Ranunculi in a Blue Bowl

Ranunculi is the plural of ranunculus and I think makes a better plural for this wonderful flower than “ranunculuses.” By whatever plural form, Ranunculi in a Blue Bowl forms the third of a trio of blossoms-in-a-blue-bowl imagery. The other two images are shown in Orchids in a Blue Bowl and Clematis in a Blue Bowl, and are also shown in this story beneath my ranunculi.

Ranunculi in a Blue Bowl© Harold Davis

Ranunculi in a Blue Bowl © Harold Davis

Orchids in a Blue Bowl © Harold Davis

Orchids in a Blue Bowl © Harold Davis

Clematis in a Blue Bowl © Harold Davis

Clematis in a Blue Bowl © Harold Davis

Posted in Flowers, Photography

Kerry’s Bouquet

It’s a great pleasure to have a surprise bouquet of flowers show up on our front porch—perhaps particularly when one has really done nothing to merit the sumptuous arrangement. If one is then compelled to partially deconstruct the floral arrangement to create a composition on one’s light box, well then, I am afraid that is what flowers can expect when they enter my environs—and I can only assure the donor of the flowers that the flowers did their duty in what I believe to be a good cause. Perhaps the flowers may find consolation in Shakespeare’s Sonnet 18 (“So long lives this and this gives life to thee”) along the floral route to immortality.

Kerry's Bouquet © Harold Davis

Kerry’s Bouquet © Harold Davis

Interested in how I made this image? Please consider my Photographing Flowers for Transparency workshop.

Posted in Flowers

Spring Wreath

Here’s a spring wreath of flowers composed on my light box for you to enjoy! Happy spring!

Spring Wreath © Harold Davis

Spring Wreath © Harold Davis

Interested in how I made this image? Please consider my Photographing Flowers for Transparency workshop.

Posted in Flowers

Photograph Paris (and Giverny) the first week of May!

Paris Sunset © Harold Davis

Paris Sunset © Harold Davis

Pyramide © Harold Davis

Pyramide © Harold Davis

Double Rainbow Pano over Paris © Harold Davis

Double Rainbow Pano over Paris © Harold Davis

Paris, as Audrey Hepburn said, is always a good idea. Please consider joining my small group of photographers in Paris (and, oh yeah, at the Monet gardens in Giverny!) the first week in May, 2016.

Click here for the detailed day-by-day itinerary (PDF), here for the Prospectus, and here for the Reservation Form. If you are interested, please let me know right away.

Monet's Lily Pond at Giverny © Harold Davis

Monet’s Lily Pond at Giverny © Harold Davis

Giverny © Harold Davis

Giverny © Harold Davis

Posted in Workshops

Punch Bowl

This image looking down on a glass bowl is one of a series of fractal-like images I’ve made that are constructed by adding the initial image to successively reduced versions of itself.

© Harold Davis

Punch Bowl © Harold Davis

The other kicker is that each of these images has something unexpected embedded at the innermost fractal single pixel level: my initials at the end of the doors in World without End, my face on a tiny train in Old Train Bridge, and a miniature of the outer courtyard through the door in Hotel de Sully, which (without the fractal) is located near the Place des Vosges in Paris.

In fairness, I must add that these embellishments are at the pixel level, and likely cannot be seen from the versions of the images that are posted. A large print of each image and a magnifying glass would work better, since only I can open the master file in Photoshop at a high magnification.

Can you see what is embedded at the end of the long tunnel down the punch bowl?

Posted in Photography

Park Path and Reflection

I photographed this image in the Parc de Sceaux, which is located in the suburbs of Paris, France and accessible to the city center via light rail (RER).

Park Path and Reflection © Harold Davis

Park Path and Reflection © Harold Davis

Posted in France, Landscape, Paris, Photography

Monet’s Lily Pond at Giverny

This May will mark my fourth visit to Giverny in three years—each time a kind of pilgrimage to this extraordinary and iconic place. Along with Ansel Adams’s prints of the American west, Claude Monet’s painterly abstractions of his wonderful water garden are a large part of what drew me into my life as an artist and photographer—so it is very special for me to be able to spend some time at Giverny.

Monet's Lily Pond at Giverny © Harold Davis

Monet’s Lily Pond at Giverny © Harold Davis

Posted in France

Double Rainbow Pano over Paris

This panorama of a double rainbow over Paris was shot during a spring rain storm from the Pont Solferino as I described in an earlier story. The pano consists of nine handheld pieces shot vertically, then combined and cropped in Photoshop to make a horizontal image. When I do this kind of photography with the intention of making a pano, and I don’t have a panoramic tripod head available, I’m careful to overlap images, and I try to keep in mind rotating around the nodal point for the image—which will be pretty close to what you’d get if you drew a virtual line to the ground from outermost lens element holding the camera in the center of the proposed composition.

Double Rainbow Pano over Paris © Harold Davis

Double Rainbow Pano over Paris © Harold Davis

Check out this panorama, photographed from behind a waterfall in the Columbia River Gorge.

