My website with tutorials on B&W and Long exposure photography

You can find everything on B&W and Long Exposure photography on my website, including one of the most extensive guides on long exposure photography.

www.bwvision.com

 

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My alternative flickr stream | Facebook | My Website - www.bwvision.com | Twitter

 

About me and why B&W?

I love Black and White photography because with the removal of color the essence of objects, situations, sceneries and people can become more visible. Can become more visible because it's up to you what you do with contrasts, light, shapes and lines to emphasize the essence, or what you see as the essence - no colors that will seduce the eye, only emotion that will capture the heart. If you do it right...

 

I don't believe in SOOC shots. I believe in the artistic result and in the visualization of the artist of how he/she sees the world. A camera is just a piece of hardware with no mind, no soul, no artistry, just an object that records a situation, unbiased and emotionless. I'm not interested in the vision of a piece of hardware, I'm only interested in the vision of the artist with a mind and soul, who will alter the image to his reality. It's the difference between photography and art.

 

I write books on B&W photography too.

I'm also the co-author with Julia Anna Gospodarou of the recently released 424 pages eBook. Here's just an example of what others say about the book. In this case George DeWolfe:

“Outside of Ansel Adams’ Basic Photo Series, From Basic to Fine Art, by Joel Tjintjelaar and Julia Anna Gospodarou, is the best book on B&W photography written in the last 40 years.”

- George DeWolfe – Fine Art Photographer, Instructor & Writer (Luminous Landscape.com)

From Basics to Fine Art - Black and White photography - Architecture and Beyond

 

MY AWARDS

IPA 20122ndPlace-Silver

IPA 20111stPlace-Gold First

IPA 20102ndPlace-Silver

IPA 2011HonorableMention DeadEnd

2012 International Photography Awards (IPA): 2nd place winner in Architecture Professionals– for the winning entry “Shape of Light” . A series of 5 photographs based on Le Corbusier's quote.

2011 International Photography Awards (IPA): 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): Honorable mention – Fine-art Landscape category for the winning entry “Zenith”.

2011 International Photography Awards (IPA): Honorable mention – Fine-art Landscape category for the winning entry “Dead-End”.

2010 International Photography Awards (IPA): 2nd 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

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Joel as entered the world once reserved for the icons of black and white such as Ansel Adams, Brassai, Cartier-Bresson, and Evans ~ only Tjintjelaar made long B+W long exposure fine art his central preoccupation. His unique vision is visible in his creations; this takes talent, passion & perseverance while his anch… Read more

Joel as entered the world once reserved for the icons of black and white such as Ansel Adams, Brassai, Cartier-Bresson, and Evans ~ only Tjintjelaar made long B+W long exposure fine art his central preoccupation. His unique vision is visible in his creations; this takes talent, passion & perseverance while his anchor points strengthens his composition. Joel's uniqueness and originality is different and refreshing. As Ansel Adams said,"You don't take a photograph you make it." I for one am fortunate to bare witness to Joel Tjintjelaar's originals. Thank you for sharing.

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June 9, 2013

Just a few words to comment the amazing and perfect works of Joel. When i first met his works i really didn't believe that an image could describe in a such way something of so static and huge . Thks to him I started to love this kind of images, so thks Joel and keep it up. David (Italy)

October 4, 2011

Alright, I don't even know where to start describing Joel's long exposure work. When I first chance up to his stream, I was blown away. As I was trying to find my place in photography, I was like trying to figure out what I want and how I wanted to shoot. I knew nothing about long exposures, or apertures, or shutter sp… Read more

Alright, I don't even know where to start describing Joel's long exposure work. When I first chance up to his stream, I was blown away. As I was trying to find my place in photography, I was like trying to figure out what I want and how I wanted to shoot. I knew nothing about long exposures, or apertures, or shutter speeds. I just knew that I liked long exposure landscapes and seascapes but again, I have no freaking idea on how to achieve it. and when I saw Joel's work, I was like, "that's how and what I want to shoot." Joel's style is so versatile, his long exposure work are exceptional especially on architecture, very eye pleasing and give a sense of surrealism. Besides that, Joel is a very friendly and helpful person with no doubt of helping and assist whenever a questions are raised to him. Respect! Joel, wanted to thank you for all the great images and a source inspiration in many ways. I can actually say that I have learned a lot from viewing your images, so thanks for sharing your great work. Keep up the amazing work. Truly, Thomas

