Blowing in the Wind
Triumph of Beauty over Despair © Harold Davis

Blowing in the Wind

I've talked---and written---about designing a structure behind an apparently free-form image. With flower photography on a light box, possible forms this structure can take include a bouquet, a garden patch…

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Iris
© Harold Davis

Iris

Mostly the irises in my garden have already bloomed for the year. But this one is an exception! And exceptional! I love the textures and folds in this wonderful flower.…

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Garden in Bloom
Garden in Bloom © Harold Davis

Garden in Bloom

How wonderful to come home to my garden in full bloom! Ah, but the flowers are almost overwhelming...so much color, so much growth. I am greeted by hummingbirds. They hover…

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Derreen Garden
Derreen Garden © Harold Davis

Derreen Garden

It was lightly raining, more like a heavy mist, when we visited Derreen Garden in Lauragh, Killarney, County Kerry, Ireland. The history of this garden is interesting. In the 1870s,…

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County Kerry
County Kerry © Harold Davis

County Kerry

What does County Kerry, Ireland have in common with my hometown, Berkeley in California? One thing in common is infinitely changeable weather. As in the San Francisco area, in County…

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Kinard Beach
Kinard Beach © Harold Davis

Kinard Beach

Kinard Beach is on the Dingle peninsula in County Kerry, Ireland. Dingle and the Dingle peninsula ares truly magical places, with frequent rain, changeable weather, and mountains slipping into the…

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Photographing close to “home”
Bottles © Harold Davis

Photographing close to “home”

With so much rain the past week in the southwest of France, some of our photography has been close to "home". These are iPhone captures. The top image is of…

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Cathédrale Sainte-Cécile d’Albi
Cathédrale Sainte-Cécile d'Albi © Harold Davis

Cathédrale Sainte-Cécile d’Albi

Traveling with a great group and guide I was able to take the time to expose a fisheye image of the ceiling of the spectacular Cathédrale Sainte-Cécile d'Albi.

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Little Venice
Little Venice, Castres © Harold Davis

Little Venice

Take some nicely colored old buildings, add a canal or two and some reflections, and voila, you have a "little Venice". Like the one shown belowm in Castres (in southwest…

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Arles Coliseum Steps
Arles Coliseum Steps © Harold Davis

Arles Coliseum Steps

Yesterday evening I decided to leave my camera backpack in the room, and I headed out to explore Arles with one lens. This was my 35mm Zeiss f/1.4.  I set…

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French Wisteria
Millau © Harold Davis

French Wisteria

There is something about the wisteria in the French spring that seems particularly stylish. Not that there is anything wrong with our wisteria at home. In fact, my garden has…

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Shadow Selfie
Shadow Selfie © Harold Davis

Shadow Selfie

I've been reading Josef Koudelka Next: A Visual Biography by Melissa Harris. I think there is a great deal to learn from Koudelka, but I have some misgivings about this…

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Ranunculus
White Ranunculus © Harold Davis

Ranunculus

In the garden we now have a variety of ranunculus in bloom. These are a joy to photograph because every ranunculus is different. Just like people, no two are alike.…

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