Monthly Archives: August 2017


This fellow is ninety years old. He lives by himself. He makes wooden rakes and pitchforks for his living, and sells them in the village because they are “better than new-fangled” metal implements. He was happy to have his picture taken, and to talk with us as long as we wanted to stay.

Alone © Harold Davis

Shot with the Zeiss 35mm f/1.4 wide open at f/1.4.

Posted in Romania

Making a Pot

Today I photographed a potter in rural Romania. He was making pots using local clay. As I watched, the pots formed nicely on his wheel, then he finished them with his hands.

Making a Pot © Harold Davis

Posted in Monochrome, Romania

Fireworks in Budapest

In Budapest, Hungary over the weekend they were celebrating Hungarian National Day with a massive fireworks display. This was photographed across the Danube River, with the Houses of Parliament on the right.

Fireworks in Budapest © Harold Davis

Posted in Digital Night, Romania

Space available in the Sept 16-17 San Francisco Black & White workshop

We have space available in our Black & White in San Francisco Weekend workshop coming up next month September 16-17, 2017. San Francisco is a great place for photography, and a great locale to “think” in black and white!

Farther Shore © Harold Davis

Workshop Description: This workshop includes field photography in several Bay area locations, monochromatic shooting techniques in the field, black & white conversion in Photoshop, Nik Silver Efex, and other plug-ins, and monochromatic processing. Emphasis will be on thinking creatively in black and white in the field, and fully understanding the myriad possibilities in post-production.

Sunset on the Bay © Harold Davis

More info and registration:

Pop-Up Workshop: Note that if this workshop stays small (less than eight participants) I will conduct it as a pop-up workshop on-the-fly (rather than classroom based) which will give opportunities for more field locations, and more one-on-one interaction.

Noir City Dreams © Harold Davis


San Francisco Moonrise © Harold Davis

Posted in Monochrome, San Francisco Area, Workshops

Demonstration Flower Projects

Here are two of the images I used to demonstrate capture and post-production at my recent Photographing Flowers for Transparency course at Maine Media Workshops in Rockport, Maine.

Fan of Irises and Daffodils © Harold Davis

When I give the Photographing Flowers for Transparency workshop, I start by explaining the theory and practice of this kind of light box photography. I usually note that floral arrangement is a key issue. When we get down to the actual work, I ask each participant to pick a flower in turn, which I then arrange in a composition for us all practice photographing and processing—which is the genesis of the composition below!

Class Demo Maine Media © Harold Davis

Posted in Flowers, Photography

Pont Vieux, Albi

Set on massive brick pylons, the Pont Vieux in Albi, France spans the River Tarn. This bridge has been in continuous use for a millennium. I’ll be taking a select group of photographers to Albi and other destinations in the southwest of France and the Pyrénées-Orientales in May, 2018. Please consider joining us. Click here for more information.

Pont Vieux, Albi © Harold Davis

Posted in France, Workshops

Disturbance in the Force

Disturbance in the Force © Harold Davis

Click here for more Multiple Exposures!

Posted in Photography

White Rose

I love to photograph white roses from my garden. This one is a John F. Kennedy Hybrid Tea Rose. For me, the white rose represents peace and simplicity. It’s also worth bearing in mind that the white rose was the emblem of a group that resisted the Nazis. Perhaps it would be a good time to revive this symbolism. Here are some other photos of the white rose on my blog: White Rose Blushing and White Rose.

White Rose © Harold Davis

Posted in Flowers

Exploring Cathar Country and the Pyrenees-Orientales (April 28 – May 7, 2018)

A Photographic Journey with Harold Davis

What and Where: In the twelfth century in the part of the world that is today southwestern France, a new set of religious beliefs coalesced and came to be known as the Cathar heresy. The Cathars believed in a supreme being and god of light, utterly unconcerned with matters of this world, and in a direct individual interaction with this god with no need for inter-mediation by the hierarchy of an established religion.

Wild, craggy peaks and deep canyon valleys dominate the Pyrénées-Orientales in scenery somewhat reminiscent of parts of the American West. The Pyrénées-Orientales and old Languedoc is a region where the wildness of the landscape and the flavor of Spanish cuisine mingles with traditional French culture to create a unique and very special world apart. 

While the primary emphasis of this journey will be photography, we’ll also take the time to learn more about Catharite beliefs, enjoy the unique culture, wild scenery, and cuisine of Cathar Country and the Pyrénées-Orientales.

The dates for this small-group tour  are April 28 to May 7, 2018. Click here for more information, and here for the Reservation Form. We’ve heard quite a bit of excitement about exploring Cathar Country and the Pyrénées-Orientales with Harold, so this group will fill quickly. Note that an early-bird discount applies until September 15, 2017.

Please consider joining me for the photographic adventure of a lifetime!

Posted in Workshops


One of the best purposes of photography is to create order in an inherently disorderly world and universe. This is achieved through a variety of mechanisms. As photographers, we recognize patterns. We know when to step back and capture something from an unforeseen angle (as in the boat hull from a Maine shipyard viewed from underneath in the image immediately below). We see with mild amusement the corporate logos of yesteryear (like the Citroen symbol on an antique permanently parked in my neighborhood, and shown at the bottom). When sufficient time has elapsed so mostly no one remembers the original meaning, then even a corporate logo becomes an abstraction too.

Hull © Harold Davis

Citroen © Harold Davis

Posted in Abstractions, iPhone, Photography

Steven’s First Car

My workshop ended with a lobster dinner and a grand group show yesterday evening. I met some of my students for breakfast, and then headed off for some solo adventures before heading back to California tomorrow morning.

Steven’s First Car © Harold Davis

In the afternoon I drove south to Port Clyde to meet a friend from college. I haven’t seen him in many years, and we reconnected on Facebook. Steven and I told each other the stories of our lives so far: the good and bad, the beautiful and the ugly.

This is an iPhone shot of Steve’s first car. Steve still has it. It dates from the 1920s, and it starts right up. He told me he bought it from the proceeds of his first summer job, from working all summer, for about $100.

Posted in Photography

I Heart Dahlias

Today my class went to photograph a Dahlia Farm. I love these flowers because each one is unique, and because they are so colorful (even when I do convert to monochrome, see the image below!).

Pink Dahlia © Harold Davis

Variegated Dahlia © Harold Davis

White Dahlia © Harold Davis

Posted in Flowers, Photography

Private Garden, Camden

This was a fun day with my class. They are eager to learn my techniques for flower photography on a light box, and also about creative uses of LAB color. Towards the end of the day, we had the privilege of  photographing in a wonderful private garden in Camden, what a great field trip! Thanks Maine Media for arranging this, very special.

Private Garden, Camden © Harold Davis

Maple Tree, Private Garden © Harold Davis

Posted in Photography

Mooring Lines, Rockport Harbor

After a fun day teaching and photographing flowers here in Maine, after dinner I headed down to Rockport harbor in the golden hour. The contrast of the white mooring lines and the dark pier pilings caught my eye, and I settled down to make a number of exposures for blending and conversion to monochrome.

Mooring Lines, Rockport Harbor © Harold Davis

Posted in Monochrome