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June 11, 2011
Allen says:

You might get this a lot, but to me it really means a lot when I say that you have been a tremendous inspiration. The way you strive for perfection is phenomenal and it feels that I can read and relate to your work instantly. I love the minimalism and symmetry that you achieve through your work. Its a unique styl… Read more

You might get this a lot, but to me it really means a lot when I say that you have been a tremendous inspiration. The way you strive for perfection is phenomenal and it feels that I can read and relate to your work instantly. I love the minimalism and symmetry that you achieve through your work. Its a unique style that many may choose to ignore, but you pursue it so relentlessly. The moment I saw your work, then started my romance with BW and long exposures. I am still biding my time for the right gear to express my interpretations on these magical exposures. It is indeed a spiritual experience. Hope to see more of your inspiring work. Regards, Allen

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March 31, 2011

What can I say about Joel, mmmmm He is a magician of photography with the camera being his wand and the landscape his stage, a combination which produces pure mono magic for everyone to look at in awe and feel inspired to create also. When I discovered Joel's work I was mesmorised by the pictures he put on my screen… Read more

What can I say about Joel, mmmmm He is a magician of photography with the camera being his wand and the landscape his stage, a combination which produces pure mono magic for everyone to look at in awe and feel inspired to create also. When I discovered Joel's work I was mesmorised by the pictures he put on my screen and with this I had to try it myself. I don't create such masterpieces as Joel but I just want to say thankyou for showing me another direction in my photography which I am enjoying immensly. I am so glad you are getting the recognition your work deserves and all the best for your future. Thankyou Simon

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March 4, 2011

One of the strongest B/W portfolio I have seen in the last months. Great composition and tone handling. An inspiration for every B/W photographer

February 25, 2011
Eugene says:

Joel, you're such an inspiration. Your work is true art and your craft is extraordinary. We're blessed to see your work. Saludos!

February 24, 2011

Long Exposure-photography probably doesn't appeal to everyone, especially when the photographer strives for art and peace in his images. However, if it rocks your boat and is your brand of scotch, I'd be very impressed to see somone more adept at this niche than Joel. I love LE B/W images, and I just adore his … Read more

Long Exposure-photography probably doesn't appeal to everyone, especially when the photographer strives for art and peace in his images. However, if it rocks your boat and is your brand of scotch, I'd be very impressed to see somone more adept at this niche than Joel. I love LE B/W images, and I just adore his work. Simply masterclass! (en dat voor een krab uit Bergen op Zoom :P)

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January 19, 2011
Digit_AL says:

Making photographs and portraying them into shades of gray takes every bit of artistic vision, patience, and technicality; some of the many qualities that Joel exhibits in his photographic prowess. He has taken his art-form far beyond the norm and seems to have found the perfect balance between reality and surreality;… Read more

Making photographs and portraying them into shades of gray takes every bit of artistic vision, patience, and technicality; some of the many qualities that Joel exhibits in his photographic prowess. He has taken his art-form far beyond the norm and seems to have found the perfect balance between reality and surreality; a feat not easily accomplished at times. Joel's masterful works always finds me in awe and is a constant, flowing river of inspiration...truly one of the many artistic visionaries on this site.

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January 17, 2011
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El arte de la fotografía siempre ha sido el congelar el tiempo, detener un instante para el recuerdo, pero los tiempos cambian..... Quizás esto ya no sea suficiente y haga falta dar un paso más. Joel ha dado este paso hace ya bastante. Sus fotos no reflejan un instante, no detienen el tiempo sino que muestran su paso, … Read more

