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

Posted in iPhone, Italy, Photography

Coming into Naples

Coming into Naples, an incredible snarl of traffic. This is take-no-prisoners driving, and really kind of fun to watch in a madcap way. Particularly since it wasn’t me driving.

Bay of Naples © Harold Davis

Bay of Naples © Harold Davis

We were met at the train station by Fabio, our unflappable driver, and Lavinia, our wonderful guide. They drove us to the heights above Naples to photograph the great Bay of Naples as the sun was setting (you can see Vesuvius the volcano in the photo).

Naples is a fascinating, noisy, incredible, and underrated city. It is the most densely populated city in Europe. There are some wild and wonderful things to photograph near our hotel, which is located in the heart of the old city. I am glad to be getting to know Naples a bit, but think it would take much time to really understand this city.

Posted in Italy, Landscape, 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

Posted in iPhone, Italy

Leaning Tower

On our way from Florence to Cinque Terre on the Ligurian Coast of Italy, we stopped to climb the Leaning Tower—Torre Pendente in Italian—of Pisa. It’s a marvelous structure, even if it does “lean in” (as they say these days)! But experientially, the visit has some disorienting aspects across several domains.

Leaning Tower © Harold Davis

Leaning Tower © Harold Davis

First, there’s the physical disorientation of climbing a spiral stair that is on an angle, and passing windows that are successively just a little bit sideways. By the way, I saw a woman climb these stairs in the highest of heels, quite a feat! But I digress.

Something about this disorientation leads to a popular phenomenon: the “selfie” with the Leaning Tower that uses perspective to distort the scale of things. In these selfies, the perpetrator is either “pushing” the tower over, or “propping” it up with gigantic figures out of proportion compared to the tower.

There always seems to be a crowd at the Leaning Tower’s piazza: sellers of plastic models, police, tourists, crowds. Gated admission is by advance ticket sales in groups every 15 minutes, with security pat-downs. This is not a quiet place, in fact it is a bit overwhelming. Security is very tight, no bags of any sort are allowed up the tower (don’t even dream of taking your tripod!).

So this is the other facet of disorientation: modern life seems to intrude in an objectionable way in a place that is visited because of a structure that didn’t perform to specifications and is almost a thousand years old. Go figure!

When all is said and done, if you get the chance, don’t miss climbing the tower.  It’s worth the disorientation and logistical hassles.

Posted in Italy, Monochrome

Harold in Italy

How amazing it is to leave California in the afternoon, transit through an airline haze of mediocre movies and reading materials, and more-or-less the next morning to arrive in Italy!

Ponte Vechio Night Reflections © Harold Davis

Ponte Vechio Night Reflections © Harold Davis

Here in Florence I have enjoyed photographing the Ponte Vechio and the Duomo. In a little I meet my group, and the adventure continues!

Posted in Photography

Off to Italy Monday; Early Registration Discount for Paris in the Spring Ends Soon

Italy: I am totally, totally excited to be off to Italy on Monday to lead a destination photo workshop. Phyllis and I have been planning this trip for over a year! I’m totally psyched to see it actually happening, and very excited about the locations, hotels, restaurants, and new and old friends who will be with me. Can’t wait to get out my camera on Italian soil! I’ve been charged by a friend to photograph some of the meals we’ll be eating, so that also is (so to speak) on my plate. You can click here to see exactly where we will be going! (PDF download)

Paris: My photography group the first week of May 2016 in Paris is starting to come together. So if this destination photo workshop interests you, to take advantage of the early-registration discount, please drop us an email. You can click here for the detailed itinerary, and here for the Reservation form. Please let us know if you have any questions!


Last but not least: In the planning stages: a week in a Tuscany in an historic rural farmhouse near Sienna, Italy in October, 2016 with a small group; and a follow-on week in Venice in the October-November 2016 time-frame. If either (or both!) of these seem intriguing, drop us a line to be added to the interest lists.

And save the date: My last webinar with Topaz Labs was so much fun, and so popular, that I’ll be doing it again: on Tuesday, January 12, 2016 at 2PM. This one is Beyond Photography: Painterly Effects with Topaz, and I am looking forward to going completely wild! The webinar is free, but pre-registration is required—stay tuned for the registration link, which is yet to come.

