Category Archives: iPhone

Venice and Waterlogue

Photographing Venice, Italy with my iPhone 6s camera, and processing the images using the Waterlogue app on the phone, is great! In fact, you could say that Venice via the iPhone and Waterlogue are a classical combination, like…Bogey and Bacall, Romeo and Juliet, Simon and Garfunkel, and peanut butter and jelly. Quick, let’s see a suite of six iPhone Waterlogue Venetian images before I come up with more word pairings! (I almost committed “Spock and Kirk”: What are your favorite two-word combos?)

Venice Gondola © Harold Davis

Venice Gondola © Harold Davis

Canals of Venice © Harold Davis

Canals of Venice © Harold Davis

Venetian Mask © Harold Davis

Venetian Mask © Harold Davis

Venetian Barque © Harold Davis

Venetian Barque © Harold Davis

Along the Canal © Harold Davis

Along the Canal © Harold Davis

Burano © Harold Davis

Burano © Harold Davis

I was asked (see comment and response below) what these images look like before they were processed through Waterlogue. It’s a great question! Here’s one of these images straight from my iPhone 6s:

Venice Canals without processing  © Harold Davis

“Venice Gondola” without processing © Harold Davis

 

Also posted in Italy, Photography

Courtyard in Naples

Glancing through the huge double-doors, I saw this courtyard in old Naples. Boldly I stepped through the doors, and iPhone held high like any tourist made this image, which I processed on my iPhone using the Waterlogue app.

Courtyard in Naples © Harold Davis

Courtyard in Naples © Harold Davis

Also posted in Italy

Antipasto

I had this mixed antipasto at Campagnola, a classic Neapolitan trattoria in the heart of old Naples. The dish was incredibly delicious. Words simply cannot describe the sensuous lusciousness of food like this.

Antipasto © Harold Davis

Antipasto © Harold Davis

Also posted in Italy, Photography

Orange Juice on the Cinque Terre Trail

Yesterday I slept in, which felt great after the jet lag from the nine hours difference in time with California. After the intensive orientation to Cinque Terre of the day before with a great professional guide, my group was on their own, happily pursuing individual agendas and itineraries. In the mid-morning, I started on the Cinque Terre Trail from Monterosso-al-Mare on the Ligurian Coast of Italy. My destination was Vernazza, the next town south along the coast in the “Five Lands” (Cinque Terre).

Orange juice on the Cinque Terre Trail © Harold Davis

Orange juice on the Cinque Terre Trail © Harold Davis

Considering how many people hike this trail, it was surprisingly rugged, with a great many ups and downs to traverse the steep headlands. At about the half way point I came upon the gentleman shown above. He’d run a power cable from above in the vineyards, and was squeezing fresh orange juice at two Euros the glass (about $2.20). A very refreshing break along the trail!

Lunch in Vernazza © Harold Davis

Lunch in Vernazza © Harold Davis

When I got to Vernazza I had a yummy seafood salad lunch in an elegant restaurant on the piazza by the harbor, then stayed to photograph the picturesque town itself. All images made with my iPhone 6s.

Vernazza © Harold Davis

Vernazza © Harold Davis

Also posted in Italy

Quartet of iPhone Photos

The occasion of my purchase of a new iPhone 6s (for the camera of course and not for the mere love of idle but novel gadgetry made in the slave-labor factories of China!) spurred me to process some of the old captures in my Photo roll, and also to try out the new 12 MP camera. Herewith, a mixed bag of same for your viewing pleasure.

Feathers © Harold Davis

Feathers © Harold Davis

The feathers shown above were brought in by a student at my Creative Flower Photography workshop at Maine Media over the summer, and photographed with my iPhone on an in-class light box.

Arm and the Man © Harold Davis

Arm and the Man © Harold Davis

This gentleman’s tattooed arm, emblazoned with the logo “Nana” and apparently Nana’s dates of birth and death on a lighthouse, was photographed (with permission) during the recent 41rst annual Solano stroll.

By the Sea © Harold Davis

By the Sea © Harold Davis

I captured the late afternoon sun by the rocks at the southern end of Rodeo Beach as my son Nicky (shown in the second row in the linked photo) and I strolled along.

Two-Week Iris © Harold Davis

Two-Week Iris © Harold Davis

The two-week iris (Dietes iridioides), shown above, was captured with the new 12 MP iPhone 6s camera. While it is still a small sensor—so the constantly referred to 12 Mega Pixels are small pixels in all their mega glory—this is really incredible resolution and is (for example) considerably better than the resolution of the DSLR that began my second photography career back in May 2005.

Related link: From iPhone to Art, a Full-Day Workshop with Harold Davis.

Also posted in Photography

Skully

This is a photo of Homer Simpson’s skull. Actually, it is of a talking Halloween object—the eye-ball lights flash, the jaw moves, and it repeats back whatever is said to it—that I brought back from Target to the great joy of the kids (and Phyllis’s resigned patience). I made the image with my new Apple iPhone 6s, and processed it on my phone using the Lo-Mob and Snapseed apps. Looking forward to seeing how the 12MP camera in the new iPhone compares with the lesser resolution in my old phone (which got passed down to Julian).

