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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

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

Dimension of Night

We have had a several beautiful clear nights over the past couple of months here in Finland. I captured this photograph in Meri-Pori, Finland. The photograph is a combination of two pictures. The first taken after sunset and the second one a couple of hours later from the same point of view. This technique is called Vision of Depth, and you can learn more about it in my Star Photography Masterclass

Exif

Nikon D810, Nikkor 14–24 mm f/2.8 G ED, Sirui R-4203L Tripod & K-40X
1st: ISO 100, 30 sec. f/8.0
2nd: ISO 8000, 30 sec. f/2.8

Post-Processing

I used one of my Phase Presets to edit the photographs. First I used an overall look (Balanced) to fit my vision and then after combining the pictures I used another to create the atmospheric look to the image (Hazy - Morning Road). 

Dimension of Night - Mikko Lagerstedt - 2015, Meri-Pori, Finland

The Whole Universe Surrenders

Finally new work from just couple of days ago. I used two exposures to create this surreal effect. Remember to visit my exhibition Atmosphere open through 14th January to 8th of February 2015 in Pohjanmaan valokuvakeskus, Lapua. 

I was inspired to title my image by this quote "To the mind that is still, the whole universe surrenders." - Lao Tzu. 

Equipment & Exif

Nikon D800, Nikon 16-35 mm f/4.0 VR & Sirui Tripod R-4203L and Sirui Ball Head K-40X

For the sky: 30 sec, f/4.0 ISO 3200 @ 16 mm
For the foreground: 445 seconds, f/9.0, ISO 100 @ 16 mm

Post-Processing

Edited with my new Phase preset collection "Hazy Night" using Lightroom. After the images were edited they were blended together in Photoshop.

Hope you like it! 

Mikko Lagerstedt - The Whole Universe Surrenders, Emäsalo, 2015

2013 in Pictures

Hey everyone, here are my favorite photos published on 2013. 

Thanks for the amazing year! Happy Holidays! :)

Mikko Lagerstedt - Endless Depths - 2013 - Rusutjärvi, Finland

Mikko Lagerstedt - Dawn - 2013 - Tuusulanjärvi, Finland - Created Using Fog Preset for Lightroom

Mikko Lagerstedt - The End - 2013 - Meri-Pori, Finland - Edge

Mikko Lagerstedt - Night Tracks - Nurmijärvi, Finland - 2013

Mikko Lagerstedt - Night Flight - 2013

Mikko Lagerstedt - On My Way - 2013

Mikko Lagerstedt - Luminescence - 2013 - Meri-Pori, Finland

Mikko Lagerstedt - Cold Night - 2013 - Meri-Pori, Finland

Mikko Lagerstedt - Dark Times - 2013 - Kerava, Finland

Mikko Lagerstedt - Foal - 2013 - Porvoo, Finland - Night Animals

Mikko Lagerstedt - Peacock - 2013 - Porvoo, Finland - Night Animals

Mikko Lagerstedt - Shipwreck - 2013 - Emäsalo, Finland.

Mikko Lagerstedt - Dark Times II - 2013 - Kerava, Finland 

Mikko Lagerstedt - Infinity - 2013

Mikko Lagerstedt - Between Two Worlds - 2013 - Nokia, Finland

Mikko Lagerstedt - In The Spotlight - 2013 - Järvenpää, Finland

Mikko Lagerstedt - Blizzard - 2013 - Kerava, Finland - Created Using Atmosphere Preset for Lightroom

Mikko Lagerstedt - Between Two Worlds II - Nokia, Finland - 2013

If you have any suggestions on tutorials, I would be glad to make some tutorials for you. :)

Couple of days to go on the Preset Christmas Sale.