El arte de la fotografía siempre ha sido el congelar el tiempo, detener un instante para el recuerdo, pero los tiempos cambian..... Quizás esto ya no sea suficiente y haga falta dar un paso más. Joel ha dado este paso hace ya bastante. Sus fotos no reflejan un instante, no detienen el tiempo sino que muestran su paso, haciéndonos sentir observadores de el. Ya un momento no basta, somos más complejos que esto y en la obra de este genio esto se entiende nada más ver cualquiera de sus imágenes. Una foto bonita gusta, el arte emociona. No es sólo una cuestión informativa sino expresiva. Es quizás eso lo que hace tan popular a Joel, su capacidad de expresar con silencio...... Hablar de técnica en un artista para mí es absurdo, se ven limitados por ella y crean la suya propia, la forma que les resulta más eficiente para expresar lo que quieren. En su trabajo nada sobra, nada falta.... Todo resulta de la más profunda reflexión combinándose con la máxima precisión en busca de la perfección. Su esfuerzo de acercarse a lo conceptual, al origen y esencia de las cosas consigue que su arte resulte imperecedero y más allá de cualquier tendencia, estilo o moda. Con toda mi admiración, Héctor Guerra

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December 29, 2010

There are a handful of folks on this site that remind you why photography is an artform. Masterful talents that inspire you to push yourself to your own personal limits. Joel is not only an inspiration, but a leader and a teacher. A legend in his own right.

November 5, 2010

Joel's stream is one of those that when you discover it, you wish you had nothing other to do than to browse and be awed. His work is among what I consider to be the best on Flickr. The great care and thought he puts into his compositions as well as his processing are immediately apparent. What separates him from at… Read more

Joel's stream is one of those that when you discover it, you wish you had nothing other to do than to browse and be awed. His work is among what I consider to be the best on Flickr. The great care and thought he puts into his compositions as well as his processing are immediately apparent. What separates him from at least a few in that upper echelon of photographers is his desire and his ability to share and to teach others, to offer thoughtful critique and suggestions. Keep up the great work, Joel.

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September 8, 2010

Absolutely amazing pics, absolutely inspirational. What I like most about the pics is a certain consistency in them. You made me fall in love with B&W pics yet again. Thank you, Joel.

June 20, 2010

Well, I stumbled upon one of his pictures and I had to hold my jaws, (the floor was duty), and in silence I've asked where this guy came from. Well, If you don't know, from the Netherland, Neverland or Oz. I was taking by his artistic mind and sense os beauty and art. Incredible. But to my surprise, he actually to… Read more

Well, I stumbled upon one of his pictures and I had to hold my jaws, (the floor was duty), and in silence I've asked where this guy came from. Well, If you don't know, from the Netherland, Neverland or Oz. I was taking by his artistic mind and sense os beauty and art. Incredible. But to my surprise, he actually took it one step forward, he shared his vision and his tutorials, as pehaps, a sign of a good Human being. I commend you and I thank you for that. It opened my eyes to more beauty around me that I was to blind to see. Again Thank you. Best wishes and looking forward for more of your incredible shots.

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March 22, 2010

Of the hundreds of photostreams and thousands of images I view on Flickr Joel’s have that certain something that makes them stand out, head and shoulders above their competition. His photostream holds a wonderful array of artistic images that are of outstanding quality, if you don’t already follow this guy on Flickr… Read more

Of the hundreds of photostreams and thousands of images I view on Flickr Joel’s have that certain something that makes them stand out, head and shoulders above their competition. His photostream holds a wonderful array of artistic images that are of outstanding quality, if you don’t already follow this guy on Flickr I would highly recommend that you do so. His work is inspiring his kind comments are encouraging and the black & white images Joel produces are food for the soul. Thank you my friend for the inspiration.

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February 23, 2010

joels photography has made me want to really learn the subtleness of black and white photography... thanks joel.

January 26, 2010

Joel is truly an inspiration. I anxiously await each new post. Every time I think he could not possibly produce a better image he does. Each image is a work of art and he is truly in a league of his own. He often adds encouragement and humor to my day on a regular basis. Joel, thanks for being a friend and inspirati… Read more

Joel is truly an inspiration. I anxiously await each new post. Every time I think he could not possibly produce a better image he does. Each image is a work of art and he is truly in a league of his own. He often adds encouragement and humor to my day on a regular basis. Joel, thanks for being a friend and inspiration to many.

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December 10, 2009

Joel's work is an inspiration. You know talent when you look at a photograph and it instantly makes you want to grab your camera and head out the door. That's what this guy's work does for me. His photography is breathtaking, awe inspiring, and simply beautiful.

