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First time publicly posting this image. You can also see it in the book From Basics to Fine Art - B&W Photography, written with Joel Tjintjelaar and that you can buy here sites.fastspring.com/juliaannagospodarou/product/frombasi... , together with many other images I never posted publicly. These images can be seen only in the book, being created especially for it. You can find details about the creation and processing of this and many others in the book.
Also, you can read about the vision and processing of the image in my blog blog.juliaannagospodarou.com/exuberance-i-making-of-visio...
Not a long exposure this time, yes I do shoot handheld once in a while and especially when there are no clouds or water in my frame. An image of a bridge I love and whose realization I followed closely from the first to the last moment of its construction.
Technical Data:
Camera: Nikon D7000
Lens: Tamron 18-270 mm PZD
EXIF: 1/100 @ 20mm, f/16, ISO 100, Polarizing filter attached
Processing: PS CS6, LR4, Topaz BW Effects + DeNoise + Detail
PS. Working on a new photo in the T/S blur-LE series Fluid Time - Chicago architecture. I'll be back soon with it.
PS2. Topaz Labs is running a promotion for B&W Effects offering 30% discount till end June. Get it from this link www.topazlabs.com/782.html using the Code: JUNEBW
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NEW BOOK Launched: “From Basics to Fine Art – B&W Photography – Architecture & Beyond”
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The long-awaited book “From Basics to Fine Art – B&W Photography” that I've written with award-winning B&W fine art photographer Joel Tjintjelaar, has just been published. It is a 424 pages eBook about the art of B&W photography, long exposure, architectural photography and much more. We cover both theoretical and practical aspects, we present and explain in detail our B&W long exposure workflows and processing methods, we make extensive analysis of different kinds of equipment, we present pricing lists for fine art photography, tips and methods for discovering vision and creating a personal style. The book is written in simple English, so every lover of photography with a medium knowledge of the language can easily understand and use the information the moment they read it.
The reactions to the book have been so far fantastic and this makes us very happy. You can find the book and more details, as well as an extensive preview here:
blog.juliaannagospodarou.com/official-book-release-basics...

Hope you'll enjoy it.

This image is called
_POINT FINAL – NYC as you'll never see it again_ (EXPLORED No. 2 - June 4, 2014)
and it was the last image I added to the book, so it can be considered a historical image. Also, it's an image of the NYC Financial District that you will not ever see like this again, since now the new Freedom Tower WTC1 and WTC2 have been added to its skyline. So, it can be called a double-historical image.
More details about the processing of this image and in general about my images and Joel's also you can find together with extensive explanations in the book.
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(EXPLORED No. 3 - February 19, 2014)

Fluid Time II – an (en)Visionographic Chicago Story
_One Prudential Plaza, Chicago – Architects Naess & Murphy_

...the only purpose of art is to make you dream, to make you travel. Don't let them tell you anything else.
Second chapter in my Chicago series and the story goes on. You can read it on my site blog.juliaannagospodarou.com/fluid-time-ii/ as well as the stories behind all my photos. Subscribe to get all my posts, tutorials and exciting news the moment I post them. blog.juliaannagospodarou.com/subscribe/
And since you got to my site have a look at something I was promising for a long time, my creative & processing method called Photography Drawing™ explained in depth blog.juliaannagospodarou.com/photography-drawing/ Even more about this in the book on B&W Fine art photography that I'm writing with Joel Tjintjelaar, “From Basics To Fine Art”, book that we will launch in March (pre-sales very soon, check my site for the exact dates).

Some details about the image:
Technique: T/S LE = Tilt + Shift + Long Exposure
Shot with Canon 5D MK3 & TS-E 24mm f/3.5L II.
T/S settings - 8.5 degrees oblique tilt at 45 degrees rotation, 12mm shift (rise)
Filters: Formatt Hitech Filters ProStop IRND
Processing - PS CS6 & LR5 & Topaz Labs Suite
I'm more and more delighted by the Topaz plugins these days. My latest favorite is Topaz DeNoise which did a fantastic job in the image that I will post after this one. Check out all the plugins here www.topazlabs.com/782.html and if you like them get a 15% discount with code “juliaannagospodarou”

Art and Bravery? Want to know my opinion on this? I invite you over to my site.

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(EXPLORED No. 2 - November 6, 2013)

Fluid Time I - Architecture as parallel reality... blog.juliaannagospodarou.com/fluid-time-i/
Chicago - Jay Pritzker Pavilion (Arch. Frank Gehry) & Aon Center (Arch. Edward Durell)

T/S LE = Tilt + Shift + Long Exposure
Shot with Canon TS-E 24mm f/3.5L II – maximum tilt & shift, using the Formatt Hitech Filters ProStop IRND JT (aka Joel Tjintjelaar) Signature Edition filter kit, the best ND filters I've used so far, and processed using extensively Topaz Labs BW Effects 2, ReMask & Detail 3 + PS CS6 & LR5 (don't forget you can use the code juliaannagospodarou to get 15% discount for ordering any Topaz product at this link www.topazlabs.com/782.html)

A long time since my last architectural image, you might wonder if I'm still doing photography : ) Well, the answer is YES, more than ever, but now that I'm doing it professionally I'm spending time doing a lot more than just working on my images (which I still love more than everything else). Not that I don't like the whole process, it's so very exciting and it suits me like a glove, but you have to know, doing photography as a business is much more than shooting and processing your photos, SO much more!! And you have just one choice, if you want to do your job at a top level, you have to spend time doing all the things around it. That's what I did with the Chicago Workshop, that's what I did with the Athens Workshop that took place this past weekend and was a great success blog.juliaannagospodarou.com/athens-workshop-2013/ ) and that's what I do with all my other activities, be they teaching, mentoring or else.

