Avena Herb Farm

My favorite field trip during the Flower Photography workshop I gave at Maine Media Workshops was to Avena Herb Farm in Rockport, Maine. Avena Botanicals has a wonderful garden for photography where they make herbal tinctures, potions and salves the old-fashioned way: by hand, from botanicals (which is what is shown in the photo). But most of all, this is a place of spiritual beauty and serenity. Well worth a visit any time you are in the area!

At Avena Herb Farm © Harold Davis

At Avena Herb Farm © Harold Davis

Posted in Photography

Hope is for hostages

Hope is for Hostages © Harold Davis

Posted in Bemusements

Keith Carter and Ben Long

Yesterday dinner’s at Maine Media Workshop for faculty and staff was fun, with good eats and great company. Shown are two distinguished MMW colleagues, Keith Carter and Ben Long.

Keith Carter and Ben Long

Keith Carter & Ben Long © Harold Davis

Posted in Workshops

Boat from Underneath

The workshop studio is in a small complex of buildings. The other buildings all have to do with boat repair and boat sales. This is the reflection in the hull of one boat that is up on metal jacks outside the studio, shot with the a 21mm lens for the wide angle impact. I stopped the lens all the way down to f/22 to generate the starburst effect from the reflection of the sun.

Yacht © Harold Davis

Yacht © Harold Davis

Posted in Photography

Flowers on Black

I photographed these flowers just now on black seamless as a demonstration of a bracketed sequence for low-key HDR photography from my Maine Media flower photography workshop.

© Harold Davis

Flowers on Black © Harold Davis

Posted in Flowers, HDR, Photography

Mandahlia: Dahlia Mandala

The basis for this image is a photo I made today during a field trip with my Creative Flower Photography workshop here in Rockport, Maine at the Maine Media Workshops. We paid a visit to the wonderful Endless Summer Dahlia Farm, which markets tubers (bulbs) to “dahlia addicts” across the country. What a great privilege to be able to photograph in this stunning and serene place!

© Harold Davis

Mandahlia: Dahlia Mandala © Harold Davis

Posted in Flowers

Country Corner and Wild Fish Sex

I photographed this image of a bucolic corner here in Rockport, Maine where I am giving a workshop, and processed the image on my iPhone using Waterlogue.

Country Corner © Harold Davis

Country Corner © Harold Davis

Could this be the same quiet vacation and lobster paradise with all the “wild fish sex”? The capture shown was made in Rockport Harbor this morning early before my class!

Wild Fish Sex © Harold Davis

Wild Fish Sex © Harold Davis

Posted in iPhone

Welcome to Maine!

My workshop starts this evening, and I’ve had fun today exploring the mid-coast of Maine. I was lucky to visit the Owl’s Head Lighthouse just now, with a functioning light under the jurisdiction of the US Coastguard.

Owl's Head Light © Harold Davis

Owl’s Head Light © Harold Davis

Posted in Photography

Schloss Shadow

My bags are packed, I’m ready to go—so its the perfect time to work on some back images on my production machine. This castle shadow is from my recent stay in Heidelberg, Germany, photographed on a street as I wandered around after I gave my workshop.

Schloss Shadow © Harold Davis

Schloss Shadow © Harold Davis

Posted in Germany, Monochrome

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Castle Shadow © Harold Davis

Castle Shadow © Harold Davis

Painterly Floral Triptych © Harold Davis

Painterly Floral Triptych © Harold Davis

Posted in Flowers, iPhone, Photography, Writing

New Interview with Harold Davis

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Check out this great new interview with me by Kathleen McCaffrey on the Picsastock Blog. The interview explores (among other things) my interpretation, style, and process: “Photography is a way of sharing what we see—a very important part of who we are—with others. I like to create images that relate to some kind of order in the chaos of the universe, and at the same time speak to the poetry in nature and humanity that is always around us.” Click here to see the whole interview.

