presets

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

The Abandoned World - Plane wreck in Iceland

There are plenty of unique views in Iceland, and while I visited the country, I knew this plane wreck was one of those sights I wanted to visit. Walking around this iconic plane wreckage in the darkness of night was one of my favorite and most emotional experiences in Iceland. The wind made the wreck make ghostly sounds in the dark. I felt alone and inspired in this vast, surreal landscape. If you have visited the place you know, it's in the middle of nowhere (Sólheimasandur). I knew the story behind the abandoned plane wreckage; I still wanted to vision a different storyline. 

After a long rainy day, there was an opportunity to capture the plane wreck with an interesting and different vantage point. I carefully placed the camera on a tripod to the lowest possible height, close to the little puddle of water to create this perspective. I had to capture the scenery with multiple exposures to give it the final look because the wind kept blurring the water. I also wanted to get enough detail in the dark parts of the wreck. 

If you want to learn my star photography techniques, you can view my eBook Star Photography Masterclass where I go through my star photography vision. 

Exif & Equipment

Nikon D810, Nikkor 14–24 mm f/2.8 G, Sirui R4203 L Tripod & Manfrotto 3WAY-Head
Sky: ISO 6400, 14 mm, f/2.8, 30 sec.
Plane wreck & black sand: ISO 500, 14 mm, f/2.8, 14 min
Reflection: ISO 8000, 14 mm, f/2.8, 30 sec.

Post-Processing

I selected the photographs I wanted to stitch together in Lightroom and applied Saga Preset (Ice) to each of them. For combining the three horizontal images, I used my Vision Of Depth technique in Photoshop. The hardest part was masking different parts of the pictures together to create the unique depth of the final artwork. After I had stitched the image together, I applied another of my favorite presets: Hint of Blue (Saga).

If you want to learn all of my techniques view The Complete Photography Bundle.

 

The Abandoned World – Sólheimasandur, Iceland – 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

Presets Collection Saga

After a long wait, I finally present you the new fine art landscape and night sky Lightroom Preset Collection Saga! If you want to add a unique look to your night and landscape photographs the Saga Presets are perfect for you! It includes over 180 presets to suit your style with my post-processing techniques. The collection uses the same technique of step by step process as the Phase Presets. Below you can find before and after photographs edited with the new collection. 

video on how to use Saga Lightroom Presets

Apart

A night to remember in Mallorca, Spain. I was driving around the beautiful mountain roads Mallorca has to offer. It was a rainy evening, but I decided to go out anyway. As the clouds started to disappear behind the mountains I stopped the car and wanted to capture this view of road reflections of the water and Milky Way barely visible in behind the mountains in the horizon. This photograph was captured somewhere between Andratx and Lluc. I also included a before photo for you to view. 

Equipment & Exif

Nikon D800, Samyang 14 mm f/2.8, Sirui R-4203L tripod & K-40X
ISO 6400, f/2.8, 30 sec. @ 14 mm

Post-Processing

Samyang Lens Profile for Nikon D700 found with Adobe Lens Profile Downloader (here)

I edited the image in Lightroom with Phase Presets Collection for the color and overall clarity and detail. If you have the Phase Presets Collection you can follow these steps:

  1. Lens profile correction
  2. Temperature: 3200 & Tint +22 (might vary depending on your image)
  3. Phase Preset: Night Subtle Detail
  4. Phase Overall Settings: Stars Contrasty
  5. Phase Effects: Vignette - Light
  6. Phase Graduated Filters: Stars - Foreground Noise Reduction & Clarity
  7. Final Adjustment: Noise Reduction - High ISO Med
  8. Export: Check my Night Photography Tutorial for more information about my export settings.

If you are interested in the Phase Collection, now on sale for limited time. You can find more information about the presets here

Apart - Mikko Lagerstedt, 2015, Mallorca

Apart - Before Lightroom Edit - See above

Apart - Before Lightroom Edit - See above