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Julia Anna Gospodarou

www.juliaannagospodarou.com - Architect | Internationally Awarded B&W Fine Art Photographer
December 18, 2014 5 comments 0 shares 27 plus ones
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LIVE Q&A session hosted by me and +DxO Labs
Tomorrow, Friday Dec 19th, between 12.00 - 6.00 pm CET on TWITTER. Live from Paris and Athens. In my new quality as Image Master for DxO Labs, I will answer live your questions about my work, my vision, fine art photography, black & white, architecture, processing techniques, software, gear I use, tips and tricks and many more. 
Start asking your questions already on Twitter using @JuAnnGospodarou or @DxOLabs and I will be answering them tomorrow. 

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December 17, 2014 4 comments 1 shares 28 plus ones
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Bringing you two pieces of news in one!  I'm effective like that:) First, a video from my Athens Workshop 2014 in November, which was a fantastic event from all points of view, where I had the opportunity to teach and interact with a great group of photographers and you can see me describing the event and watch testimonials from some of the participants, the braver ones who wanted to speak in front of a camera :) 
Also launching the next ATHENS B&W Fine Art Workshop  2015, in March 28-29.  Sign up already here http://bit.ly/13tDsNV
Sponsored again by the best companies and photography magazines as +DxO Labs  +Formatt-Hitech  +Topaz Labs  +SmugMug  +Stark-Magazine  +Camerapixo   A big thanks to them for the wonderful support and great professionalism and I promise you another unforgettable event in beautiful Athens. More details soon. 
Watch the video on Vimeo here https://vimeo.com/114499148
A video by +stefanos kastrinakis at +Protagon.gr 
More on my blog http://blog.juliaannagospodarou.com/athens-workshop-2014-video-2015-prelaunch/

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December 11, 2014 7 comments 4 shares 87 plus ones
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Trump Tower & IBM Building Chicago – Arch. Adrian Smith & Mies van der Rohe
Full article on my blog: http://blog.juliaannagospodarou.com/fluid-time-v-aligning-paths-trump-tower-ibm-building-chicago/
My new image in the series Fluid Time is here, as promised a few days ago. The fifth image in the series, and again showing two of the most representative and beautiful buildings of Chicago. I'm only posting the image today, together with a few details and I invite you to have a look on my book From Basics to Fine Art, co-author +Joel Tjintjelaar , to see many more details about how I created my images in this series and how I create my photography generally http://sites.fastspring.com/juliaannagospodarou/product/frombasicstofineart
In addition, because I've been asked many times to talk about my work in a video form, which frankly is not my first choice, I'm more  the book and writing style (old style, I guess:), I decided to do it for this image and I put up a 30 minute video tutorial about the creation of this image that I will post tomorrow. I hope it will give you some answers to your question. 
So, stay tuned and I'll be back with news tomorrow.

TECHNICAL DATA
TECHNIQUE: Long Exposure base image combined with short exposure.
LE image: T/S LE = Tilt-Shift Long Exposure, 241.0 sec. @ f/4, ISO 100
SE image: T/S SE = Tilt-Shift Short Exposures, 1/320 sec. @ f/3.5, ISO 100
Canon 5D MKIII, TS-E 24mm f/3.5L II
- T/S lens settings: 
8.5 degrees - maximum tilt, 12mm – maximum shift (rise) 
- 10+6 stops +Formatt-Hitech   ProStop IRND  Filters
- Circular Polarizer
PROCESSING:
- LR5, PS CC , +Topaz Labs  B&W Effects +Topaz DeNoise + Topaz Detail + DxO View Point
Last but not least, I'll have another pleasant surprise for you in a few days. 
It is related to my status as Image Master for the internationally renowned software +DxO Labs  and it will be a very instructive and interesting event we are planning together. More details in a few days, but keep in mind, you can be a part of it too. 
And even more news soon. Am I overwhelming you already? ….. I hope so :) 

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December 06, 2014 0 comments 0 shares 17 plus ones
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Some  news on my blog and the preview of my new photo - Fluid Time V - Aligning Paths
http://blog.juliaannagospodarou.com/dxo-labs-image-master-more-news/

DxO Labs Image Master of the Month …and more news | Julia Anna Gospodarou - B&W Fine Art Photography

DxO Labs Image Master of the Month ...and more news - Great news for my photography! I'm really happy and thrilled to be featured as Image Master of the Month by one of the best software creators in the world, DxO Labs.

