Monthly Archives: August 2013

Advance copy of Monochromatic HDR Photography

I am very pleased to post the traditional photo of Katie Rose holding a fresh, still smelling of printer’s ink advance copy of Monochromatic HDR Photography. The publisher is Focal Press, and the formal publication date is October 22, 2013. I am very pleased with the way the book came out, and I think you will find that it contains some unique techniques and ideas, as well as my imagery.

Katie Rose and advance copy of Monochromatic HDR Photography

Katie Rose and the advance copy of Monochromatic HDR Photography

Paris Dreams

No matter what palette you use (and this one is distinctly Marc Chagall), photographing Paris is a dream! Speaking of Paris, there is only one week left for the $500 early-bird discount for the 2014 Photograph Paris with Harold Davis workshop. This discount expires at the end of the month. To receive the early-bird discount, please make your deposit by September 1, 2013. Click here for the detailed itinerary and here for online registration for the 2014 Photograph Paris with Harold Davis workshop.

Paris Dreams © Harold Davis

Paris Dreams © Harold Davis

Here are links to my other current workshop offerings that have availability:

I am offering these workshop with plenty of lead time to help with planning, but please note that my workshops generally fill up—so if one of these interests you don’t delay!

Expecting the Unexpected

Expecting the Unexpected is one of the articles I wrote for Photo.net in a series of columns about Becoming a More Creative Photographer a few years back. In the article, I noted that “the single most important trait of the creative photographer is that he or she has learned to put aside expectations and see ‘what is really there’ without preconceptions.”

Each of the columns in the series have a number of exercises to help readers internalize the points I make. I’m pleased over the years to find a number of photographers working their way through these. Recently Xavier Llora (his primary interests seem to be “data-intensive computing and genetics-based machine learning”) has been doing a particularly nice job of explaining his thought processes while doing the exercises (see Assignment 2: The Common Object and Assignment 3: Out of the Rut to get the idea of what I mean).

Good job on the thoughtful work, Xavier!

Hotel de Sully © Harold Davis

Hotel de Sully © Harold Davis

The other side of the “seeing what is really there” coin is when the artist intentionally misdirects. People looking at a photo expect to see “what is really there.” Of course, this is never actually true in a literal sense. But suppose something is added to the scene in a subtle way, as in the small-sized fractal-like view through the passage way in the Hotel de Sully in Paris, France (shown above).

If this is done without overt disturbing manipulation then, with luck, the unconscious mind of the viewer will respond to the expanded scene—and without knowing quite why will be ready to expect the unexpected, and maybe even to see what is not really there!

Working with Layer Masks: The Way of the Digital Photographer excerpted

Peachpit Press has published an excerpt from my new book The Way of the Digital Photographer: Walking the Photoshop post-production path to more creative photography. Click here to read the excerpt from the chapter on Working with Layer Masks in Adobe Photoshop.

Pipes, West Oakland © Harold Davis

Pipes, West Oakland © Harold Davis

Crown of Thorns

Every part of the Gothic cathedral had metaphoric significance. So it is reasonable to think that the summit of the less-photographed northern spire of Notre Dame was intended to represent the crown of thorns as an element of the Passion.

Crown of Thorns © Harold Davis

Crown of Thorns © Harold Davis

Exposure data: 105mm, 1/250 of a second at f/8 and ISO 200, hand held; processed in Adobe Camera RAW and Photoshop, selective focus added in FocalPoint, converted to monochrome using Photoshop.

See also: iPhonographie de Paris.

On the Dunes

Coming down from the highest parts of Eureka Dunes, located in a remote corner of Death Valley National Park, the last light of the day made a halo around the scrub brush in the sand. I positioned my tripod, and shot a manually bracketed sequence, with the idea of showing the contrast between the delicacy of the branches in the failing light and the fixed but grainy field of the surface of the sand dunes.

On the Dunes © Harold Davis

On the Dunes © Harold Davis

Exposure data: 95mm, five exposures at shutter speeds from 1/100 of a second to 1/400 of a second, each exposure at f/13 and ISO 200, tripod mounted; exposures processed and combined in Adobe Camera RAW, Nik HDR Efex Pro, and Photoshop; converted to black & white using Photoshop and Nik Silver Efex.

