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Dahlia. Just Dahlia. Dahlia, darling!

Here are three version of a light box image of a white dahlia from my cutting garden, photographed back in June. The simple monochromatic conversion is shown on top. Next, you’ll see an L-channel LAB inversion of the black & white light box version. The color version of my image is shown at the bottom.

White Dahlia Inversion © Harold Davis

White Dahlia Inversion © Harold Davis

White Dahlia © Harold Davis

White Dahlia © Harold Davis

Brookside-Snowball Dahlia © Harold Davis

Brookside-Snowball Dahlia © Harold Davis

Related story: Dahlia Solos.

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Dahlia Solos

My Dahlia bed is starting to bloom, providing some very sweet subjects for solo flower portraits!

Brookside-Snowball Dahlia © Harold Davis

Brookside-Snowball Dahlia © Harold Davis

Dahlia 'Southern Belle' © Harold Davis

Dahlia ‘Southern Belle’ © Harold Davis

Dahlia 'Flip-Flop' © Harold Davis

Dahlia ‘Flip-Flop’ © Harold Davis

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Misty Mountain Dahlias

It is funny how close and closer a flower, such as a Dahlia, can take on abstract appearance so the original flower shape becomes forgotten. So in this Dahlia I see distant mountains, or a mouth with teeth, or a deepening well, and so on, and patterns galore. Or, maybe that is just my visual imagination run riot! One needs to do something to entertain oneself during longish photo exposures.

Misty Mountains© Harold Davis

Misty Mountains © Harold Davis

Exposure data (both): Nikon D850, 150mm f/2.8 Irix “Dragonfly” telephoto macro, 50mm extension tube, f/22 at ISO 64, tripod mounted; 20 seconds exposure duration (above) and 15 seconds exposure duration (below). Both images were lit using controlled sunlight (from the left side) via window shades.

Young Dahlia © Harold Davis

Young Dahlia © Harold Davis

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Eye Dahlia

Eye Dahlia © Harold Davis

Sometimes individual flowers call out to me as so unique that I need to photograph them on their own. This rather small dahlia, photographed at the Endless Summer Dahlia Farm, made me think it I had an eye with a pupil in the center. I used my 50mm Zeiss macro with a 24mm extension tube, both on my tripod, to get close while rendering the detail well.

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Endless Summer Dahlia Farm

The Endless Summer Dahlia Farm, in Rockport, Maine, is an incredible place run by nice folks with very exceptional dahlias. Here are a few, photographed the other day.

Dahlia at the Endless Summer Farm © Harold Davis

Orange Dahlia © Harold Davis

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Dahlia Fusion X-Rays and Light Box Photos

Dahlia Fusion X-Ray Inversion © Harold Davis

Dahlia Fusion X-Ray © Harold Davis

This Dahlia was photographed on a light box for transparency, then captured via x-ray photography. The two capture techniques were combined in Photoshop. In the upper version, there is also an L-channel inversion in LAB color.

I worked with my friend Julian Kopke, who is a medical doctor, radiologist, and a physicist to create these images.

This technique is also shown here, and with a Sunflower.

Posted in Flowers, X-Ray

Black Dahlia

Two Dahlias in black and white, photographed on the light box (above) and as an extreme macro (below).

Black Dahlia © Harold Davis

 

Dahlia Doodles © Harold Davis

Posted in Flowers, Monochrome, Photography

I Heart Dahlias

Today my class went to photograph a Dahlia Farm. I love these flowers because each one is unique, and because they are so colorful (even when I do convert to monochrome, see the image below!).

Pink Dahlia © Harold Davis

Variegated Dahlia © Harold Davis

White Dahlia © Harold Davis

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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

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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.

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Dahlia

It’s great to be home and back with my family. I got back late last night, and spent the day catching up with correspondence and projects, and getting reacquainted with some deadlines. But I did take a little time out to photograph some beautiful dahlias.

Dahlia © Harold Davis

Dahlia © Harold Davis

The flower shown here was photographed on a black velvet background with my Nikon D810, the 85mm f/1.4 Zeiss Otus with a 12mm extension tube, at one second, f/16, ISO 64, using a tripod. The flower was illuminated with natural light, meaning cloudy but bright sunlight. I processed the image in Adobe Camera RAW, and made a few adjustments in Photoshop.

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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

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White Dahlia

Every time I am away for an extended trip Phyllis seems to embark on a home improvement project. This time, while I was in the Czech Republic and giving my workshop in Heidelberg, she outdid herself with a great reconfiguration of the living room. Outside, she put a small cast iron table on our front porch for breakfast and the like surrounded by pots of flowers. In one of the pots she planted a white dahlia.

Dahlia #2 © Harold Davis

Dahlia #2 © Harold Davis

I photographed one of the nearly perfect white dahlias on my light box using the Zeiss 50mm f/2 macro lens, which is truly one of the best macro lenses in my kit (and I have many macro lenses, my joke is that had I been Imelda Marcos I would have collected macro lenses rather than shoes!).

In the version above, I used an LAB inversion of the L-channel to show the white flower on a black background. The version below is more like how the flower would normally look on a white background in a monochromatic rendition.

Now, the only question is what will Phyllis improve while I am in Maine the first half of August?

Dahlia #1 © Harold Davis

Dahlia #1 © Harold Davis

Posted in Flowers, Monochrome

When Dahlias Dream

Shopping for groceries at Berkeley Bowl the other day I came across these dahlias and asters that called out for photography. Taking the flowers home, I shot them on a light box (this version with a white background is second from the top) using eight exposures. Click here for more about this technique. To see a larger version of any of the images below, just click the image.

Dahlias and Asters by Harold Davis

Dahlias and Asters © Harold Davis

To finish the image and relieve the starkness of the white background I virtually “placed” the image of dahlias and asters on a paper scan and added a texture to warm the image (above, top version).

Dahlias and Asters on White by Harold Davis

Dahlias and Asters on White © Harold Davis

Next, I used a LAB color inversion to create a composition on a black background (bottom version). Since my idea was to create a painting on canvas with this version of When Dahlias Dream, I worked to add a textural feeling to the background.

As noted in Photographing Flowers, dahlias and asters are part of the same flower family. In particular, dahlias are named for Dr. Anders Dahl, a Swedish botanist who worked with Linnaeus and first classified this genus. Originally native to the new world, dahlias were a show plant for the Victorians because of their over-the-top visual attractiveness.

Click here for more of my dahlia photos.

When Dahlias Dream by Harold Davis

When Dahlias Dream © Harold Davis

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Purple Dahlias

I love to photograph dahlias—and, as I wrote in Photographing Flowers, it is “not for their good taste. Rather, I see these flowers as extravagant: wonderfully different from each other, and wild in their colors, shapes and exotic forms.”

Purple Dahlias by Harold Davis

Purple Dahlias © Harold Davis—Click to view larger

This time of year there are a great many dahlias to choose from, and it is great fun arranging and assembling them. I shot this image of purple dahlias intending it to look a bit like a botanical illustration as well as a photo—and thus to accompany Peonies mon amour, Red Poppies, Easter Lilies, Dahlias, and Gaillardia, and White Irises (among others!).

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