Building Reflections

On my recent trip, I stayed in New York in the belly of the beast, in a nice Eurostyle hotel at the corner of Tenth Ave and 42nd Street. Literally scores of fifty and sixty story high-rises are going up all over that neighborhood, and the New York I grew up in is close to unrecognizable. Can there really be enough New Yorkers with enough money to populate these opulent rental buildings that are coming on line, many with mirrored windows (as in this iPhone shot) or other interesting architectural features? I wonders, I does.

Building Reflections © Harold Davis

Building Reflections © Harold Davis

About the image: Captured using the Camera app on my iPhone 6s, and fairly minimally processed using the Snapseed, Mextures, and DistressedFX apps.

Posted in iPhone, New York, Photography

Oculus

The dictionary says that oculus is a fancy term for a round, eyelike opening. The term has been borrowed for a system of virtual reality headsets, and I have photographed a rock formation called the Oculus in Antelope Canyon. In New York City, the Oculus is the architectural sculpture above a transportation hub near the World Trade Center, designed by Santiago Calatrava, and shown here in all its eyelike glory!

© Harold Davis

Oculus © Harold Davis

Posted in New York, Photography

On the Brooklyn Bridge

Today I guest-hosted an informal Meetup of New York photographers. We gathered at the bridge tower on the Brooklyn side of the Brooklyn Bridge. There was a great deal of talk about photography, many nice people, and I answered all the questions I could. The sunset looked to be unpromising, but as you can see it had its moments.

© Harold Davis

On the Brooklyn Bridge © Harold Davis

Exposure data: Nikon D810, 16mm fisheye, three blended exposures, each at shutter speeds of 8 seconds and ISO 64; f/8, f/11, and f/14; tripod mounted. Processed in ACR and Photoshop.

Posted in Digital Night, New York, Photography

Cherry Branches

Cherry Branches for a wet and windy weekend! Phyllis brought these back from a neighborhood tree, and I photographed them using high-key HDR on a light box, then combined the images in Photoshop, and added a background. I hope you enjoy my image!

Cherry Branches © Harold Davis

Cherry Branches © Harold Davis

For some other cherry blossom images click on these stories: Cherry Blossoms; Cherry Blossom Special; and Cherry Blossoms on Skin. Searching my blog for “cherry” yields quite a few additional entries! Clearly a wet, early spring in Berkeley is a great time to photograph cherry blossoms, as I have done across a number of years.

Posted in Flowers

Black & White Book is Shipping

My new book The Photographer’s Black & White Handbook: Making and Processing Stunning Digital Black and White Photos is now available and shipping from Amazon and other book stores. Very exciting!

davis_bw_handbook_front-cover

Posted in Writing

Free Upcoming Events with Harold Davis in New York City

© Harold Davis

East River © Harold Davis

I will be in New York City for a brief trip from Monday February 20 until Friday February 24, 2017 in honor of the publication of my new book The Photographer’s Black & White Handbook.

Bethesda Fountain © Harold Davis

Bethesda Fountain © Harold Davis

I will be presenting at the following events, which are free and open to the public:

  • Digital Black & White: Vision and Craft — B&H Event Space, 420 Ninth Ave, Monday Feb 20 from 1-3PM; pre-registration is strongly suggested — click here to register.
  • Photographing Flowers for Transparency — School of Visual Arts, 131 West 21st Street, Room 101c; Tuesday Feb 21 from 4-6PM — click here for more information.
  • Photograph the Brooklyn Bridge Meetup — Brooklyn-side tower of the Brooklyn Bridge, Wednesday Feb 22 starting at 4PM — This is an informal walk-and-talk Meetup, click here for more information.

If you are in the New York, I’d love to say Hi at one of these events!

Ghosts of Grand Central © Harold Davis

Ghosts of Grand Central © Harold Davis

 

Storm in the Upper Harbor © Harold Davis

Storm in the Upper Harbor © Harold Davis

Posted in Photography

Hellebore

In my garden in the rain the hellebores are in bloom. These lovely bell shaped flowers face downward in nature in a wide variety of colors and internal configurations.

Hellebore © Harold Davis

Hellebore © Harold Davis

It’s calming to photograph flowers and to realize that nature carries on. Flora worries on a different time scale about some of the things that make us fauna unhappy. These flowers have naturally selected for beauty, and there are worse things.

More Hellebores!

