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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

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 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. 

If you want to learn my star photography techniques, you can view my eBook Star Photography Masterclass where I go through my star photography vision. 

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

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). 

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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