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Lonely Tree - A beautiful day on the coast of Finland

For the past couple of weeks, I have been photographing all over Southern Finland. Last week I visited Emäsalo, Finland for the first time this winter and it sure was a beautiful day. I captured one of my favorite trees there while it was snowing and ice was gathering on the shore. 

I couldn't believe that I had the place all to myself the whole time I was there. It is undoubtedly a hard place to walk when there are snow and ice covered rocks. Nevertheless, I had fun time photographing there. Here is my favorite shot from that day. 

Lonely Tree - Mikko Lagerstedt 2018 - Emäsalo, Finland

EXIF & EQUIPMENT

Nikon D810, Nikon 14-24 mm f/2.8
ISO 100, 16 mm, 1/250 exposure & f/5.0

POST-PROCESSING

I used Lightroom basic settings to edit the photograph. The colors I edited by using my Phase Preset Collection

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. 

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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).

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The Abandoned World – Sólheimasandur, Iceland – 2016

Glowing Light

I captured this on the same night as my previous photograph. The Northern Lights were the strongest on this night when I captured this one. The silence and reflected green light made this an extraordinary moment. Sometimes you are in awe of nature, and this was one of those moments. I hope you enjoy the photograph, as much as I enjoyed being there.

Equipment & Exif

Nikon D800, Samyang 14 mm f/2.8 & Sirui Tripod R-4203L and K-40X
ISO 3200, 14 mm, f/3.5, 13 sec.
Basic editing in Lightroom with my Phase Presets Collection.

Glowing Light - 2015 - Porvoo, 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

Everlasting Moment

A long night at the coast of Finland. For this photograph, I wanted to capture that everlasting and eternal feeling of movement and constancy. I captured this photograph on the same night as my previously published photograph Divided. I hope you enjoy it as much as I enjoyed to spend the whole night there. 

Equipment & Exif

Nikon D800, Samyang 14 mm f/2.8 & Sirui Tripod R-4203L, and Sirui Ball Head K-40X
ISO 1600, 30 secs. f/2.8

Processing

I edited this photograph with my upcoming Lightroom Collection called Phase. The Collection should be available for the public to purchase by next week. I will be still making some changes to it and will be sending it for preview for three lucky owners of my previous Fine Art Preset Collection

Everlasting Moment, 2014 - Mikko Lagerstedt