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Tranquil Night

I have always loved to photograph water. There is something magical about the planet we live in, and I have always enjoyed being around water, in fact, Earth surface is 75% water. I have plans to enjoy more places like this in the Summer. I captured this seascape in Cyprus. 

Do you have travel plans for this Summer? 

Exif and equipment

Nikon D800, Nikon 16 - 35 mm f/4.0 VR
Dual exposure ISO 3200, 30 sec. f/4.5, 16 mm 

Editing

Panorama using the new Lightroom Panorama function. I made a tutorial on how to use it, check here. Color editing with the Phase Presets (Balanced & Blue) and star enhance with Fine Art Actions.

Last chance to get Fine Art Presets on sale! 

Tranquil Night - Cyprus, 2015

The Lost World

New work created using my Lightroom Presets (Phase Collection) and a couple of my photographs. I had this work sitting on my computer for a long time, somehow I felt that now was the perfect time to share it. I hope you enjoy my new work! 

Exif & Equipment:

Nikon D800, Nikon 14 - 24 mm f/2.8 & Sirui Tripod R-4203L and K-40X
The Sky: 30 sec, ISO 6400, f/2.8
The Shipwreck: 30 sec, ISO 800, f/4.0
The Foreground: 30 sec, ISO 6400, f/2.8

Editing:

First I imported all of the files in Lightroom and applied a Phase Preset (Balanced - Base). After I had adjusted the colors, I opened the photographs in Photoshop. I masked the pictures to create the final peace. Once ready I applied another Phase Preset (Hazy Night) in Lightroom to give the image atmospheric final look. 

Click to view full size on a dark background!

Mikko Lagerstedt - The Lost World - 2015

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From The Darkness

I have been photographing now every day for the past week and a half - it feels great. I have always thought, that my photography inspiration comes only time to time, but creating an old habit is far more inspiring to me. I have always loved to take long walks and enjoy fresh air and by taking my camera with me every day, it gives me inspiration to continue to do that. What are your old habits that you would want to start again?

A couple of days ago we had some beautiful morning fog. This was photographed just couple of kilometers from where I live. Hope you like it! The dark mood was created using one of my upcoming Lightroom presets. 

Equipment & Exif

Nikon D800, Nikkor 70-300 mm f/4.5 - 5.6 VR
140 mm, f/5.0, ISO 100 & 1/200 sec. 

From the Darkness - Mikko Lagerstedt, 2014

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

Raasepori Castle

This one is from last year when I had the pleasure to visit this unique place Raasepori Castle. It was a bit haunting to walk around this area on a quiet autumn night. I spent there couple of hours trying to find a perspective I liked, and this one was probably one of the first ones I took from there. The moonlight was quite strong to give the castle some nice texture. Hope you like it! 

Equipment & Exif

Nikon D800, Nikon 16 - 35 mm f/4.0 VR, Sirui R4203-L tripod & Sirui K-40X ball head
ISO 3200, 16 mm, f/4.0, 30 sec

Post-processing

Base edit with one of my Star & Milky Way Lightroom presets: Landscape Stars II - and after that I used Nik Software Silver Efex Pro 2 to convert the image to b&w. 

Mikko Lagerstedt - Raasepori Castle