Monthly Archives: April 2021

A Modern Pilgrimage: Kumano kodo portfolio video

A Modern Pilgrimage: Along the Kumano Kodo by Harold Davis is an artist book and portfolio of images that astutely blends old-craft hand traditions and materials with and cutting-edge new technologies to create an exquisite limited edition art book and art object that is completely unique.

Can’t view this video? Check it out on YouTube. Click here for more information about our artist books and portfolios.

Click here for the Monochromatic Visions video, and here for the Botanique video.

In his introduction to the project, Harold Davis writes: “It has always been one of my dreams to explore the rural and spiritual side of Japan. In 2013 I was lucky to get to walk the the Kumano Kodo spiritual trail,” the heart of Shugendo Buddhism. He continues: “Of course, in Japan it is impossible to explore the rural without also encountering modern, crowded Japan. Spirituality and modern Japanese life co-mingle in some very odd ways”—hence the “Modern Pilgrimage” portion of the title of his portfolio. But as Harold Davis remarks, “my main goal as an artist in this body of work as been to reflect my true sense of spiritual awe at the manifest gifts one can find as a pilgrim in this, our sacred earth.”

A Modern Pilgrimage: Along the Kumano Kodo portfolio, consists of thirteen images on a single 16.5 foot long sheet of Kozo washi, hand printed, scored, and folded into unique artist’s book. The outer-wrapper containing the Kumano Kodo portfolio is a created from special, mold-made paper that is hand scored and folded. Printed on the portfolio wrapper is a panoramic photograph titled Kumano Sanzen Roppyaku Po. Included with the Kumano Kodo portfolio is a descriptive numbered, initialed and illustrated pamphlet. This hand-bound archival pamphlet with a hand applied inkan was written by Harold Davis. It explores his photographic journey on the spiritual pilgrimage trail and its relationship to modern Japan. The pamphlet also includes detailed descriptions of each photograph.

For more information about the Kumano Kodo portfolio, including availability and current pricing, please visit digitalfieldguide.com/editions/kumano-kodo.

Posted in Photography

Photographing Flowers for Transparency Free Webinar

To celebrate Earth Day, Thursday April 22, 2021, Rocky Nook is sponsoring a special webinar with Harold Davis, Photographing Flowers for Transparency. This is a free webinar, to be given at 11am PT, but advance registration is required. Click here to register!

 In this detailed presentation, Harold Davis shows his stunning floral imagery and explains in detail his process for light box photography. Botanical composition, exposure, and post-production are explained.

Papaver Party © Harold Davis

Papaver Party © Harold Davis

Harold says: “Light box photography is a joy in and of itself, and is a great form of photography to practice at home with relatively minimal investment in equipment. Techniques that can be learned from light box photography cut across myriad aspects of photography, and will enrich all aspects of your photographic practice.”

The presentation will include stop-motion video showing one of Harold’s light box compositions as it is created, and Harold will show the post-production steps with an actual example.

There will be ample time for Q&A.

This is a free webinar, but advance registration is required. Click here to register!

About Harold Davis: Harold Davis is a artist, photographer, educator, and the  bestselling author of many books, including most recently Creative Garden Photography from Rocky Nook. He is the developer of a unique technique for photographing flowers for transparency, a Moab Master, and a Zeiss Ambassador. He is an internationally known photographer and a sought-after workshop leader. His website is www.digitalfieldguide.com.

Posted in Workshops

Iceland Photo Adventure Detailed Itinerary and FAQ

Capture the spectacular sights of Iceland beneath the Midnight Sun on this 12-day summer photography workshop. We will visit the iconic sites of the South Coast, the Eastfjords and the North, including Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon, Lake Mývatn, the far-flung Highlands and the newest picturesque fissure volcanoes in the Geldingadalur region. The trip includes a unique opportunity for aerial photography of the active volcano (optional).

Along the way we will encounter beautiful wildlife including puffins and sweet Icelandic horses. As we are guided to the hidden landscapes of Iceland with our cameras, we will discover spectacular places that are seldom visited.

Click here for the detailed itinerary, here for the FAQ, and here for the Reservation form. Please contact us with any questions.

