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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. 

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

Dimension - Kilpisjärvi, Finland

I visited Kilpisjärvi in February and while I was there I had the pleasure to go out and explore the landscapes. I had a vision how I wanted to show the landscape. I captured this photograph on my first evening there. It was a quite windy, cold yet quiet environment. Standing in this beautiful scenery alone in the dark was an amazing experience. I captured the scenery using my Vision of Depth technique. Which you can find in my Star Photography Masterclass eBook.

Equipment & Exif

Nikon D810, Nikkor 14-24 mm f/2.8 & Sirui Tripod & Ball head. 
Foreground: 4 min 32 sec, f/8 ISO 800, 14 mm
Stars: 30 sec. f/2.8, ISO 1600, 14 mm

Post-Processing

Edit in Lightroom using the Panorama function (see my free tutorial) capturing two horizontal exposures. Edited with Saga Preset Collection (Cold Night). 

How To Use Lightroom Presets Collection Phase

Hi everyone, I made a tutorial on how you can easily change the way your images look with the Phase Collection. The main idea of the Phase Collection is to save time with the editing and give you unique way to improve your photographs.  

Here are examples on how you can change the way your images look:

Winners of the Fine Art Preset Collection Phase

I'm happy to announce the Lightroom Preset giveaway winners, who have bought my previous Fine Art Lightroom Preset Collection. And the winners are...

Bruno Melim
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Congratulations to the winners! I will be sending the new Lightroom Phase Collection to the winners next week! Thanks to everyone who participated in this giveaway! Good luck next time! :)

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Lost at Night

Meanwhile here is a view from another beautiful night at the countryside of Finland. This one was edited with the new Presets Collection Phase. 

Equipment & Exif

Nikon D800, Samyang 14 mm f/2.8 & Sirui Tripod R-4203L and Sirui Ball Head K-40X
ISO 6400, 30 secs. f/2.8

Lost at Night, 2014 - Mikko Lagerstedt

Lost at Night, 2014 - Mikko Lagerstedt