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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

Departing

The long exposure motion blur in this image from the back of a Maine State Ferry makes the image general and dram-like. The departure could be from many places, with the cool green hills and an ambiguous structure in the distance balancing the strident and saturated flag above the wake of the departing ship.

Departing © Harold Davis

Departing © Harold Davis

Isleboro Ferry

Today I took my workshop class on a field trip to Isleboro, a short ferry ride from the Maine mainland. One of the techniques I asked the group to practice was intentionally hand-holding long exposures for a blurred look. This kind of blurring becomes one possible tool in the in-camera digital toolbox—tack sharp is not the only aesthetic choice when we make images. As an example, here is a long exposure image of the Isleboro ferry coming into the dock.

Isleboro Ferry © Harold Davis

Isleboro Ferry © Harold Davis

Exposure data: Nikon D810, 28-300mm lens at 90mm, six seconds at f/25 and ISO 64, +4 neutral density filter, circular polarizer, hand held; processed in Photoshop, Nik Silver Efex, and Perfect B&W.

Also posted in Monochrome

Sky View from the Olsen House

Today I photographed inside the Olsen House, where Andrew Wyeth made many of his most famous paintings. The bare rooms were really inspiring and visually interesting. While not particularly Andrew-Wyeth-esque, I thought this view of a chair in an empty room with a cloudscape out the window was fun!

Sky View (Olsen House) © Harold Davis

Sky View (Olsen House) © Harold Davis

Sailing Regatta

My friends Tom and Linda took me out for a sail on Penobscot Bay in Maine. They picked me up in Stonington harbor in their launch, and we motored out to their ship, the Linda Lee. All of a sudden we were in the middle of a sailing ship parade, with spinnakers and fantastic sails aloft and many, many ships at sea. Sailing ships like in a dream!

Sailing Regatta © Harold Davis

Sailing Regatta © Harold Davis

Three Poses and a Two-Fer

Contemplation © Harold Davis

Contemplation © Harold Davis

I had fun photographing a model from Los Angeles the other day. Mostly we did multiple exposures, but I also did some single poses. The single poses are shown above, and the first two below. The bottom image is an in-camera double exposure, with the same model appearing twice. I converted all images to black and white to keep the visual impact of these images simple. The model is Sera Ferron.

Wonder Why © Harold Davis

Wonder Why © Harold Davis

Figure Study Jumping © Harold Davis

Figure Study Jumping © Harold Davis

Me & Me © Harold Davis

Me & Me © Harold Davis

Also posted in Models, Monochrome

Romantic Roses on the iPhone at the Supermarket

I photographed this nifty display of roses at a local supermarket using my iPhone 6s, then processed them in my phone using different painterly effects while waiting on the checkout line. The upper version is processed in Photo Lab Pro, the middle is done in Prisma, and the bottom is a Waterlogue.

If you are interested in iPhone photography, check out my From iPhone to Art weekend workshop (the next session is scheduled for January 28-29, 2017).

© Harold Davis

Romantic Roses © Harold Davis

Roses via Prisma © Harold Davis

Roses via Prisma © Harold Davis

Roses via Waterlogue © Harold Davis

Roses via Waterlogue © Harold Davis

Also posted in iPhone

Fight Off Your Demons

This is an in-camera multiple exposure with six individual exposures with my camera set to Autogain. I varied the focal length between exposures to capture the model and her lace outfit in a variety of poses. Each shot was lit using studio strobes modified with a grid, and on one side a large soft box. The background was black seamless paper. I processed the image minimally in Photoshop, and added a texture from Flypaper for the final effect. Click here to check out some of my other multiple exposures of models.

Fight Off Your Demons © Harold Davis

Fight Off Your Demons © Harold Davis

Also posted in Models