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Planet of the Succulents

Planet of the Succulents © Harold Davis

Planet of the Succulents © Harold Davis

This is a succulent from our front porch. I brought it inside, and photographed it straight down on a black velvet background. My thought was that it looked rounded like a globe or planet. I used my 55mm f/1.4 Zeiss Otus lens at 1/6 of a second and f/16 at ISO 64 with the camera on a tripod. I cropped to create a square image in post-production. The version below is an L-channel inversion of the original image, using LAB color.

Evil Twin: Inverted Succulent World © Harold Davis

Evil Twin: Inverted Succulent World © Harold Davis

Also posted in Monochrome

Two new tote bags added to the Harold Davis Vida collection

Low Geostationary and Decaying Orbits around the Clematis Inversion © Harold Davis

Low Geostationary and Decaying Orbits around the Clematis Inversion © Harold Davis

Two new tote bags have been added to the Harold Davis Vida Collection. The Geostationary Orbit and Edge of Night tote bags are made in California. Each retails for $55.00.

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Edge of Night © Harold Davis

Edge of Night © Harold Davis

Farmhouse in Maine

This farmhouse down east in Maine struck me as quintessentially chic-shabby, or in Lewis Caroll’s turn of phrase, “sweetly picturesque in rags.” Not that there are any rags in view, but clearly this once somewhat grand structure was a little worse for time and weather.

Farmhouse in Maine © Harold Davis

Farmhouse in Maine © Harold Davis

I processed the image to make it look almost like a photo taken on a stormy night (it was in fact a bright and humid day!), and then painted in the second-story window, and added a faint glow to the car headlights—moving from Lewis Carroll to Steven King country.

Exposure data: 58mm, 1/1250 of a second at f/8 and ISO 250, handheld.

San Francisco and all that Jazz!

This is an in-camera multiple exposure from Battery Spencer of the Golden Gate Bridge. There were five exposures overall. Each exposure was five seconds in duration. For the first three exposures I left the camera on the tripod, and panned between the exposures slightly from left to right. For the last two exposures, I took the camera off tripod and wiggled it quickly and slightly in my hands. Using the Autogain setting made sure that the five exposures were balanced, and that nothing predominated.

San Francisaco and all that Jazz © Harold Davis

San Francisaco and all that Jazz © Harold Davis

Also posted in San Francisco Area

Announcing the Harold Davis Textile Collection

I’ve really, really wanted to create textiles from some of my floral images, so I am pleased and excited to show the Harold Davis collection of scarves and wraps (and one or two blouses) on Vida. Vida contributes to world literacy programs, and the scarves are made of a luxurious cashmere-silk blend. If you order now, these custom-made designs will be ready in time for the holidays. Also, there’s a $25 gift certificate in it for the first ten purchasers, so why not check out my collection today?

Kiss from a Rose © Harold Davis
Kiss from a Rose
by Harold Davis
Kiss from a Rose Wrap
Kiss from a Rose
Wrap
 Kiss from a Rose Scarf
Kiss from a Rose
Scarf

 

Dragonfly 4 © Harold Davis

Dragonfly 4
by Harold Davis

 

Dragonfly Wrap

Dragonfly Wrap
Back View

 

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 Sunflowers and Friends 2 © Harold Davis
Sunflowers and Friends 2
by Harold Davis
Sunflower Wrap
Sunflower Wrap
Anemones 1 © Harold Davis

Anemones 1
by Harold Davis

Anemone Scarf

Anemone Scarf

 

Quince by Moon

Flowering Quince by Moon
by Harold Davis

Quince-by-Moonlight Sleeveless Top

Quince-by-Moonlight
Sleeveless Top

Click here to shop the Harold Davis Textile Collection on Vida!

Pigeon Tower

This is an image of a stone tower pigeon coup in the Lot River valley in the southwest of France. I photographed it while staying at the Mas de Garrigue on a foggy morning, through a screen window for even more diffusion. Pigeons were esteemed in rural French farming for their ability to fertilize, and their value was signified by the elaborate structures built for them, such as this elaborate pigeon-home tower.

Pigeon Tower © Harold Davis

Pigeon Tower © Harold Davis

I’ll be leading another small group of photographers to the southwest of France in April, 2017 (click here for more info). While we won’t be visiting this precise location, we will find many interesting and unique ancient structures in rural villages and small towns.

