Sale on My Photography Books on Amazon

Three of my eBooks on Amazon are now on sale for $9.99 each (the normal price has been between $15 and $23 each for these eBooks). They are Creative Black & White: Digital Photography Tips and Techniques (71 Amazon customer reviews, 4.6 out of 5 stars average rating); Creative Close-Ups: Digital Photography Tips and Techniques (62 Amazon customer reviews, 4.3 out of 5 stars), and Creative Composition: Digital Photography Tips and Techniques (37 Amazon customer reviews, 4.2 out of 5 stars). I hope you enjoy the Kindle versions of my highly-rated and very popular books at this special new price!

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Posted in Writing

Matilija Poppies and Friends

The wonderful Matilija Poppies, Romneya coulteri, are in full bloom in the East Bay hills across the water from San Francisco, California. White, platter-sized translucent flowers dominate a tall stem on a bush-like construction, with an intricate yellow central flower core. The Matilija is a genuine native of the southwest United States and California, and grows like a weed. Shown here with Echinacea and Clematis from our garden (the blue Clematis is hidden behind the more frontal Matilija).

© Harold Davis

Matilija Poppies and Friends on Black © Harold Davis

© Harold Davis

Matilija Poppies and Friends on Paper © Harold Davis

© Harold Davis

Matilija Poppies and Friends on White © Harold Davis

Top: On black, via LAB conversion; middle: placed on a paper background in post-production; bottom: photographed on a light box.

Related image: Peonies.

Posted in Flowers

Photographed with a DSLR and Processed on My iPhone!

I photographed these three images with my “Big Boy” camera—a Nikon DSLR—then copied them to my iPhone and processed them on my iPhone using the Waterlogue app. The original images are Succulent from our Garden, Willow Reflections, Giverny, and Under the Weeping Willow at Giverny. What a wild world of mash-ups where one can do something like this: shoot an image with a high-resolution conventional camera, complete the post-production using a powerful computer, then run the whole thing through a mobile phone filter!

Harold Davis - Succulent waterlogue

Succulent from our Garden © Harold Davis

Willow Reflections, Giverny © Harold Davis

Willow Reflections, Giverny © Harold Davis

© Harold Davis

Under the Weeping Willow at Giverny © Harold Davis

Posted in iPhone, Photography

What’s it like to join a Harold Davis Destination Photo Workshop?

Want to see what joining a Harold Davis destination photography workshop is like? Check out this wonderful PDF book by Romantic Southwest of France participant Katie Kutschinski (thanks Katie!!!). It’s the next best thing to being there.

Mas de Garrigue © Harold Davis

Mas de Garrigue © Harold Davis

Upcoming trip: Please consider joining us for a magnificent destination photography week in Venice, Italy this October. Click here for more info.

Stay tuned! We’re planning one or two very special destination travel workshops for 2017. As these plans move towards reality, they will be posted on my Workshops & Events page—or you can subscribe to my email list or blog for notifications.

Posted in Workshops

Succulent from our Garden

Succulent from our Garden © Harold Davis

Succulent from our Garden © Harold Davis

Fortunately, this succulent was in a planter so I could bring it indoors and out of the wind to photograph. 85mm macro, nine exposures at shutter speeds from 1/4 of a second to 2 minutes, each exposure at f/64 and ISO 100; tripod mounted; processed and converted to black and white in Adobe Camera RAW, Photoshop, Nik HDR Efex Pro, and Nik Silver Efex Pro.

Posted in Monochrome

Peonies

Peonies on Black © Harold Davis

Peonies on Black © Harold Davis

Peonies on a Scanned Paper Background © Harold Davis

Peonies on a Scanned Paper Background © Harold Davis

Peonies on White © Harold Davis

Peonies on White © Harold Davis

Peonies on White (bottom) is a photo composite created from 18 individual 36MP captures on a light box photographed for transparency. Peonies on Black (top) is an LAB L-channel adjustment (an inversion) of the image on white. Peonies on a Scanned Paper Background (middle) shows the white version added to a background that was created by scanning a somewhat aged sheet of paper..

Posted in Flowers

Old Train Bridge near Calvignac, France

I clambered up the steep embankment, and followed the faint path that ducked under the barbed-wire fence. Once on the train tracks, I headed onto the old bridge across the Lot River rural France.

© Harold Davis

Old Train Bridge near Calvignac, France © Harold Davis

Clearly, these tracks weren’t in use. Still, there’s something about being planted squarely in the middle of train tracks on an old, rusty bridge high above a rushing river that gets the blood flowing (almost as fast as the water below)!