Lone Pine Sunset

Late in the afternoon on a chilly November day the sun peeked out east of the Sierras. Looking up, I could see patches of new snow that the autumn storm had left behind. Once again, I was reminded of the truism of Ansel Adams’s remark that you’ll never capture the storm clearing if you don’t go out in bad weather!

Lone Pine Sunset © Harold Davis

Lone Pine Sunset © Harold Davis

Exposure data: 44mm, four combined exposures at shutter speeds from 1/8 of a second to 1/160 of a second, each exposure at f/9 and ISO 200, tripod mounted; exposures processed and combined in Adobe Camera RAW, Nik HDR Efex Pro, and Photoshop.

2014 Harold Davis Photography Workshop Schedule

For planning purposes, and to help you avoid disappointment, I wanted to let you know about the photography workshops I have scheduled in 2014. I am very excited about these opportunities because I think they will be great fun as well as a chance to learn photography in an intensive and immersive environment.

In addition to the workshops listed here I have been invited to give a series of three workshops in Germany in the June-July time frame. I also expect to be working with institutions such as Point Reyes Field Institute and the Center for Photograph Art to offer selected workshops in 2014.

I hope to work with you in a photography workshop in the coming year!

January 25-26, 2014: Mastering Creative Photoshop: The Way of the Digital Photographer

In workshops I repeatedly get asked to explain my creative Photoshop techniques in more detail than is really possible in the course of a normal photography workshop. So I’ve decided to offer an intensive Photoshop-only two-day weekend workshop. Click here for more information and registration, or see below.

If you want to learn in detail what I do, and get my feedback on your Photoshop workflow and creative zeitgeist, this is your opportunity!

Church at Auvers © Harold Davis

Mastering Creative Photoshop: The Way of the Digital Photographer covers developing a personal digital Photoshop workflow. Topics explained in detail include archiving and checkpoints, RAW processing, multi-RAW processing, HDR, hand-HDR, stacking, LAB color creative effects, monochromatic conversions, using backgrounds and textures, layers, layers masks, working with channels, Photoshop filters, and plugins from Nik Software, onOne Software, and Topaz.

Prerequisites: Participants are expected to know how to use their Davis- The Way of the Digital Photographercomputers and to have a basic knowledge of Photoshop. You will get the most out of the workshop if you read The Way of the Digital Photographer: Walking the Photoshop post-production path to more creative photography before attending.

Click here to register for Mastering Creative Photoshop: The Way of the Digital Photographer.

 

 

March 15-16 and continuing: Achieving Your Potential As a Digital Photographer: A Multi-Modal Ongoing Six-Month Workshop with Harold Davis is a unique opportunity for mentoring in the context of a supportive group environment. Each participant will conclude the workshop with a completed project such as a book, portfolio, or planned exhibition.

The workshop starts with an intensive two-day in-person sessions, then proceeds using online webinar technology. Individual phone and email consultations are included, as well as a final get-together to celebrate our progress.

Click here for more information and the details of the registration process (note that a portfolio review is required).

Sunset in the Headlands © Harold Davis

April 15, 2014: New Session, Full Moon Golden Gate Workshop

I’ve opened a new session of this always-popular field workshop. “Join master photographer Harold Davis for an late afternoon and evening adventure, photographing the Golden Gate Bridge from various locations around the bridge.”

 

Click here for information and registration.

April 26 – May 4: 2014 Photograph Paris with Harold Davis

I’m very pleased to announce the 2014 Photograph Paris with Harold Davis Workshop, from April 26-May 4, 2014. Click here for the complete itineraryterms and conditions, and online registration. A $500 per person “early-bird” discount applies if you enroll before September 1, 2013.

It is my fond hope that you’ll join Mark Brokering and myself for the extraordinary experience of photography in Paris, the City of Light. The 2014 workshop will once again be located at the wonderful and atmospheric Hotel Lutetia.

