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Julia Anna Gospodarou

www.juliaannagospodarou.com - Architect | Internationally Awarded B&W Fine Art Photographer
June 04, 2014 12 comments 1 shares 51 plus ones
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Extensive NEW Interview for +Topaz Labs
http://blog.topazlabs.com/architectural-photography-julia-anna-gospodarou/ 
Very happy to have a new extensive interview just published on Topaz Labs site. Topaz is one of my favorite software, with  B&W Effects and DeNoise being the plugins I'm using mostly in my work. You can read some tips & tricks for architectural photography, long exposure, B&W, what I think about HDR, plus other theoretical and practical subjects, including how to use some great features of BW Effects. Also, what is my next dream place to go to with my camera and many more... 
Also, a surprise is on its way... not saying more for now...

PS. You can get the Topaz software with a discount of 15% if you use the code "juliaannagospodarou" at this link http://www.topazlabs.com/782.html Enjoy! 

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June 02, 2014 2 comments 2 shares 35 plus ones
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http://blog.juliaannagospodarou.com/from-basics-to-fine-art-noel-baldewijns-review/
Two weeks after its publications, we have received the best impressions from the readers about the book by me and +Joel Tjintjelaar  Here is another review to the book done by +Noel Baldewijns . Have a look if you want to see what you can read in the book (if you haven't already read it) and how we're covering the subjects we treat. Quoting Noel about the book: “...this book is “THE” necessary reference...“ and “...it is the most complete book ever published on this subject.”
Thank you, Noel, for a great review and everyone who read it for the good words!

#frombasicstofineart   #blackandwhite #bw #photography #fineart

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May 25, 2014 12 comments 1 shares 18 plus ones
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We had a fantastic feedback so far and here's a great review written by +Jack Torcello   to the book  by me and +Joel Tjintjelaar Not only what  Jack says honors us in the highest degree but Jack's writing style is just wonderful. I particularily liked the word play between "Gospodarou" and "gospel" (that I'm emphasizing in the image too). I admit I never thought about it this association, but it's a great find.
 http://torcello.wordpress.com/2014/05/24/if-barnbaum-was-the-bible-of-black-and-white/  
If you know who Barnbaum is, then no other comment is needed from me. If you don't, just read the review. You can also see this post on my site http://bit.ly/1r6oMyq
And if you want to read the book yourself, here's where you can find it http://sites.fastspring.com/juliaannagospodarou/product/frombasicstofineart 
#frombasicstofineart   #blackandwhitw   #bw #fineart #photography  

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May 23, 2014 7 comments 1 shares 35 plus ones
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Almost a week ago we announced with my co-author +Joel Tjintjelaar the final release of our book From Basics to Fine Art and, unless you purchased the book, we only showed the cover publicly. We have a BOOK PREVIEW AVAILABLE now, so why not have a quick look what’s inside to find out why this book already received quite a few fantastic reviews http://blog.juliaannagospodarou.com/official-book-release-basics-fine-art-books-can-purchased-now/ and why we think +Artur J. Heller  did a fantastic job designing the book for us.

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May 18, 2014 9 comments 6 shares 33 plus ones
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Yesterday +Joel Tjintjelaar  and I launched our long awaited book that you can find here http://blog.juliaannagospodarou.com/official-book-release-basics-fine-art-books-can-purchased-now/ The moment finally came after we tried to make it perfect. The response was fantastic and we are so happy for this and want to say a HUGE thank you to everyone that bought the book and for the wonderful feedback that we already receive in emails. Another HUGE thank you goes to our exquisite graphic designer +Artur J. Heller  and to +Camerapixo  and +Anetta G. Heller  for helping us and for making this book an example of great graphic design. We warmly recommend Artur to anyone wanting to create a professional design. The third HUGE thank you goes to our proofreader +Charles Azzopardi  who offered his language and literary talent to make this book a great success. Thank you, Artur! Thank you, Charles! Thank you all, I'm humbled and very grateful for this success!

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May 17, 2014 13 comments 5 shares 51 plus ones
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Official release book “From Basics to Fine Art” - Book can be purchased NOW from our FastSpring webshop. First 30 buyers to receive 20% off!
http://blog.juliaannagospodarou.com/official-book-release-basics-fine-art-books-can-purchased-now/ 
+Joel Tjintjelaar and I are very excited to announce that the official sales of our long awaited book  “From Basics to Fine Art – B&W Photography - Architecture and Beyond” has started now on May 17, 2014. Click on our website link to find more info on the book with some testimonials from the experts, and of course the link to our web shop where you can purchase the eBook. First 30 buyers only will receive a very limited 20% discount. So hurry!

