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Winter Workshop - Finnish Lapland & Northern Norway

I'm excited to announce a one-of-a-kind Winter Workshop in the Finnish Lapland and Northern Norway. 6-days full of unique places chasing the Northern Lights and Winter landscapes. I have teamed up with Konsta Punkka and Juuso Hämäläinen to create this fantastic opportunity for a lucky few. We will explore from Kittilä to Kilpisjärvi and all the way to Northern Norway. We explore Kilpisjärvi area with snowmobiles throughout our time there.

The workshop also includes post-processing lectures with an opportunity to learn our secrets in capturing and post-processing images.

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

First Snow

Feeling inspired by the first snowfall of the season, I headed to one of my favorite spots near our home. There is always something magical about the first snow and how it lights up the landscape.The heavy snowfall and the beauty of the landscapes with calm water made me appreciate the moment. In the blizzard, I saw a fisherman going for his fish traps and rowing in the middle of the lake. The scenery sure looked like a still from a movie. I captured many photographs here and might publish some later.

After spending time at the first location, I decided to head to Järvenpää and photograph a spot I have been to many times and this time I had luck with the conditions. Not a single person in sight and no tracks in the snow I carefully made my way to the beach. Capturing the beach and lake and balancing the elements I saw a man approaching the scenery. I waited for some minutes before he was in the perfect spot. 

Exif & Equipment

Nikon D810, Sigma 20 mm f/1.4 ART
ISO 100, 1/160 exposure, f/4.0

Post-Processing

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

First Snow - Mikko Lagerstedt 2017 - Järvenpää, Finland

First Snow - Mikko Lagerstedt 2017 - Järvenpää, Finland

Dimension - Kilpisjärvi, Finland

I visited Kilpisjärvi in February and while I was there I had the pleasure to go out and explore the landscapes. I had a vision how I wanted to show the landscape. I captured this photograph on my first evening there. It was a quite windy, cold yet quiet environment. Standing in this beautiful scenery alone in the dark was an amazing experience. I captured the scenery using my Vision of Depth technique. Which you can find in my Star Photography Masterclass eBook.

Equipment & Exif

Nikon D810, Nikkor 14-24 mm f/2.8 & Sirui Tripod & Ball head. 
Foreground: 4 min 32 sec, f/8 ISO 800, 14 mm
Stars: 30 sec. f/2.8, ISO 1600, 14 mm

Post-Processing

Edit in Lightroom using the Panorama function (see my free tutorial) capturing two horizontal exposures. Edited with Saga Preset Collection (Cold Night). 

Feature on Huffington Post & This Is Colossal

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Mikko Lagerstedt - The Whole Universe Surrenders - 2015, Emäsalo, Finland

I have been really fortunate to be featured on several pages and magazines for the past month. To show my appreciation here is a list of the sites I have been featured on. If you wish to see the articles simply follow these links. 

Interview InMyBag
Feature on This Is Colossal
Feature on Huffington Post
Feature on Laughing Squid
Feature on Deejay.it 

Tips on Night Photography on Rajala Blogi (Finnish)

I would like thank each and everyone, who have supported my work by following it, sharing it and by buying prints and collections of my work. I'm truly grateful for the support! 

For the next couple of weeks I will be travelling quite a bit. Hopefully capturing some new photographs to share with you.