Speaking of staying tuned: Please consider bookmarking my Workshops & Events page. My contact info is here, and you can subscribe to my email list or my blog by email here.

The Kingdom of Magic Shall Prevail © Harold Davis

The Kingdom of Magic Shall Prevail © Harold Davis

Posted in Workshops

Presentation Matters: Why Book Publishers Should Care About Quality

Roger Horton is the CEO of Taylor & Francis (T&F), one of the world’s largest publishers of academic and professional titles. T&F is one of the companies in the Informa Group, a multi-national player with 6,500 employees world-wide and multi-billion dollar revenues. Here’s part of the Informa mission statement:

We operate in the Knowledge & Information Economy, delivering products and services to commercial and academic customers through an array of media, from digital to print to face-to-face. Through this engagement, we share knowledge, insight and intelligence in specialty topics, and we provide connectivity to expert communities.

T&F has bulked up via acquisitions over the years, with Routledge a major acquisition in 1998, and CRC Press acquired in 2003. More recently, Focal Press, one of my publishers, was acquired. Focal has a very long and distinguished history of publishing photography books since the 1930s, but now has essentially been gutted, with the imprint recast as a division of Routledge.


Getting back to Mr. Horton (as you’ll recall, he is the CEO of the conglomerate that swallowed Focal Press, one of my publishers), in a financial presentation to shareholders, he has stated that “content quality is king: print, e-books, online are merely the delivery tools.”

In other words, content divorced from its presentation is now seen as the key to the publishing kingdom. This content can be sliced, diced, and resold at a profit without having to worry about the high production or inventory cost of decently produced physical books (or the production costs of well-produced e-Books, for that matter).


I don’t want to pick on Mr. Horton too much. It’s hard to argue with the proposition that great content is, well, great. And T&F and Informa are hardly alone among big publishers in wanting to have friction-less profits based on content by itself, without having to worry about the headaches that come from producing and inventorying physical goods. To paraphrase the author Erica Jong, whose first book used the idea in a very different context, this is the dream of “zipless” publishing where virtual stuff—the ideas of experts and academics—becomes spun into monetary value for company shareholders in our physical world.


My new book, Achieving Your Potential As a Photographer: A Photographer’s Creative Companion and Workbook, was published just before Focal Press was gutted by T&F. I am very proud of the content, photographs, design, and production that went into my book. It is the last book that I will be publishing with T&F—despite a multi-book contract with Focal—because the reconstituted company simply doesn’t have a commitment to quality trade book production. My understanding is that the reason T&F has canceled my contracts is because they don’t want to live up to the quality book production standards I had written into the contracts before I signed them in 2014.

In Achieving Your Potential As a Photographer, I strongly urge readers to draw their own creative line in the sand to become the best artists that they can be.

I am the author and producer of 18 bestselling photography books that my wife, Phyllis Davis, has designed. So this is one place as an artist, photographer, and writer that I am drawing my own line in the sand. When it comes to photography books, the quality of the design, reproduction, and book production does matter—a great deal!!!

In fact, generally quality of design is a huge factor in this world, whether one is dealing in old fashioned domains or in high technology. Regarding technology, Steve Jobs’s Apple is a great case in point, showing how quality design and quality physical production add tremendous value to what would otherwise be fairly generic products.

I am committed to working as an artisan across the domains of content production. Whether I am creating books for trade publication, e-Books, fine-art prints, handmade books, or online learning tools, I will only do so with elegance, grace, and style. The timeless idea of quality can be appreciated and will be rewarded whether the mechanisms of production are the latest in high-tech printers, or as ancient as hand-made, one-off construction.

A publisher that willfully ignores the difficult issues of quality in production is definitely off-the-rails. They are looking at books and content in a very shortsighted way, and missing the forest for the trees. Yes, it does take time, money, and effort to get things right—but getting things right is always worth doing.



Posted in Writing

Photograph Paris in the Spring

If not now, when? What about the May 1 – May 7 2016 destination photography workshop, Photograph Paris with Harold Davis in the Springtime?


If I am not for myself, who will be for me? Click here for Itinerary and Reservation info.