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May 15, 2014 14 comments 2 shares 34 plus ones
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Official book release FROM BASICS TO FINE ART - Saturday May 17 with 20% discount offer
After almost 2 years of working on it with my co-author +Joel Tjintjelaar   , only 2 days left. We're happy to announce that finally, the book From Basics to Fine Art - B&W Photography - Architecture and Beyond, the eBook version for now, will be published and can be purchased starting this Saturday, May 17. It has become a very special book, and actually these are not our words. Read more on our website. As an introduction offer, the FIRST 30 will get a 20% discount. 
Sales start: Saturday May 17, 2014 - 6pm CET/ 9am PDT/ 12 noon EDT.
http://blog.juliaannagospodarou.com/official-book-release-from-basics-to-fine-art-saturday-may-17/

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May 10, 2014 24 comments 21 shares 266 plus ones
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NYC as you will never see it again... You can't see NYC like this anymore, since the Freedom Tower - WTC1 has been added to its skyline. I shot this image when the place of the old WTC was still empty and this is actually a reprocessing according to my new vision for it. So, I could call it a historical image. And it's a historical image for another reason, it's the last image I added to the book From Basics to Fine Art by me and +Joel Tjintjelaar  Thank you all for the many questions about it, the book is finished and we are a few days away from its launching. We'll post the announcement over the next days and if you don't want to miss it, you can subscribe to my site as it will first appear there http://blog.juliaannagospodarou.com/subscribe/ Small trivia: the book counts 400+ pages. I think it's a record...

#frombasicstofineart  #architecture #newyorkcity #nyc #fineart #blackandwhite

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April 29, 2014 8 comments 2 shares 23 plus ones
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“Inspiration is not to be found outside, but inside yourself”
What you see in the outside world  is only a pretext for you to feel something about what you see and be inspired to translate it into images by using vision. So, next time you will be searching for inspiration you know what to do. Don't search to find it by looking at what others do, but look inside yourself to find your real vision.  It's there where you will find the answer.
www.envisionography.com

#envisionography   #vision   #fineartphotography  

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April 10, 2014 24 comments 5 shares 142 plus ones
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Fluid Time III – Two Worlds  http://blog.juliaannagospodarou.com/fluid-time-iii/ 
_Hancock Tower, Chicago – Architects  SOM _
The 3rd part of my (en)Visionographic Chicago Story, shot during the Chicago Architectural workshop 2013 that I organized with Vision Explorers. This is one of the tallest (344 m), most impressive and fascinating buildings of the Windy City, and one of the best subjects to shot for my LE Tilt-Shift Blur series. 
My photography/art advice for the day: 
“(beep) the rest!  If you feel that you are right, then you are” (pardon the language : )) You can read much more about this in my Guide to Vision™ http://bit.ly/18sgntX (with better language also) and in the upcoming book From Basics to Fine Art – A set with 35 rules of how to discover your vision and personal style, taken from more than 20 years experience I have in working with art, architecture and photography and also from the experience of many great artists of all times that were in the same spot before me. 
You are the source of everything you create, do never forget this! So, don't try to copy, don't try to emulate, it will not be “You” and it will show. Just have a look around you and you will see who is expressing his own self in his work and words and who is just following. Nothing bad in being inspired, but do not stop there, you will lose yourself as an artist, you will miss your creative purpose. And you may have just one chance to do this because life is short, it's not just a cliché. On the other side, if you do believe in what you do, don't care what others say, what others do, just do your thing. Follow your instincts and they will get you there eventually. Trust your logic and feelings and transform them into images, this is what art is about, being true to your beliefs and finding a way to put them out there for the world to see them. If you do this, you accomplished your mission in front of yourself. 
And don't forget, this is a very tough world, the world of art. Especially once you reach a certain level of exposure. As an artist you are by default exposed since you show your most inner self in your art. You couldn't do your job if you weren't, but that makes you vulnerable: of being critiqued, of being envied, of unscrupulous people  using your work or taking advantage of your ideas without giving you credit, of being scrutinized all the time. I'm talking from experience here, mine and others'. But it shouldn't scare you, it's normal. And you should keep in mind that true value and talent, plus hard work  will always prevail, will always be rewarded. So, trust in yourself and your art, go on doing what you do and don't care about anything else! You are the one that counts, because you have the vision that will become that masterpiece you have in mind...  you are the creator of your “Mona Lisa”...