Also posted in France

Juxtaposition—Windows, Entrances, and Bridges

I’ve added a new gallery and slide show of windows, entrances, and bridges to my website. Here are two of the images from the set juxtaposed, of the Yaquina Bay Bridge along the coast of Oregon, and the Bridge of Sighs at night in Venice, Italy.

Under the Yaquina Bay Bridge © Harold Davis

Under the Yaquina Bay Bridge © Harold Davis

Bridge of Sighs at Night © Harold Davis

Bridge of Sighs at Night © Harold Davis

Purple Dahlia

In what is almost a starfish of the land, this purple Dahlia is wonderfully asymmetric and spiral-like. Related image: Dahlia.

Purple Dahlia © Harold Davis

Purple Dahlia © Harold Davis

Also posted in Flowers

Metamorphosis

This is a single in-camera multiple exposure, photographed at a variety of focal lengths. The model is Sera Ferron, who you can also see in Three Poses and a Two-Fer and Fight Off Your Demons.

Metamorphosis © Harold Davis

Metamorphosis © Harold Davis

Related image (and technique): Obeisance.

Also posted in Models

Stonington Harbor, Maine

When you saw the title of this blog story, I’ll bet you thought it would be illustrated with images of picturesque lobster boats, lobster traps, and so on. Well, there are plenty of those in Stonington, at the foot of Deer Isle, facing Penobscot Bay.

Stonington Harbor © Harold Davis

Stonington Harbor © Harold Davis

Stonington is a true working harbor, and a little off the beaten track of tourists to Acadia National Park, with an industrial-scale lobster operation. At dusk, when the tide was low, I wandered some of the rundown piers, and admired the still reflections in the waters of the Atlantic.

Pier, Stonington Harbor © Harold Davis

Pier, Stonington Harbor © Harold Davis

Setting up my tripod amid tall grass and old lobster traps, I ignored the mosquitoes buzzing my ankles, and focused on the pilings and stone walls across the inlet from Stonington’s commercial fishing pier.

Also posted in Monochrome

Infinite Repeating Flower Pattern

© Harold Davis

Repeating Flower Pattern - Proof of Concept

Repeating Flower Pattern - Proof of Concept

Top: Photographed on a light box (FAQ, Workshops); composited with flipped mirror of itself twice to create repeating, infinite pattern. Bottom two: LAB inversions (webinar recording).

Two iPhone Floras

Succulent

Succulent © Harold Davis

Air plant

Air plant © Harold Davis

Also posted in iPhone

Dahlia Petals

Yesterday I photographed my dahlias on a literal table (the term “table-top photography” can sometimes be a bit figurative), using sunlight, a telephoto macro lens, and a low-to-the-ground tripod to make portraits of the petals.

Dahlia Petals Purple © Harold Davis

Dahlia Petals Purple © Harold Davis

Dahlia Petals Red Yellow © Harold Davis

Dahlia Petals Red Yellow © Harold Davis

Dance of the Seven Dahlia Petals © Harold Davis

Dance of the Seven Dahlia Petals © Harold Davis

Are you an experienced photographer who enjoys photographing flowers? If so, you might consider my Flower Photography Intensive: 4-Day Masterclass in Flower Photography, scheduled for June 2017 in Berkeley, CA. We will explore some of the advanced nuances of light box photography for floral transparency, and work on flower photography in the field and studio. Click here for more information and registration.

Also posted in Flowers

Rockland Breakwater

The Rockland, Maine breakwater is a loosely laid wall of large granite rocks that protects Rockland harbor, and stretches about a mile out to a lighthouse. The photo below shows the breakwater in its causeway aspect, while I used the motion of the waves on a float anchored to the causeway and a longish time exposure (two minutes) to create the still water effect in the image shown underneath.

Rockland Breakwater 1 © Harold Davis

Rockland Breakwater 1 © Harold Davis

Rockland Breakwater 2 © Harold Davis

Rockland Breakwater 2 © Harold Davis

Also posted in Landscape, Monochrome

Penobscot Crossing

The observatory at the top of the bridge across the Penobscot Narrows bills itself as the highest bridge observatory in the world. Be that as it may, on a rainy day the lines and shapes of this interesting bridge became an abstract from above, particularly when crossed with the wake of a motor boat.

Penobscot Crossing © Harold Davis

Penobscot Crossing © Harold Davis

Also posted in Monochrome