Julia Anna Gospodarou

Ode to Black | Black Hope V – Persona Black

_Gherkin Building, London - Architect Norman Foster_
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This is a new image in my “Black”series and possibly the last in the series, since I have some new ideas now that I want to work on and they are quite different from what I was doing here. Hope I can show you something soon.
You might have noticed, the titles of the images in these series are related to the Jungian Archetypes (Self Black, Anima Black, Animus Black, Shadow Black and Persona Black) and that because this series is something more that just a study in photography. I could call it a study in photography/psychology/life and it is a very personal interpretation of the subjects you see and also an interpretation that has to do with expressing very personal thoughts and reactions to the world around me and to the things that I come in contact with. They can be considered the best example of (en)visionography I could give and also of self portraiture, as strange as it might seem. This process could be called “self-(en)visionography” and I think with this term I can cover very much of what this study is. If you want to read more about this you're always welcome on my site http://blog.juliaannagospodarou.com/ode-black-black-hope-v-persona-black/

Now, leaving the (en)visionographic side, let me talk about more earthy things, like processing aspects. I had started to process this image using except for PS also SEP2, but at some point I (re)discovered Topaz B&W Effects 2 (I had worked in the past with B&WE1 but had not used the version 2 till a couple of months ago) and I must say that I'm more and more delighted about what one can do with B&WE2. If you remember my review on it http://blog.juliaannagospodarou.com/topaz-labs-bw-effects-2-full-review/ I was saying there that I was impressed by the presets of this program (and mind you, I'm not a preset person). Well, I'm still impressed about them, but also about a lot other things, for instance how easy is to check the tones you cover in your image (which I do a lot and I think it's a vital aspect of good processing) by using the zone system graphic and how easy is to work with different intensities of black and white. I recommend you to play with “Adaptive Exposure” in the Conversion panel, it can give you very subtle results in dealing with tones. Also, don't forget to check out the presets, you'll surely like at least some of them. And you you want to go further, there's a new Topaz plugin that I have tried and that has a very large range of possibilities of applying different looks to the image, many types of B&W looks too and all are very easily to be personalized. The name of the plugin is ReStyle. You probably know by now, you can get a 15% discount to any of the Topaz plugins or all together if you use my name “juliaannagospodarou” as a code and order from this link http://www.topazlabs.com/782.html Go check them out! They are all brilliant!
What's more? Topaz Labs will sponsor both Chicago and Athens Fine Art Architectural workshops, you can get a BWE2 free just by being there.

_Technical data:_ 307.0 sec. @ f/9, Nikon 10-24mm f/3.5-4.5 ED AF-S DX @ 10mm, ISO 100. Processing: LR4, PS CS6, Topaz B&W Effects 2.

In another line of thinking, there are only 2 spots left for the Chicago workshop Sept 5-8 and I'm very curious who is going to get them. Sign up here if you want to be one of them: http://visionexplorers.com/chicago-2013
And if you want something in Europe, here's the Athens Fine Art Architectural Workshop, 2nd edition, on Nov 2-3 http://blog.juliaannagospodarou.com/athens-workshop-2013-announcement/

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