Old Train Bridge near Calvignac, France (Black & White) © Harold Davis

Old Train Bridge (Black & White) © Harold Davis

Zeiss 35mm lens at f/16 and ISO 100, ten exposures at shutter speeds from 0.4 of a second to 1/500 of a second, tripod mounted. Processed in Adobe Camera RAW, Bik HDR Efex Pro, and Photoshop. Black and white conversion using Photoshop, Nik Silver Efex Pro, and Perfect B&W.

Related image: Old Train Bridge, Maine.

Posted in France, HDR, Monochrome

Flowers at Monet’s Giverny and at Home

Willow Reflections, Giverny © Harold Davis

Willow Reflections, Giverny © Harold Davis

Scarab of Flowers © Harold Davis

Scarab of Flowers © Harold Davis

Posted in Photography

Nocturnes Exhibition and Competition at the Southeast Center for Photography

I am the juror for Nocturnes a competition and exhibition based around night photography at the Southeast Center for Photography.

Here’s the description:  A nocturne is a musical composition that is inspired by, or evocative of, the night. Enter your best photos that express the poetry of the night referentially in visual symbolism. Show us you night images, your light painting talents. Imagery should be evocative of the night and our human relationship to nocturnal darkness. Structures are okay, as is the urban landscape. It’s fine to include celestial features such as star trails or the Milky Way, but images should include terrestrial markings as well; this will be an exhibition about the human relationship, and feelings about the night.

Submissions close on June 5, 2016. Click here for the prospectus for the competition and exhibition.

Edge of Night © Harold Davis

Edge of Night © Harold Davis

Posted in Digital Night, Photography, Workshops

Nanzenji Aqueduct

Nanzenji is one of the Five Great Zen Temples of Kyoto, Japan. Wandering through the grounds at Nanzenji, I came across a huge red brick aqueduct, built in the 19th century, and designed to carry water to Kyoto from Lake Biwa (it is still in use today). The mammoth nature of this structure seemed incredibly interesting to me, so I moved underneath the aqueduct with my camera and tripod to capture its supports, which seemed oddly out of place, almost like an ancient Roman engineering project in the heart of Japanese Zen.

This image is brought to mind because it is one of the illustrations in my new book The Photographer’s Black & White Handbook, which will be published by Monacelli Press.

Under the Aqueduct at Nanzen-ji

Under the Aqueduct at Nanzenji © Harold Davis

28mm, 4/5 of a second at f/22 and ISO 100, tripod mounted; processed in Photoshop, and converted to black and white in Photoshop and Nik Silver Efex Pro.

Click here for more blog stories about Japan.

Related image: Under the Yaquina Bay Bridge.

Posted in Japan, Monochrome

Monet’s Garden

Two more from Giverny via my iPhone and the Waterlogue app:

Giverny on my iPhone © Harold Davis

Giverny on my iPhone © Harold Davis

Monet's Garden © Harold Davis

Monet’s Garden © Harold Davis

Posted in France, iPhone

Morning Mist

Morning Mist © Harold Davis

Morning Mist © Harold Davis

In the early morning in the Lot River Valley fog follows the course of the river, shown here behind a stand of trees and in front of the cliffs on the far side of the valley.

Posted in France, Landscape, Photography

Country Rainbow

To paraphrase Ansel Adams, if you don’t go out in the rain, you will never get to photograph the clearing storm. As I explored the ancient town of Cordes sur Ciel, it began to rain. I pulled out my rain gear and continued up to the highest battlement. From the top of the fortifications, a rainbow spread out over the countryside of southwest France below me.

Country Rainbow © Harold Davis

Country Rainbow © Harold Davis

Posted in France, Landscape, Photography

Gourds

I realize that I never blogged this iPhone image of gourds, which I rather like. It was photographed locally at the wonderful Berkeley Bowl produce market. I processed in on my phone in the Snapseed app.

Gourds © Harold Davis

                                               Gourds © Harold Davis

Posted in iPhone, Monochrome

Echinacea Peeking

I photographed this echinacea (cone flower) peeking through the translucent white rose petals shown in Back to the Flowers with my 200mm telephoto macro lens and a 12mm extension tube. The settings were twenty seconds at f/40 and ISO 100, of course using a tripod.

Echinacea Peeking © Harold Davis

Echinacea Peeking © Harold Davis

Posted in France, Photography