December 9, 2009
Emre Ucar says:

I have fallen in love with his black and white photography. Just superb. My respect.

October 14, 2009

I just wanted to say a special thanks to fellow flickr friend Joel Tjintjelaar and congratulate his most excellent photography and web page www.bwvision.com . His work has inspired me to re-look at black & white photography. His web page has made it simple to understand how to achieve great images! Thank you so much fo… Read more

I just wanted to say a special thanks to fellow flickr friend Joel Tjintjelaar and congratulate his most excellent photography and web page www.bwvision.com . His work has inspired me to re-look at black & white photography. His web page has made it simple to understand how to achieve great images! Thank you so much for sharing all your great techniques. Joel your work and technical knowledge continue to amaze me!

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September 30, 2009
Ben says:

Day by day you are a past master of long exposure shots...Your stream is full of superlatives...full of amazing monochrome images...full of intensity...full of technical mastery...full of wonderful inspiration... Thanks a lot for sharing your beautiful work Joel...And many thanks for your technical advices! Cheers Ben… Read more

Day by day you are a past master of long exposure shots...Your stream is full of superlatives...full of amazing monochrome images...full of intensity...full of technical mastery...full of wonderful inspiration... Thanks a lot for sharing your beautiful work Joel...And many thanks for your technical advices! Cheers Benoît...

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September 28, 2009

Over Joel kan ik ik vrij kort en krachtig zijn: Meester (en heerser) van de long-time-exposures! Ongelooflijk wat voor composities Joel maakt, elke foto is ook gelijk helemaal raak. Erg inspirerend en het wachten is op eerste officiele kalender-uitgave! Bedankt dat je al dat moois met ons wilt delen Joel!

September 11, 2009
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I don't find the right words to express my respect and huge estimation for your work, Joel ... it always fills me with silent admiration !!! I am so bad in technical comments, always looking for the soul in an image. So, this will be a short testimonial. Just to tell you how honoured I feel to be among your contacts … Read more

I don't find the right words to express my respect and huge estimation for your work, Joel ... it always fills me with silent admiration !!! I am so bad in technical comments, always looking for the soul in an image. So, this will be a short testimonial. Just to tell you how honoured I feel to be among your contacts and much more important, I feel delighted to be among your friends. You are one of my two absolute favorite photographers on Flickr. Stimulating and inspiring ... Thanks from the bottom of my heart ! Yvette

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September 8, 2009

The black/white long exposure photo's of Joel are very inspiring to me. I am a big fan of high contrast black/white photos and Joel knows how to create them, and the long exposure is making them extra special. Good job!

August 20, 2009
-wiseguy- says:

When I first came upon Joel`s photostream I immediately fell in love with his b&w photos. I remember seeing the photos "Wuthering heights" and "The doors of Perception II" and I was impressed by the simplicity of the subjects and what a great impact they had on me. There was so such emotion tangible, so much soul that … Read more

When I first came upon Joel`s photostream I immediately fell in love with his b&w photos. I remember seeing the photos "Wuthering heights" and "The doors of Perception II" and I was impressed by the simplicity of the subjects and what a great impact they had on me. There was so such emotion tangible, so much soul that I could feel the artist behind the picture. Also when it comes to technical terms Joel`s photos are top-notch. I still wonder how he gets those incredible tones. The darkest black and the lightest white all in one picture, without any loss in the quality of details. And the openness I saw in his pictures, I felt the same openness in our contact. He didn`t hesitate to give me tips and has always been very supportive. Thank you Joel for the inspiration you gave me and for all your support.

