Yearly Archives: 2007

White Rose on Black

This is a version of the Burning White Rose. As with the other shots in the session, I shot long exposures in a black room, with the rose on black velvet cloth and lit from beneath by LED lights. The isolation of the flower on black, with the complete flower visible from above, is to meet the requirements of a specific usage.

Related image: Camellia Light.

Posted in Flowers, Photography

Website Make Over

I’ve updated the web presence for Harold Davis Photography by streamlining the graphics, adding print galleries with a shopping cart (more about this later), a page about my photography books, information about Harold Davis workshops and appearances, information about licensing my photos, and a complete site map (reproduced here below the photo). Please check my “new” site out.

World Wide Web

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Photography by Harold Davis: Sitemap

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Anemone on Black

Here’s a photogram made from an anemone Japonica from our garden that I’m just getting around to blogging.

Posted in Flowers, Photograms, Photography

Suspended Animation

This is a water drop image from about six months ago that I never blogged, so here it is! The sun had just come out after a brief shower, and these drops were suspended on a spider web.

[200mm f/4 macro lens (300mm in 35mm equivalent terms), 1/8 of a second at f/40 and ISO 100.]

Posted in Photography, Water Drops

White and Black

I was browsing my files in the middle of the night, gathering the far-flung pieces of a substantial project I am working on. I came across these unrelated images of a Dawn Chorus poppy from a 2006 shoot. I worked on them a bit, and by then it was almost dawn though still black outside, so here they are, and now I’m going to get some coffee…

Dawn Chorus Poppy on Black

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Posted in Flowers, Photography

Fire Spiral in the Flower

This is a version of the Burning White Rose that has been hit with LAB color channel inversions in Photoshop.

Posted in Flowers, Photography

Burning White Rose

I know this rose looks yellow, but it was actually snow white. You are looking at the color of light coming up through the rose bud. Phyllis helped me construct a small stage set for this photo (and the others in the series). We cut the stem close, and positioned the rose in a small, clear plastic cylinder. Next we lit the cylinder from the sides with LED lights. I covered the whole thing with black velevt cloth up to the edge of the rose blossom.

Finally, I made sure the room was entirely dark (except for the LED lighting from beneath the rose), and photographed straight down on the inside of the blossom.

Related image: Camellia Light.

[105mm f/2.8 macro lens (157.5mm in 35mm terms), extension tube, 30 seconds at f/36 and ISO 100, tripod mounted.]

Posted in Flowers, Photography

Camellia Light

This is another photo of a camellia blossom, lit from beneath with flat LED lights, and isolated using a black velvet cloth background.

[85mm perspective correcting macro, 4 seconds at f/54 and ISO 100, tripod mounted.]

Posted in Flowers, Photography

Camellia Petals

My new Nikon D300 showed up today, and of course I had to play. This is an extreme close-up of petals of a camellia blossom fresh from my garden. The flower was wet with rain. To get the effect of light coming through the petals I positioned the flower on some small LED lights, then surrounded it with a black velvet cloth. The point of this style of photography was to emphasize the transparency of the petals.

Related images: Camellia, Camellia Decolletage.

[Nikon D300, 200mm f/4 macro lens (300mm in 35mm terms), 35mm extension tube, 3 seconds at f/45 and ISO 100, tripod mounted.]

Posted in Flowers, Photography, Water Drops

Dragonfly Clad All in Green

This dude is an even greener version of the already pretty green Dragonfly 4.

Posted in Photograms, Photography

Puddle In Zion

Slogging and sloshing up the narrows of the Virgin River, I came to a mud bank partially submerged and nestled against a canyon wall. The whole mud platform was maybe ten feet by five feet.

Looking down, I saw this puddle with reflections of the walls of the narrow Virgin gorge.

The logistical problems were purely physical. I put my tripod legs into the mud, and they sank several inches into the ooze. There was no place to put my camera backpack down, so I did a kind of wiggle dance, getting the items I needed out of the pack, hanging the items on my shoulders and neck, zipping the pack back up and slipping it on.

