Tourist guide by day, light trail photographer by night, Piotr Skrzypiec uses his knowledge of beautiful locations and long-exposure techniques to create stunning landscape photography in Slovenia and beyond. It's unsurprising, then, that he was named the winner of Canon's inaugural Redline Challenge.
The photography competition aimed to push the skills of amateur photographers with the brief, 'light in the dark'. Three of Piotr's images made the judges' final shortlist, and his atmospheric shot of a fog-cloaked viaduct was selected as the overall winner.
Piotr used a longer exposure to turn the sharp headlights of the moving cars into sinuous streaks of colour. Long exposure refers to shooting with slow shutter speeds, which can range from seconds to hours, and results in the blurring of moving objects. The technique doesn't require a specialist camera or lens, and the results can be bold. As well as blurring motion, long exposures are good for maximising the light coming into the camera for the purpose of reducing ISO, which improves image quality.
Here, Piotr revisits the locations of his other shots and offers his tips on how to take similar light trail photos.