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Julia Anna Gospodarou

www.juliaannagospodarou.com - Architect | Internationally Awarded B&W Fine Art Photographer
July 23, 2014 5 comments 2 shares 48 plus ones
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From Basics to Fine Art – B&W Photography – BOOK REVIEW by  +Antony Northcutt 
http://antonynorthcutt.com/news/blog/art/from-basics-to-fine-art-a-review/
If you're still wondering how the book by me and +Joel Tjintjelaar is, read a great review by Antony Northcutt, fine art photographer and instructor, to see what he thinks.
And then have a look at some of my thoughts about Antony, the book and more, on my blog.
http://blog.juliaannagospodarou.com/from-basics-to-fine-art-review-antony-northcutt/
#frombasicstofineart  #b&wphotography #fineart #architecture 

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July 21, 2014 12 comments 3 shares 25 plus ones
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THE ESSENTIAL TILT-SHIFT LENS GUIDE http://blog.topazlabs.com/tilt-shift-lens/
Another tutorial I created for the +Topaz Labs  blog. If you want to learn to work with a T/S lens here are the most important things you need to know. Much more on this subject in the dedicated extensive chapter in the book by me and +Joel Tjintjelaar  FROM BASICS TO FINE ART – B&W Photography that you can buy from here http://sites.fastspring.com/juliaannagospodarou/product/frombasicstofineart

Good news - Topaz just released ReMask 4 which is an amazing tool for creating selections and masks and the new version is just fantastic – so fast and accurate! I'm recommending it warmly, if you want to save some time on your selections, and headaches too. Get it from this link  http://www.topazlabs.com/782.html  with 50% discount with code JULYREMASK till end July. 

PS1. More Topaz collaboration good news very soon!!!  You'll like it because you asked for it... : )
PS2. My new photo in the T/S LE series Fluid Time – An (en)Visionographic Chicago Story is almost ready to launch and is called “Stopping Time”. I'll be back soon with it and the story behind it – vision & processing, as usual!  
PS3. Have fun on your holidays! Gotta love summer!!

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July 15, 2014 31 comments 3 shares 35 plus ones
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Just a few more days left!! Don't forget to enter to win one of the 5 FREE copies of the book on B&W Photography by me and +Joel Tjintjelaar   plus the full +Topaz Labs  Collection  http://www.topazlabs.com/contest/june.html  
If you can't wait to have the book, you can get it right now from http://sites.fastspring.com/juliaannagospodarou/product/frombasicstofineart 
Also if you can't wait to have the Topaz plugins you can get them right now too from http://www.topazlabs.com/782.html  with 15% discount, using the code “juliaannagospodarou”
Enjoy and fingers crossed!! 

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July 02, 2014 38 comments 4 shares 79 plus ones
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GOLD, SILVER, BRONZE (1st, 2nd & 3rd prize) & 2 Honorable Mentions at PX3 2014 PROFESSIONALS – Prix de la Photographie de Paris - The most prestigious European fine art competition with many thousands of submissions from 85 countries – for my series “Fluid Time – An (en)Visionographic Chicago Story” and “Exuberance of Strings”. 
Worth mentioning maybe, I won the only GOLD medal in my category, one of the few categories this year where the jury gave only one gold. So I'm even prouder for that. 
I didn't have much time to work on my photographs this year, due to the long hours I dedicated to the book From Basics to Fine Art plus the workshops and the mentoring programs I'm doing, but I'm delighted to say that all the images I've entered in the competition won an award and even more. 
Congrats to all my fellow photographers that won distinctions this year, Professionals and Non-Professionals as well! Very much inspiring work this year! 
More about everything on my site http://blog.juliaannagospodarou.com/first-second-third-prize-px3-2014-professionals/