Posted in Flowers, Photography

Dawn along the Tiber River

My friend and I woke in the darkness before the first light of dawn in our hotel near the Spanish Steps in Rome. We grabbed our cameras and tripods, donned our headlamps, and walked west to the Tiber River, which was swollen with autumn rains. The river itself ran sluggish and muddy in its broad channel between two steep embankments. A stair led down to the river bank, and a pedestrian path followed the river. As we walked towards the Vatican and central Rome, I noticed homeless camps beneath the bridges with the kind of makeshift shelters that you find in all the major cities of the world in places where poor people can escape notice for a night. 

Ponte Sant'Angelo © Harold Davis

Ponte Sant’Angelo © Harold Davis

We stopped by the Ponte Sant’Angelo, originally built by the Emperor Hadrian in 134 A.D., to photograph the first light of dawn. This is a location in the heart of the ancient Roman Empire, and near to the core citadel of the Roman Catholic faith, but if you look carefully you can see the incursions of the modern world—the reflections of the lights of an Apple Store in the muddy waters of the Tiber River.

Posted in Digital Night, Italy

Advanced LAB Color Seminar (September 23, 2017)

By popular request—a repeat of Harold’s unique Advanced LAB Color Seminar! Click here for details and registration!

Trio of Flowers via a LAB Inversion © Harold Davis

Trio of Flowers via a LAB Inversion © Harold Davis

As one participant in the last LAB Color Seminar wrote, “I want to thank you so much for your help in discovering the power of the L-channel and LAB color generally.”

This full-day intensive post-production workshop is specifically intended to explore the creative possibilities inherent in the LAB color space within Photoshop.  Learn about the glories of creative LAB color from one of its foremost and most creative practitioners!

Tulip Mandala on Black © Harold Davis

Tulip Mandala on Black © Harold Davis

Understanding the creative use of LAB color in Photoshop unlocks a vast treasure trove of under-utilized and under-explored possibilities. Truly one of the secrets of spectacular color in Photoshop, if you know how to work creatively with LAB color you will far ahead of the game in terms of getting the results you want from Photoshop.

This workshop explains the structure of LAB color, and demonstrates inversions and LAB equalizations for both image optimization and creative fun. You will learn how to combine Blending Modes with LAB equalizations for an unlimited and powerful palette.

Not a Rose Garden © Harold Davis

Not a Rose Garden © Harold Davis

This is information you will learn nowhere else. There will be ample time to experiment with adding LAB effects to your own work, with Harold’s guidance and feedback.

Harold says, “When I discovered LAB color, and how to use what has been called ‘the most powerful color space,’ I knew I was on to one of the great secrets of Photoshop.”

Click here for details and registration!

Repeating Flower Pattern LAB 2 © Harold Davis

Repeating Flower Pattern LAB 2 © Harold Davis

Repeating Flower Pattern LAB 1 © Harold Davis

Repeating Flower Pattern LAB 1 © Harold Davis

Repeating Flower Pattern © Harold Davis

Repeating Flower Pattern © Harold Davis

Posted in Workshops

Becoming a more interesting person: the genesis of Harold Davis

Want to know more about me and what makes me tick than you may ever have wanted to know? Check out Behind the Lens with Harold Davis.

Panorama of the Kumano Sanzen Roppyaku Po © Harold Davis

Panorama of the Kumano Sanzen Roppyaku Po © Harold Davis

My work in part defines me, and who I am defines, energizes, and bounds my work, and gives my art the power that it has. To fully understand my art and the man behind the lens, one needs to understand the unique path I’ve taken—which is definitely a “Road Less Traveled”—and learn a bit more about who I am.

 

Road Less Traveled by Harold Davis

Road Less Traveled © Harold Davis

This is a long and fairly detailed memoir, starting with I Was Born and All That, continuing through Photography 1.0 and my Technology Interregnum,  and leading inevitably and relentlessly like a rough, slouching beast to Post-Photography Photography and a syncretic synthesis.

 

Harold Davis: Self portrait with moustache

Self Portrait with Moustache © Harold Davis

Check out Behind the Lens with Harold Davis.

Posted in Writing

Flower Power

Peace Symbol © Harold Davis

Peace Symbol © Harold Davis

Posted in Flowers

Updates: Dark of the Moon Night Photography in the Eastern Sierra

Saline Valley Star Circles © Harold Davis

Saline Valley Star Circles © Harold Davis

This workshop is now scheduled for Friday October 20, 2017 to Monday October 23, 2017. We will meet in Lone Pine, California. Click here for information and registration. Please note the following updates:

  • Tuition is $675 until March 10; it is $725 thereafter.
  • Attendance is extremely limited, to 12 participants, so each photographer will get individual attention from Harold and his team. This workshop is filling up, with only four places left!
  • We are pleased to have reserved rooms in Lone Pine at the hotel where the workshop classes will be held. These rooms are available at a discounted rate. While you are free to stay where you’d like, we recommend you take advantage of this offer. Details will be sent upon registration.
  • The Orionid meteor shower is strongest towards the end of October. This is the meteor shower formed by the debris from Haley’s comet. In 2016, the strongest portion of the Orionid shower occurred during bright phases of the moon. In 2017 at this workshop, we may have the chance to photograph the Orionids in their full glory—which means 10 to 20 meteors per hour on a dark-of-the-moon night!

