Author Archives: Harold Davis

Corn Poppy

Sometimes when I photograph a broad composition on my light box I take a break when my primary composition is done. I leave my camera on the tripod. Then after a copy of tea or a wander in the garden I come back and look at portions of the whole, and even examine individual flowers as they appear back lit on the light box. Maybe it is time to get closer! This image of a Corn Poppy, Papaver rhoeas, is one result that I think is pretty special.

Corn Poppy © Harold Davis

Posted in Flowers, Photography

Earth Day Free Webinar; Iceland Photo Adventure; Garden-to-Lightbox Webinar

  • Please join me this week on Thursday April 22 (Earth Day) at 11am PT for a free webinar on Photographing Flowers for Transparency sponsored by Rocky Nook. Click here for more info, and here for registration.
  • Iceland recently opened to those who are vaccinated for Covid-19, and we have a few spaces left for our exciting photo adventure in Iceland, July 14-25, 2021. Visit digitalfieldguide.com/iceland for more info. Contact us right away if you’d like to join me in Iceland, or if you have questions.
  • One Flower, One Garden, One World | From Blossom to Art is a live webinar scheduled for Saturday May 15, 2021 at 11am PT. Click digitalfieldguide.com/flower for info, or click here for registration.

Fun Flower Phantasy © Harold Davis

Click here for webinar video recordings, and here for Workshops & Events.

Posted in Photography

A Modern Pilgrimage: Kumano kodo portfolio video

A Modern Pilgrimage: Along the Kumano Kodo by Harold Davis is an artist book and portfolio of images that astutely blends old-craft hand traditions and materials with and cutting-edge new technologies to create an exquisite limited edition art book and art object that is completely unique.

Can’t view this video? Check it out on YouTube. Click here for more information about our artist books and portfolios.

Click here for the Monochromatic Visions video, and here for the Botanique video.

In his introduction to the project, Harold Davis writes: “It has always been one of my dreams to explore the rural and spiritual side of Japan. In 2013 I was lucky to get to walk the the Kumano Kodo spiritual trail,” the heart of Shugendo Buddhism. He continues: “Of course, in Japan it is impossible to explore the rural without also encountering modern, crowded Japan. Spirituality and modern Japanese life co-mingle in some very odd ways”—hence the “Modern Pilgrimage” portion of the title of his portfolio. But as Harold Davis remarks, “my main goal as an artist in this body of work as been to reflect my true sense of spiritual awe at the manifest gifts one can find as a pilgrim in this, our sacred earth.”

A Modern Pilgrimage: Along the Kumano Kodo portfolio, consists of thirteen images on a single 16.5 foot long sheet of Kozo washi, hand printed, scored, and folded into unique artist’s book. The outer-wrapper containing the Kumano Kodo portfolio is a created from special, mold-made paper that is hand scored and folded. Printed on the portfolio wrapper is a panoramic photograph titled Kumano Sanzen Roppyaku Po. Included with the Kumano Kodo portfolio is a descriptive numbered, initialed and illustrated pamphlet. This hand-bound archival pamphlet with a hand applied inkan was written by Harold Davis. It explores his photographic journey on the spiritual pilgrimage trail and its relationship to modern Japan. The pamphlet also includes detailed descriptions of each photograph.

For more information about the Kumano Kodo portfolio, including availability and current pricing, please visit digitalfieldguide.com/editions/kumano-kodo.

Posted in Photography

Photographing Flowers for Transparency Free Webinar

To celebrate Earth Day, Thursday April 22, 2021, Rocky Nook is sponsoring a special webinar with Harold Davis, Photographing Flowers for Transparency. This is a free webinar, to be given at 11am PT, but advance registration is required. Click here to register!

 In this detailed presentation, Harold Davis shows his stunning floral imagery and explains in detail his process for light box photography. Botanical composition, exposure, and post-production are explained.

Papaver Party © Harold Davis

Papaver Party © Harold Davis

Harold says: “Light box photography is a joy in and of itself, and is a great form of photography to practice at home with relatively minimal investment in equipment. Techniques that can be learned from light box photography cut across myriad aspects of photography, and will enrich all aspects of your photographic practice.”

The presentation will include stop-motion video showing one of Harold’s light box compositions as it is created, and Harold will show the post-production steps with an actual example.

There will be ample time for Q&A.

This is a free webinar, but advance registration is required. Click here to register!

About Harold Davis: Harold Davis is a artist, photographer, educator, and the  bestselling author of many books, including most recently Creative Garden Photography from Rocky Nook. He is the developer of a unique technique for photographing flowers for transparency, a Moab Master, and a Zeiss Ambassador. He is an internationally known photographer and a sought-after workshop leader. His website is www.digitalfieldguide.com.

