Monthly Archives: October 2020

Master Photographer Panel with Jennifer King and Alan Shapiro on Saturday

Phyllis and I are proud to present Master Photographer Panel with Jennifer King and Alan Shapiro on this coming Saturday (October 10, 2020) via Zoom. The tuition for the event is $19.95, with all proceeds going to the NAACP Empowerment Funds.

Image credit: © Jennifer King

Jennifer King is an internationally acclaimed photographer, writer, teacher and speaker. Click here for her website.

Alan Shapiro’s macro work can be seen throughout the entire hospital set on ABC’s The Good Doctor, in the launch campaigns for the Apple iPhone, filling walls in Bose stores and Ritz Carlton Hotels worldwide, in addition to hanging in numerous private and corporate art collections. His tabletop and food photography can be seen in publications including Martha Stewart Living, Real Simple and Saveur. Click here for his website.

Following the presentations by these great photographers, Harold Davis will moderate a panel discussion open to your questions. Come expecting to be inspired and entertained!

Image credit: © Alan Shapiro

The session will be recorded and posted to YouTube, but please consider enrolling (and paying the tuition) even if you won’t be able to attend the live event. All proceeds will be going to the NAACP Endowment fund, and if you are interested in the panel, it would be great to have you contribute.

Click here for an upcoming benefit Master Panel with Ann Belmont and Bryan Peterson, and here for our schedule of webinars.

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The Past Is a Different Country

Phyllis likes to say that the past is a different country. Certainly, in this time in which we cannot travel to other countries, the past and different countries have in common that they are both not visit-able: the past in lieu of a time machine, and other countries until we have a novel coronavirus vaccine. 

Photography is a very temporal activity. Most often, the act of capture occurs within a matter of seconds.

Coming back to the notion of the past being a different country, even if one could go back, or if one returns to the same location, nothing is ever the same.

In that spirit, here are five images from the different countries of the past that I just processed for the first time: two are from a sunrise session above the Klamath Bar on California’s north coast in 2018, and three were photographed in Owens Valley, east of the Sierra, from the autumn of 2017.

Morning Mist © Harold Davis

Morning Mist © Harold Davis

Klamath Bar © Harold Davis

Klamath Bar © Harold Davis

Autumn Passage © Harold Davis

Autumn Passage © Harold Davis

Cottonwood © Harold Davis

Cottonwood © Harold Davis

Tufas in Autumn © Harold Davis

Tufas in Autumn © Harold Davis

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Mandalas

I had a little down-time today, and I did something I’ve wanted to do for quite a while: organized most of my Mandala images into a single album on Flickr.

A mandala is a circular geometric pattern that symbolically can represent the entire universe. Sometimes, a mandala is meant to represent wholeness and life itself in relation to the infinite and the world that extends beyond and within minds and bodies.

In Eastern religions, a mandala may represent paradise, deities, sacred spaces, or simply be used as an aid to meditation.

My Mandalas are primarily created using flower petals on a light box, although I sometimes use other materials as well. In case you are interested, I will be constructing a mandala on a light box using flower petals on live webcam in my webinar on December 12, 2020.

Study in Petals on Black © Harold Davis

Study in Petals on Black © Harold Davis

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Sharpness is a Bourgeois Concept

“Sharpness is a Bourgeois Concept,” declared Henri Cartier-Bresson. What did iconic photographer Cartier-Bresson mean, and why is this a humorous remark?

To find our why, consider attending this Saturday’s Photography and Writing: Using Your Words To Become a Better Photographer

This three-part webinar will start with a look at the role writing has played in the work of some great photographers from Ansel Adams (of course) to Minor White, and beyond. The second part of the presentation will continue with how I have used the synergy of writing and photography with particular emphasis on my award-winning blog, and conclude with some suggestions about how to integrate the discipline of writing into your photography practice. The idea is to enhance facility and creativity in both disciplines!

Click here for more information, here to register for Photography and Writing, and here for a schedule of our upcoming webinars.

Stairs at La Défense © Harold Davis

Stairs at La Défense © Harold Davis

I’d also like to call your special attention to the Master Photographer Panel with Jennifer King and Alan Shapiro, scheduled for Saturday October 10, 2020. All proceeds from this webinar will benefit the NAACP Endowment Fund.

Please check out our upcoming webinar schedule. There’s a great deal of variety, with tutorials and fun across a wide domain of topics. Our webinars are a mixture of free, paid, and paid-as-a-benefit with all proceeds going to a good cause.

As always, stay healthy, keep photographing, and be creative!

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Sunrise through the Haze

Today the sun rose red through the haze of the air polluted with smoke from the wildfires. Outside, the air has an acrid unpleasant taste on the back of one’s throat, and is possibly dangerous to breath. What a contrast from the normally pleasant atmosphere, often refreshed with the marine layer coming in from the Pacific!

Sunrise through the Haze © Harold Davis

Sunrise through the Haze © Harold Davis

To make this image, I used my Tamron 150-600mm telephoto zoom, a veritable honker of a lens, at 300mm. The other settings were ISO 250, 1/1000 of a second, and f/5.6. I got down on the floor of our dining room, and photographed the rising sun hand held through the curtains on the French doors—closed because of the bad air—leading out to the patio.

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