Posted in Writing

Workshop Opportunities

I am leaving to teach a workshop in Maine at the end of the coming week (I get to do some personal exploration of the Maine landscape with my camera and to eat lobster as well as teaching!). Before I leave I want to call your attention to some upcoming workshop and travel opportunities in the remainder of 2015 and the first half of 2016. Please note that my Workshops & Events page is always a good way to stay on top on what I have coming up.

The “most photogenic” Italian locations

First, please consider my two-week photo tour to what an Italian friend has called “the most photogenic places in Italy” beginning October 28, 2015. This very small group will visit Florence, Pisa, the five towns of Cinque Terre, Naples, Vesuvius, Pompei, Capri and Anacapri, Positano, and the Amalfi coast. If you consider the length of the photo tour and all that is included I think you will find it very reasonably priced. Please click here for details, and drop me an email if you’d like to come or need more info.

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Waves

On December 5, 2015 I’ll be giving a Waves Photography workshop sponsored by Point Reyes Field Seminars. This is a one-day workshop with classroom and field components that I have done for a numbers of years, and it usually sells out early. This year, I am strictly limiting the class size, so there will be even fewer places than in previous years. Great fun (and good photography) whether the waves are small (as they have been some years) or whether there is mighty Pacific surf (as in other years)!

Waves Long Exposure 5 © Harold Davis

Waves Long Exposure 5 © Harold Davis

Flowers for Transparency

In 2016 I have two workshops scheduled that may interest you. Photographing Flowers for Transparency, here in Berkeley, CA on the March 5-6, 2016 weekend, is filling up quickly, but there are still a few spots left.

Clematis on Black  © Harold Davis

Clematis on Black © Harold Davis

Achieve Your Potential in 2016

The 2016 edition of Achieving Your Potential As a Photographer is an ongoing mentoring opportunity; this time round we will be following the structured exercises in the workbook that accompanies my new book as well as working over a period of six months to fulfill our potentials. The initial session is scheduled for March 12-13, 2016.

Hall of Mirrors, Prague © Harold Davis

Hall of Mirrors © Harold Davis

Posted in Workshops

Achieving Your Potential As a Photographer is now available

My new book, Achieving Your Potential As a Photographer: A Photographer’s Creative Companion and Workbook, is now available and shipping. Per our family tradition, Katie Rose is shown with the new book cover. In addition to my images and words of wisdom, Achieving Your Potential includes a 48-page tear-out section you can use as your personal photography workbook to enhance your creativity. A pre-publication review in Rangefinder Magazine put it this way: “The indomitable Harold Davis—fine-art photographer, author, educator, all-around oracle—[has] now added to his extraordinary canon an interesting fusion of photographic wisdom and down-home advice.”

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Katie Rose with Achieving Your Potential cover © Harold Davis

For me, a trip down memory lane, here are some previous book covers with Katie Rose: Monochromatic HDR Photography; Creating HDR Photos; Photographing Flowers; Creative Landscapes; Photoshop Darkroom 2; Creative Portraits; Photoshop Darkroom; and Creative CompositionHa! Good thing Phyllis and I had Katie’s help with all these books, otherwise we never could have gotten ’em done.

Posted in Katie Rose, Writing

Creative Flower Photography with Harold Davis Webinar Recording

If you missed my webinar on Creative Flower Photography (sponsored by Topaz Labs), or were on the webinar and want to replay it, here’s the link for watching the Creative Flower Photography with Harold Davis webinar recording on YouTube. This webinar covers my unique workflow and processing techniques for creating transparent flower imagery starting with photography on a light box.

 

Star Magnolia © Harold Davis

Star Magnolia © Harold Davis

Posted in Workshops, Writing

Clematis on Black

I’ve edited the slide show on my website home page, www.digitalfieldguide.com, to include some new images including: Salutation to the Sun, Spires of Prague, House of Mirrors, and the Clematis on Black shown below. Check out the slide show on my home page!

Clematis on Black  © Harold Davis

Clematis on Black © Harold Davis

Posted in Flowers