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December 04, 2014 14 comments 2 shares 36 plus ones
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+DxO Labs  Image Master http://www.dxo.com/intl
Really happy and thrilled to be featured as Image Master by one of the best software creators in the world, DxO Labs. You can see my work featured on the Home page of the site for a whole month and then you'll find it in a galley where other great photographers were featured in the past, names like Sebastião Salgado, Frank Doorhof and others, so you can understand my excitement. I feel humbled by this and I just want to say I'm grateful for it, as for all the good things happening in my photography life.

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November 30, 2014 6 comments 1 shares 16 plus ones
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ONLY 2 DAYS left to get 25% OFF on book From Basics to Fine Art - B&W Photography
http://sites.fastspring.com/juliaannagospodarou/product/frombasicstofineart
Get it at the link above. The book had raving reviews from the moment it was published and they are still coming. You can read some of them at the link. It helped many of its readers win awards in international competitions and make their work known to the world. Me and my co-author +Joel Tjintjelaar  are very happy to see these successes and we want to warmly congratulate all of you and wish you much good luck with your photography art. You are the best!! :)  

Julia Anna Gospodarou | Fine Art Photography

FROM BASICS TO FINE ART | Black and White Photography - Architecture and Beyond. by Julia Anna Gospodarou and Joel Tjintjelaar. A book on fine art B&W photography with a focus on architectural fine art and long exposure photography (eBook format). Everything about the artistic side, ...

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November 27, 2014 2 comments 0 shares 21 plus ones
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Happy to announce that the best selling book that I co-authored with +Joel Tjintjelaar  has a 25% discount as of NOW until Cyber Monday, December 1st 2014.
No discount code needed, just order it on the store here: http://sites.fastspring.com/juliaannagospodarou/product/frombasicstofineart

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November 26, 2014 0 comments 0 shares 8 plus ones
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Black Friday Heads-up! Here's one of the best Black Friday offer I've seen so far.
The entire +Topaz Labs  Collection – 15 plugins for only $ 249.99 (from $ 429.99) with code BLACKFRIDAY2014. Get it here http://bit.ly/1vNi17e from Friday Nov 28th through Monday Dec 1st. You know how much I like Topaz, for their great plugins and because this is the largest collection of plugins that you can find on the market. I'm working extensively with many of the plugins in the collection and I couldn't imagine my work being the way it is without having them. So, now you understand what a great occasion this is to get the whole package for almost half price.

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November 23, 2014 2 comments 0 shares 15 plus ones
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As time goes by, more and more reviews of the book From Basics to Fine Art- B&W Photography by me and +Joel Tjintjelaar  are published by the readers, and they all say pretty much the same thing: that this book is a must have. In his recently published extensive review, fine art photographer Tony Pedley concludes by saying: “This is a book that I am sure I will re-read many times and is a must for anyone interested in improving their architectural or landscape photography. “ http://photographyformortals.blogspot.gr/2014/11/10-shades-of-grey-book-review.html
Have a look and if you want to see for yourself, you can purchase the book from our webstore here http://sites.fastspring.com/juliaannagospodarou/product/frombasicstofineart

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November 21, 2014 7 comments 0 shares 49 plus ones
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Very happy to have my image “Mirrored Transparencies” featured on the +DxO Labs  ViewPoint page
http://www.dxo.com/intl/photography/photo-software/dxo-viewpoint
Whoever has studied with me in my mentoring programs, or came to one of my workshops, or simply knows me and what software I like, knows that I have a few big favorites. One of them is DxO ViewPoint, hands down the best software you can find out there to deal with the wide angle lens deformations and with removing the “keystone effect”, meaning the converging effect you get in the verticals  when tilting the lens to get the entire scene in the frame. You can avoid this if you shoot with  T/S lens, but not everyone has a T/S lens, because it's an expensive piece of glass, or you can deal with it in post. The best way I could find to deal with this in post is ViewPoint.  So, you can imagine how delighted I am to see my work featured by such a great company as DxO, especially that they also sponsored Athens Workshop 2014 and offered fantastic prizes. 

