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Night and Low Light Photography in Heidelberg, Germany (August 2018)

I am pleased to announce the opening for registration of my Night & Low Light Photography workshop in Heidelberg, Germany! The dates are August 19-20, 2018. Click here for the registration link and info (it is in German but you can read a translation here); don’t worry, I will be teaching in English! Please consider exploring Heidelberg with me. You can check out some of my night and low light images by clicking here.

How Long Must Eye Wait? © Harold Davis

Workshop Overview: This two-day workshop includes field photography in several locations and covers the theory and practice of night and low light photography. There is great joy in learning more about what Vincent van Gogh termed “the colors of the night.” In addition, and perhaps more important, low light photography techniques cut across a wide gamut of photographic genres. Becoming comfortable with these techniques will enhance the arsenal of photographers at any level of sophistication.

The workshop will feature many of the field and processing techniques shown in Harold’s books Creative Night Photography and The Photoshop Darkroom.

Click here for the registration link and info.

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Black and White Photography in Heidelberg, Germany (August 2018)

I am pleased to announce the opening for registration of my Black & White Photography workshop in Heidelberg, Germany! The dates are August 17-18, 2018. Click here for the registration link and info (it is in German but you can read a translation here); don’t worry, I will be teaching in English! Please consider exploring Heidelberg with me (here are some of my images and stories from previous visits to Heidelberg)!

Nautilus in Black & White

Nautilus in Black & White © Harold Davis

Workshop Overview: Master Photographer Harold Davis will guide participants in all aspects of modern monochromatic digital photography and processing. Workshop participants will take advantage of several Heidelberg locations, with field destinations to be determined depending on weather and group predilections. 

Classroom sessions will discussion vision, craft, and technical issues related to modern monochromatic practice.

Click here for the registration link and info.

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Black and White Masterclass in Heidelberg

These are the wonderful participants in my Black and White Masterclass in Heidelberg, Germany. We all survived the record high temperatures, photographed in Heidelberg, and made and processed high dynamic range monochromatic images with a wide variety of styles and subject matter. Special thanks to Michael Verhoelen of LifeFoto, who represents Moab Paper in Germany, who brought his printer and a van load of special Moab papers (some of the prints he made from the work of the participants are shown here)!

Black & White Masterclass with Harold Davis © Harold Davis

Black & White Masterclass with Harold Davis © Harold Davis

Posted in Photography, Workshops

Oh, Heidelberg!

The other evening I strolled along Heidelberg’s Philosopher’s Walk with my camera and tripod. I stopped to make several photographs, including this exposure blend looking down on the Alte Brucke. Today I used the image in my Black & White Masterclass to demonstrate a fairly complete high dynamic range black and white (“monochromatic HDR”) workflow. I think the class was great at following along as this workflow involves a non-trivial effort and is definitely not for the faint of heart!

Oh, Heidelberg! © Harold Davis

Oh, Heidelberg! © Harold Davis

Exposure information: 135mm, seven combined exposures (at shutter speeds between 1/160 of a second and 0.5 of a second), each exposure at f/9 and ISO 64, tripod mounted; exposures combined and processed using Nik HDR Pro, Adobe Camera RAW, Photoshop, Nik Color Efex, Nik Silver Efex, Topaz Adjust, Topaz Simplify, and Perfect B&W.

Posted in Germany, Monochrome, Workshops

Great Hall Heidelberg University

The Great Hall is Heidelberg University’s magnificent historic auditorium, located on the first floor of the old University building in the old part of Heidelberg. It’s in the same building that houses the Heidelberg Student Jail.

Great Hall Heidelberg University  © Harold Davis

Great Hall Heidelberg University © Harold Davis

When my local friend took me to see the old University building, the attendant told us that the Great Hall was closed to the public as they were preparing for an event “unless one of you is press.” I reached for my wallet, and started to pull out my Nikon Professional Services (NPS) card—not exactly press, but good enough I guess to get us into the Great Hall!

Posted in Germany, Photography

Exhibition in Heidelberg, Germany

I am very excited to be exhibiting at Arts & Friends, a photography gallery in Heidelberg, Germany. The show is Harold Davis: An Eclectic Collection. The exhibition title suits me fine because I am definitely eclectic in my photographic tastes!