Technique: T/S LE = Tilt + Shift + Long Exposure
Camera settings: 393.0 sec. @ f/6.3, ISO 100
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: 10+6 stops +Formatt-Hitech  Filters ProStop IRND - Joel Tjintjelaar Edition
Processing - LR5, PS CS6, +Topaz Labs  B&W Effects 2+Topaz DeNoise 5 + Topaz Detail 3

I have to say that Topaz DeNoise  did a great job in removing the noise from this image. I'm really happy with how it worked in this case, I was even wondering if I should process the image or not since it had quite a bit of noise, before I passed it through Topaz DeNoise. Check out all the Topaz plugins here  http://www.topazlabs.com/782.html  and if you like them get a 15% discount with code “juliaannagospodarou”. Topaz Detail has an even better discount this month. 50% off with code "aprdetail" from the same link. 

For more technical (processing etc.)  details about this image, you know by now, I invite you over to my site http://blog.juliaannagospodarou.com/fluid-time-iii/ 

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April 06, 2014 6 comments 0 shares 20 plus ones
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(en)Visionography™   www.envisionography.com
Now (en)Visionography - The New Photography – has its own domain name and soon a dedicated site. By now you know what (en)Visionography means, but do you know WHY the word is written  like this and why it is so important to be written like this? What the prefix “(en)” in front of “Visionography” means and that it bears with it a whole artistic philosophy. Do you know what an (en)Visionographer is? How to create (en)Visionography? What the Manifest of (en)Visionography is? These and many  more you will find out on www.envisionography.com  and in the upcoming book From Basics to Fine Art  - yes, I know, we're a bit late with it and we apologize for that, but we're 99,99999% done and so excited to be launching very soon. And I promise you, it will be PERFECT!!!

#envisionography   #vision   #fineart   #juliaannagospodarou   #blackandwhite   #photography  

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April 01, 2014 8 comments 6 shares 68 plus ones
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LifO Magazine Interview  http://www.lifo.gr/team/omorfia/47230 
Στα Ελληνικά και πάλι! : ) Δημοσιευμένη σε ένα πολύ δημοφιλές περιοδικό που αγαπώ πολύ, το LifO, είμαι σίγουρη ότι το ξέρετε όλοι. Και αυτό με κάνει πολύ υπερήφανη!!! 
Another interview in Greek, in a magazine I love and read a lot, with a circulation of more than 300.000 copies per week, so I'm very proud to have been asked to be published there. A thank you to Thanasis Haramis for the invitation and the great questions!! For my friends who don't speak Greek, this is mostly about photography and about being a fine art architectural photographer in Athens, my experiences and my professional plans. I promise I'll talk about these things and more in English also very soon, so don't be sad if “it all sounds Greek to you” : ) 
Enjoy and thank you for all your wonderful support!
PS. Check out the iPad version! It's said to be very cool!!
#architecturalphotography   #blackandwhite   #fineart    #athens   #lifo   #interview  

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March 29, 2014 0 comments 2 shares 26 plus ones
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Μια συνέντευξη “εφ'ολης της ύλης” που έδωσα για το περιοδικό Metropolis που κυκλοφορεί και μπορείτε να το διαβάσετε από σήμερα. Αθήνα και γιατί την αγαπώ.
A new interview with me in the Greek magazine Metropolis that you can find at the news stands from today. No photography this time (not much, anyway). Talking about Athens, history, architecture, life in the city and more. If you don't speak Greek, well, you'll have to find a friend who does, to translate it for you, if you want to hear me talking about anything else than (en)Visionography, Photography Drawing and fine art : ) I can only tell you that it's (even more) interesting. 
Enjoy!! 
Photo and questions by Stefanos Kastrinakis 
http://issuu.com/metropolisnews/docs/metropolis_032014

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March 16, 2014 16 comments 8 shares 175 plus ones
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My submission  for this year's book - the image Fluid Time II – Chicago architecture, from a series I'm currently working on and from which I'll be posting the next image very soon.
It's the third year  I'm participating to this collection put together by +Ivan Makarov   and +Andy Lee  and I'm happy to take part  in a project that is becoming a wonderful tradition of publishing art to raise money and help those in need.
The cause this year is   The Samburu Project, 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that provides access to safe, clean and drinking water to communities in Kenya.  http://www.thesamburuproject.org/ 
Submissions are open for just one more day and it's for a  noble cause, so hurry if you want to send your images. Details about how to submit  https://plus.google.com/u/1/+IvanMakarov/posts/c54Y13Ljif2 

#PlusOneCollectionIII   #chicago #architecture   #FluidTime    #TiltShift  

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March 15, 2014 14 comments 17 shares 134 plus ones
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I had such a wonderful time today with my student shooting the best Neoclassical architecture in Athens. More great time and lovely architecture for the next 2 days! 
Image processing: my newest discovery +DxO Labs  Film Pack 4. If you love film like I do, you will love it.

