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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

Pathway

This was taken at Tuusulanjärvi, Finland on one gorgeous foggy night. Walking this boardwalk at the middle of the night was quite scary experience and while I was taking this photograph I heard some strange noises behind me.. Sometimes the best photographs come from the situations you have to push yourself in different ways. Hope you enjoy the photograph!

Exif:

Nikon D7000, Tokina 11-16 mm f/2.8
ISO 100, 14 mm, f/2.8, 10 sec

I used one of my upcoming Adobe Photoshop Lightroom presets to edit this one.

Mikko Lagerstedt - Pathway

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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

Night Walk

So the snow has already melted and the evenings are dark and mysterious. Here is a shot I took about two weeks ago.

Equipment

Nikon D800, Sigma 50 mm f/1.4
ISO 1600, f/1.4, 1/80 sec.
Used one of my atmosphere presets (Dark Blue) as a base edit for the image.

Night Walk - 2014