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The Show

Last week I was photographing with Konsta Punkka (@kpunkka) and Juuso Hämäläinen (@juusohd). We had an amazing experience after a long beautiful summer day in Kasnäs, Finland. The clouds drifted away from the mainland and were greeted with a grandiose display of stars and storm clouds. I used two vertical exposures to capture the field of view. I, of course, took several photographs of the scenery, but these two were the ones I used to create the final image. The lightning was so intense that it made the foreground look like it would have been shorter exposure. 

Equipment & Exif

Nikon D810, Nikkor 14-24 mm f/2.8, Manfrotto Tripod
Two vertical shots: f/2.8, ISO 1250, 22 mm & 20 sec

Post-processing

Photoshop CC for stitching the images together, Lightroom CC for color editing Phase Preset: Vintage Early Morning and details with Saga Preset: Enhance Stars.

The Show - A Lightning Storm in Kasnäs, Finland 2016

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. 

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Mikko Lagerstedt - The Lost World - 2015

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How To Use Lightroom Presets Collection Phase

Hi everyone, I made a tutorial on how you can easily change the way your images look with the Phase Collection. The main idea of the Phase Collection is to save time with the editing and give you unique way to improve your photographs.  

Here are examples on how you can change the way your images look:

Fine Art Actions

Finally after many hours of testing and working on my Action Collection, I'm happy to announce my new and shiny Fine Art Action Collection is ready! You can purchase yours through the Action page or click here.

There are four types of different actions in the Fine Art Action Collection. Styling actions are meant for editing the colors, contrast and atmosphere of the photograph. Graduated actions are for balancing the image and adding drama to the sky. Adjustment actions are for getting the fine detail of stars and milky way in your photographs and also to sharpen images. 

Here are couple of my favorite photographs edited with the Actions. For more info check out the Actions page. The Action Collection & Fine Art Presets are on sale for limited time!

Mikko Lagerstedt - One Step Closer 2014

Mikko Lagerstedt - One Step Closer 2014

Mikko Lagerstedt - Night at the Countryside in Finland 2014

Mikko Lagerstedt - Night at the Countryside in Finland 2014

Highway

I went out for a shoot last week and as it was predicted, the sky was clear. After a long drive and couple of photos I started to pack my gear and head back to home.

After glancing from my rear view mirror I saw this spot where the sky and the road merged. I stopped my car and put my camera on my tripod and ran to the spot I wanted and used a timer to release the camera shutter. I had to stand still and wait for the camera. Once I saw a light from the camera I had to ran back to it and quickly move it to the side of the road since there was car coming from my back.. Hope you enjoy the photo! 

Equipment 

Nikon D800, Samyang 14mm f/2.8
ISO 6400, 14mm, f/2.8, 30 sec.

Post-Processing

I used one of my Star & Milky Way Presets (Enhance) as a base edit to this photo.

Highway