The sim­ple shapes in Matej Micha­lik’s black-and-white seascape are the key

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Black-and-white is all about light, con­trast, shapes and tones, and it takes a while to de­velop an eye for what will work. “This pho­to­graph comes from the lake Neusiedler am See in Aus­tria. The weather that day wasn’t very fa­vor­able, and I was wait­ing for clouds, but when the ar­rived they blended into a cloudy sky with­out any con­trast. It turned out that even these con­di­tions could pro­duce a great im­age. My goal was to ex­tract from the pho­to­graph as much con­trast as pos­si­ble.” Matej used ND fil­ters and a long ex­po­sure to blur both the sea and the sky and pro­duce this sim­ple but stun­ning com­po­si­tion.

PATH TO THE SEA Mate j Micha­lik Nikon D800, Nikon 16-35mm, 209 secs, f/ 16, ISO100, 2x ND fil­ters

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