Category Archives: iPhone

Another Stage Set and Some Signage

Courtesy of my iPhone, here is another stage set maquette and also some Parisian signage.

Stage Set Two © Harold Davis

Stage Set Two © Harold Davis

Attention! © Harold Davis

Attention! © Harold Davis

Say Cheese © Harold Davis

Say Cheese © Harold Davis

Defense d'uriner © Harold Davis

Defense d’uriner © Harold Davis

Also posted in France, Paris, Photography

Stage Set

This is an iPhone photo of a maquette of a stage set at the Opera Garnier in Paris, processed on my iPhone using Plastic Bullet, Mextures, and Lo-Mob.

Stage Set

Stage Set © Harold Davis

Also posted in France

Recent iPhone Sketches in France

Here are some recent iPhone images from southwestern France I made today and yesterday, and processed on the fly on my iPhone while traveling on the bus. With the first image, I was walking around the wonderful historic village of Saint-Cirq-Lapopie. When I saw the white dog, I got down on the ground at his eye level, and made a portrait with the village in the background. It was processed using Lo-Mob.

White dog in an old town © Harold Davis

White dog in an old town © Harold Davis

The next image is in the little square next to our guide Francis’s home, just outside Chateau Biron. I processed it using Waterlogue.

Faubourg Chateau Biron © Harold Davis

Faubourg Chateau Biron © Harold Davis

Finally, the statue shown in this image is outside the church adjacent to the central square of the bastide town of Montpazier. I processed the image using Plastic Bullet and Lo-Mob.

Christ in Montpazier © Harold Davis

Christ in Montpazier © Harold Davis

Also posted in France

From iPhone to Art

From iPhone to Art

From iPhone to Art is a full-day workshop on Saturday May 21, 2016 in Berkeley, California. I have often been asked to lead a workshop that explains iPhone photography and processing techniques. I am excited to be assisted in this workshop by Robert Eckardt as my co-teacher. Robert is an extremely gifted iPhone photographer in his own right. There are some places left in this workshop, but it is filling up fast.

Courtyard in Naples © Harold Davis

The iPhone is the most used camera in the world. As they say, the best camera to use is the one you have with you, and this is often your iPhone camera. But the fundamental rules of photography still apply, and you can become a powerful photographer with your iPhone by learning the fundamentals of exposure and composition.

Still Life in Silver Bowl © Harold Davis

Of course, your iPhone is more than just a camera. The computing power within a contemporary iPhone is greater than the computing power that sent NASA to the moon—and many photography apps take advantage of this “darkroom” in your pocket.

Feathers © Harold Davis

In From iPhone to Art, we will learn how to leverage our talents to make the best iPhone imagery we can. Demos, lectures, and hands-on exercises will explore the principles of photography as they relate to the iPhone camera.

Click here to see some more of my iPhone images, and here for workshop information and registration!

Door in Capri © Harold Davis

 

Path beside the Rhine

 

Porto iphone

 

Also posted in Photography, Workshops

After the Rain

It had been raining for many days without stopping. While drought conditions in California meant that we really needed this heavy winter rain, enough felt like enough. I was ready to start work on an arc on our roof!

After the Rain © Harold Davis

After the Rain © Harold Davis

In the morning, the storms finally ended, and the skies cleared. I was in the car, helping to get the kids to school. I snapped this photo with my iPhone 6s, being careful to focus the camera on the water drops on the car windshield, and not on the more distant vista of the street.

Processed on my iPhone with the Snapseed, DistressedFX, and Mextures apps.

Related image: Rain in Rabat.

If you are interested, there are a few places in my full-day From iPhone to Art workshop on Saturday May 21, 2016—but it is filling up quickly.

Also posted in Landscape, Photography

Multnomah Falls

Multnomah Falls, in the Columbia River Gorge, looks like the entrance to Rivendell or some other magical place, with its high, double waterfall, and seductive foot bridge between the upper and lower falls.

These are two variations processed on my iPhone from a single iPhone 6s camera app capture. The first one was processed using Snapseed, Mextures, and Distressed FX.

Multnomah Falls © Harold Davis

Multnomah Falls © Harold Davis

I processed the version below using the Bold preset in Waterlogue.

Multnomah Falls © Harold Davis

Multnomah Falls © Harold Davis

Which version do you prefer? Of course, I photographed Multnomah Falls with my “big boy” camera as well as my iPhone, and I am looking forward to processing these images when I get the chance!

Want to learn my iPhone techniques? Check out my iPhone to Art workshop coming up in May.

Also posted in Landscape

Italian Sketches

Here are a few iPhone images from my photography tour to Italy in 2015. They were photographed on my iPhone 6s, and processed just now while waiting for the kids using “the computer in my pocket” (e.g., my iPhone) and the Waterlogue app.

Door in Capri © Harold Davis

Door in Capri © Harold Davis

Garden in Capri © Harold Davis

Garden in Capri © Harold Davis

Stair in Cinque Terre © Harold Davis

Stair in Cinque Terre © Harold Davis

Some related links: Italy on my blog; iPhone on my blog; From iPhone to Art workshop (May 21, 2016); Venice and Waterlogue blog post.

Also posted in Italy

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