto Tripod
Three Exposures ISO 4000, 14 mm, f/2.8, 30 sec. 

Post-processing

I used Lightroom CC to stitch the panorama together. First I edited the basic settings and added light to the detail with one of my Saga Presets: FG & Stars - Smooth. For colors, I used a Phase Preset: Color - Oldie. 

Glow - Emäsalo, Finland - 2016

The Show

Last week I was photographing with Konsta Punkka (@kpunkka) and Juuso Hämäläinen (@juusohd). We had an amazing experience after a long beautiful summer day in Kasnäs, Finland. The clouds drifted away from the mainland and were greeted with a grandiose display of stars and storm clouds. I used two vertical exposures to capture the field of view. I, of course, took several photographs of the scenery, but these two were the ones I used to create the final image. The lightning was so intense that it made the foreground look like it would have been shorter exposure. 

Equipment & Exif

Nikon D810, Nikkor 14-24 mm f/2.8, Manfrotto Tripod
Two vertical shots: f/2.8, ISO 1250, 22 mm & 20 sec

Post-processing

Photoshop CC for stitching the images together, Lightroom CC for color editing Phase Preset: Vintage Early Morning and details with Saga Preset: Enhance Stars.

The Show - A Lightning Storm in Kasnäs, Finland 2016