Posted in Photography

Discount Codes for Topaz Labs Creative Landscape Photography with Harold Davis Webinar

I’m appreciative that Topaz Labs allowed me to present my landscape photography in a webinar, and also to explain some of the techniques I use. One of the neat things about this kind of live format is that hundreds, if not thousands, of people from around the world can attend online.

Whether or not you attended the webinar, you can take advantage of the associated discount code for Topaz software. The discount code is “haroldweb2″ [no quotes], and will get you a 25% discount on all Topaz products. This discount is only good until Sunday, Oct 25, 2015. The link to shop Topaz is


If you missed my webinar, and would like to view the recording, after it has been edited it will be posted on

Posted in Photography, Workshops

Special Harold Davis Print Offer

It’s time for holiday giving—or for a great present for yourself! We are offering four prints of my most iconic images. Each print is hand-crafted in my studio using archival inks, hand-signed using acid-free ink by yours truly, and printed on archival Moab Juniper Baryta Rag 305 gsm. Your choice of print is $250 (including shipping within the continental United States). This represents a substantial discount (roughly 75%) compared to our standard retail pricing by way of thanks for buying directly from the artist (that would be me!). The quartet of four Harold Davis prints can be yours (for a nice additional discount) at $795 for all four.

Please also keep our art editions in mind: We have limited hand-made copies of our acclaimed Botanique and the Kumano Kodo portfolio available!

Harold Davis-Iconic Prints
Some details: Click here to learn more about Harold Davis printsAlone I Stand and Road Less Traveled are printed roughly 11″ X 14″. Camellia and Nautilus on Black are printed roughly 12″ X 12″. More about the images below. Each print is $250 including shipping within the continental United States (contact us for international shipping costs), or $795 for all four including shipping. California residents add sales tax. Place orders no later than December 1, 2015 for Christmas delivery.

Placing a print order: To place a print order, send us an email or contact us by phone. We accept checks, credit cards (MC and Visa), and Paypal.

About Alone I Stand

A book contract brought me back to Yosemite Valley for several successive winters. Exploring the valley floor following a massive snowstorm, I found this indomitable old tree standing tall against the weather in Leidig Meadow. Mindful of the great artistic and photographic heritage of art depicted Yosemite, as I created this image I kept the heroic paintings of Albert Beirstadt in mind—as Beirstadt’s romantic view of Westward expansion echoed the theme of the ancient but indomitable tree standing tall against the weather.

Alone I Stand © Harold Davis

Alone I Stand © Harold Davis

About Camellia

Photographing this image of an almost perfectly symmetrical Camellia Japonica was a controlled exercise in using a bracketed sequence of photos to build up a low-key image, starting from the darkest image. Technical concerns aside, as an artist my goal was to create a feeling of softness that enhanced and complemented the gradual shade into darkness, bringing out the sensuality of this gorgeous flower.

Camellia Japonica © Harold Davis

Camellia Japonica © Harold Davis

About Road Less Traveled

In his famous poem, Robert Frost wrote about two diverging roads, and about taking the one less traveled. The Green Dragon Buddhist Monastery nestles under the bluffs on the north side of the Marin Headlands, California. Departing after a retreat from the Monastery, I looked back at the road and saw two paths, one less traveled. Considering my own life as an artist belonging but apart from the society around me, I realized that my path would always be one that is less traveled. My way would be different, and not for the faint of heart. With these thoughts, I composed my image, and made my photo.

Road Less Traveled by Harold Davis

Road Less Traveled © Harold Davis

About Nautilus on Black

This image of a cross-section of a Nautilus shell represents to me the symmetry and order that can be found in the heart of nature, which paradoxically combines order and disorder in a most anarchic but orderly way. In the imperfection of the world lies its perfection, perhaps nowhere better exemplified than in the famous Nautilus spiral.

Nautilus by Harold Davis

Nautilus on Black © Harold Davis

Posted in Photography

Workshop: From iPhone to Art

From iPhone to ART: The Art of iPhoneography

A Full-Day workshop with 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.

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.

Master photographer and Photoshop guru par-excellence will show you some of the apps he uses to finish his iPhone images. Advanced topics will include texturizing and layering iPhone images.

Registration: (RSVP Yes to Register and pay the tuition, or contact us to pay by check)

Where: MIG Meeting Place, 800 Hearst Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94710

When: Saturday May 21, 2016, 9:45AM

Tuition: $99 per person.