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March 14, 2014 8 comments 2 shares 19 plus ones
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March 13, 2014 6 comments 0 shares 21 plus ones
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Hello World! No, I didn't disappear : ) I'm back and happy to be featured by +Topaz Labs  again!! I was telling you some time ago that I have a new love among the Topaz plugins and this is the DeNoise one. Have a look at my photo in this feature and what a great job DeNoise did with it, removing all the noise while keeping the detail sharp. I just love that! There's a great 50% discount till March 31st (39.99USD) and believe me, it's worth every penny! You can get it here http://www.topazlabs.com/782.html with the code “mardenoise”. 
Check out the feature as well http://www.topazlabs.com/denoise 

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February 26, 2014 8 comments 2 shares 38 plus ones
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February 18, 2014 27 comments 11 shares 192 plus ones
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Berlin – Jewish Museum - Architect Daniel Libeskind
You can see the first part of the Shadows of A Soul series here http://bit.ly/1eIRZTG These are images I never posted publicly and you can only see them on my site. 
For more about this image stay tuned, I'll post the story behind it in a couple of days, together with details about the processing, since it was a quite complicated image to work on. This is a combination of 5 images and I'll show you how I made this look like it does. Believe me, it has nothing to do with the originals. But I won't spoil the surprise... : )
Subscribe now so you don't miss it http://blog.juliaannagospodarou.com/subscribe/
Whoever knows me better knows that I'm totally in love with people motion blur in photography. People motion blur can travel me to a totally different world and show me things I'll never see in normal circumstances, it's like a transcendental experience to watch this kind of images and to create them myself. That “state of trance” that only art can set you in, I'm feeling it when I come in contact with this kind of photographs or when I live them by working on them. 
It all started in 1994 when I saw the people motion blur work of Alexey Titarenko http://www.alexeytitarenko.com/ for the first time. It was the moment I came in contact with Fine art photography and when I understood that there is much more to it than to click the shutter and capture a nice scene. When I understood that you can use photography to explore worlds unseen by anyone and that you can show this worlds to everyone then and make them part of your experience. That was a turning point on my artistic path, that was the moment when I started to “see” not only to look... 
I had pretty much the same feelings when I saw for the first time for real an exhibition with the paintings of Francis Bacon http://www.francis-bacon.com/ in Paris in 1996. If you are familiar with Bacon you know that in his paintings the bodies of the subjects are also “blurred”, contorted, changed. They lose their shape to transform into something else that takes you to another dimension, to subconscious and even further. Even if using different tools, photography and painting, for me the two artists are similar as for how far they go with exploring the unseen side of this world and how powerful the experience can be. I still haven't found something that can replace the sensation the work of these two artists give me. 
This was a long introduction to why I like to work with people motion blur, for those who don't know that already. 
But as I said ...more about it in a couple of days. See you on my site.
 
#motionblur   #berlin   #architecture  

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February 07, 2014 17 comments 8 shares 48 plus ones
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PHOTOGRAPHY DRAWING™ - Black and white (en)Visioning and processing method
http://blog.juliaannagospodarou.com/photography-drawing/ 
My secret.... ? Use the magic of light and shadow to shape the world. But HOW?? 
I was asked many times what is my secret in photography. How do I make the world look perfect? My answers was by “drawing my photographs”. Many of you know, I'm talking about Photography Drawing for a long time, must be at least 2 years but I never till now made a serious study on this method. The time has come though to make this secret public. I'm doing it in the upcoming book “From Basics to Fine Art” that I'm writing with +Joel Tjintjelaar  and I'm now posting a large fragment from the book that will give you an insight into my mind and explain this method. 
More about it, also all the Processing Steps in Photography Drawing™ (not elaborated in this fragment), as well as many other topics you will find in the book that will be out in a few weeks and very soon we will start a pre-sale that will run for a limited period of time. I'll make the announcement about the pre-sale on my site, you can subscribe now to find out about it first http://blog.juliaannagospodarou.com/subscribe/ 
PS. Happy day today as I just got my second +Formatt-Hitech  Joel Tjintjelaar IRND filter kit, this time in the circular screw on version 82mm for my T/S lens, plus an excellent new polarizing filter (that you all know I'm in love with). Thank you Formatt Hitech and +Rod Clark  You guys and your filters rock!! Hands down!
#PhotographyDrawing  

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