Matej Michalik uses black-and-white to bring out striking shapes and patterns in buildings
Black-and-white is especially good for emphasising bold shapes and contrasts, and Matej Michalik combines long exposure techniques with careful editing to produce his minimalist cityscapes. “I specialise mainly in daytime long- exposure photography. Using filters, I can see something that is impossible to see with the naked eye. I never combine more exposures, always use filters and do not blur clouds or water in software.” The colours and hues in the original image, below, would have been a distraction, and the greater simplicity and power of the monochrome version is clear to see.
CITY SHAPES Mate j Michalik Nikon D90, Nikon 16-85mm, 224 secs, f/ 16, ISO200, two filters: B+W 110ND, B+W 106ND