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This #laundryroom is flawless. The detailed mosaic #tilework is just too good here. I wonder how long it took to calculate the layout for this custom pattern.

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Shiplap hallway and reference room featuring a barn door enclosure juxtaposed nicely with a touch of #coastalliving #inspo --Oh and #brass is back, y'all!

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Interval Illuminance | Manhattan | B&W Fine Art Architectural Photography

Interval Illuminance | Manhattan | 2015

This is the story of how I came to create my first Fine Art image titled Interval Illuminance.

Getting Wise to the Fact

I can’t remember where I first saw a black and white fine art image. What I do remember is that I couldn’t wrap my head around how it was executed until I discovered the work of two photographers. First came Joel Tjintjelaar (website) and from there I was made aware of Julia Anna Gospodarou (website). Since then, for nearly two years, I have been independently researching and analyzing the techniques and methods that are used in creating these amazing black and white, fine art, architectural images.

My wife and I were heading to NYC for Thanksgiving in 2014 and after 10 months of going through their material I decided this would be the time to start applying what I’ve learned.

Below was that first effort as it was happening. It occurred on November 28th 2014 at Brooklyn Bridge Park. Gear and Setup: Canon 5D Mark III, 24mm TS-E with a 4mm vertical shift, and a 10 and 6 stop Formatt-Hitech iRND filter. All of this mounted on top of the Arca Swiss D4 geared head.

A video posted by Tim Furlong Jr. (@realtourcast) on Nov 28, 2014 at 9:48am PST

The image turned out as expected, below is the original SOOC after the crop.  Settings: ISO 100, f/8, 357 sec.

Live. Work. Play.

Here’s the thing though, 51 weeks had lapsed before I even touched this image.  This trip to NYC last year was meant to celebrate the great news that my wife and I were finally expecting a baby and we knew that upon our return, preparing for our new life was going to consume us. On top of that, I had to manage my company, its dramatic growth and all the traveling that came with it.  I’ve never experienced a time crush like this. Therefore, the time for personal projects was non-existent. Not happening. No. Time. Ever.

Fast forward to October of 2015. By then my son, Harrison, was nearly four months old, the maternity leave was over and my wife and I were hitting our strides as new parents.  The opportunity came up to actually study directly under Julia Anna Gospodarou so I packed up my new family and mother-in-law, we flew to Chicago, and I took advantage.

If There Was Ever A Time, the Time Is Now

Julia Anna Gospodarou and I in front of The Bean, Chicago, IL

Now, this was my first workshop in over six years as a professional. I didn’t know what to expect but, I knew I had to do this. No more excuses, no more ‘next year’. There is something that happens (and it can’t be explained) when you find yourself in the presence of someone who is an inspiration. She delved deep into this subject of (en) Visionography and Photography Drawing (PhtD).  At times it became very philosophical and that registered very clearly with me. Overall, it was an intensive few days of learning about the theory, visualization, and processes that comprise this type of imagery.  It completely changed the way I approach my architectural photography. Studying under her revealed an aspect of my creativity that I knew was there, I just didn’t realize how to draw from it.

Ties that Bind

When I returned home, I gradually revisited my notes and culled through the images that were taken during that experience.  I had made my selections to start applying what I learned (memory fades quick when left without recall or practice) but, then we scheduled a last minute trip to NYC. We just had to take Harrison to see the lighting of the Rockefeller Christmas Tree, right?

So I scrapped my original selections for this fine art processing and I landed right back to the image that I initially shot of the Manhattan skyline.  Logically, it made the most sense in more ways than one.

After 18 hours of making tedious selections, photography drawing (phtD), a few expletives and a couple headaches,  I was pumped to release my first black and white fine art image…but what would its name be? What should it be called?  Our name is what defines us, it’s one of the single most important characteristics that demarcates our existence. And a fine art piece is no exception.

In Search of Identity

The endgame is to create a series of these images so its title had to be descriptive, unconstricted and have purpose.  In other words, un-specifically specific. On Thanksgiving day I went out for a run in search of this title and it came to me…Interval Illuminance.

The interpretation of this is simple.  An interval is effectively a space between two things; a gap in time, so to speak, in this case. This ‘interval’ represents the long exposure field technique that is used during the capture. Illuminance is a term derived from the subject of physics and it designates the luminous flux per unit area. This ‘illuminance’ is what is created through the use of PhtD in order to achieve the desired effect.

And that’s my short narrative, from beginning to …

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Norton Women’s and Kosair Children’s Hospital

During our stay at the hospital after Harrison was born I managed to take care of some work, too. How convenient! This is the new Norton Women’s and Kosair Children’s Hospital in Louisville, KY. Designed by architects HKS and Laughlin Millea Hillman.

Architectural Photography, Architecture, Design, Exteriors, architectural photography, architecture, louisville, realtourcast, tim furlong jr.

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Just wrapped up shooting a fresh set of interiors for Louisville Country Club. What an honor to have the opportunity with this historic (ca. 1908) organization. I had all 43,000 sq ft to myself...which is quite surreal. Exteriors to follow when the time is right.

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Peace out, Miami! It's been real. Two things I realized from this trip...1. I loved my wife before we got here and 2. I love her even more now.

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Actually had enough energy to shoot late last night and it would be un-American to not capture this... the Colony Hotel, a Miami Beach icon. Designed by Henry Hohauser in 1935, it was one of the first structures erected on Ocean Drive as part of the Art Deco renaissance and revival of SoBe...a hurricane in 1926 basically leveled the city.

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Just wrapped up dinner at Joe's Stone Crab restaurant. A Miami original, this place was established in 1913 and is closed during the months of June through October because that's when the Stone Crabs are out of season. Those light fixtures...they're original, as well.

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Walking back to my hotel this morning from Starbucks. This is the Miami Beach Boardwalk. The paved stonework section stretches 4 miles long from 46th to 5th street.

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