We’ve included many of the highlights from the 2013 workshop for this occasion, such as the visit to Monet’s garden at Giverny with after hours access (one of my personal favorites from 2013), and also added a day. If you check out the itinerary, I think you’ll also see some wonderful locations we didn’t get to last time, such as the top of the Tour Montparnasse at night, the Parc de Sceaux, and Père Lachaise.

As one of the participants in last year’s workshop said, put Paris ”on your bucket list ‘cause you may not see this in Heaven.”

Les Lumières de Paris by Harold Davis
Les Lumières de Paris (from Tour Montparnasse) © Harold Davis

Photography begins with the medium of light, which the artist captures and applies to the canvas in endlessly surprising ways. And what better place to explore this medium than Paris, the City of Light?

Join acclaimed photographer Harold Davis for the experience of a lifetime in Paris, the birthplace of photography. There you’ll have the opportunity to experience firsthand the places and sights that have inspired artists for centuries.

We’ll focus our lenses on Paris in bloom, Paris at night, and Paris in black & white, reinterpreting for ourselves some of the images that have been captured in paint and on film by many great artists, including Daguerre, Monet, Atget, Picasso, and Erwitt. We’ll have a grand time photographing and we’ll return home with many priceless shots to treasure!

“I already admired Harold Davis, and had confidence that he would lead us to fantastic places – and he did!”—2013 Paris workshop participant

2014 Photograph Paris with Harold Davis Quick facts and links:

Pyramide © Harold Davis
Pyramide du Louvre in the Cour Napoléon © Harold Davis

October 19-26: 2014 Photograph Barcelona with Harold Davis Workshop

Barcelona has been called the “great enchantress” by art critic Robert Hughes and paid homage to by the otherwise curmudgeonly George Orwell. The largest city on the Mediterranean, Barcelona’s unique attraction stems in part from its freewheeling world-class cultural and artistic traditions.

In this destination photography workshop, we will join master photographer Harold Davis to explore all aspects of Barcelona with our cameras, from the well-preserved Gothic quarter with its maze-like warren of narrow and picturesque streets to Antoni Gaudi’s famous Sagrada Familia. We’ll follow in the footsteps of Carlos Ruiz Zafon, author of The Shadow of the Wind, and visit the real-life places he used as the models for the places in his books, such as the Cemetery of Forgotten Books and the Sempere and Sons bookshop. We’ll walk the Ramblas, and shoot the spectacular view from the Castell de Montjuic, and Tibidabo, photograph architecture old and new, and immerse ourselves in Catalonian culture.

We are also planning an excursion to Montserrat, the holiest site in Catalonia, where we’ll visit the basilica, photograph the panoramic views from the top of unique rock formations (accessible by funicular), and join the pilgrims visiting the shrine of the Black Virgin.

Click here for the COMPLETE ITINERARY and ONLINE REGISTRATION. A $500 early-bird discount applies if you register before December 31, 2013.

2014 Photograph Barcelona with Harold Davis Workshop

2014 Photograph Barcelona with Harold Davis Workshop

October 19-26, 2014

Barcelona has been called the “great enchantress” by art critic Robert Hughes and paid homage to by the otherwise curmudgeonly George Orwell. The largest city on the Mediterranean, Barcelona’s unique attraction stems in part from its freewheeling world-class cultural and artistic traditions.

In this destination photography workshop, we will join master photographer Harold Davis to explore all aspects of Barcelona with our cameras, from the well-preserved Gothic quarter with its maze-like warren of narrow and picturesque streets to Antoni Gaudi’s famous Sagrada Familia. We’ll follow in the footsteps of Carlos Ruiz Zafon, author of The Shadow of the Wind, and visit the real-life places he used as the models for the places in his books, such as the Cemetery of Forgotten Books and the Sempere and Sons bookshop. We’ll walk the Ramblas, and shoot the spectacular view from the Castell de Montjuic, and Tibidabo, photograph architecture old and new, and immerse ourselves in Catalonian culture.

We are also planning an excursion to Montserrat, the holiest site in Catalonia, where we’ll visit the basilica, photograph the panoramic views from the top of unique rock formations (accessible by funicular), and join the pilgrims visiting the shrine of the Black Virgin.

