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Julia Anna Gospodarou

www.juliaannagospodarou.com - Architect | Internationally Awarded B&W Fine Art Photographer
February 09, 2015 1 comments 2 shares 28 plus ones
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No better place in the world to discover your vision and learn about fine art photography than the city of art and philosophy, ATHENS. Just think of all the artists and philosophers that walked the paths of this city from the ancient times till today. Think of all the inspiration this city holds. You can breathe it in the air. This is why I love it. Get in touch with the essence of the artist you are in Athens and I promise I will teach you how to use this essence to create the photography you dream of. 
Athens B&W Fine Art Workshop, March 28-29  bit.ly/Athens2015 Almost fully booked. 
Act fast! Sign up and come shoot with me the places that inspired Socrates himself.
PS. We will shoot the Temple of Poseidon in the image and if you are lucky, I can arrange a meeting with Poseidon himself while we're at it. He is a very nice guy who loves the sea and photographers :) 

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February 06, 2015 13 comments 5 shares 131 plus ones
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http://blog.juliaannagospodarou.com/sea-devotion-ii-bw-processing-without-selections/
Shot a few days ago, while scouting for my next private workshop in Athens. If you want to book a private workshop with me (you can do it here bit.ly/workshops-mentoring), I'd be happy to teach you everything I know about B&W fine art and take you to the best locations in wonderful Athens or anywhere else in the world. I was born a traveler and I was born an artist. This is what  love to do most: share my knowledge and show others the best places for photography in the world.
Gear: +Formatt-Hitech  Firecrest 16 IRND filter, Canon 5D MK3 & T/S lens 24mm. Needless to say, the best ND filter you can shoot with. If you are an architectural or landscape photographer you need this filter just as much as you need your wide angle lens. 
I edited this image almost without making any selection, just by “drawing” it. Interesting? I'll show you how soon. 
PS. London Photowalk announcement in the blog post. FREE event, Feb 15th.

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February 02, 2015 1 comments 2 shares 36 plus ones
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When I started creating B&W fine art photography, my best reward was that I could finally express what I was feeling about the world by using light, shadow and shapes instead of using words. I believe this is what fine art photography can give us most: we can recreate our world outside of ourselves, through our images. I will talk about this and explain how you can express your vision and your unique personal style through fine art photography at Athens Workshop 2015, March 28-29. Watch a video with the thoughts of some of the students of the previous sold out edition plus a short presentation by me. Sign up for Athens 2015 http://blog.juliaannagospodarou.com/athens-workshop-2015/
Video by +stefanos kastrinakis  Editing: Jetmir Metaliaj

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February 01, 2015 0 comments 1 shares 16 plus ones
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A new review of the book From Basics to Fine Art by  me and +Joel Tjintjelaar  on the most popular German photography site Fotocommunity. We are happy to be giving away 3 copies of the book to the participants in the contest organized by the site. Read the review and the rules at http://www.fotocommunity.de/blog/verlosungen/buchvorstellung-verlosung-julia-anna-gospodarou-joel-tjintjelaar-basics-fine-art Review by photographer Martin Wolfert. You can find another review by Martin, even more detailed, on his site http://bit.ly/1BOTRJ7
To purchase the book you can go directly to our webstore bit.ly/basicstofineart

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January 29, 2015 19 comments 0 shares 47 plus ones
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Very honored and happy to find out that my series Exuberance of Strings has won another award: 3rd Prize for Advertising at PX3 2014 Prix de la Photographie Paris  Professionals – People's Choice Awards. 
Earlier this year I had won a 1st + 2nd + 3rd Prize and 2 Honorable Mentions for my work at the regular PX3 2014. I can say I am over the moon  for these distinctions and I'm really grateful for everything that came my way professionally this year. Couldn't wish for more.
Congrats to all the winners, many names I know and admire among them  - see them here http://www.px3.fr/winners/public.php?compName=PX3%202014, and thanks to all of you for being there and providing inspiration and support. 