What to bring: Your iPhone, and a sense of fun, wonder, and play! Prepare for the iPhone experience of a lifetime.

Maple Leaves © Harold Davis

About Harold Davis

Harold Davis is an internationally-known digital artist and award-winning professional photographer. He is the author of many bestselling photography books including The Way of the Digital Photographer (Peachpit Press, awarded as a Top 10 Best 2013 Photography Book of the Year by Harold Davis’s most recent book is Achieving Your Potential As a Photographer: A Photographer’s Creative Companion and Workbook (Focal Press). His Photographing Flowers (Focal Press) is a noted photography “classic,” and is rated the Best Guide to Flower Photography byDigital Photographer Magazine.

In addition to his activity as a bestselling book author, Harold Davis is an Adobe Influencer, a Moab Master printmaker and a Zeiss Lens Ambassador. Harold Davis’s work is in collections around the world. It is licensed by art publishers, in annual reports, and has appeared in numerous magazines and many publications.

Pagoda in Nara © Harold Davis

Harold’s black and white prints have been described as “hauntingly beautiful” by Fine Art Printer Magazine, and his floral prints have been called “ethereal,” with “a purity and translucence that borders on spiritual” by Popular Photography.

Recently Harold Davis’s work has been exhibited in venues including Photokina in Cologne, Germany, PhotoPlus Expo in New York, the Gallery Photo in Oakland, California, the Arts & Friends Gallery in Heidelberg, Germany, and the Awagami Gallery in Japan.

Harold Davis has led destination photography workshops to many locations including Paris, France; Spain and Morocco; and the ancient Bristlecone Pines of the eastern Sierra Nevada Mountains in California.

Les Deux Magots © Harold Davis

Harold’s popular online course on, Photographing Flowers, has thousands of students. His ongoing photography workshops in partnership with institutions such as Point Reyes Field Seminars, the Center for Photographic Art in Carmel, California, Maine Media Workshops, and the Heidelberg Summer School of Photography are continually in demand and popular.

According to Rangefinder Magazine, Harold Davis is “a man of astonishing eclectic skills and accomplishments.” You can learn more about Harold and his work at his website, and on his blog,

Path beside the Rhine © Harold Davis

Caddy © Harold Davis

Posted in Workshops

Workshop: Get Your Camera Off Auto

Full Day Workshop: Get Your Camera Off Automatic with Harold Davis

Have you always wanted to take fantastic photos, but somehow they never seem to come out as well as you see them in your mind’s eye?

By leaving their camera in one of the programmed automatic modes many photographers fail to realize their full creative potential. At the same time, if you don’t shoot manually you won’t learn the basic concepts of photography. In this intensive one-day workshop you will learn all you need to know to successfully support your creative vision by using your camera to its full potential.

Besides presentations from award-winning master photographer Harold Davis, this workshop uses hands-on exercises to “cement-in” the concepts you will learn. So please bring your camera, camera manual, and tripod (if you have one).

Who is this workshop for?
If you’ve been enjoying shooting digital photos, but don’t really understand the underlying photographic concepts or what the camera settings do this workshop is a fun way to get quickly up to speed.

Perhaps you are used to shooting film and want to get up to speed on the concepts of digital photography. Then this intensive “Digital Photography 101” workshop may be for you.

Intermediate digital photographers may also be interested in this workshop as an easy way to help them reinforce and remember what they’ve previously learned.

Registration: (RSVP Yes to Register and pay the tuition, or contact us to pay by check)

Where: MIG Meeting Place, 800 Hearst Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94710

When: Saturday January 23, 2016, 9:45AM

Tuition: $99 per person.

What to bring: Your camera, camera manual, tripod (if you have one), and a sense of fun and wonder!

Beneath the Pont de la Concorde © Harold Davis

9:45AM – Workshop orientation
10:00 – Fundamental concepts: Exposure, the exposure triangle, aperture, f-stops, shutter speed, sensitivity (ISO), sensor size, focal length, focus
11:00 – Setting your camera using the basic concepts
11:30 – Camera Clinic – first session
12:00 – Hands-on exercises
1:00 – Lunch break
1:45PM – Exercise review and concept refresher
2:30 – From camera to computer and digital post-production
3:30 – Hands-on exercises
4:30 – Review, wrap-up, and Q&A
5:30 – Camera Clinic – second session

What past participants have said about this workshop:

“It was a great day filled with both opportunities to practice and many words of wisdom from Harold.”