Click here for information and registration.

Ancient Music of the Stars © Harold Davis

Ancient Music of the Stars © Harold Davis

Dark of the Moon Night Photography in the Eastern Sierra

Three nights; arriving Friday, October 20, 2017 and departing Monday, October 23, 2017

***Some participants may choose to arrive late and/or depart early, if necessary for work-related reasons.

Where: Locations in and around Lone Pine, CA (details provided to registrants closer to the date of the workshop)

Group size: Limited to 12 participants.

Tuition: $675 until March 10, 2017; $725 thereafter.

Registration: Click here to register via Meetup.com or contact us for direct registration. It’s free to join the Photography with Harold Davis Meetup, and members can register with a YES RSVP.

Alabama Hills Star Trails © Harold Davis

Alabama Hills Star Trails © Harold Davis

Join award-winning photographer Harold Davis, author of the bestselling Creative Night: Digital Photography Tips & Techniques (Wiley), for a once in a lifetime adventure practicing night photography in the rugged and beautiful Eastern Sierra Nevada Mountains of California. 

The workshop is timed to coincide with the low-light phases of the moon to maximize the possibilities of combining star circle photography with imagery of the incredible landscape. Harold and his associates will help with the technical aspects of field night photography, and post-production of night imagery.

The workshop will be based in Lone Pine, California (please contact us for a recommended list of hotels in Lone Pine). Our primary field location will be the fantastic Alabama Hills, located only a few miles from Lone Pine. Note that lodging, meals, and transportation are not included in the workshop tuition.

During the day, we will take advantage of the unique workshop location for photography. Several photographic field sessions will explore the waterfalls below Mount Whitney and the rugged country to the east of Lone Pine. Side trips to Manazar and the Bristlecone Pines in the White Mountains are also a possibility, depending on group inclinations and weather conditions. 

Sunrise photography on Saturday and Sunday is also a possibility, depending on conditions and group desires.

Stars My Destination © Harold Davis

Stars My Destination © Harold Davis

Classroom demonstrations will cover use of an intervalometer (interval timer), minimizing noise in long exposures, safety at night, post-processing night photos, and much more.

Ladyboot Arch © Harold Davis

Ladyboot Arch © Harold Davis

Registration: Click here to register via Meetup.com or contact us for direct registration. It’s free to join the Photography with Harold Davis Meetup, and members can register with a YES RSVP.

Owens River Valley © Harold Davis

Owens River Valley © Harold Davis

We will take advantage of the wonderful photographic possibilities presented by the Alabama Hills themselves in their location below the high crest of the Sierra Nevada Mountains in the heart of the marvelous Owens Valley!

Alabama Hills © Harold Davis

Alabama Hills © Harold Davis

 

Sunrise, Alabama Hills © Harold Davis

Sunrise, Alabama Hills © Harold Davis

Posted in Workshops

iPhone images from the iPhonegraphy Workshop

The enthusiastic group of iPhoneographers at the workshop this weekend helped make it a great deal of fun. Here are a few of the images I created during workshop field sessions, and processed using my iPhone during the workshop as part of in-class app demonstrations.

Tracks © Harold Davis

Tracks © Harold Davis

The image (above) of the railroad tracks that cut between Berkeley and the I80 corridor (and the San Francisco Bay) was processed in the MobileMonet app.

The image (below) of the snake at Berkeley’s Vivarium was processed in Waterlogue. I then blended the original (the upper part) with the Waterlogue version (the lower part) using a layer mask and the gradient tool in Leonardo. The image was finished using Snapseed, by adding a black border with rounded corners.

Snake © Harold Davis

Snake © Harold Davis

I don’t really remember how I did the raccoon image below. The original photo was of a painting on the side of a truck. I am pretty sure Plastic Bullet, Lo-Mob, and Prisma were involved. As one of the workshop participants pointed out, someone really should write an app that helps people keep track of their iPhone post-production workflow, the apps used and the settings within each app. Writing these recipes down the old-fashioned way with pen and paper seems so, well, old-fashioned!