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January 27, 2015 28 comments 6 shares 160 plus ones
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New image and article on my blog http://blog.juliaannagospodarou.com/sea-devotion-meaning-black-white/ Explaining what B&W means for me and why I use it. 
Happy to say also that I'll be in London in a couple of weeks to film a series of lectures and tutorials on B&W Fine Art photography, invited by a prestigious UK photography school where I'll be teaching soon.  I'm very excited and it's an honor because they only collaborate with the best photographers and authors of best-selling books. The lectures will be based on my book From Basic to Fine Art written with +Joel Tjintjelaar   http://bit.ly/TS21Qy   I'll be back with news about it soon. 
But for now, London, here I come! :) 

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January 26, 2015 1 comments 2 shares 59 plus ones
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If you want to read a small interview with me, have a look at +SmugMug 's Instagram page during the day today http://instagram.com/smugmug and you will see some of my photos featured there and my answers to the interview's questions accompanying them. Starting withe the image below, one of my all time favorites of my work. 
Also you can have a look at my website http://www.juliaannagospodarou.com/, hosted and designed by the fantastic people at SmugMug. 
http://instagram.com/p/yVFfnAl-lf/?modal=true

SmugMug on Instagram: “"The first thing I have in mind when composition is to make the result harmonious to the eye, then to respect the nature of my subject,…”

“"The first thing I have in mind when composition is to make the result harmonious to the eye, then to respect the nature of my subject, either it is…”

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January 19, 2015 0 comments 3 shares 23 plus ones
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Fluid Time V – A different kind of B&W Fine Art Tutorial – Photography as a Story
Here is again the tutorial about how I created my latest image and my T/S LE series, about how I generally create B&W fine art. The entire demo at Athens Workshop http://blog.juliaannagospodarou.com/athens-workshop-2015/ March 28-29,  2015, where I will show live and interactive how I conceive and process my images, plus how I shoot them in the field. From vision,which for me means feeling the world in your own unique way, from the story behind the series, that created the need for T/S blur and LE, to sharing one of my personal compositional principles, to how I process my B&W images, or rather how I “draw” them with Photography Drawing. 
It is more than photography. It is (en)Visionography!  
Enjoy and hope you'll find it useful.

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January 15, 2015 2 comments 2 shares 36 plus ones
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Hope everyone had a great start into 2015. I was a bit busy with traveling lately but I'm back now and working on preparing the next Athens Workshop for March 28-29 http://blog.juliaannagospodarou.com/athens-workshop-2015/
After the success of the previous workshop, that was sold out in a month and so and had wonderful artists participating, I can't wait for this one to come. Happy to say some great photographers already signed up and we're all ready for some inspirational discussions about art, photography, vision, personal style and expression, live B&W processing demonstrations, portfolio reviews and to take fantastic shots of one of the most famous cities in the world, that I will assist my students with processing afterwards. I'd love to hear what you would like to see me talking about at the workshop and, of course, I'd love to see you in Athens in March, to shoot together and share what I know with you. There are just a few spots left so hurry :) Sign up at the link above.
PS. Did I mention our great sponsors +Formatt-Hitech  +Topaz Labs  +DxO  +SmugMug  +Stark-Magazine +Camerapixo  offering give-aways worth thousands of Euros? Plus a free book From Basics to Fine Art from me and my co-author +Joel Tjintjelaar 

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January 01, 2015 13 comments 2 shares 88 plus ones
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HAPPY NEW YEAR and thank you for being there! Every beginning of a new year is a magical moment when we make wishes and we make plans. Let the magic last the whole year and all your wishes come true. I wish you a magical 2015! 
This is my first image for 2015, shot a few days ago with my T/S lens and it is part of a new series I'm working on, a continuation of my Catharsis winter trees series and at the same time of my T/S blur Fluid Time series. I intend to do a lot of experimenting in many directions this year and I've already started. If you want to know more about why and how I use the TS blur, have a look at the tutorial  I recently published about the making of for Fluid Time V http://bit.ly/1vmT3W0
Tech data: Handheld, ISO 100, 24mm, 1/50 @ f/3.5
T/S lens settings: 8.5 degrees tilt, 6mm uprise shift

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December 29, 2014 2 comments 2 shares 24 plus ones
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http://blog.juliaannagospodarou.com/bw-fine-art-video-tutorial-fluid-time-v/
As promised a while ago, and after a few adventures with video editing, here it is. A “making of” tutorial about how I created the image Fluid Time V – Aligning Paths, where I present my vision for this image and the series whose part it is, I analyze its composition and make a general presentation of the way I processed it with my method Photography Drawing. More about the way I create these images in my upcoming Athens Workshop 2015 http://bit.ly/1JXNmIU and in the book From Basics to Fine Art, with co-author +Joel Tjintjelaar  http://bit.ly/TS21Qy
Many thanks to Laurent Lavergne for his precious help with exporting this video. 
It was my first try at making such a video. Please be gentle with your comments :)

