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Joel Tjintjelaar
Works at - Black and White Fine-art Photography
Attended Tilburg University
Lives in The Netherlands
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Photoshop action set for creating (fake) long exposure clouds in post - use with care!
I've created a set of photoshop actions to create subtle looking long exposure streaks of clouds in post production. Please use with care and consideration, this action set is meant as a reference or source of inspiration to create those clouds yourself or better yet: to shoot them in-camera with the Formatt Hitech Filters​ for example:)
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Colours of New York City
The colour rendition of my Visual Acoustics VIII - New York City Sunrise image. 
More colour work to come.
Facebook or any other photo sharing site on the Internet doesn't do justice to my panoramic images. Even more, no photo sharing site does do justice to my images at all. Best to see them live, for example at the Rotella galleries in NYC and Las Vegas where you can see my images in sizes up to almost 100 inches (2.5 meters).
I used my iSGM B&W workflow method for processing this image. Yes, it's applicable to anything;)
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C'est tout simplement extraordinaire merci.
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Guest article on +Topaz Labs blog
I wrote a guest article on using Topaz DeNoise for long exposure noise removal on the Topaz blog. You will get a 25% discount on Topaz DeNoise using coupon code JUNEDENOISE following this link:
See how award-winning architectural photographer Joel Tjintjelaar performs noise reduction in his long exposure Visual Acoustics series using Topaz DeNoise.
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Rotterdam places To go..
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The Importance of printing your work - The unforgiving print and choices for papers
A guest article by internationally and multi awarded fine art photographer and printing expert +ReD Ognita
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+Scott Thomas thank you. Sometimes you need to provoke a bit to get people to think about it:)
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Large limited edition prints at Rotella Gallery in New York City and Las Vegas
My prints at Rotella Gallery in NYC and Las Vegas and my visit to the NYC gallery
Photo taken by Neil Boyle.
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Congratulations! Saw the exhibition in NY and the prints are magnificent and inspiring!
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First you take the photograph, then you create it. Taking B&W photography to the next level -
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Nice,very nice work.
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EU law proposal: Freedom of panorama (taking photos of public buildings on public ground) at stake
Sign the petition if you don’t want this to happen here:
On July 9 EU parliament will vote for a proposal that will restrict the Freedom of Panorama. This means that when you take photographs of public buildings on public ground for commercial purposes this is only allowed when you have the approval of the copy rights holder of the building.
This is a flagrant breach of my freedom of expression as a photographer but also if you’re just taking holiday snaps you want to post on Facebook or any other website.
How will this law be enforced practically when you take pictures? It’s impossible but when you take pictures of let’s say London’s skyline, you’re likely to be harassed by zealous security or police officers, especially when you take out your tripod. It’s simple, since no one is wearing a sign on his head indicating he’s a photographer with commercial purposes they will look for characteristics that give them reason to suspect you’re having commercial purposes. Of course that’s very likely when you have a tripod or something larger than an iPhone! And if you actually have commercial intentions or just want to avoid being harassed, then try finding the copyright holder of the buildings in your photo - good luck with that!
How will this law be enforced when publishing pictures of public buildings? You will face legal action if you post your London Skyline photo on your Facebook page or any other website and if you don’t have the prior approval of the copyright holders of the buildings.
Come on, have they all gone mad? So this is how my photos will look like in the future if useless bureaucracy gets their way: even blacker than usual.
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DPR has a write up on this.
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On request I've started to create action sets for Photoshop of my most used post processing steps. This time you can download a free luminosity mask action set from my website.
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Thank you so much +Joel Tjintjelaar ...your work is pure inspiration! 
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One WTC (by PhaseOne IQ260 Achromatic)
Recently I got the opportunity to test drive the PhaseOne IQ260 Achromatic in New York City at the new One WTC building in NY, generously provided by Lance Schad​ from Digital Transitions in NY. If you want to read about my experience with the PhaseOne IQ260 and see before and after images (what a fantastic dynamic range and detail!) then go read:
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It seem very quiet & still... at ease. Thanks 
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25% off on Exploring Vision video tutorial
Happy to announce a limited 25% promo discount on the video tutorial created in collaboration with +Armand Dijcks Exploring Vision:
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Stanley Kubrick would have loved this. The image has a special quality to it. It's present. It draws you in. It makes you feel something. Nothing less than outstanding imagery. 
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International Award winning B&W fine art photographer
  • I don't take photos - I create them.
  • Still life and portrait photographer trapped in the body of a landscape and architecture photographer :)
  • Or am I an architect trapped in the body of a photographer?...
International award winning B&W fine-art photographer. Specialized in landscapes, architecture and still life.