Posted in Workshops

Iceland Photo Adventure Detailed Itinerary and FAQ

Capture the spectacular sights of Iceland beneath the Midnight Sun on this 12-day summer photography workshop. We will visit the iconic sites of the South Coast, the Eastfjords and the North, including Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon, Lake Mývatn, the far-flung Highlands and the newest picturesque fissure volcanoes in the Geldingadalur region. The trip includes a unique opportunity for aerial photography of the active volcano (optional).

Along the way we will encounter beautiful wildlife including puffins and sweet Icelandic horses. As we are guided to the hidden landscapes of Iceland with our cameras, we will discover spectacular places that are seldom visited.

Click here for the detailed itinerary, here for the FAQ, and here for the Reservation form. Please contact us with any questions.

Photo credit: Iurie Belegurschi / Iceland Photo Tours

  • Trip dates: July 14-25, 2021 (Twelve days and eleven nights)
  • Size: Very small photography group: Minimum 6, Maximum 8
  • Vaccination: Proof of Covid-19 vaccination required.
  • Itinerary: We will combine a visit to the remote summer Highlands with touring the Ring Route waterfalls and other attractions. Day-by-day details are in the full trip description.
  • Volcano: This cannot be guaranteed, but we are planning an optional aerial helicopter photo session of Mount Fagradalsfjall (which started erupting in March!)
  • Inclusions: Professional photo local guide, photography mentoring opportunity with Harold, transportation in a comfortable vehicle, accommodation in hotels and guesthouses (rooms with private bathrooms), and all meals. Detailed inclusions and exclusions are in the full trip description.
  • Cost: $8,995 per person. Single supplement is $1,100. Optional helicopter photography of the volcano is $1,250 additional per person. $1,000 deposit required for reservation, with balance due May 15, 2021.

Click here for the Reservation form! Click here for the itinerary, and here for the Iceland trip FAQ.

Posted in Photography

Monochromatic Visions Portfolio: Video

Monochromatic Visions is a limited edition portfolio of twelve black & white prints. You can find out more about Monochromatic Visions, including current edition and pricing information, by clicking here.

Can’t view this video? Check it out on YouTube. Click here for more information about our artist books and portfolios.

Posted in Print of the Month

Iceland Photo Adventure with Harold Davis this July! Yes!

Please consider joining me for a photography adventure this July in Iceland. Click here for the Reservation form! Click here for the itinerary, and here for the Iceland trip FAQs. This is an extremely small group size, and there seems to be a great deal of interest, so if you think you want to come drop us an email right away!

Photo credit: Iurie Belegurschi / Iceland Photo Tours

  • Trip dates: July 14-25, 2021 (Twelve days and eleven nights)
  • Size: Minimum 6, Maximum 8
  • Vaccination: The Icelandic government will require proof of Covid-19 vaccination (we will need to see this for registration)
  • Itinerary: We will combine a visit to the remote summer Highlands with touring the Ring Route waterfalls and other attractions. Day-by-day details are in the full trip description.
  • Volcano: This cannot be guaranteed, but we are planning an optional aerial helicopter photo session of Mount Fagradalsfjall (which started erupting in March!)
  • Inclusions: Professional photo local guide, photography mentoring opportunity with Harold, transportation in a comfortable vehicle, accommodation in hotels and guesthouses (rooms with private bathrooms), and all meals. Detailed inclusions and exclusions are in the full trip description.
  • Cost: $8,995 per person. Single supplement is $1,100. Optional helicopter photography of the volcano is $1,250 additional per person. $1,000 deposit required for reservation, with balance due May 15, 2021.

Click here for the Reservation form! Click here for the itinerary, and here for the Iceland trip FAQs.

Thanks for giving this exciting photography adventure your consideration. I hope you decide to join me!

 

Photo credit: Iurie Belegurschi / Iceland Photo Tours

 

Posted in Workshops

Serenity

Happy to recently process this Study in Blue, photographed a while ago at Crater Lake, Oregon. This early morning image gives me a feeling of peace and serenity.

Serenity © Harold Davis

Posted in Landscape, Photography

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

Two More NFTs

Today I minted two new NFTs (non-fungible tokens). Unlike my previous two, which were unique moving GIFs (not part of an edition), these are monochromatic “fine-art” images minted from JPEGs: Eiffel Tower and Paris, France and Wreck of the Point Reyes, California

Each is in an edition of three NFTs. There’s no lower limit, meaning you can bid anything you want, however small the amount (provided your bid is in Ethereum!). And there’s no “Buy It Now!” price set at which the NFT will automatically sell. By the way, I am probably open to getting this ball rolling by accepting almost any bid. For now, that is—later I am expecting these NFTs to do wonders for my digital currency account! LOL.

Check out Eiffel Tower and Paris, France on Rarible, and on OpenSea.

Eiffel Tower and Paris, France © Harold Davis

Check out Wreck of the Point Reyes, California on Rarible, and on OpenSea.

Wreck of the Point Reyes, California © Harold Davis

Posted in Photography

Botanique—Watch the Video!

