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Joel Tjintjelaar
Works at - Black and White Fine-art Photography
Attended Tilburg University
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Vision, Visual Styles and Critics in fine-art photography
Following up on my previous post I’m talking about Vision and visual style in my latest blog post but in a more extensive way. I also talk about how Dutch writer Gerard Reve helped form my 4 principles for creating art, about Edward Burtynsky and Salgado, about unsharp photos, portraits without catch lights and yet are still considered masterpieces, and I talk about self proclaimed photography experts on the Internet.
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St Paul’s Cathedral, London 2015

Happy New Year to everyone! Yes, even including to my enemies.
A few years ago I stopped making New Year’s resolutions. We should be making resolutions for life, not just for the New Year. So I made myself the following resolution two years ago: life is short, don’t waste your time to anything that isn’t worth your time. Enjoy life, pursue your passions and dreams. Live according to your passions. Create beautiful things that can move myself and hopefully also others. Because that’s the only thing that’s really worth an effort in life. When I’m moved by beautiful art, I feel alive, I feel like I’m really living. What’s more beautiful than creating things that can move people? Even though I didn’t know, and still don’t know, if I could ever do that, create art and pursue my passions, I wanted to give it a try. So at that point I quit my daytime job that I had for the past 16 years, and throw away my academic training as a criminal lawyer and an IT expert and all expectations that people had of me of building up a respectable career, not so much to be a ‘professional photographer’, or to be an ‘artist’. No, just to be spending my life doing the things I love, that made me feel alive. I left all securities and I was now facing a financially very unsure future, because now I had to make money with my passions, with the things I love to do. Without wasting any time, and my life, at business meetings at the office that I loathed, without wasting any time in traffic jams during rush hours. Without being held accountable for whatever I did on a day except to myself, to life and of course to the Tax administration (some things never change). No more wasting time and my life, just for the sake of making money and building up a career.
I never regretted that decision. For the past 2 years I only do things I love to do: create some nice photos, write a bit and teach a bit about it, and travel places. And even though I’m doing financially better than ever before I quit my daytime job and career, there’s still a lot of insecurity. Who knows, maybe next year this time I’ll be writing this from inside a cardboard box, living on the streets. Or maybe I’m still doing what I love to do, writing to you from my sunny studio in an exotic location. The point is, you never know what the future will bring you, only what you do right now. I’ve tried to really start living, and maybe I’ll die living, but it’s always better than being dead all your life.
So I really wish you all to start living and pursue your passions and dreams, not only this New Year, but for the rest of your life. Today’s not too late, but tomorrow can be.

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24mm Canon TS 24mm lens - maximum upwards shift
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All black Friday - Cyber Monday deals will expire today (except for the buy 1 - get 2 videos - video bundle package from FotoTV that will run till Monday December 7).
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The eBook I co-wrote with +Julia Anna Gospodarou will have 25% off from now till Cyber Monday, November 30 with discount code: BLACKFRIDAY2015
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New fine art color workflow video tutorial pre-sale discount and Exploring vision video Black Friday discount
Announcing the pre-sale of the new fine art color workflow video tutorial, created in collaboration with +Armand Dijcks with a discount till Black Friday and a Black Friday to Cyber Monday 30% discount on the existing Exploring Visions video
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I’ve recently had the pleasure to ask multiple awarded fine-art photographer Michael Levin a few questions for a short interview on the challenges he’s facing with people trying to emulate the aesthetics of his work, his own favourite photographs, an advice to aspiring fine-art photographers and on his new KOYO virtual workshop that intrigued me as a new way of teaching workshops
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I've created an extensive, downloadable and printable high resolution, quick reference card for long exposure photography with all relevant information that you can use when shooting out in the field. Specifically designed for beginners to more advanced long exposure photographers but also for long exposure photography workshop instructors to hand out to their students. Oh and it's definitely more than just another table with some numbers:)
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Hello Joel,

I hope you don't mind me asking this here, I can't see another way to do do it.

It's regarding B&W Fine Art Photography; I can view the Community but I can't post anything, I did change my username a couple of weeks ago and had to rejoin other groups, there does appear to be a bit of a glitch with this one though. 

I do hope you can help. 