Raccoon Face © Harold Davis

Raccoon Face © Harold Davis

Posted in iPhone, Workshops

Dark of the Moon Night Photography Workshop in the Eastern Sierras (Oct 2017)

Alabama Hills Star Trails © Harold Davis

Alabama Hills Star Trails © Harold Davis

Dark of the Moon Night Photography in the Eastern Sierra

Three nights; arriving Friday, October 20, 2017 and departing Monday, October 23, 2017

***Some participants may choose to arrive late and/or depart early, if necessary for work-related reasons.

Where: Locations in and around Lone Pine, CA (details provided to registrants closer to the date of the workshop)

Group size: Limited to 12 participants.

Tuition: $675 until March 10, 2017; $725 thereafter.

Registration: Click here to register via Meetup.com or contact us for direct registration. It’s free to join the Photography with Harold Davis Meetup, and members can register with a YES RSVP.

Join award-winning photographer Harold Davis, author of the bestselling Creative Night: Digital Photography Tips & Techniques (Wiley), for a once in a lifetime adventure practicing night photography in the rugged and beautiful Eastern Sierra Nevada Mountains of California. 

The workshop is timed to coincide with the low-light phases of the moon to maximize the possibilities of combining star circle photography with imagery of the incredible landscape. Harold and his associates will help with the technical aspects of field night photography, and post-production of night imagery.

The workshop will be based in Lone Pine, California (please contact us for a recommended list of hotels in Lone Pine). Our primary field location will be the fantastic Alabama Hills, located only a few miles from Lone Pine. Note that lodging, meals, and transportation are not included in the workshop tuition.

During the day, we will take advantage of the unique workshop location for photography. Several photographic field sessions will explore the waterfalls below Mount Whitney and the rugged country to the east of Lone Pine. Side trips to Manazar and the Bristlecone Pines in the White Mountains are also a possibility, depending on group inclinations and weather conditions. Sunrise photography on Saturday and Sunday is also a possibility, depending on conditions and group desires.

Stars My Destination © Harold Davis

Stars My Destination © Harold Davis

Classroom demonstrations will cover use of an intervalometer (interval timer), minimizing noise in long exposures, safety at night, post-processing night photos, and much more.

Curriculum

Friday, October 20, 2017:

4PM Meet in Lone Pine
4-5PM    Orientation, night safety, night photography overview
6PM Carpool to locations in Alabama Hills, Sunset & night photography

Saturday, October 21, 2017

possible early morning shoot

9-10AM Breakfast

10-12:00 Classroom: Night Photo presentation, previous night’s shoot, interval shooting
12:00-12:45PM Lunch
1PM-3:00PM Field session (Whitney Portal, or to be determined)
3:00-5:00PM Free time
5PM Early dinner
6:00 PM Night photography.
Sunday, October 22, 2017

possible early morning shoot

9-10AM Breakfast
10-12:00 Image review, night planning tools
12:00-12:45PM Lunch
1:00-5:00 Field session, location tbd
5:30-6:30PM Dinner
7PM – 11PM Night photography, stars and light painting

Monday, October 23, 2017

possible early morning shoot

8:00-9:00AM Breakfast
9:00-10:30AM Image review and Workshop wrap-up

Ladyboot Arch © Harold Davis

Ladyboot Arch © Harold Davis

Registration: Click here to register via Meetup.com or contact us for direct registration. It’s free to join the Photography with Harold Davis Meetup, and members can register with a YES RSVP.

Sunrise, Alabama Hills © Harold Davis

Sunrise, Alabama Hills © Harold Davis

Posted in Digital Night, Photography, Workshops

Photographing Curtains with my iPhone

It’s a funny thing: sometimes one doesn’t see what one has been photographing until after the fact, when there’s an obvious collection of similar images. Perhaps this collection of similars can be grouped as a portfolio. In any case, it seems I enjoy photographing curtains—particularly lace curtains—with my iPhone camera. A way to occupy my time in hotel rooms? Possibly. Or possibly I come by this preoccupation genetically, as my mom is a fiber artist. Here are six of my iPhone images of curtains:

Lace Curtain, Monhegan Island, Maine, 2015 © Harold Davis

Monhegan Island, Maine, 2015 © Harold Davis

 

Heidelberg, Germany, 2015 © Harold Davis

Heidelberg, Germany, 2015 © Harold Davis

 

Heidelberg, Germany, 2014 © Harold Davis

Heidelberg, Germany, 2014 © Harold Davis

 

Paris, 2015 © Harold Davis

Paris, 2013 © Harold Davis

 

Minnesota, 2016 © Harold Davis

Minnesota, 2016 © Harold Davis

 

© Harold Davis

Milan, 2016 © Harold Davis

Posted in iPhone, Photography