Mikko Lagerstedt is a talented self-taught photographer from Kareva Finland. Specializing in fine art images, he shares with us his project called Visions of Depth. In the collection, Lagerstedt shot stunning night-time photos that capture the fathomless depths of the heavens. Whether he is shooting land or sky, Lagerstedt photos are consistently inspiring and are cloaked with an aura of mystical beauty.
Lagerstedt draws inspiration from beautiful moments, and it was this gift that encouraged him to take up photography. He still remembers the day that spurred him into the craft, “After a rainy day, the sun started shining, and the fog was rising in the fields. I just had to stop and watch this beautiful moment and then I realized that I want to start capturing these kinds of moments.”
His fondness for atmospheric photography is actually rooted in a deeply profound experience, the loss of a dear friend when he was 20 years old. The tragedy forever changed the way he looks at things.
As for technique, the self-taught Lagerstedt uses multiple exposures to heighten the clarity in the foreground, background and sky. His photography journey began in December 2008 and from the very first moments he fell in love with the craft. He loves creating visually, and emotionally captivating images, with a goal to capture the feeling he had when shooting the photograph.
Although a highly emotional artist, technique plays an equally important role in how he conveys his subtle expressiveness through his work. For Lagerstedt, planning his photoshoots requires location scouting and knowing the weather well, but timing plays a crucial role, particularly for celestial projects. He recently shared how he goes about scheduling for optimal results.
“Plan the trip for the darkest moments of the night. This is how you will get most out of the stars. The darker it is the more the stars will show in your capture when you have the correct camera settings. Planning a trip when the moon wont be the brightest also is very important if you want to capture stars. Moon can easily get in the way of milky way.”
See his latest efforts in his beautiful collection, Visions of Depth here.