Finland-based photographer Mikko Lagerstedt recently posted a series of gorgeous photos under the title The Spirit of Winter. Taken in Finland during 2012 and 2013, they're stellar shots that will make you appreciate the vast beauty of nature, especially in the winter.
While many have that misty and moody look Lagerstedt is known for, there are also these three that are stunningly surreal. A warm glow emanates in the background, making the viewer wonder how the photographer achieved this contrast between light and dark. While many viewers their own theories - is it a result of a flash with an orange gel, the work of Photoshop or just a sunrise or sunset?
None of the above. As Lagerstedt states, "The light in the background is from skiing track lights." Don't these almost appear like photorealistic paintings?