My understanding is that there will be two really large prints, one on Slickrock Silver and one on metallic pearl. There are roughly twenty other prints in the show of varying sizes, printed on Awagami Kozo washi, Slickrock pearl and Lasal Exhibition Fiber. All the prints are monochromatic. Special thanks to my sponsor Moab Paper, who has helped to make this exhibition possible, and to Zeiss whose fine lenses I used for most of the work in this show.

My exhibit runs from October 18 through November 16, 2014. If you happen to be in Germany, the opening is on Saturday October 18 at 6PM. Here’s the invitation card:

Invitation postcard

 

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Heidelberg Student Jail

Mostly aristocratic students at Heidelberg University were not under the jurisdiction of the normal authorities. The University handled disciplinary matters. Facilities in the old University buildings included a jail (now a museum), with one of the cells shown here.

Heidelberg Student Jail © Harold Davis

Heidelberg Student Jail © Harold Davis

For the most part, sojourns in the Heidelberg student jail were the result of frat-boy pranks, and treated as something that was part of the accepted tradition of student behavior. Part of the tradition was to add one’s name and maybe some art—so in later years as a “good old boy” one could come back and point to the scene of one’s incarceration.

It was all one big lark. But making things a little more poignant, note that I photographed the cell shown here in a state of “arrested decay” (just as I did with the California ghost town of Bodie in Arrested Decay and Gone with the Wind). At the Heidelberg Student Jail, “arrested decay” means most of the carvings and painting date from the decade before the first World War—where many of these pranksters must have perished.

Special thanks to Francis, who showed me the jail and explained its background.

Posted in Germany, HDR

Stairs in the Heidelberg University Library

With a few of the students in my Black & White workshop I headed into the ornately decorated Heidelberg University Library. We asked if we could photograph in the library book stacks. No, we could not: approval by a higher authority was needed. The “higher authority” was not currently available.

On the way back out of the library building we found these stairs. Proving once again that you don’t always get what you want, but if you are open to the adventure sometimes you get what you need.

Stairs, Heidelberg University Library

Stairs, Heidelberg University Library © Harold Davis

The image above is looking down the stairs. Here’s one in the opposite direction, looking up:

Heidelberg Library Stairs © Harold Davis

Heidelberg Library Stairs © Harold Davis

 

Posted in Germany, Monochrome

Very fun Flower Photography Workshop in Heidelberg

A very fun four-day creative flower photography workshop was had at the Heidelberg Summer School of Photography. This was a great group of compatible people and talented photographers genuinely excited by the subject matter. English was spoken (because of me) and also German (my feeble attempts at German were lovingly corrected). Italian was also spoken—not to mention the universal language of “photography.” The agenda included field trips to a lovely horticultural nursery and to the greenhouses at the Heidelberg University Botanical Gardens. We also practiced studio flower photography, and followed the full workflow of my method for capturing and processing flowers for transparency on a light box.

Pilea ovalis and Ancona muricata © Harold Davis

Pilea ovalis and Ancona muricata © Harold Davis

The image above is a study from the Heidelberg Botanical Gardens field trip. Since it is in monochromatic, it is a fitting segway to the next workshop, Creative Black & White Photography that starts in a few days. I hope it is as much fun and fosters gemütlichkeit as much as the Flower Photography did. You can see some of this gemütlichkeit, umlauts and all, in the row of wine glasses I shot at our farewell dinner, shown below.

Wine Glasses at a Dinner Party © Harold Davis

Wine Glasses at a Dinner Party © Harold Davis

Posted in Flowers, Germany, Workshops

Alte Brucke in Heidelberg

This is the Alte Brucke (old bridge) in Heidelberg, Germany. It crosses the Neckar River and leads through an arch in a tower to the pedestrian-only area around the cathedral. I photographed the bridge after sunset, and used a one minute exposure.

Alte Brucke Heidelberg © Harold Davis

Alte Brucke Heidelberg © Harold Davis

Posted in Germany, Monochrome

Exploring Heidelberg

The only way to combat jet lag flying east—there is a nine hour time difference between California and Germany—is to try to get some sleep on the plane, then stay up as long as possible, until something like a normal bedtime. This makes for a very long day. What better way to fill it than with exploration and photography?

My first photo was of a courtyard in old Heidelberg, converted via Waterlogue:

Courtyard in Heidelberg ©  Harold Davis

Courtyard in Heidelberg © Harold Davis

Here are the stairs in the hotel I am staying in. Modern, but still very cool:

Hotel Panorama Stairs © Harold Davis

Hotel Panorama Stairs © Harold Davis

I had dinner in a hole-in-the-wall place called “Schnitzelbank” in old Heidelberg. This place actually does make a pretty mean schnitzel, and they were nice to me, too. Seating is communal, and the general style is touristic-pseudo-genuine, with a nod to being genuine so a bit of being seedy and outspoken is okay. That said, as noted they were kind and the food was pretty good.