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June 30, 2014 7 comments 2 shares 36 plus ones
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5 FREE COPIES of the book “From Basics to Fine Art - B&W Photography” + 5 Complete +Topaz Labs  Collection
Happy to say that we partnered with Topaz Labs to give away a great bundle – value 440 USD – the book by me and +Joel Tjintjelaar  that is already a big success together with the full collection of Topaz plugins. Enter to win them at http://www.topazlabs.com/contest/june.html 
If you want only the book you can get it from here: http://sites.fastspring.com/juliaannagospodarou/product/frombasicstofineart 
If you want only the Topaz plugins you can get 15 % discount with code 'juliaannagospodarou” from here http://www.topazlabs.com/782.html 
But be sure you also enter the contest to win both! Good luck and fingers crossed!! :)

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June 26, 2014 41 comments 10 shares 243 plus ones
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NEW Photo and blog post about the vision & processing behind it
First time publicly posting this image. You can also see it in the book From Basics to Fine Art, written with +Joel Tjintjelaar  and that you can buy here http://sites.fastspring.com/juliaannagospodarou/product/frombasicstofineart , 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 http://blog.juliaannagospodarou.com/exuberance-i-making-of-vision-processing/ 
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 great promotion for B&W Effects offering 30% discount till end June. Get it from this link http://www.topazlabs.com/782.html using the Code: JUNEBW . More about Topaz very soon!

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June 15, 2014 10 comments 11 shares 108 plus ones
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- A collaboration with my good friends and great professionals from +SmugMug 
Hope you didn't get bored of my photography advice, because I have more for you : ) I've been quite active on this front lately and here is an article I wrote for SmugMug and that appeared in the UK architectural site Building | Construction | Design. More to come! 
http://www.buildingconstructiondesign.co.uk/news/tips-for-architectural-photography/ 
10 “quick & dirty” pieces of advice on what you can do to get great B&W architectural photographs.  Many more of these tips, plus a lot of other things, in the 424 pages long book you already know by now, From Basics to Fine Art – B&W Photography, with co-author +Joel Tjintjelaar , that you can find at this link http://bit.ly/TS21Qy 
#photography   #architecture   #blackandwhite  

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June 14, 2014 3 comments 6 shares 47 plus ones
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NEW EXTENSIVE B&W Processing Tutorial – Photography Drawing™ with B&W Effects - Now on +Topaz Labs  blog
http://blog.topazlabs.com/tutorials/photography-drawings-phtd-topaz-bw-effects/ 
New detailed tutorial published on Topaz Labs blog - how I use the Topaz plugins, mainly B&W Effects, DeNoise, Clarity, Detail, ReMask to process my image Fluid Time II – a tilt-shift blur long exposure shot taken in Chicago, using my processing method, Photography Drawing (PhtD). I received many questions about this topic - here I'm sharing my workflow and give some tips that help me get the results you see in my work. Much more about PhtD and my B&W processing workflow in the book “From Basics to Fine Art – B&W Photography” written with +Joel Tjintjelaar   Find the book here: http://sites.fastspring.com/juliaannagospodarou/product/frombasicstofineart
PS. You can get the Topaz Plugins with 15% discount from this link  http://www.topazlabs.com/782.html with code "juliaannagospodarou"

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June 12, 2014 3 comments 2 shares 39 plus ones
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http://blog.juliaannagospodarou.com/basics-fine-art-special-offers/ 
We have 3 great offers for those who purchase, or have purchased, the book From Basics to Fine Art – B&W Photography by me and +Joel Tjintjelaar  from our friends, fine art magazine +Stark-Magazine  and fine art photographer and instructor +Ian Barber . 
- 1 YEAR FREE subscription on digital fine art magazine Stark-Magazine, ONLY for the readers of the book. Offered by Jason Lowry, founder and publisher of Stark Magazine.
- 30% discount for entering Stark Awards international photography competition, discount that lasts till the final deadline, again ONLY for the readers of the book.
- 30% discount for the Luminosity Grading Panel by Ian Barber, tool that you can use for creating very sophisticated selections, as the ones we are talking about in the book. Also ONLY for the readers of the book. 
You can purchase the book from this link: http://sites.fastspring.com/juliaannagospodarou/product/frombasicstofineart and we will be in touch with you on how to get the offers.
#frombasicstofineart   #blackandwhite   #architecture   #fineart   #books  

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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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