  • 2012 International Photography Awards (IPA) - Professional category: 2nd place winner in Architecture – for the winning entry “The Shape Of Light”. A series of 6 photographs based on Le Corbusier's quote.
  • 2012 International Photography Awards (IPA) - Professional categoryHonorable mention – Architecture category for the winning entry “Monodrian”.
  • 2011 International Photography Awards (IPA) - Amateur category: 1st place winner in Architecture – for the winning entry “Frozen Music”. A series of 5 photographs of Goethe's Frozen Music concept.
  • 2011 International Photography Awards (IPA) - Amateur categoryHonorable mention – Fine-art Landscape category for the winning entry “Zenith”.
  • 2011 International Photography Awards (IPA) - Amateur categoryHonorable mention – Fine-art Landscape category for the winning entry “Dead-End”.
  • 2010 International Photography Awards (IPA) - Amateur category2nd place in Architecture – Bridges category for the winning entry “Zeeland Bridge Studies”. A series of 5 photographs of the Zeeland Bridge in the Netherlands.
  • 2010 Sony World Photography Awards: Shortlisted and finalist in the Landscape category with Bridge Study IV.
  • 2010 Sony World Photography Awards: Special commendation in the Architecture category with Connected
As an artist, I consider photography merely as a medium to express my personal and artistic view on the world: my camera is just a tool like many others. When I shoot, I’m not capturing an objective reality, if such a thing even exists. What I aim to is to express a highly personal creative vision, with the camera and the digital darkroom as my tools.

My creative vision is based on the idea that, once the artist is deliberately moving away from reality in his artistic expression, the viewer can get closer to the essence of the artist himself and to his creative spirit.

The further the artist moves away from reality, the more unique the result is, the more it represents his personal vision and the closer we get to experience the essence of that artist.

That is far more interesting than capturing objective reality and getting closer to the essence of the camera, which is basically what photographers do who claim to only shoot straight out of the camera.

When I use long exposure techniques, I’m already consciously moving one step away from reality. The conversion to B&W adds a second step, and, by deliberately altering tonal contrasts and relationships, my creative process reaches a total of three steps departure from reality.

I’m constantly looking for other ways to add even more steps: this is one of the fundaments of how I approach my art.

While processing the image, I always try to give my images a surreal and dramatic look, and therefore a highly personal, artistic context.

I apply this same approach of “minimalism in a surreal and dramatic context” to all my subjects: architecture, seascapes and still lives.

Interpreting the light, and using it to my advantage by rendering it accordingly to my artistic vision: by manipulating light this adds a fourth step in my quest to move further away from reality and revealing my artistic essence.

Another important aspect of my creative vision is beauty and its visualization.

Beauty is a very subjective concept and I highlight beauty in its implicit form; a type of beauty that lures just beneath the surface: just a hint, a suggestion. Beauty is minimal. That’s why I try to create images that are minimal.

I always start with an empty space and then add something to it. How much do I need before it’s too explicit and it’s not a slight suggestion anymore?

It’s not a matter of how much I can remove from a frame packed with objects, but exactly the opposite: how much can I add to an empty space before it’s too much?

Beauty is everywhere.
One of its purest displays is architecture, on which I try to apply my personal artistic vision.

Architecture possesses a very special place in my heart. I love architecture and the way forms and spaces are revealed, or to quote architect Le Corbusier, “assembled in the light”; light has a fundamental importance in both photography and architecture.

The light in my architectural photographs is rendered in a specific way, muted or enhanced, for a dramatic effect to emphasize its importance, to enhance lines and patterns, to decrease or increase volumes, spaces and contrasts.

The ultimate goal is to reveal the essence, the soul of the architectural structure, by leaving out anything that doesn’t’ add to this essence.

- Joel Tjintjelaar

If you're read one of the following magazines the past few years then you must have seen one of my photos in an article or ad:
- American Photo Magazine (USA)
- Popular Photography Magazine (USA)
- Outdoor Photographer Magazine (USA)
- B&W magazine (UK)
- Photoshop  (USA - forgot the complete name)
- Digifoto PRO (Holland)
- More: I haven't seen all magazines I've been published in.
- Interviews/features/articles in online magazines and blogs: just google my name.

Joel Tjintjelaar is an International Award winning B&W fine-art photographer from the Netherlands. His work has been published on many online websites and in magazines like American Photo (USA), Outdoor Photographer Magazine (USA) and Dutch magazine Digifotopro to name a few. Besides these publications his work has also been used for commercial purposes like the worldwide press release for BMW's 6 series concept coupe (September 2010) and the NIK Software's Promotional video for the worldwide release of Silver Efex Pro 2, which features him as the main character.

Joel is also member of Team NIK Worldwide, a select group of some of the best photographers in the world that work closely with NIK Software and deliver practical education for the photographic arts community. Born in Jakarta, but raised in the Netherlands, Joel has studied criminal law, but has always cultivated his artistically oriented passions, especially for architecture, cinematography and photography.

All of my award-winning images were created using NIK software's Silver Efex Pro 2. See me in action for the official Silver Efex Pro 2 Promo video or see the 30-second short version.

I create fine art photographs in B&W
I can really see...
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    Co-founder and creative director, 2009 - present
  • Vision Explorers
    Co-founder, 2013 - present
    You're an artist before you are a photographer...
  • Glass Star Agency
    Co-founder, 2012 - present
  • Capgemini
  • Canon Europe
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