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A quick guide to black and white still life photography and post processing
A quick guide for photographing and processing black and white still life using my latest So What still life photograph:
“Anything that excites me for any reason, I will photograph; not searching for unusual subject matter, but making the commonplace unusual.” – Edward Weston
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London Skyline with The Shard - London 2015.
[Shard - noun - a broken piece or fragment, as of pottery or glass.]

Architect Renzo Piano on the design of The Shard: “We will use clear glass – low iron glass. It’s also called extra white glass in England. This is very different from regular glass, which is very green (…) So depending on the day, the light and the position of the sun, the building will look different.” In other words: The Shard’s colour and mood are constantly changing, sensitive to the changing sky around it.
Processing method: same as for my B&W photos - see on my website:
Photographed with the Formatt-Hitech 16 stops Firecrest.
ISO 200
Exposure time: 6 minutes 25s
Lens: Canon 24mm TS-E lens with upwards shift.
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Better Digital Black and White printing
A new guest article on my website by multi awarded black and white fine art photographer and printing expert +ReD Ognita  on the art of digital printing. A must read for fine art photographers who print their work themselves:
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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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Cool +Nico Kaiser Thanks a lot! I'll take a look.
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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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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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Tower Bridge London 2015
Probably my favourite bridge ever.
Shot with Formatt-Hitech 16 stops Firecrest filters and 24mm TS
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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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I had a reply from one of my MEPs about this, and it was sensible.

Dear Constituent,

Thank you for your recent e mail about EU copyright law, and the Freedom of Panorama issue.

The report in question is an Own-Initiative Report which means it is not legislative. However, it does reflect the opinion of the parliament upon which the European Commission may choose to propose legislation at a later date. 

I agree with your views. Julia Reda, the author of the report, is a colleague in my group in parliament. She pointed out that the need for a licence for everyday activities such as sharing holiday pictures on social media was anachronistic and clearly not acceptable in the information society. She recommended that Freedom of Panorama become a rule in the entire EU.

However, at committee stage, this idea was turned entirely on its head by other political groups. An amendment tabled by the Liberal group was adopted, which states that:

"…the commercial use of photographs, video footage, or other images of works which are permanently located in physical public spaces should always be subject to prior authorization from the authors or any proxy asking for them." (AM421)

In practise, when uploading photos to e.g. Facebook, the user is giving Facebook permission to use the content of the photos commercially. So this amendment means that any photo depicting a public building, for example, requires permission from the architect, and it is the user's own responsibility to find out whether the building is still protected by copyright and who owns the rights. This is clearly unworkable and would instantly bring millions of EU citizens into conflict with copyright law, as well as creating an unrealistically huge bureaucratic burden.

MEPs will vote on this report in July. I will be voting against any attempt to restrict the Freedom of Panorama.

Please contact me if you have any more comments on this or any other matter. I will add you to my database of constituents with an interest in copyright issues so that I can send you updates on this and related issues. Please let me know if you do not wish to be on the database.

Yours sincerely,

Jill Evans MEP
Plaid Cymru – the Party of Wales
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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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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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July 17
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Julius Tjintjelaar
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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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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