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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.