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November 20, 2014 2 comments 2 shares 33 plus ones
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ATHENS Workshop 2014 Group Shot (only one student missing here, saying hi to her too:) 
Athens workshop, this time at the end of it, just before the good bye dinner, at the Olympic Complex with some of the Calatrava structures we shot in the background. Tired but happy after shooting all kind of photography, architecture and seascapes, long exposure and still shots, day and night photography, everything you can imagine, including funny snapshots of each other. The workshop was a big success, I was delighted to work with such a talented group of photographers and all I can say is that it was too short. Looking forward to meeting you again guys and  also looking forward to seeing your images and talk to you about them and your vision over the next period of time. Hope you enjoyed the experience just as much as I did. Wishing you much good luck!  :) 
A big thank you and a shout out to our great sponsors that helped this even be such a successful one +Formatt-Hitech  +Topaz Labs  +DxO Labs +SmugMug +Camerapixo +Stark-Magazine ! You rock guys!! 

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November 14, 2014 12 comments 3 shares 32 plus ones
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Thank you for the confidence! Another sold out Athens Workshop  starting tomorrow! 
With international participation, we're expecting photographers from all over the world, and fantastic sponsors as +Formatt-Hitech  +Topaz Labs  +SmugMug  +Camerapixo +Stark-Magazine  +DxO Labs   giving away lots of prizes,  we'll be spending a weekend of shooting great locations and learning a lot of things about photography, from theoretical things till hands-on long exposure and architecture shooting and learning B&W processing. Hope everyone had a good trip to Athens and you are already enjoying the city. I promise you, we'll spend the next couple of days creating great photography and having lots of fun. 
Thank you! Looking forward to meeting everyone tomorrow! 
http://blog.juliaannagospodarou.com/athens-2014-workshop/

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November 09, 2014 9 comments 7 shares 46 plus ones
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http://camerapixo.com/publications/envisionography
You can get your digital copy right from the link above and also order a printed version (I just ordered mine). 
This special issue is a fine art album comprising the best work of the members of the group (en)Visionography – The New Fine Art Photography, a group creating the new wave of B&W fine art photography. I created the name (en)Visionography, and I'm analyzing it more in my book From Basics to Fine Art, written together with Joel Tjintjelaar,  to differentiate my work from traditional photography, since what I do is a kind of art based more on vision than on what I capture in the camera – thus (en)Visionography. But this way of creating covers the process many other fine art photographers go through and this is what we all want to show with this publication - the power and magic of (en)Visionography as a new way of making photography. This is the photography of our dreams, this is our inner self recreated in images. You can read the Manifest of (en)Visionography in this issue. 
I hope you will all like it and I hope tomorrow there will be many more (en)Visionographers that will create the way we do. And I hope this publication will be a spring board for many talented artists that will be able to get their name and work out there.
Many thanks to all of you who participated in the #envisionographycontest . This is how we chose the images published: 100 of the best photographs among hundreds of entries. The work published in this issue is of the highest quality and was chosen carefully by a jury composed by +Julia Anna Gospodarou  (myself) +Joel Tjintjelaar  (one of the best contemporary fine art photographers), +Anetta G. Heller  & +Artur J. Heller  who designed and published this issue through +Camerapixo  (one of  most popular photography magazines). Anetta & Artur have also designed the book From Basics to Fine Art and,  as you will see in the book and this publication, they are extremely talented and great professionals. Many thanks to everyone who made this publication possible. 
We are writing history here and I'm very happy to be a part of it. 
Enjoy the read and spread the word about (en)Visionography!

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November 03, 2014 3 comments 1 shares 22 plus ones
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ONLY ONE spot left for Athens Workshop 2014, on Nov 15-16.
If you want it, hurry and sign up! All the other spots were filled in less than one and a half month, and  if you miss this one, you'll have to wait one year for the next Athens workshop.
Info & Sign up http://blog.juliaannagospodarou.com/athens-2014-workshop/
See you all in two weeks! 

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October 30, 2014 0 comments 2 shares 34 plus ones
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Exhibiting the B&W fine art work of the group (en)Visionography - The New Fine Art Photography this special edition is now a reality and will be released on: NOVEMBER 9th, 2014
Details on my blog post http://blog.juliaannagospodarou.com/envisionography-contest/
The images that won the 1st, 2nd and 3rd Prize in the (en)Visionography Contest™, as well as other almost 100 winning fine art works created by the members of the group will see the light of day in a digital and printed publication designed and published by +Camerapixo . The images that will be published were carefully chosen among hundreds of submitted images, by a jury composed of Julia Anna Gospodarou (yours truly), +Joel Tjintjelaar +Anetta G. Heller  and +Artur J. Heller 
We can all already pre-order the printed version of the Album at http://camerapixo.com/publications/envisionography 
As host and moderator of the group, I'd like to warmly thank everyone for participating to the contest and for sharing with us your Vision and images, and I want wish you all big successes with your photography in the future.