Skully © Harold Davis

Skully © Harold Davis

Related links: iPhoneography Gallery by Harold Davis; From iPhone to Art, the Art of iPhoneography with Harold Davis (workshop in May, 2016).

Unmade Bed in homage to Lilo Raymond

My friend and mentor Lilo Raymond died a few years ago. Lilo was a wonderful photographer with a wonderful eye, who fled from the Nazis as a youth and ended up settled in a small Hudson River village. Probably Lilo’s most famous photos are of pillows and unmade beds—so this iPhone shot of my empty bed taken in my hotel room on Monhegan Island, Maine should be seen as homage to Lilo.

Unmade Bed © Harold Davis

Unmade Bed © Harold Davis

Phyllis describes meeting Lilo for the first time as an “encounter with a force of nature,” which is apt enough. I truly miss Lilo.

Regarding unmade beds, the question is always what was in them before they transitioned into the unmade state. Lilo’s photos manage to convey graphic compositional perfection with the suggestion of rumpled love-making, adding the human touch to inanimate objects.

But I’ve also seen one of her photos licensed to a programming text book, with the caption, “An unmade bed is like an uninitialized variable, you never know what you’ll find in it.” So there is a universality to these images that belie the modest apparent subject matter.

In some ways, the beds, tangled sheets, and curtains in front of stark windows that form Lilo’s images make up the “day material,” to use Freud’s term, that can be used as a projective device for the deeper material lying below the conscious that bubbles up in dreams. In other words, there is more to Lilo’s imagery than meets the eye.

Also posted in Monochrome

Maple Leaves

Maple Leaves © Harold Davis

Maple Leaves © Harold Davis

Lobsters for Dinner

They said, “Have as many lobsters as you want for dinner.” For a while all was lobster bibs, drawn butter, lobsters claws cracking, and the sounds of contented eating. When the sounds of shells cleared, I had eaten three.

Lobsters for Dinner © Harold Davis

Lobsters for Dinner © Harold Davis

Maine is, of course, beautiful in the lush (but brief) summertime—and in places very apt for iphoneography, like this shot in Camden Harbor via Waterlogue.

Camden Harbor © Harold Davis

Camden Harbor © Harold Davis

Also posted in Photography

Country Corner and Wild Fish Sex

I photographed this image of a bucolic corner here in Rockport, Maine where I am giving a workshop, and processed the image on my iPhone using Waterlogue.

Country Corner © Harold Davis

Country Corner © Harold Davis

Could this be the same quiet vacation and lobster paradise with all the “wild fish sex”? The capture shown was made in Rockport Harbor this morning early before my class!

Wild Fish Sex © Harold Davis

Wild Fish Sex © Harold Davis

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Also posted in Flowers, Photography, Writing

Selfie with Wig

As someone who has been traveling a great deal lately I’d like to make the unoriginal observation that wherever you go, there you are. It’s also the case that wherever you go someone will be making a “selfie.” Selfies—self portraits—are the undeniable proof that you have been somewhere. In their current widespread form, whether in front of the Grand Canyon or the Eiffel Tower, and replete with selfie sticks and camera phones, they represent a dumbing down for the masses of the solipsistic narcissism represented by Cindy Sherman and others in the fin de siecle years of the twentieth century. Or maybe people are just full of themselves? I am shown in here in an iPhone selfie wearing a gray wig with my cap perched on top via the iPhone Lo-Mob app.

Seflie with Wig © Harold Davis

Selfie with Wig © Harold Davis

Along the old Rhine River

After my workshop was over, Volker Haxsen (who assisted me at the workshop, and is quite a gifted person in his own right) took me exploring in the Rhine Valley. Volker told me that the Rhine has been navigated for thousands of years, since Roman times, and the channels have been straightened and broadened. The river used the meander much more with wetlands. These banks of the old Rhine have been preserved as park lands in places, and it is here we went with our cameras!

Path beside the Rhine © Harold Davis

Path beside the Rhine © Harold Davis

Old Rhine River © Harold Davis

Old Rhine River © Harold Davis

Also posted in Germany

Still Life with Silver Bowl

Sometimes the beautiful things are all around us, like this group of fruit in a reflective bowl. This version was processed on my iPhone with Plastic Bullet, Lo-Mob, and Snapseed:

Still Life in Silver Bowl © Harold Davis

Still Life in Silver Bowl © Harold Davis

This version of my image was made using the Waterlogue app:

Still Life and Watercolor © Harold Davis

Still Life and Watercolor © Harold Davis

Also posted in Still Life

Incredibly Attractive Highly Repellant

Of course, this leads to a grammatical question: Is the implied subject female or fabric? Methinks it could be either, or maybe both.

Incredibly Attractive Highly Repellant © Harold Davis

Incredibly Attractive Highly Repellant © Harold Davis

Also posted in Bemusements