waterscape

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

Edge - Portfolio Book

For galleries I want to send examples of my images and the best way to do this is with a solid portfolio book. As my old books were not suitable for this due to the heavy use, I decided couple of days ago to order a new portfolio book "Edge" from a Finnish camera store Rajala Pro Shop and their new photo book. I just received it today safely wrapped inside a big envelope. I took some photographs of it and I must admit: it looks fantastic!

The first thing that struck me was the size and the thickness of the pages. It sure gives you a professional feeling, when the pages don't bend while going through the book. You can order it with 20 pages and the size is 30 cm x 30 cm, which is fantastic for showing quality pictures in decent size. I used square photos for my book so that I could fit more in the book. The overall quality of the book is superb! Colors, sharpness and detail are all well balanced. 

I used matte finish on the cover. There is also a glossy finish available

If you want to prevent it for scratching over time I would recommend to go with a glossy finish

If you want to prevent it for scratching over time I would recommend to go with a glossy finish

Here you can see how thick the pages are

The spreads look fantastic and the overall quality of the prints is excellent

Great sharpness and detail in the photographs

If you are located in Finland and you are searching for a book to show your work, or want to create a book for yourself  I highly recommend Rajala Pro Shop photo book: Rajala Kuvakirja

For those of you who would like to see a book with my pictures, I will be working on it in the future!

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

Divided

The weather has been quite bad lately, so after glancing at the weather report, and finding out it should be clear skies for couple of hours near Pori, I had to go and take some star photos. I had an awesome trip. I drove around the area and captured couple of photographs. Here is first from the set.

The photograph is blended from two different exposure. First one was exposed for sky and the second was for the water/foreground. 

Equipment & Exif

Nikon D800, Samyang 14 mm f/2.8, Sirui R-4203L Tripod & K-40X Ball Head, Apature Remote Controller

Sky Exposure: ISO 3200, 14 mm, f/2.8, 30 sec.
Foreground Exposure: ISO 100, 14 mm, f/8, 669 sec.  

Post-processing 

For the sky photograph, I used for base editing one of my Milky Way presets: Subtle II. For the foreground I adjusted contrast and clarity and boosted up the exposure. After the Lightroom settings were done, I used Photoshop to manually merge the exposures together. 

I'm currently working on a Photoshop Action Pack, which will include my favorite adjustments inside Photoshop. Hopefully they will be available in couple of weeks. 

Thanks for viewing, I hope you enjoy the photograph!

Learn to create this photograph in my eBook: Star Photography Masterclass

Divided - Mikko Lagerstedt 2014

Blue

Cold simplicity at the coast of Finland. This seascape image was taken last month, when we still had some snow and cold weather. It seems like Winter has gone quickly this year and we have early spring already. I hope you enjoy this view, I most certainly did.  

Equipment

Nikon D800, Nikon 16 - 35 mm f/4.0 VR, Sirui Tripod R-4203L and Sirui K-40X, B&W 10 Stop ND

ISO 100, 35mm, f/8.0, 30 sec.

Blue