Photo credit: Iurie Belegurschi / Iceland Photo Tours

  • Trip dates: July 14-25, 2021 (Twelve days and eleven nights)
  • Size: Very small photography group: Minimum 6, Maximum 8
  • Vaccination: Proof of Covid-19 vaccination required.
  • Itinerary: We will combine a visit to the remote summer Highlands with touring the Ring Route waterfalls and other attractions. Day-by-day details are in the full trip description.
  • Volcano: This cannot be guaranteed, but we are planning an optional aerial helicopter photo session of Mount Fagradalsfjall (which started erupting in March!)
  • Inclusions: Professional photo local guide, photography mentoring opportunity with Harold, transportation in a comfortable vehicle, accommodation in hotels and guesthouses (rooms with private bathrooms), and all meals. Detailed inclusions and exclusions are in the full trip description.
  • Cost: $8,995 per person. Single supplement is $1,100. Optional helicopter photography of the volcano is $1,250 additional per person. $1,000 deposit required for reservation, with balance due May 15, 2021.

Click here for the Reservation form! Click here for the itinerary, and here for the Iceland trip FAQ.

Posted in Photography

Monochromatic Visions Portfolio: Video

Monochromatic Visions is a limited edition portfolio of twelve black & white prints. You can find out more about Monochromatic Visions, including current edition and pricing information, by clicking here.

Can’t view this video? Check it out on YouTube. Click here for more information about our artist books and portfolios.

Posted in Print of the Month

Iceland Photo Adventure with Harold Davis this July! Yes!

Please consider joining me for a photography adventure this July in Iceland. Click here for the Reservation form! Click here for the itinerary, and here for the Iceland trip FAQs. This is an extremely small group size, and there seems to be a great deal of interest, so if you think you want to come drop us an email right away!

Photo credit: Iurie Belegurschi / Iceland Photo Tours

  • Trip dates: July 14-25, 2021 (Twelve days and eleven nights)
  • Size: Minimum 6, Maximum 8
  • Vaccination: The Icelandic government will require proof of Covid-19 vaccination (we will need to see this for registration)
  • Itinerary: We will combine a visit to the remote summer Highlands with touring the Ring Route waterfalls and other attractions. Day-by-day details are in the full trip description.
  • Volcano: This cannot be guaranteed, but we are planning an optional aerial helicopter photo session of Mount Fagradalsfjall (which started erupting in March!)
  • Inclusions: Professional photo local guide, photography mentoring opportunity with Harold, transportation in a comfortable vehicle, accommodation in hotels and guesthouses (rooms with private bathrooms), and all meals. Detailed inclusions and exclusions are in the full trip description.
  • Cost: $8,995 per person. Single supplement is $1,100. Optional helicopter photography of the volcano is $1,250 additional per person. $1,000 deposit required for reservation, with balance due May 15, 2021.

Click here for the Reservation form! Click here for the itinerary, and here for the Iceland trip FAQs.

Thanks for giving this exciting photography adventure your consideration. I hope you decide to join me!

 

Photo credit: Iurie Belegurschi / Iceland Photo Tours

 

Posted in Workshops

Serenity

Happy to recently process this Study in Blue, photographed a while ago at Crater Lake, Oregon. This early morning image gives me a feeling of peace and serenity.

Serenity © Harold Davis

Posted in Landscape, Photography

Night Photo Webinar Contribution to Alameda County Community Food Bank

Special thanks to Jeff Sullivan and the attendees of our Night Photography webinar yesterday! Thanks to you, we were able to contribute $972.57 to Alameda County Community Food Bank. According to their website, every $1.00 contributed to this organization results in seven times the amount donated in food given away. So that is quite a bit of food in these times that are so tough for so many!

We’ll be posting the recording of the event once it has been processed. Click here for the listing of our webinar video recordings, and here for our upcoming schedule.

Heidelberg at Night © Harold Davis

Posted in Bemusements, Workshops

Two More NFTs

Today I minted two new NFTs (non-fungible tokens). Unlike my previous two, which were unique moving GIFs (not part of an edition), these are monochromatic “fine-art” images minted from JPEGs: Eiffel Tower and Paris, France and Wreck of the Point Reyes, California

Each is in an edition of three NFTs. There’s no lower limit, meaning you can bid anything you want, however small the amount (provided your bid is in Ethereum!). And there’s no “Buy It Now!” price set at which the NFT will automatically sell. By the way, I am probably open to getting this ball rolling by accepting almost any bid. For now, that is—later I am expecting these NFTs to do wonders for my digital currency account! LOL.

Check out Eiffel Tower and Paris, France on Rarible, and on OpenSea.

Eiffel Tower and Paris, France © Harold Davis

Check out Wreck of the Point Reyes, California on Rarible, and on OpenSea.

Wreck of the Point Reyes, California © Harold Davis

Posted in Photography