Monthly Archives: October 2015

Harold Davis Sound Bite via Zeiss


Source: Zeiss Lenspire: Harold Davis.

Posted in Photography

Quartet of iPhone Photos

The occasion of my purchase of a new iPhone 6s (for the camera of course and not for the mere love of idle but novel gadgetry made in the slave-labor factories of China!) spurred me to process some of the old captures in my Photo roll, and also to try out the new 12 MP camera. Herewith, a mixed bag of same for your viewing pleasure.

Feathers © Harold Davis

Feathers © Harold Davis

The feathers shown above were brought in by a student at my Creative Flower Photography workshop at Maine Media over the summer, and photographed with my iPhone on an in-class light box.

Arm and the Man © Harold Davis

Arm and the Man © Harold Davis

This gentleman’s tattooed arm, emblazoned with the logo “Nana” and apparently Nana’s dates of birth and death on a lighthouse, was photographed (with permission) during the recent 41rst annual Solano stroll.

By the Sea © Harold Davis

By the Sea © Harold Davis

I captured the late afternoon sun by the rocks at the southern end of Rodeo Beach as my son Nicky (shown in the second row in the linked photo) and I strolled along.

Two-Week Iris © Harold Davis

Two-Week Iris © Harold Davis

The two-week iris (Dietes iridioides), shown above, was captured with the new 12 MP iPhone 6s camera. While it is still a small sensor—so the constantly referred to 12 Mega Pixels are small pixels in all their mega glory—this is really incredible resolution and is (for example) considerably better than the resolution of the DSLR that began my second photography career back in May 2005.

Related link: From iPhone to Art, a Full-Day Workshop with Harold Davis.

Posted in iPhone, Photography

Autumn Arbor at the Bussaco Palace

As October begins and the year inches toward autumn, I thought it was appropriate to share this image, photographed early on a foggy morning on the grounds of the Bussaco Palace Hotel early in November last year in central Portugal. Never have I stayed in a hotel that was so much resting on its laurels in a 5-star atmosphere of genteel—and not so genteel—decay.

Staying at the hotel allowed me to photograph the palace and surrounding park at twilight and in the first light of dawn. Really, if you have a taste for this kind of thing, the whole experience of staying within the grounds of the Bussaco Palace was great fun in a kind of funky former glory, upstairs downstairs vibe.

Autumn Arbor © Harold Davis

Autumn Arbor © Harold Davis

The hotel restaurant was the only place to eat within many dark miles, and I endured (or enjoyed) the infinitely expensive, infinitely slow meal with close to inedible food. I was served by an astounding array of costumed wait-person staff, each with a separate function apparently not coordinated with any of their colleagues. In other words, the ratio of gilt epaulets to farm fresh edibles was way skewed toward the gaudy.

The hotel was almost devoid of other guests, and my room was at the end of a long, drafty hall. Half the time I expected Count Dracula or werewolves to come out of the foggy night to complement the ruined elegance. I slept with the door to my room locked and barricaded as well as I could, and eked out a lukewarm bath in a huge clawfoot tub.

In other words, this was a thoroughly enjoyable experience, and I would return in a heartbeat. The stone angel shown below in the morning fog is part of the front facade of the Bussaco Palace.

Stone Angel © Harold Davis

Stone Angel © Harold Davis

Related story: Travels with Samantha.

Posted in Landscape, Photography, Portugal