Landscapes by Mikko Lagerstedt.

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Self-taught photographer Mikko Lagerstedt is drawn into the night where he often finds himself camped next to his tripod, waiting hours for an exposure of a frozen coastal scene or a dark and brooding forest.
mikko-4Many of his images are composites of two photos taken from the same location, a shorter exposure of the sky merged with a significantly longer exposure of the ground which is then manipulated in Lightroom.
Lagerstedt is extremely open about his process, sharing tutorials and blog posts about how he works on his website. You can also follow him on Instagram.
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via Expansive Finnish Landscapes Photographed by Mikko Lagerstedt | Colossal.

Alone in Finland.

wanderer_2-1024x683Photographer Tiina Törmänen likes to be alone when she shoots … really, really alone.
For her most recent series, she drove out into Finland’s frigid wilderness to take stunning self-portraits under the Northern Lights.
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She calls the project Wanderer, aptly named given the stark and beautiful loneliness of her photos.
Törmänen started the series while working as a hotel chef in Kilpisjärvi, a remote village in northern Finland.
At the end of her shift, the photographer would take off on a snowmobile into the Käsivarsi Wilderness Area nearby, often shooting until the wee hours of the morning.
She patiently scouted wide-open landscapes for the perfect shot and made long exposures that capture her standing under a display of brilliant and star-packed skies.
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“I was so impressed with the loneliness, the air and the silence,” she says. “Out there you feel so small because there is only cold and ice.”
Törmänen has taken photos of the Northern Lights for years and was a bit bored with the dancing colors that delight most people.
She decided to place herself in frame to add a sense of scale to the vastness, and wore a headlamp as a fun visual element. To get each shot, Törmänen set her Canon 5D Mark III on a tripod and used a timer to delay the shutter.
She then walked out into position and moved her headlamp slightly to create a patch of light instead of a solitary beam.
She traveled nearly 150 miles in total, sometimes in temperatures as low as -13 degrees Fahrenheit.
via Breathtaking Self-Portraits Under Finland’s Northern Lights | WIRED.

‘The Odd Couple.’

oddcoupleIn this remarkable capture by Lassi Rautiainen we see an unlikely friendship between a bear and a wolf.
The two were spotted in the wilderness of Northern Finland where Rautiainen organizes wilderness trips for photographers and nature lovers through his family-run company, WILD FINLAND.
According to an interview with the Daily Mail, Rautiainen observed the young brown bear and grey wolf meeting up every night for ten straight days.
The two were spotted sharing meals together and Rautiainen believes they are both young and possibly unsure how to survive alone.
via Picture of the Day: The Odd Couple -TwistedSifter.