Cheers - Jem
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Westminster Palace, Big Ben, seeds, vision and meaningful connection
This write-up consists of 2 parts: the technical part, which most people find interesting and I find boring, and the part where I’m thinking out loud, which most people find boring, but which I find interesting. Or perhaps you find none of it interesting. It’s all good! I’ll start with the technical part and further down this write-up you’ll find the rambling part.
Part 1: Technical info.
Observation: a scene and subject shot to death. A composition that even my great grand mother would consider a cliche.
Facts: a 3 images horizontally shifted and tilted long exposure stitched panorama shot from Westminster Palace and the Big Ben, London. 
Central image: no shift, no tilt. 360s exposure. Left image: maximum shift left, maximum tilt left. Right image, maximum shift right, maximum tilt right. 
Result: this panoramic photograph with a selective plane of focus in the centre of the image.
All 3 shots taken with the 16 stops Firecrest, totalling 48 stops. Every shot: 364s (6 minutes)@f/7.1 and ISO 100. Lens: 24mm TS-E.
If you want to know more on the technical execution part then go to my website:
Part 2: Thinking out loud/rambling part.
I haven’t been very active on social media for the last 6-7 months.
Here’s a thought that crossed my mind many times in the past 7 months of social media celibacy: What is vision? Do I have one? I will spare you the details of all the thoughts and mental struggle that came after that and get straight to the point: vision is often confused with visual style. A visual style is the result of a vision. When people talk about vision then in most cases they’re actually talking about a visual style and just few people are really talking about vision. I did that too, hence in retrospect, I didn’t talk about vision, just about visual style. A vision is highly personal and can’t be copied, it’s an attitude, a belief, a feeling, a way of thinking that can be translated into a visual style but can never be copied. More importantly, I think: a vision needs a connection with the world we live in to make it a meaningful vision and not just a hollow aesthetic creation. It should be a comment. A statement. A feeling. Trying to copy a vision is like trying to be someone else. Who would want to be someone else?
A visual style on the other hand can always be copied, no matter how complex the original vision that resulted in the visual style. Vision is a seed, the soil it grows in is its meaningful connection, the flower that grows from the seed is its predestined result, its form of expression: the visual style.
What am I? Who am I? Where do I come from? What do I want, what do I feel? What moves me and what do I want to change? The honest answers to those form your vision. The artistic expression derived from that notion will have a visual style that shows its origin and its meaning: The seed and the soil it grows in. Your vision: your uniqueness as a human being and your connection with the world you live in. If it doesn’t show, then you’ve (sub)consciously replicated a visual style. You can try and replicate the flower and manufacture a plastic flower: it will look the same but it won’t feel the same. So that’s what I’ve been doing lately. Finding the seed that I have in me and fertile soil to plant it in. I’m still struggling to find it but I’ve grown this colourful picture in the mean time.
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Discovering and respecting one's vision takes courage and hard work in the form of exploration. But we need more people in tune with their inner voice so - good luck ! :)
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Da idea del viento. Buena.
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Black Friday deal #2: Purchase the Black and White Long Exposure Masterclass video and get the Black and White Speed workflow for free
My apologies for all the promotions this week, but we're approaching the Holiday season after all:)
In collaboration with FOTOTV I'm happy to announce that the videos Black and White Long Exposure Masterclass and Black and White Speed Workflow are now available as a discounted package and on top of that a Black Friday discount making the video Black and White Speed workflow free of charge. Tomorrow the last Black Friday deal:) More info here:
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Canon 5DSR long exposure photography test results
With the help of +Mabry Campbell and +Fahed Alshahman we've conducted several long exposure photography tests with the new 50MP Canon 5DSR to assess the noise performance with extended long exposures up to 37 minutes. I'm presenting the results in my latest article on I think the results are surprising.
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Interesting stuff as ever Joel ... not that this will affect me.At approx £3000 that camera is way outside of my budget :)
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I’ve just finished the updated and revised version of my Long exposure photography tutorial that in many ways is different from the previous version released last year (viewed >120,000 times in a little more than a year): I think it has a better and clearer structure now and also has much more information, tips and tricks on everything related to shooting long exposures but also on recommended gear like cameras, tripods, tripod heads and even extensive information on something so small but essential as Quick Release systems. I’ve included many tables to make the information even more clear and transparent. Tables on specific long exposure effects and my preferred weather and light conditions for example. 
I don’t think there’s a free long exposure tutorial available on the web that is as extensive and elaborate as this one. If you don’t agree, let me know and I will release a new updated version, again:)
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das Foto ist wahnsinnig gut!!!!!!!!!!
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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
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Since I traveled to London using the Eurostar train that I could only board from Brussels, I decided to park my car in a safe and closed garage from Qpark parking in Brussels. It would cost me more than 190 euros for 5 days of parking but I thought it was worth it to park my car there. When I got back from my trip to London around midnight, I found my car with the right front (passengers) window completely smashed in with glass all over my seats and the floor. They stole my GPS system, my dashboard camera, all the chargers and cables and broke my rear view mirror. You might expect that parking your car for 5 days in a secured and closed off parking garage for almost 200 euros, would be the safest thing for your car. I'm deeply disappointed by how unsafe parking your car is in that expensive garage. The Brussels police though was very helpful and provided more help than one would expect.
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