Come join us on the photographic adventure of a lifetime!

Harold Davis

Registration is now open for this workshop. Workshop fee is $5,036 excluding airfare and subject to the terms & conditions.
Click here for the COMPLETE ITINERARY and ONLINE REGISTRATION. A $500 deposit is required to hold a spot. A $500 early-bird discount applies if you register before December 31, 2013.

Botanique Featured in Fine Art Printing Magazine

My handmade artist book Botanique has been featured in Fine Art Printer, a glossy German magazine that is the only periodical in the world specifically devoted to fine art photographic printing (in the 3/13 issue). You can check out Fine Art Printer on the web, and download the coverage of Botanique as a PDF (click here)Papaver and Iridaceae (below) is one of the prints included in Botanique.

Papaver and Iridaceae

Papaver and Iridaceae © Harold Davis

I don’t read German, but trust me it only says nice things—at least in the fractured Google translation! This is a great and exciting buildup to the workshops I will be leading in Germany in 2014.

New Workshop: Mastering Creative Photoshop

In workshops I repeatedly get asked to explain my creative Photoshop techniques in more detail than is really possible in the course of a normal photography workshop. So I’ve decided to offer an intensive Photoshop-only two-day weekend workshop. Click here for more information and registration, or see below.

If you want to learn in detail what I do, and get my feedback on your Photoshop workflow and creative zeitgeist, this is your opportunity!

Church at Auvers © Harold Davis

Church at Auvers © Harold Davis

What: Mastering Creative Photoshop: The Way of the Digital Photographer covers developing a personal digital Photoshop workflow. Topics explained in detail include archiving and checkpoints, RAW processing, multi-RAW processing, HDR, hand-HDR, stacking, LAB color creative effects, monochromatic conversions, using backgrounds and textures, layers, layers masks, working with channels, Photoshop filters, and plugins from Nik Software, onOne Software, and Topaz.

Prerequisites: Participants are expected to know how to use their Davis- The Way of the Digital Photographercomputers and to have a basic knowledge of Photoshop. You will get the most out of the workshop if you read The Way of the Digital Photographer: Walking the Photoshop post-production path to more creative photography before attending.

When: A Two-Day Weekend Workshop with Harold Davis, Saturday January 25 and Sunday January 26, 2014.

Where: Berkeley, California.

Tuition: $695.00 per person, limited to 16 participants.

Click here to register for Mastering Creative Photoshop: The Way of the Digital Photographer.

Road Less Traveled by Harold Davis

Road Less Traveled © Harold Davis

John Templeton Foundation

The 25th Annual Capabilities Report of the John Templeton Foundation features my monochromatic Nautilus shell image, shown below. The John Templeton Foundation “serves as a philanthropic catalyst for discoveries relating to the Big Questions of human purpose and ultimate reality.”  It supports research on subjects “ranging from complexity, evolution, and infinity to creativity, forgiveness, love, and free will.”

Nautilus by Harold Davis

Nautilus in Black & White © Harold Davis

Here’s the John Templeton Foundation website link. You can download the 25th Annual Capabilities Report as a PDF (check out page 4!).

Ancient Bristlecone Pine

These ancient trees—thousands of years old—thrive in the dry, alkaline soil of their high mountain range. They face the day and night and gradually grow old. Perhaps they are wise, in the way trees are wise. Still standing, the wrinkles and patterns in solid wood stands testament to millennia of survival.

Ancient Bristlecone © Harold Davis

Ancient Bristlecone © Harold Davis

Exposure data: 200mm macro lens, eight exposures at shutter speeds from 5 seconds to 1/80 of a second, each exposure at f/32 and ISO 200, tripod mounted; exposures processed and combined in Adobe Camera RAW, Nik HDR Efex Pro and Photoshop; converted to monochromatic using Nik Silver Efex Pro and Photoshop.

Click here for some more Bristlecone images!