“This was a most informative and interesting workshop. It covered the things I wanted to learn about, and I left satisfied. I recommend it to anyone who wants a good basic class.”

About Harold Davis

Harold Davis is an award-winning professional photographer and widely recognized as one of the leading contemporary photographers.

He is the author of more than 30 books, including Photographing Flowers: Exploring Macro Worlds with Harold Davis (Focal Press), The Photoshop Darkroom 2: Creative Digital Transformations (Focal Press), and The Photoshop Darkroom: Creative Digital Post-Processing (Focal Press).

Harold is the author of the Creative Photography series from Wiley Publishing.

“Harold Davis’s Creative Photography series is a great way to start a photography library”—Daniel Fealko, PhotoFidelity.

The Creative titles include: Creative Landscapes: Digital Photography Tips & Techniques (Wiley), Creative Lighting: Digital Photography Tips & Techniques (Wiley), Creative Portraits: Digital Photography Tips & Techniques (Wiley), Creative Black & White: Digital Photography Tips & Techniques (Wiley), Creative Composition: Digital Photography Tips & Techniques (Wiley), Creative Night: Digital Photography Tips & Techniques (Wiley), Creative Close-Ups: Digital Photography Tips & Techniques (Wiley). He’s also written a book on the fundamentals of exposure, Light & Exposure for Digital Photographers (O’Reilly Media).


Posted in Photography

Early Registration Discount Ends Soon: Photographing Paris in the Spring

Photographing Paris in the Spring with Harold Davis

A $500 early-registration discount applies before October 31, 2015. Click here to download the Reservation Form.

There’s nothing like photographing Paris in the spring! Let’s spend a week together this May making photos in Paris, and having a great time.

Photography begins with the medium of light, which the artist captures and applies to the canvas in endlessly surprising ways. And what better place to explore this medium than Paris, the City of Light?

Join acclaimed photographer Harold Davis for the experience of a lifetime in Paris, the birthplace of photography. There you’ll have the opportunity to experience firsthand the places and sights that have inspired artists for centuries.

Paris Sunset © Harold Davis

Paris Sunset © Harold Davis

We’ll focus our lenses on Paris in bloom, Paris at night, and Paris in black & white, reinterpreting for ourselves some of the images that have been captured in paint and on film by many great artists, including Daguerre, Monet, Atget, Picasso, and Erwitt. We’ll have a grand time photographing and we’ll return home with many priceless shots to treasure!

Photo tour includes an excursion to Monet’s famous gardens at Giverny, with exclusive after-hours artist access.

Double Rainbow over Paris © Harold Davis

Double Rainbow over Paris © Harold Davis

Harold’s photographs of Paris have appeared in books, exhibitions, and been published worldwide on travel sites.

Here’s what some participants in past Photograph Paris with Harold Davis Workshops had to say:

Eiffel Tower from Sacré Coeur © Harold Davis

Eiffel Tower from Sacré Coeur © Harold Davis

  • “Had an awesome time with Harold and the workshop participants.  Itching to go back.  If you’re a photographer, Paris at night is a ‘Must Do!’.  Put it on your bucket list ‘cause you may not see this in Heaven.”
  • “Photographing Paris at night in the company of a group of fellow photographers had instant appeal.  Inspired by the scenes of Brassai, I imagined myself at the top of the steps at Montmartre, taking wonderful black-and-white images.  I already admired Harold Davis, and had confidence that he would lead us to fantastic places – and he did!  What came as a delightful surprise was the level of talent and variety of approaches that my fellow travelers employed to capture the marvelous churches, gardens, and people of Paris, Giverny, and Fontainebleau.  I learned from every one of them.  And what an agreeable group of travel companions they were! A once-in-a-lifetime experience that I plan to repeat next spring!”
  • “Harold has great skill, without the ego of most master photographers. Travel arrangements were perfect.”
  • “One thing I really liked about the photo tour that Harold set up is that we had plenty of time to photograph in the best locations, and really prioritized when the light would be good.”