This is the first image I'm posting from the Chicago workshop, a workshop I did with a great team of photographers and that is still the architectural event of the year. Chicago is a amazing place and has won a big place in my heart. As Frank Lloyd Wright says: "Eventually, I think Chicago will be the most beautiful great city left in the world...” He is right and I'm already looking forward to the moment I'll be back there!

And now, as always from me, a few words about my vision behind this image.

Time, space ...they are just conventions. Living inside them can be just as easy as living outside them and the reality of living outside them can be just as real as the one of relating to them. If you need a proof just try to dream. Who says that dreaming is not a reality? Just as imagination can be reality as well. Who says that the world needs to have a material shape to be real?
Who says that we have to always relate to the same constants that are time and space and not create different times and different spaces that will cover different realities?...
Different from what you were used from me lately, more in line with my older architectural work, it's been a long time since I've showed an entire building in a frame, let alone 5 buildings, but I was thinking for a long time to make a series as the one I'm starting today. If you know me you know I love long exposure, I love motion blur and any kind of blur that can give me the freedom to bypass reality and go where noone else has been. I love the freedom these ways of seeing the world give to my imagination and now I also have a lens that will help me with putting in practice what my mind has already seen a long time ago: The Queen of the Lenses, Her Majesty The T/S Lens. : ) This image is the beginning of a direction I wanted to explore for a long time, architecture as a parallel reality. What I'm always looking for in my architectural images is to find the dream in architecture, in essence to find the soul of the building I'm photographing. I think now I'm closer than even to this soul and I'll show it to you too over the months to come.

_Technical data:_ 141.0 sec. @ f/11, ISO 100, Canon 5D MK3, Canon TS-E 24mm f/3.5L II, 10+3 stops Hitech ProStop IRND filters. Processing: LR5, PS CS6, Topaz B&W Effects 2_

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_Gherkin Building, London - Architect Norman Foster_
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First, sorry for being so little present lately, it's that I have a lot of work to do these days, hope to be back to my relaxed mode after my upcoming US photo tour. If you don't know already, I'll be in the US the 1st half of September, doing workshops and seeing friends.

This is a new image in my “Black”series and possibly the last in the series, since I have some new ideas now that I want to work on and they are quite different from what I was doing here. Hope I can show you something soon.
You might have noticed, the titles of the images in these series are related to the Jungian Archetypes (Self Black, Anima Black, Animus Black, Shadow Black and Persona Black) and that because this series is something more that just a study in photography. I could call it a study in photography/psychology/life and it is a very personal interpretation of the subjects you see and also an interpretation that has to do with expressing very personal thoughts and reactions to the world around me and to the things that I come in contact with. They can be considered the best example of (en)visionography I could give and also of self portraiture, as strange as it might seem. This process could be called “self-(en)visionography” and I think with this term I can cover very much of what this study is. If you want to read more about this you're always welcome on my site blog.juliaannagospodarou.com/ode-black-black-hope-v-perso...

Now, leaving the (en)visionographic side, let me talk about more earthy things, like processing aspects. I had started to process this image using except for PS also SEP2, but at some point I (re)discovered Topaz B&W Effects 2 (I had worked in the past with B&WE1 but had not used the version 2 till a couple of months ago) and I must say that I'm more and more delighted about what one can do with B&WE2. If you remember my review on it blog.juliaannagospodarou.com/topaz-labs-bw-effects-2-full... I was saying there that I was impressed by the presets of this program (and mind you, I'm not a preset person). Well, I'm still impressed about them, but also about a lot other things, for instance how easy is to check the tones you cover in your image (which I do a lot and I think it's a vital aspect of good processing) by using the zone system graphic and how easy is to work with different intensities of black and white. I recommend you to play with “Adaptive Exposure” in the Conversion panel, it can give you very subtle results in dealing with tones. Also, don't forget to check out the presets, you'll surely like at least some of them. And you you want to go further, there's a new Topaz plugin that I have tried and that has a very large range of possibilities of applying different looks to the image, many types of B&W looks too and all are very easily to be personalized. The name of the plugin is ReStyle. You probably know by now, you can get a 15% discount to any of the Topaz plugins or all together if you use my name “juliaannagospodarou” as a code and order from this link www.topazlabs.com/782.html Go check them out! They are all brilliant!
What's more? Topaz Labs will sponsor both Chicago and Athens Fine Art Architectural workshops, you can get a BWE2 free just by being there.

_Technical data:_ 307.0 sec. @ f/9, Nikon 10-24mm f/3.5-4.5 ED AF-S DX @ 10mm, ISO 100. Processing: LR4, PS CS6, Topaz B&W Effects 2.

In another line of thinking, there are only 2 spots left for the Chicago workshop Sept 5-8 and I'm very curious who is going to get them. Sign up here if you want to be one of them: visionexplorers.com/chicago-2013
And if you want something in Europe, here's the Athens Fine Art Architectural Workshop, 2nd edition, on Nov 2-3 blog.juliaannagospodarou.com/athens-workshop-2013-announc...

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