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Thanks to the photographer Mikko Lagerstedt, now we can all enjoy photos of the night sky. This exciting experience will offer us a view towards millions of stars which cannot be seen during the daylight hours. The photos come with a vastness of their scope, making us feel so small but also so proud of the beauty of the universe that surrounds us.Mikko Lagerstedt is a self-taught photographer, who takes photos mainly in native Finland. He shoots using film and digital formats. ViralNova met the artist and learned more about what inspires him.ViralNova: How did you start with the photography?Mikko Lagerstedt: I was first inspired while driving on a beautiful summer's evening. I was rainy all day but then the sun started shining again, which rose fog in the fields. I stopped and watched this beautiful moment. Then I decided to start capturing these unique moments. I got my first camera before traveling to Thailand in December 2008. I was learning how to capture the beautiful landscapes and to find as much as possible about the technical aspects of photography.Mikko Lagerstedt uses long-exposure photography to present the stars, the motion and the color variations.VN: What inspires you?ML: In most cases it is nature that inspires me, though I am also inspired by movies, art, and music. I often go out and make photos of a certain place and then I look for patterns or similarities make series out of those photographs. So these series of photographs are not planned ahead.VN: Do you usually plan the shoots or they just happen?ML: Usually, I don't plan too much ahead; I have a place in my mind that I want to visit and I travel towards it. If there is something that looks interesting on my way, I stop and take pictures. For most of the places I just stumbled upon them, but occasionally I also search for interesting places on Google Maps.VN: Do you manipulate the photos or use any effects?ML: Well, it depends on the images. Usually I work with the Lightroom software in order to edit the basic settings including contrast, sharpening and color temperature. Sometimes, I also blend multiple exposures together to make one final picture.VN: Is there something that you've always wanted to photograph? What about your dream photo shoot?ML: I am dreaming of taking photographs of a night in South America or Australia, Norway. The ideal photo shoot can happen when the night sky is clear and full of stars.
More of Lagerstedt's incredible night photos can be seen on his website. You can further keep up with his latest work on Facebook, Flickr, Twitter, and Instagram.