About Julia Anna GospodarouAn accomplished architect, internationally acclaimed photographer, author and highly sought-after educator, teaching workshops and lecturing around the world, Julia was passionate about art from a young age, striving to express herself artistically through a variety of mediums: architecture, drawing, and photography. IPA International Photography Awards Professional Architecture Photographer of the Year, World Photography Awards & Hasselblad Masters Finalist, winner of more than 80 prestigious international awards and distinctions, Julia is considered a leader of the New Wave of 21st Century Black and White Fine Art Photography. Julia is the founder of (en)Visionography ™, a movement aiming to define a new way of creating fine art photography, based on the vision of the artist and his own life experiences, rather than on depicting the actual subject or the conventions of traditional photography. (en)Visionography introduces the concept of “total artistic freedom” in photography, which brings it closer to the idea of art. (en)Visionography is steadily gaining support around the world from artists eager to create authentic personal art. This theory reflects in her personal creative and processing method Photography Drawing (PhtD™), a method based on the interaction of light with shapes and objects and how this can be translated into an image by using the principles of classical drawing. Author of the best-selling book From Basics to Fine Art – Black and White Photography – Architecture and Beyond, book that quickly became a reference for the black and white fine art photography community, Julia's aim is to push the boundaries and to innovate with her work, to create a new aesthetic in photography, while remaining faithful to the classical principles of harmony and craftsmanship in art. Below is a sample among many exceptional reviews of the book, made by George DeWolfe, who studied with Ansel Adams and Minor White: "I consider Julia’s (en)Visionography and Photography Drawing the most important innovation in black and white photography since the invention of the Zone System. (...) Outside of Ansel Adams’ Basic Photo Series, From Basic to Fine Art: Black and White Photography – Architecture and Beyond is the best book on black and white photography written in the last 40 years." GALLERY REPRESENTATION Julia’s work is represented by Rotella Gallery, one of the most well-known fine art galleries in SoHo New York. Large limited edition prints of her work are available for the collectors at the gallery and through her own studio. She is also a member of the prestigious DxO Image Masters Gallery and a DxO Ambassador, a VIP Formatt-Hitech Ambassador, featured artist endorsed by Topaz Labs, NIK Software, SmugMug, Camerapixo, Stark Magazine etc. Published internationally in numerous books and magazines, Julia's photography can be found in numerous private collections worldwide.
May 3, 2018 by Julia Anna Gospodarou
April 20, 2018 by Julia Anna Gospodarou
In this review I will talk about the brand-new Formatt-Hitech filter, the Firecrest 16 (16 ND stops in one filter, this is what 16 stands for). This is the most neutral and, in its circular version, the slimmest stackable ND filter in the world, only 5.5mm thin.
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You can find more things about the Firecrest filters in the book From Basics to Fine Art – B&W Photography, by me and Joel Tjintjelaar, where we both talk about these filters extensively together with reviewing the most important other filters on the market and generally the equipment you need for creating long exposure and fine art architectural photography. We were the first who talked publicly about the Firecrest filters (in the book) even before they were released and now we do this again by reviewing these filters extensively on our sites too. You can read a review of the Firecrest 16 also on Joel Tjintjelaar's site.
Also, keeping the tradition of the book, I'm going to make another exclusive announcement about the Firecrest filters at the end of this review, some very fresh news that haven't yet been announced publicly. Read the reiew till the end and you will be the first to know. It's great news, this is the only tip I will give you now.
Inspiration...What is inspiration? Can gear give you inspiration? Can a neutral density filter give you inspiration? I say it can. Because it can open you new horizons and give you new possibilities. Let's see why...
First time ever a 16-stop ND filterLet's start by saying that this filter is a first. It is the first time anyone builds a 16-stop ND filter. Why this wasn't possible before? Because anything higher then 10 stops would have had a heavy color cast that was making getting a decent result color-wise in the image almost impossible. The highest density ND filter you could find was so far the 15-stop Singh-Ray but it was not free of color cast and , despite what you might think, there is a big difference between 15 stops and 16 stops – in terms of exposure 16 stops means a double exposure of what you can get with 15 stops, which is very important. In addition, Singh-Ray filters are traditionally quite expensive so they are not a solution for everyone. But the main problem with higher density filters was the color cast, especially for those
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