Matej Micha­lik uses black-and-white to bring out strik­ing shapes and pat­terns in build­ings

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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

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