Botanique is my handmade limited edition artist book of botanical prints. You can find out more about Botanique, including current edition and pricing information, by clicking here.

Can’t view this video? Check it out on YouTube. Click here for more information about our artist books and portfolios.

Posted in Photography

Night Photography Webinar Panel on Saturday, April 3, 2021

Please consider joining us this Saturday April 3, 2021 at 11am PT for a night photography webinar. This panel session will present work by accomplished night photographers Steven Christenson and Jeff Sullivan.

I’ll be showing some of my own work, with a look at my urban night photography from around the world and other work that uses long-exposure techniques, as well as dark skies and star circles in nature.

The presentations will be followed by a panel discussion in which the photographers will discuss how they approach night photography, as well as their future plans.

All proceeds will benefit the Alameda County Community Food Bank.

Click here to register for the Night Photography Webinar, here for more information, and here for our scheduled Workshops & Events.

Edge of Night © Harold Davis

Posted in Workshops

I Have Minted Two NFTs

I have “minted” two NFTs—non-fungible tokens. To break this down a little further, to mint an asset such as a digital file means to place it on the blockchain. Placing the asset—the NFT—on the blockchain also generally means in the case of digital art to associate it with ability to buy and sell it using cryptocurrency, most often with digital art, Ethereum. 

Just saying, you can make NFTs out of things that have nothing to do with art. Just saying, a JPEG file minted into an NFT recently sold for $69 Million via the Christie’s Auction House. Just saying, what can you do with this thing besides buying and selling it (you can’t hang it on your wall)?

My first NFT is Petal Pushing, a GIF file. The description reads “This is a hand-created artisinal GIF file forged in Photoshop from a series of LAB L-channel inversion light box petal images by free-range artist and photographer Harold Davis.” The “Buy It Now” price is 0.5 Ethereum (or about $850 at today’s exchange rate). You can check it out here on Rarible, and here on OpenSea.

Petal Pushing © Harold Davis

My second NFT is Harold Davis—Petal Circles.gif, another GIF file. The description reads “This is a hand-created artisinal GIF file forged in Photoshop from a series of  light box petal images by artist and photographer Harold Davis.” The “Buy It Now” price is one Ethereum (or about $1700 at today’s exchange rate). You can check it out here on Rarible, and here on OpenSea.

Harold Davis—Petal-Circles.gif © Harold Davis

They are such a bargain, compared to $69 Million at least. Just saying. And just to be clear, what are you buying? You can’t put it on the wall. You are buying the one minted copy, but it can still be digitally copied and displayed. And, you are not buying my copyright in the image or its components. So, this is literally a trading vehicle—which can be said for some art editions, and some original art, as well!

More thoughtfully, I did have a few minutes back in the 2000 aughts when I was just starting as a digital artist and photographer when I considered whether there really was a reason to make a physical manifestation of an image. Then I fell in love with physical printmaking, making books, and all the old-fashioned stuff. 

Phyllis came over to my work station as I was going through the software gyrations to load up my digital wallet with Ethereum and pay for the “minting.” She said, and I quote, “Just what do you think you are doing?”

She has a point. But I’m going to stick with it a bit, and so far have enjoyed my first venture on the blockchain, with cybercurrency, and with minting NFTs.

Posted in Bemusements, Business of Art

Get creative in this photo challenge with Harold Davis [Free]

PHOTO CHALLENGE

Photography on Black 

with Harold Davis

Tuesday, March 30th, 2021 at 2:00 pm CT
FREE! Click here to register.Knowing a variety of techniques to work with gives you the power to be more creative. Join Harold Davis as he shows you how to create low-key HDR images using a black velvet or other dark background. His demonstration will emphasize photography of floral subjects and various background possibilities, plus post-processing tips to create beautiful effects that almost seem like light painting. Afterwards you’ll get a fun photo challenge to put Harold’s ideas into practice, plus an invitation to share your results in the community.

Click here to register for this FREE live webinar. Be sure to forward this email to invite your friends!

Space is limited. If you are unable to join us live, a recording will be available. If you would like to participate in the photo challenge and be part of the discussion in our community you need to be registered for Out of Chicago LIVE!

 
Harold Davis is an internationally known photographer and a sought-after workshop leader. Harold’s most recent book is Creative Garden Photography, published by Rocky Nook. His prints are widely collected. He is the developer of a unique technique for photographing flowers for transparency, a Moab Master, and a Zeiss Ambassador. Learn more.
Posted in Workshops

Travels in the Inter-Mountain West

These are newly-processed images from travels in the inter-mountain American West in early 2020 just before the pandemic struck and we began sheltering in place.

As vaccinations proceed apace, I am looking forward to traveling with my camera again soon!

Old Tree © Harold Davis

Colorado River © Harold Davis

Death Valley Landscape © Harold Davis

Posted in Landscape, Monochrome, Photography