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October 25, 2014 1 comments 0 shares 27 plus ones
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Working at the maps and routes for ATHENS 2014 B&W Fine Art Architectural Workshop taking place on Nov 15-16 and we're almost sold out. If you want to join us, here's your last chance to sign up http://blog.juliaannagospodarou.com/athens-2014-workshop/ We'll not only shoot some great locations, among the most famous in the world, or learn how to discover our vision and create B&W fine art, but we'll have a lot of fun too, since we have some great photographers and very nice people already in the group. Can't wait to meet you all in 3 weeks! Get ready for a fantastic experience in Athens!! 
Let's also give a shout out to our fantastic sponsors +Formatt-Hitech  +Topaz Labs  +SmugMug +Camerapixo +DxO Labs  +Stark-Magazine 

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October 21, 2014 19 comments 5 shares 140 plus ones
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Let's play in Black & White turned to Color challenge  - or something totally different from me – Color!! 
Temple of Poseidon – Cape Sounio, Athens
Bringing the challenge from Facebook to Google+. This challenge started as a B&W challenge then it turned to color after +Nathan Wirth  had the great idea to challenge a few B&W photographers to post some color work and now it's spreading out like fire. I'm happy to have been challenged by Nathan because this gave me the reason and impulse to experiment with color again after a long time of working exclusively in B&W. I think challenge is the best way of keeping us awake and creative, to find new ways of expression or to vary and improve the ones we already have. I tried to work on each of my color images in a slightly different way and this is another one. I may post them all here so you can see another facet of my work. Also a slightly different architectural subject for me, not my usual architectural style, but something to inspire you to look back to history. 
Happy color day, y'all! 

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October 17, 2014 4 comments 1 shares 38 plus ones
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Just ONE  month left till the Athens event!! 
B&W, Long exposure, Architecture, (en)Visionography, Fine Art, Photography Drawing, Great sponsors with plenty of valuable prizes  +Formatt-Hitech  +Topaz Labs   +SmugMug   +DxO Labs +Camerapixo   +Stark-Magazine  ...plus a wonderful city with great weather, sea and delicious food (meaning you should plan to stay a few more days to taste it all :) 
Thank you everyone who signed up and looking forward to meeting you for a great and fun fine art weekend in Athens. We still have 2 spots left, you can join us by registering at http://blog.juliaannagospodarou.com/athens-2014-workshop/

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October 14, 2014 3 comments 1 shares 28 plus ones
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CRAFT & VISION Publication - Photograph Magazine – Featured Portfolio & Extensive Interview_
http://craftandvision.com/products/photograph-no-9
Very excited to have my B&W architectural portfolio and an interview about how I create my photography work, published in a renowned magazine I admire, Craft And Vision's Photograph, run by +David duChemin ,  a photographer I admire even more for his work and all his photography related activities. A real model. Thanks David  and the C&V team! This is an issue dedicated to B&W with not only photography but also articles about processing and printing B&W images. You can get it discounted till Oct 14 (TODAY) for only $ 6.40. Very much worth it, have a pleasant read! 

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October 13, 2014 5 comments 1 shares 28 plus ones
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http://blog.juliaannagospodarou.com/essential-tilt-shift-l…/
Part of the extensive tilt-shift lens study I published in the book From Basics to Fine Art, written together with +Joel Tjintjelaar   , you can now find this guide on my blog. It was initially published on the +Topaz Labs  blog and it was received with a lot of enthusiasm, as you cannot find at this moment on the internet another T/S guide to have all this information about architectural photography. For the entire study, please refer to the book at this link http://sites.fastspring.com/juliaanna…/…/frombasicstofineart
I will also work with my students at Athens B&W Fine Art Workshop on November 15-16, the ones interested in the TS lens, and we will study it in the field, shooting some great locations. I have 2 more spots left for the event, if you want to register please use this linkhttp://blog.juliaannagospodarou.com/athens-2014-workshop/ 

The Essential Tilt-Shift Lens Guide | Julia Anna Gospodarou - Architect | B&W Fine Art Photographer

The Essential Tilt-Shift Guide- This tutorial is a fragment from the extensive tilt-shift lens study I present in my book From Basics to Fine Art – B&W Photography – Architecture & Beyond, a book written in collaboration with B&W fine art photographer Joel Tjintjelaar and that you can find on our webstore at the link above.

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