B&W Fine Art Video Tutorial - Making of - Fluid Time V - Trump Tower & IBM Building Chicago - Julia Anna Gospodarou - B&W Fine Art Photography

B&W Fine Art Tutorial - Making of - Fluid Time V - Trump Tower & IBM Building Chicago - A “making of” tutorial about how I created the image Fluid Time V – Aligning Paths, where I present my vision for this image and for the series whose part it is, I analyze its composition and I make a general presentation of the way I processed it with my method Photography Drawing. More than just processing, a presentation of what happens from the first idea ...

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December 25, 2014 17 comments 2 shares 104 plus ones
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Misty Dream
Wishing you all, my dear friends, a merry Christmas and a happy New Year, and may your wildest dreams come true next year. I hope Santa was generous with you and brought you not only presents but also love, health and happiness. Be well and don't forget to smile and be grateful for what you have. I'm off to unwrap my presents. :)

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December 24, 2014 1 comments 0 shares 15 plus ones
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Holidays Discount 25% for From Basics to Fine Art eBook – Dec 24 – Jan 1, 2015
You can get it here http://sites.fastspring.com/juliaannagospodarou/product/frombasicstofineart
A bit of a different Christmas wish from me and my co-author for the book From Basics to Fine Art +Joel Tjintjelaar  Besides the wishes for a happy Christmas and wonderful holidays season for everyone, we'd like to offer a 25% discount till the New Year's day, as a big thank you for everyone who read the book, for your wonderful words about it that keep reaching us every day, also for the ones who will read the book in the future, hoping you will like it and it will be useful for you. 
My warmest wishes to everyone, have a lovely time with your family and loved ones and enjoy the Christmas spirit! <3

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December 23, 2014 1 comments 1 shares 22 plus ones
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DARK CITY -   Free Preset Series for +DxO Labs
If you're thinking about a Christmas present, I have one suggestion  for you :) In my quality of Image Master for DxO, I've been recently invited to contribute to the Image Masters gallery presets and create a series of 5 free presets  (B&W and also color) for DxO Labs plugin collection. They were recently included in the program and launched publicly. You can get them by downloading the regular software version  of both   DxO FilmPack 5 Elite Edition and DxO OpticsPro 10 from the link below and try them in your images. I'd love to hear your impressions and if you like them. 
Wishing everyone joyful Christmas preparations and a wonderful end of the year. 
http://trc.emv2.com/HM?a=ENX7CrQXGSMV8SA9MKKZiF3nGHxKBMH1EPcStGb5lw8W0bBhOG5mpqVsje_HxHAdaVEs

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Julia Anna Gospodarou DxO Image Master. An architect by training, Julia Anna Gospodarou practices art photography with as much enthusiasm and passion as she did her original profession. Through highly-structured black & white compositions and fine retouching, she deftly mixes shadow and light to ...

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December 19, 2014 1 comments 1 shares 19 plus ones
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ATHENS B&W Fine Art Workshop 2015 – Architecture & Beyond – Official Launch_
http://blog.juliaannagospodarou.com/athens-workshop-2015/
You asked for it. Here it is, a workshop created especially for you! :)
- Shoot the best locations (architecture – ancient, modern etc. & seascapes)  of a magic city
- Learn how to create (en)Visionography, discover your personal style and you artistic uniqueness
- Learn B&W processing with the method of Photography Drawing
- Get pro-workshop study material and 2 weeks  post-workshop online assistance with processing and more
- Win gifts worth thousands EUR from our fantastic sponsors +Formatt-Hitech +Topaz Labs  +DxO Labs +SmugMug +Camerapixo +Stark-Magazine 
More in my blog post.
Watch here a video about Athens Workshop 2014 to see my great students and what they thought about the experience. YouYube: http://youtu.be/0Mq1PR_V8nc  Vimeo: https://vimeo.com/114499148 #IloveMyStudents

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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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