I used a polarizing filter to bring out the reflections in the puddle, and stopped my lens down as far as it would go for maximum depth-of-field so I could get both the foreground of mud and the reflections of the distant cliff in focus.

After a few exposures, it was the reverse wiggle dance to get everything in the backpack while keeping it dry, not to mention wiping the mud on my Gitzo’s legs off with my wet shirt.

[36mm in 35mm equivalent terms, 1.5 seconds at f/22 and ISO 100, polarizing filter, tripod mounted.]

Posted in Landscape, Photography, Zion

Harold Davis MacWorld Appearances

I’ll be making some appearances under the auspices of O’Reilly Digital Media (one of my publishers) around MacWorld, which is in San Francisco this year from January 14 to January 18, 2008. The panel discussions should prove to be particularly interesting. If you come to any of these events, please say “Hello” to me.

Here are the O’Reilly happenings at MacWorld 2008 where I’ll be:

  • Sunday, January 13, 2008 at 7PM, Book Passage in Corte Madera: Ask the Experts Panel Discussion–Derrick Story, Mikkel Aaland, Harold Davis, and Rick Smolan. Leading Digital Photographers answer all your questions. More info.
  • Wednesday, January 16, 2008 at 4:30PM, Apple Store in San Francisco: Ask the Experts Panel Discussion–Derrick Story, Mikkel Aaland, Harold Davis, and Rick Smolan. Leading Digital Photographers answer all your questions. More info.
  • Friday, January 18, 2008 at 1PM, O’Reilly booth at MacWorld : Harold Davis presention with Q&A, Light & Exposure for Digital Photographers. More info.


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Harold Davis Night Photography Workshop

I’ll be leading a hands-on workshop on digital night photography from May 2-4, 2008 under the auspices of Digital Stop in Berkeley, California. Please consider joining me for a fun and exciting weekend.

Star Trails

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Course Description

Night photography has always been an area for creative experimentation. With the advent of digital photography, and its expanded dynamic range and light sensitivity beyond the visible spectrum, Harold Davis, the creator of, takes workshop participants into the digital night.

During an orientation session, techniques, equipment, and night safety issues are covered. Moving outdoors, workshop participants will create night-time captures. Regrouping the following day, digital post-processing of night captures in Photoshop will be thoroughly demystified. Work will be evaluated in the context of personal creative goals. A second night shoot gives participants the opportunity to put into practice the night skills they have learned. We will learn to make spectacular photographs of the San Francisco skyline at night, as well as quieter photos of the landscape of the night by starlight.

Night covers the globe half the time. Surprisingly to many, photographic opportunities with digital equipment are as exciting during night as the day. Awake to the freedom of the night! Bring your energy and creativity, and expect to have a great time. You’ll go home with great images and the skills to capture night photos while the rest of the world sleeps.

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Posted in Digital Night, Photography

Helleborus on Black

Here’s an interpretive version of the Helleborus on White. I think the effect is like a glowing, stained glass flower: exciting, even if realistic rendering has gone by the boards.

Related story: Trio of Hellebores.
Related link: my Flowers on Black set on Flickr.

Posted in Flowers, Photograms, Photography

Helleborus on White

This is another photo of one of my unusual double hellebore blossoms, photographed on white and processed for a semi-translucent effect while keeping fidelity to the actual colors.

I continue to enjoy working with the perspective correcting macro lens I used to take this photo. It’s even kind of amusing (in a creative anachronism fashion) to have to manually stop the diaphragm down when I’m ready to take the photo.

Related links: Iris ensata ‘Azuma-kagami’; my Flowers on White set on Flickr.

[85mm perspective correcting (PC) macro lens (127.5mm in 35mm terms), 13 seconds at f/54 and ISO 100, tripod mounted.]

Posted in Flowers, Photography