Posted in France, Paris, Photography

Giverny

I am looking forward very much to visiting the gardens at Giverny again with my camera the first week of May! Here are some reflections in Monet’s famous ponds:

Reflections at Giverny © Harold Davis

Reflections at Giverny © Harold Davis

This photo shows the main entrance to Monet’s (definitely bourgeois) house:

Chez Monet © Harold Davis

Chez Monet © Harold Davis

Check out: Giverny via iPhone.

Posted in France

Pont Louis Philippe

An autumn afternoon in Paris on a somewhat sloppy day, with one of the channels of the Seine River photographed from the Pont Louis Philippe, and the golden light of late afternoon just beginning.

Pont Louis Philippe © Harold Davis

Pont Louis Philippe © Harold Davis

Exposure data: Nikon D800, Zeiss Distagon 35mm f/1.4 at f/1.4, handheld; 1/800 of a second at ISO 200.

Posted in France, Paris, Photography

Paris

Rooftops of Paris © Harold Davis

Rooftops of Paris © Harold Davis

Beneath the Pont de la Concorde © Harold Davis

Beneath the Pont de la Concorde © Harold Davis

Pyramide © Harold Davis

Pyramide © Harold Davis

Giverny © Harold Davis

Giverny © Harold Davis

Hotel de Sully, Paris © Harold Davis

Hotel de Sully, Paris © Harold Davis

There’s still time to join us photographing Paris in the spring (and Giverny with special after-hours artist access). Click here for the full itinerary, and here for the Reservation form.

Posted in Workshops

Southwest France Itinerary

If you’d like to armchair travel, we’ve sent out a day-by-day itinerary for the lucky photographers who will be traveling with me soon to the southwest of France. You can checkout the PDF by clicking this link! I am looking forward to this adventure with many good friends who have traveled with me before very much, and also look forward to making some new photography friends among my guests, and in France as well.

Valentre Bridge © Harold Davis

Valentre Bridge © Harold Davis

The destination photography workshop to the southwest of France is full, but we do have space in our Paris adventure the first week in May. Click here for the PDF itinerary, and here for the Reservation Form.

Rooftops of Paris © Harold Davis

Rooftops of Paris © Harold Davis

Posted in France, Workshops

Coming to Life

Following up on the theme of transformation in Metamorphosis (waterfall into human) and Dark Angel (flower into human), and the thoughts I’ve expressed about the new role of digital photography as an art medium in Nude Descending a Ladder, Coming to Life and Spiral Convolution (both below) show another twist: a spiral shell becoming human, or vice versa, that is to say, a human morph and convolution into the spiral structure of a shell.

Coming to Life © Harold Davis

Coming to Life © Harold Davis

Spiral Convolution © Harold Davis

Spiral Convolution © Harold Davis

Posted in Photography, Writing

Dark Angel

In a previous blog post I wrote that “digital techniques have freed us from the orthodoxy of the camera, just as in the past the camera freed painters from the orthodoxies of representational art. But once you go down the road of a new art from, in which digital manipulation joins with digital capture, there are no limits. In a world loose from its moorings, there should be no rules about how images are created…”

In this spirit, and following up on Metamorphosis, I created Dark Angel, shown below.

Dark Angel © Harold Davis

Dark Angel © Harold Davis

To create this image, I started with Angel Anemone:

Angel Anemone © Harold Davis

Angel Anemone © Harold Davis

From Angel Anemone, I prepared Darkling Anemone in color and then in black annd white:

Darkling Anemone Color © Harold Davis

Darkling Anemone Color © Harold Davis

Darkling Anemone Black and White © Harold Davis

Darkling Anemone Black and White © Harold Davis

Meanwhile, I revisiting an earlier in-camera Multiple Exposure, Human Spiral-Nautilus, chosen because of its resemblance to a natural history object when seen from a distance:

Human Spiral---Nautilus © Harold Davis

Human Spiral—Nautilus © Harold Davis

With the aid of a few Photoshop plug-ins (Topaz Glow and Topaz Impression) and creative use of blending modes, Human Spiral-Nautilus became Wheel of Life:

Wheel of Life © Harold Davis

Wheel of Life © Harold Davis

I then converted Wheel of Life to monochromatic and blended it (in two versions, one flipped horizontally) to create my final Dark Angel. Note that my title has absolutely no relationship to the TV series, video game, or book of the same name.

For no apparent earthly reason whatsoever, I conclude with Cold is the colour of crystal:

“Cold is the colour of crystal the snowlight
That falls from the heavenly skies”—Annie Lennox

Upper White River Falls © Harold Davis

Posted in Photography, Writing

Clematis in a Blue Bowl

I photographed Clematis in a Blue Bowl as a companion piece to Orchids in a Blue Bowl, shown far below and (with exposure and processing information) in this blog story.

Clematis in a Blue Bowl © Harold Davis

Clematis in a Blue Bowl © Harold Davis

Orchids in a Blue Bowl © Harold Davis

Orchids in a Blue Bowl © Harold Davis

Posted in Flowers, Photography