Schnitzelbank © Harold Davis

Schnitzelbank © Harold Davis

There are many bicycles in Heidelberg. When you are recovering from jet lag, the trick is not to get run over by one of them, particularly if there is a reflection of another bicycle in a mirror world to further confuse:

Mirror World © Harold Davis

Mirror World © Harold Davis

 

Posted in Germany, Photography

Upcoming Workshop News from Harold Davis

Dear Photographers and Fellow Travelers: We’re very excited that the 2022 live-and-in-person Photographing Flowers for Transparency weekend workshop, here in Berkeley, California in August, is gaining momentum. There are still some places left. Click here for more information and registration.

Waving the Lobelia © Harold Davis

It is looking increasingly likely that our Off-the-Beaten Track Japan Photography Journey will be able to run. The dates are October 16-26, 2022. We’ve been cautiously optimistic all along that Covid restrictions on “tourists” visiting Japan will be lifted by the time of this destination workshop; and, indeed, it seems that this will be the case. We have a great group already committed to this trip, but there still are a few more spaces available. Click here for the complete Prospectus and itinerary (PDF), and here for the Reservation Form.

Dodecagram Papaver Pod © Harold Davis

Please visit our Workshops & Events page for a full listing. In addition to the two workshops I’ve already mentioned, you’ll find virtual workshops sponsored by the Heidelberg Summer School of Photography, as well as live events at Maine Media Workshops (a week-long composition workshop) and at the Photographic Society of America annual conference.

Confusion © Harold Davis

Posted in Photography, Workshops

Online Workshops in June

I’ll be giving two online workshops in June under the auspices of the Heidelberg Summer School of Photography. These workshops will be given in English.

The first is a Photographing Flowers for Photography session on Thursday, June 9, 2022 at 11am PT (2pm ET). Click here for more information and registration

The workshop descriptions are along the right of the page in English. When you click the registration link (in German), you go to https://pretix.eu/dpunkt/foto2022-2/ to pay. You can toggle this to English on the upper right. You need to find my workshops on their list of offerings.

The Flowers session is 45 Euros (about $50). The three Composition sessions (below) are 199 Euros (about $220).

Flowers Party Too! © Harold Davis

Composition & Photography is a three-part online workshop with reviews and exercises on successive Thursdays, June 16, 23, and 30. Online sessions begin at 10am PT (1pm ET). Click here for more information & registration.

Waves on Drakes Beach © Harold Davis

Waves on Drakes Beach © Harold Davis

I hope to see you at these unique online events. Please let me know if you have any questions.

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Night Photo Webinar Contribution to Alameda County Community Food Bank

Special thanks to Jeff Sullivan and the attendees of our Night Photography webinar yesterday! Thanks to you, we were able to contribute $972.57 to Alameda County Community Food Bank. According to their website, every $1.00 contributed to this organization results in seven times the amount donated in food given away. So that is quite a bit of food in these times that are so tough for so many!

We’ll be posting the recording of the event once it has been processed. Click here for the listing of our webinar video recordings, and here for our upcoming schedule.

Heidelberg at Night © Harold Davis

Posted in Bemusements, Workshops

Nautilus X-Ray Series

I made this series of X-Ray and Fusion X-Ray Nautilus shell compositions in collaboration with Dr. Julian Köpke in April in Heidelberg using conventional digital x-ray equipment and DSLR cameras, and yesterday was able to find some time to process the images. If this kind of imagery interests you, e.g., digital X-Rays, fusion X-Rays, or imagery of Nautilus shells, also check out: X-Ray portfolio; Tulip X-Rays and Fusion X-Rays; X-Ray Flower Medley Fusion; Nautilus Within Without; Nautilus X-Rays; Nautilus in Black and White.

Nautilus Shells LAB © Harold Davis

Nautilus Shells LAB © Harold Davis

Nautilus Shells on White © Harold Davis

Nautilus Shells on White © Harold Davis

Nautilus Shells on Black © Harold Davis

Nautilus Shells on Black © Harold Davis

Nautilus Shells on Black - Fusion © Harold Davis

Nautilus Shells on Black – Fusion © Harold Davis

Posted in X-Ray