Monthly Archives: June 2019

Paris in the Spring (April 24-May 2, 2021)

Please click here for itinerary details, and click here for the Reservation Form! We look forward to exploring Paris with you. An early-bird registration discount applies.

There’s nothing like photographing Paris in the spring! Let’s spend some glorious days together in April and May of 2021 making photos in Paris, and having a great time.

Photography begins with the medium of light, which the artist captures and applies to the canvas in endlessly surprising ways. And what better place to explore this medium than Paris, the City of Light?

Join acclaimed photographer Harold Davis and co-host Mark Brokering for the experience of a lifetime in Paris, the birthplace of photography. There you’ll have the opportunity to experience firsthand the places and sights that have inspired artists for centuries.

Paris Sunset © Harold Davis

We’ll focus our lenses on Paris in bloom, Paris at night, and Paris in black & white, reinterpreting for ourselves some of the images that have been captured in paint and on film by many great artists, including Daguerre, Monet, Atget, Picasso, and Erwitt. We’ll have a grand time photographing and we’ll return home with many priceless shots to treasure!

Photo tour includes an excursion to Monet’s famous gardens at Giverny, with what is always one of the highlights for any photographer: exclusive after-hours artist access to the gardens and lily pond area.

Harold’s photographs of Paris have appeared in books, exhibitions, and been published worldwide on travel sites.

Double Rainbow over Paris © Harold Davis

Here’s what some participants in past Photograph Paris with Harold Davis Workshops had to say:

Eiffel Tower from Sacré Coeur © Harold Davis

Eiffel Tower from Sacré Coeur © Harold Davis

  • “Had an awesome time with Harold and the workshop participants.  Itching to go back.  If you’re a photographer, Paris at night is a ‘Must Do!’.  Put it on your bucket list ‘cause you may not see this in Heaven.”
  • “Photographing Paris at night in the company of a group of fellow photographers had instant appeal.  Inspired by the scenes of Brassai, I imagined myself at the top of the steps at Montmartre, taking wonderful black-and-white images.  I already admired Harold Davis, and had confidence that he would lead us to fantastic places – and he did!  What came as a delightful surprise was the level of talent and variety of approaches that my fellow travelers employed to capture the marvelous churches, gardens, and people of Paris, Giverny, and Fontainebleau.  I learned from every one of them.  And what an agreeable group of travel companions they were! A once-in-a-lifetime experience that I plan to repeat next spring!”
  • “Harold has great skill, without the ego of most master photographers. Travel arrangements were perfect.”
  • “One thing I really liked about the photo tour that Harold set up is that we had plenty of time to photograph in the best locations, and really prioritized when the light would be good.”

Please click here for itinerary details, and click here for the Reservation Form! We look forward to exploring Paris with you. An early-bird registration discount applies.

Posted in Workshops

Our Lady of Chartres

I recently was privileged to visit Chartres Cathedral with my group of Paris photographers. The upper two images were made inside Our Lady of Chartres with a fisheye lens and the camera on a tripod. You can see that the inside has been cleaned and looks almost new. On my previous visit, in 2013, some parts had been cleaned but the ceiling was untouched, and scaffolding was still up for cleaning and restoring the rest (as shown in the bottom image).

Our Lady of Chartres (color) © Harold Davis

Our Lady of Chartres (color) © Harold Davis

Our Lady of Chartres (b&w) © Harold Davis

Our Lady of Chartres (b&w) © Harold Davis

Chartres © Harold Davis

Chartres (2013) © Harold Davis

Click here for the blog story from my 2013 visit to Chartres.

Posted in France, Photography

Lost in the folds of a rose

It’s easy for me to get lost in the folds of a rose. Each petal is a curve and a valley, and a landscape of pleasure. Why go anywhere else besides the country of the rose? Roses from this bush in our garden smell at least as good as good as they look. Here’s to getting lost in the folds of a rose!

Old-Fashioned Rose © Harold Davis

Old-Fashioned Rose © Harold Davis

Posted in Flowers, Photography

Baby’s Breath

I brought home some flowers, and arranged them into bouquets. A small sprig of Baby’s Breath (Gyposphila) broke off, and I put it in a little glass jar. The stem looked almost like a bonsai in the water, and I photographed the stem and flowers on a light box, using a macro light to fill in the white cloud of flowers.

Baby's-Breath © Harold Davis

Baby’s-Breath © Harold Davis

Posted in Flowers, Photography