Category Archives: Flowers

Recent Flower Photos

I’m happy to take advantage of the wonderful spring flowers this year here in California, and make up for the time I was traveling with some extensive flower photography! Here are some flower images from the past few days, with more to come. Yay! I love flower photography.

Please keep in mind two upcoming flower photography workshops I will be giving: In Berkeley, CA Thursday June 22 – Sunday June 25 and in Rockport, Maine Sunday July 31 – Saturday August 5. Click here for my upcoming Workshops & Events calendar.

With a couple of these images (like the flower globes immediately below) to get the idea you really need to click the image to view it larger!

Great Balls of Flowers © Harold Davis

Dark Star © Harold Davis

Flower Power (via iPhone capture) © Harold Davis

Matilija Poppies – Variation I © Harold Davis

Matilija Poppies – Variation II © Harold Davis

Tower of Flowers © Harold Davis

May Flowers on Black © Harold Davis

Flowers for Luis (via iPhone capture) © Harold Davis

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Home is Best…with Flower Photography

As the saying goes, “You may travel east, you may travel west, but in your heart you know home is best!” In the past two months, I have traveled east (Vietnam), and I have traveled west (France and Malta)—although arguably since the earth is a globe every place is west of California. Or east.

In any case, it is good to be home, particularly when spring and the flowers are so much in bloom as they are in Berkeley, California. I was home in time for Katie Rose’s birthday, and am enjoying spending some time with Phyllis and the kids, and recharging my batteries.

Gladiolas and Campanulas © Harold Davis

In this image, the gladiolas are from Trader Joe’s and the bellflowers (campanulas) from our garden. I used seven exposures with my D810 and Zeiss Otus 55mm/1.4 on a tripod over a light box. The exposures were all at ISO 64 and f/16, and ranged from 1/30 of a second to 4 seconds. I combined the exposures in Photoshop, and added them to a scanned background, using techniques that I explain in my workshops.

Enthusiastic about flower photography? You might want to consider joining us here in Berkeley, Ca next month for a joyous flower photography time where I will share my secret sauce techniques for transparent flower photography and beyond (we still have a few spaces left)!

Also note that I will be teaching related flower photography techniques this year at Maine Media Workshops the first week in August.

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Tulips and a Clematis Vine

It’s wonderful to be back—if only for a brief while—in the flowering springtime of northern California. It’s always hard for me to resist spending some time photographing flowers, and today was no exception!

Tulips and a Clematis Vine © Harold Davis

Tulips and a Clematis Vine © Harold Davis

The Whole Magnolia Branch

This is the magnolia branch I brought home and used for macro photography practice in an image I showed earlier.

The Whole Magnolia Branch © Harold Davis

The Whole Magnolia Branch © Harold Davis

Composition of the entire branch was a bit of a challenge, and I’m glad I got this done and archived, because I won’t see my production machine for about a month—and by then my attention undoubtedly will be taken up by other subjects.

Magnolia Blossom

Wandering the paths and stairways of the Berkeley hills, I came upon a gardener shaping a venerable flowering magnolia tree. A largish branch lay on the ground. I asked if I could take it, and carried it home.

Magnolia Blossom © Harold Davis

Magnolia Blossom © Harold Davis

Generally, these flowers are hard to capture at the macro level outdoors because they tend to be high up, and are in motion in the slightest breeze. But indoors was a different story! I also enjoyed capturing the entire pattern of the branch on a black velvet background. The broader image will help provide a context, and I plan to process a sequence later today if I have time after packing before I leave for Vietnam.

White Rose Blushing in Color and Black and White

I thought this white rose with a hint of satin-like blush was going to look great in black and white, but when I processed it I saw that the color had some appeal as well. One of the great things about digital black and white is that you can have a “two-fer”: a color image and a monochromatic image. 

White Rose with a Blush 2 © Harold Davis

White Rose with a Blush 2 © Harold Davis

 

White Rose in Black and White 2 © Harold Davis

White Rose in Black and White 2 © Harold Davis

I photographed this white rose using ambient sunlight with my 200mm f/4 Nikkor macro lens on a tripod, and a 18mm extension tube to get a little closer. Each image is a blended combination of six exposures, stopped down to f/32 and bracketed one EV apart for each exposure (by shutter speed).

White Rose with a Blush © Harold Davis

White Rose with a Blush © Harold Davis

 

White Rose in Black and White © Harold Davis

White Rose in Black and White © Harold Davis

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Harold Davis Presents Photographing Flowers for Transparency at School of Visual Arts Masters in Digital Photography

I’m pleased to share with you my presentation on Photographing Flowers for Transparency at New York’s School of Visual Arts in the Masters in Digital Photography program. Enjoy!

If for some reason the video of my presentation doesn’t load here, you can also watch it on YouTube!

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Cherry Branches

Cherry Branches for a wet and windy weekend! Phyllis brought these back from a neighborhood tree, and I photographed them using high-key HDR on a light box, then combined the images in Photoshop, and added a background. I hope you enjoy my image!

Cherry Branches © Harold Davis

Cherry Branches © Harold Davis

For some other cherry blossom images click on these stories: Cherry Blossoms; Cherry Blossom Special; and Cherry Blossoms on Skin. Searching my blog for “cherry” yields quite a few additional entries! Clearly a wet, early spring in Berkeley is a great time to photograph cherry blossoms, as I have done across a number of years.

Hellebore

In my garden in the rain the hellebores are in bloom. These lovely bell shaped flowers face downward in nature in a wide variety of colors and internal configurations.

Hellebore © Harold Davis

Hellebore © Harold Davis

It’s calming to photograph flowers and to realize that nature carries on. Flora worries on a different time scale about some of the things that make us fauna unhappy. These flowers have naturally selected for beauty, and there are worse things.

More Hellebores!

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Flower Power

Peace Symbol © Harold Davis

Peace Symbol © Harold Davis

Darkness and Light

Tulip Mandala on Black © Harold Davis

Tulip Mandala on Black © Harold Davis

 

Tulip Mandala on White © Harold Davis

Tulip Mandala on White © Harold Davis

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Fancy Tulip

Flowers in all their finery are often symbolic of the best our world has to offer. That is to say, flowers can serve to represent the entire natural world that surrounds us and that we are part of.  In a more metaphorical way, flowers can represent the blessings of peace, of harmony in fellowship, and even romantic love. 

Fancy Tulip © Harold Davis

Fancy Tulip © Harold Davis

It’s easy then to forget that flowers can be also symbolic of war, and the forces of evil and chaos that so often threatens what we build. Looking closely at this fancy tulip, I can see both viewpoints, and a world tottering at the tipping point. Flower, please forgive me if I’ve read too much meaning (and too much chaos) into a fragile and ephemeral blossom!

Playing with Flowers

Roses and Daffodils on Black © Harold Davis

Roses and Daffodils on Black © Harold Davis

 

Roses and Daffodils on White © Harold Davis

Roses and Daffodils on White © Harold Davis

Related image: Daffodil on a Bed of Roses.

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Yellow Daffodil

It’s a little early for Valentine’s Day, but I though this yellow daffy on a bed of mauve roses says it in a kind of understated way!

Daffodil on a Bed of Roses © Harold Davis

Daffodil on a Bed of Roses © Harold Davis

White Tulip—Three Ways!

White Tulips (Wabi-Sabi) © Harold Davis

White Tulips (Wabi-Sabi) © Harold Davis

 

White Tulip (Close-Up) © Harold Davis

White Tulip (Close-Up) © Harold Davis

 

White Tulip (Simulated IR) © Harold Davis

White Tulip (Simulated IR) © Harold Davis

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