His process usually begins with browsing Google maps or simply driving around Finland, absorbing the atmosphere for inspiration to hit. Without looking for anything in particular, he wanders through ethereal moments, framing elements to give a sense of balance in every image.
“While taking pictures I'm always searching for new things to experiment with, such as angles, long exposure and exposure blending. Sometimes, the visions of my photographs include multiple exposures to capture the elements as I want them.”
Only when escaping the city buzz can you really experience the sky as intended - littered with luminosity. For Mikko, capturing the true brilliance is a waiting game. “The first thing is to shoot at a location that has relatively low light pollution. Second is to go when it's the darkest moment of the day, and also looking into the lunar phase. It’s important to go out when the weather is clear. As for technical settings, a high ISO, wide-angle lens and exposure around 30 second are all important for capturing the stars.”