Harold Davis Workshop Updates

Eiffel Tower from Sacré Coeur © Harold Davis

Eiffel Tower from Sacré Coeur © Harold Davis

The $500 “early-bird” discount on the 2014 Photograph Paris with Harold Davis workshop expires at the end of this month on September 1, 2013. This discount represents a substantial price savings on the cost of the workshop, so if you are interested in photographing Paris with me I suggest you take advantage of it.

I’m very pleased to announce the 2014 Photograph Paris with Harold Davis Workshop, from April 26-May 4, 2014. Click here for the complete itinerary, terms and conditions, and online registration. A $500 per person “early-bird” discount applies if you enroll before September 1, 2013.

It is my fond hope that you’ll join Mark Brokering and myself for the extraordinary experience of photography in Paris, the City of Light. The 2014 workshop will once again be located at the wonderful and atmospheric Hotel Lutetia.

We’ve included many of the highlights from the 2013 workshop for this occasion, such as the visit to Monet’s garden at Giverny with after hours access (one of my personal favorites from 2013), and also added a day. If you check out the itinerary, I think you’ll also see some wonderful locations we didn’t get to last time, such as the top of the Tour Montparnasse at night, the Parc de Sceaux, and Père Lachaise.

As one of the participants in last year’s workshop said, put Paris ”on your bucket list ‘cause you may not see this in Heaven.”

Click here for complete details and itinerary, and here for online registration.

workbenchThere are only a few places left in my Monochromatic HDR in the Big Sur Landscape workshop September 27-29, 2013. This workshop is sponsored by the Center for Photographic Art in Carmel, CA.

Workshop participants will take advantage of Carmel and historic Monterey as well the glorious landscape of Big Sur, photographing subjects as varied as Bixby Bridge along Highway 1, Point Lobos, Mission Carmel, and more. In the classroom, hands-on guidance will explain techniques for extending dynamic range, monochromatic conversion methods, and best practices where the two technologies intersect.

Click here for information, curriculum, and online registration.

Papaver and IridaceaeIf you are interested in my unique technique for photographing flowers on a lightbox—and the related work in the Photoshop darkroom—there is only one spot left in the two-day Photographing Flowers for Transparency workshop, December 7 and December 8, 2013. The workshop is located in downtown Berkeley, California near the 4th Street boutique shopping district.

In this unique workshop offering master photographer Harold Davis shows the techniques he uses to create his floral masterpieces. Arrangement, composition, photography, post-production will all be covered, as will Harold’s special techniques for shooting on a lightbox.

Harold is only planning to give this workshop once this year. There is no better way to learn the floral transparency techniques that he has pioneered. The two-day format will give participants the chance to complete their imagery using the techniques that Harold will demonstrate.

Here are some comments from the 2012 Floral Transparency Workshop:

  • “Loved the pace, in-depth instruction and generous sharing.”
  • “EXCELLENT PRESENTATION AND COVERAGE OF MATERIAL. MR. DAVIS WAS PATIENT TO ANSWER ALL QUESTIONS.”
  • “Harold, thank you for the time, expense and effort it took to put on a great one-day workshop….You are a wealth of information and share it so graciously.”
  • “Outstanding workshop!”
  • “A very packed day! Harold is very clear and organized; an outstanding photographer who is also an outstanding teacher.”

Click here for information and registration.

We’ve opened a new session of the Full Moon Golden Gate Workshop on Tuesday, April 15, 2014 to take advantage of the full moon rising shortly after sunset, framed by the Golden Gate Bridge.

Join master photographer Harold Davis for an late afternoon and evening adventure, photographing the Golden Gate Bridge from various locations around the bridge.

Note: This workshop is being offered well in advance because it is timed according to sunset and moonrise, and to help you plan. Due to limited size, our experience is that it will fill up—in other words, to avoid disappointment please don’t delay!

Click here for information and registration.

I have some exciting new workshops in the planning stages for 2014, so please stand by for further information.

Waterdrops as a lens

Waterdrops reflect and refract the world around them, creating exciting globes of color. But waterdrops also magnify, behaving in this way like camera lenses. Read more on MasteringPhoto.com (an excerpt from my book Photographing Waterdrops: Exploring Macro Worlds with Harold Davis).

Drops of Rain © Harold Davis

Drops of Rain © Harold Davis