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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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B 28175 C 100 E Sep 9, 2013 F Nov 5, 2013
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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_

Limited Edition prints: bit.ly/10LD9qN Open Edition prints: bit.ly/16tbdzB

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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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B 8981 C 67 E Apr 18, 2013 F Jul 18, 2013
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_Contemporary Jewish Museum, San Francisco - Architect Daniel Libeskind_

Another addition to my Black series and the darkest and most difficult to work with so far, because of the dark tones and the limited range that I decided to use in my processing, but also because of the complexity of the volume and the fact that whatever light and shadow you see here is created from scratch according to my vision for this object. The building is one of the highlights of San Francisco and is in fact an addition to the museum, but is so impressive that it is drawing all the attention to it once you reach the square in front of the museum. The structure is cladded in dark-blue diamond shape steel sheets which can be astonishingly bright in the sun, but looking very dark and melancholic if the weather is overcast.

The most challenging when taking the shot was to find the best angle, the one that would tell what I intended it to tell and finally this angle was what you see. The space in front of the museum is narrow and long and finding a spot where you have open view to the entire volume, as well as an interesting composition is really difficult. But there is always a solution if you want to find it. So, what I did was to find my solution But I had to pay a price for it. Even if there were some other angles I could use with less cluttered background, the building itself wasn't “speaking” to me in any other way so what I had to do was to take this photo as it is but remove the background that was a high-rise building totally oppressing the delicate volumes of the museum. Meaning I had to shoot the building and the sky separately and reunite them in post. So, what you see now is quite far from reality, but as you know by now, I am not driven by the intention to mimic reality in my work, on the contrary, I'd say that I try to “run away” from it and present my own reality, even if what I create is just slightly resembling the real world. This image is one of the closest to this “alternative reality” concept and to the concept of “(en)visionography” that define my work and they illustrate it perfectly. What you see is my ideal proposal for this space and building, a perfect image of it as I envision it in my mind. Also an image that can be a piece of the puzzle in the story that my Ode to Black – Black Hope series tells. More about the concept of the series with my next image that is coming soon.

Processing wise, this image is again one of those which could be considered typical to illustrate the technique I'm using when processing, the “photography drawing” technique. You've heard me talking about this before quite a few times but I've never went into details because I wasn't really considering it a technique for a long time. It had a slow evolution but recently I realized that I'm every time doing the same things even if I don't search for this and I like to experiment as much as I can. But somehow I always end up doing the same things, more or less and having consistent results.
As usually, in an attempt to keep this short, if you want to read more about the processing of this image or ask me anything you can head over to my site for morehttp://blog.juliaannagospodarou.com/ode-to-black-black-hope-ii-anima-black/ If you are curious to find out even more, I will have to make a more in depth description at some point. Let me know if you would want this.

Technical data:_ 286.0 sec. (for the sky), 1/60 sec. (for the building), @ f/11, Nikon 10-24mm f/3.5-4.5 ED AF-S DX @ 10mm, ISO 100. Processing: LR4, PS CS6, NIK Silver Efex Pro 2

Note: On September 5-8 I'll be in Chicago with a great team of fine art photographers teaching a Fine Art Architectural Workshop. Join us to learn everything about this kind of photography! visionexplorers.com/chicago-2013
Also, join me for private workshops and online mentoring courses www.juliaannagospodarou.com/Workshops/Private-Workshops/2...
You can find limited and open edition prints of this image on my site. Don't forget I have a 25% -35% off promotion for limited edition prints at the moment. on.fb.me/17o1I0F

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(EXPLORED - July 02, 2013)

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Strata SE1 Building, London - Architects BFLS London

Another image in my series Ode to Black (Black Hope) with an addition or a change in the name, I still don't know if I will keep both names or just one, I'll probably decide when I reach the end of the series, as now it is still a work in progress. The change in name came from a change in direction as for the meaning of the series. Many times I work on my images in a certain way, or rather creating a certain atmosphere or general feel that can come from the use of shapes (like in “Like a Harp's Strings”series), the use of subject (as in Catharsis series), or the use of light, as now in the “Black Hope” series. I feel the need to explore different paths every time and express myself through different elements or use different ways of representation and I believed till very recently that this is a rational and conscious decision and choice that I make. But working on the Black series I discovered that, while the way I'm working on my images, technically speaking, is a very rational and controlled one, since I aim to create a perfect image at the end of the process, the way my vision is born and the way it evolves till the final touch of brush on the image: the whole process from capturing my images, choosing which ones to process and then finally processing them, is rather a subconscious process that guides me many times without me even noticing it. Something very close to what they say about "being in a trance state" and following your vision there.
This series started apparently from nowhere, then it became an exploration of color black, of the absence of light and a challenge to see how far I can go with removing light till it doesn't exist anymore, to eventually turn into a psychological introspection with the unseen and unnoticed intention in the beginning (but that came to surface just recently) to express extreme emotions and be a highly personal representation of the world I see around me. Art is personal, art is selfish and I believe that in essence whatever we create is an expression of our inner need to explain the world, regardless if we believe that we study shapes, different subjects or experiment with light.

Technical data:_ 286.0 sec. @ f/11, Nikon 10-24mm f/3.5-4.5 ED AF-S DX @ 13mm, ISO 100. Processing: LR4, PS CS6, NIK Silver Efex Pro 2.

If you want to read some more of my thoughts about this image and the series, you're welcome to do it on my site blog.juliaannagospodarou.com/ode-to-black-black-hope-iv-s...
And if you want prints of this image, or any of my images, stay tuned, I'll be back with some very nice surprises these days...

Last but not least, on September 5-8 I'll be in Chicago with a great team of fine art photographers teaching a Fine Art Architectural Workshop. Join us to learn everything about this kind of photography! visionexplorers.com/chicago-2013
Also, join me for private workshops and online mentoring courses www.juliaannagospodarou.com/Workshops/Private-Workshops/2...

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