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July 17, 2009

Joel is, without a doubt, the Flickr friend (and yes, I use the word friend rather than contact) that has inspired me the most. I once read somewhere that black and white photos lacked the soul compared of color photos. Just look through Joel's photostream and you'll see that statement beat into the ground. With a … Read more

Joel is, without a doubt, the Flickr friend (and yes, I use the word friend rather than contact) that has inspired me the most. I once read somewhere that black and white photos lacked the soul compared of color photos. Just look through Joel's photostream and you'll see that statement beat into the ground. With a sledgehammer. And buried six feet deep. Joel's work, if nothing else, is full of soul. It's full of life. It's a glimpse into the soul of Joel. It's difficult to really explain how much Joel's work has influenced me as a photographer. I put him amongst some of the best black and white photographers that I have ever studied -- Ansel, Kenna, Weston, Blossfeldt, and Tjintjelaar. Just looking at the toning of this photos is overwhelming. I look forward to each of his new uploads -- each one is composed and processed perfectly. Each of his shots I study with intent, storing away information that I can use in my own photos. And Joel never hesitates to share his secrets or technique. I've come to him several times with questions and he always answers them thoroughly and thoughtfully. Seriously. If you don't already follow his photostream, you need to get your head checked. He is in that upper echelon of photographers on Flickr that transcends mere photography and creates art.

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July 16, 2009
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I am consistently blown away by Joel's work. I have always loved black and white photography; it's all I studied in college... so, I was thrilled the first time I saw one of Joel's black and white images. They are simply stunning, and I find myself getting lost in them time and time again. When Joel takes the ti… Read more

I am consistently blown away by Joel's work. I have always loved black and white photography; it's all I studied in college... so, I was thrilled the first time I saw one of Joel's black and white images. They are simply stunning, and I find myself getting lost in them time and time again. When Joel takes the time to stop by my stream and leave a comment, it really means a lot. When a respected photographer says something about my work, I'm going to listen and learn. Thank you Joel for being a great flickr contact. I can't wait to see what you upload next!

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July 12, 2009

Before I ever considered learning about photography, I was drawn to black and white photos, so much so that I have always secretly considered the black and white shot the true art form of photography. Joel is not only a photographer that I suspect agrees with me, but also one that expresses his artistic vision of the … Read more

Before I ever considered learning about photography, I was drawn to black and white photos, so much so that I have always secretly considered the black and white shot the true art form of photography. Joel is not only a photographer that I suspect agrees with me, but also one that expresses his artistic vision of the world ever so beautifully in this medium. His long exposure shots of water and piers, which capture a zen-like silence, are simply brilliant, but even if these are fast becoming his signature shots, his creative eye also stretches into the world of the street, of architecture, and up, up, up into the skies where he always seems to find the most wonderful interplay of tones within those clouds that streak across the sky (especially in the long exposure shots). A deeper look into his photostream reveals that he is equally skilled at capturing color in his work, work that expresses the same sensitivity to shadow and light that is so prevalent in his monochrome work. I always look forward to a new work of art from Joel not only because I deeply appreciate his technical and aesthetic talents, but also because there is so much to learn from gazing at one of his wonderful artistic creations!

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June 30, 2009

I met Joel as a colleague and one day he showed me some of his HDR and B&W shots. I was amazed. I think he spends hours and hours on shooting, editing and research. When he speaks of his art, it's always with passion and it shows in his work. The photo's are all worthy of a FAV's label, especially the B&W series. He ne… Read more

I met Joel as a colleague and one day he showed me some of his HDR and B&W shots. I was amazed. I think he spends hours and hours on shooting, editing and research. When he speaks of his art, it's always with passion and it shows in his work. The photo's are all worthy of a FAV's label, especially the B&W series. He never makes a secret of his knowledge and is always ready to assist anyone interested in photography. I think he is a free, creative spirit..... or in his own words: "God in human form" ;). Keep up the great work and I can't wait to see his next creation.

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June 25, 2009

The first time I saw Joel's collection of his work, I was stunned. I still remember the first image I saw of his - it was a time lapse photo of a lighthouse. The effect amazed me. I had no idea how dynamic and spectacular monochrome images can be, and Joel has shown me that monochrome images can make an impact I never … Read more

The first time I saw Joel's collection of his work, I was stunned. I still remember the first image I saw of his - it was a time lapse photo of a lighthouse. The effect amazed me. I had no idea how dynamic and spectacular monochrome images can be, and Joel has shown me that monochrome images can make an impact I never could imagine. Plus, it was through his shots that I discovered all sorts of things I didn't know I can do with the camera. I find his work very inspiring, and he always managed to turn something ordinary into extraordinary. He's very encouraging and supportive to his fellow photographers as well. Keep an eye out for this guy!

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June 7, 2009

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