Where: The group will be based out of a centrally located, elegant and comfortable 4-star centrally located Parisian hotel, such as the Hôtel d’Aubusson (or similar). The Hôtel d’Aubusson is on the left bank of the Seine, in the heart of the 5th Arondissment, and is located near many of the prime photographic locations.

When: Sunday May 1, 2016 (leave US April 30) to Saturday May 7, 2016 (six nights and seven days).

Group Size: This exclusive, small photo workshop tour is limited to ten photographers (non-photographer significant others are also welcome).

Pont Solferino © Harold Davis

Pont Solferino © Harold Davis

Click here for details and theDay-by-day itinerary and here for the Reservation Form. I look forward to photographing Paris with you!

Posted in Workshops

Spider Web Bokeh

The other day dawned here in Berkeley, California with low, clinging fog. It was like being in the middle of a cloud. The thing about this kind of weather is that it’s rare—and wonderful—to have the water droplets in the fog physically on myriad objects. Truly, they look like nature’s perfection, and it is paradise photographing delicate plants and the webs of spiders when these gentle fog drops stay put. Mostly, this is in the autumn when spiders begin to spin their webs in earnest.

Spider Web Bokeh © Harold Davis

Spider Web Bokeh © Harold Davis

The kids, as always, were up early, and so was I. When I noticed the wondrous fog, I threw on some clothes, gathered my camera with a Zeiss 50mm f/2 macro lens, put an extension tube in my pocket, and headed up the hillside to hunt water drops on spider webs.

My thought was to look for out-of-focus patterns in the light reflecting from the fog droplets on a spider web, with the term bokeh covering the general rubric of attractive out-of-focus photography.

Wet Spider Web 2 © Harold Davis

Wet Spider Web 2 © Harold Davis

Clearly, the Zeiss prime lenses are very sharp. But one thing that is less obvious that I also love about these lenses is how well they render out-of-focus areas.

As I advise in Achieving Your Potential As a Photographer: A Photographer’s Creative Companion and Workbook, it sometimes enhances a photographic quest to set technical limits. So I decided to only use the maximum aperture on my lens (f/2). Besides photographing wide-open, I planned to use aperture-priority metering, to shoot handheld (as opposed to on a tripod), and to include at least some out-of-focus elements in every frame.

Wet Spider Web © Harold Davis

Wet Spider Web © Harold Davis

With these constraints in mind, I started finding spider webs covered in morning dew. Bokeh and out-of-focus or not, the background was important to me. I needed a spider web with a clean background without wires, trash cans, or cars.

Higher and higher up the hills I went, and just as the sun was starting to burn through the fog and evaporate the water drops, I found a delightful web in great light at the crest of the hills that dominate this side of the San Francisco Bay area.

Of course, even with a fixed aperture, and letting the aperture-preferred metering handle the exposures, there were many variables that impacted the bokeh: the focus point I chose, how out-of-focus I threw the image, the directionality of the focus blur, and whether or not I used an extension tube.

Related stories: Natural Jewelry; Within the Web; Web Architecture; Web Solarization; Nature’s Harp. Also check out my book, Photographing Waterdrops.

Posted in Patterns, Water Drops

Digital Pop Art

It’s fun sometimes to make the colors really pop, as in this pair of images. The bottom floral, of Gerberas and Crysanthemums, was photographed on a light box. I then inverted the image in LAB to arrive at the upper version, Gerberas and Crysanthemums Inversion. This kind of work is probably better seen and evaluated as digital Pop Art than as photography.

Chrysanthemums and Gerberas Inversion © Harold Davis

Chrysanthemums and Gerberas Inversion © Harold Davis

Do you prefer more traditional looking work? Check out (for example) these iconic images of mine, or my Kumano Kodo portfolio. Digital photography as a medium is truly a big tent than enables many stylistic possibilities and artistic proclivities. It’s for this reason that I like to say I am a digital artist using photographs as my source material. This is a more complex and more accurate description than the anachronistic label “photographer.”

Chrysanthemums and Gerberas © Harold Davis

Chrysanthemums and Gerberas © Harold Davis

Some related stories: Low Geostationary and Decaying Orbits around the Clematis Inversion; Ringing Cedars Covers; Is It Photography?

Posted in Abstractions, Photography