Category Archives: France

Bend in the Dronne River

This peaceful scene along the banks of the Dronne River is in the small Dordogne town of Bourdeilles, France.

© Harold Davis

Dronne River © Harold Davis

French Signage

French signage found in small towns in “deep France” around the Dordogne: Enchanted Mushroom (for a speciality restaurant); Dog on a toilet (for a doggie run); and two pigs for a charcuterie shop.

Enchanted Mushroom

Enchanted Mushroom © Harold Davis

Doggie Do © Harold Davis

Doggie Do © Harold Davis

Pig 1 © Harold Davis

Pig 1 © Harold Davis

Pig 2 © Harold Davis

Pig 2 © Harold Davis

Also posted in Bemusements, iPhone

iPhoneography as Art

iPhoneography can be art, and a great source of prints. Doodling with the iPhone apps in post-production is also a great way to stave off boredom. Here are two new images!

Perigueux Cathedral © Harold Davis

Perigueux Cathedral © Harold Davis

Above: Perigueux Cathedral on a cloudy day (the architect who “remodeled” this cathedral at the end of the 19th century also designed Sacre Coeur in Paris, one can see the resemblance), camera app, processed in Waterlogue and blended with itself, then processed in Glaze, and blended with the Waterlogue version.

Below: A view to the abbey from the Brantome bell tower (probably the oldest bell tower in France); two camera app exposures, blended manually in True HDR, process in Glaze and blended with the HDR version, with a glow and a frame added in Snapseed.

Brantome © Harold Davis

Brantome © Harold Davis

Also posted in iPhone

Window and Door

Window © Harold Davis

Window © Harold Davis

Always nice to photograph interesting windows and doors. Window (above) photographed in the back streets of St Emilion, France. Door (below) an iPhone capture in Bordeilles, with the Waterlogue version layered over the original and masked in on the wall (but not the door) using the Leanardo app.

Door © Harold Davis

Door © Harold Davis

Also posted in Photography

iPhone Workflow in Brantome

Brantome Abbey © Harold Davis

Brantome Abbey © Harold Davis

To make these images of Brantome Abbey (above) and the so-called “dog-leg” bridge in Brantome (“dog-leg” because there is a 90 degree bend in its crossing of the Dronne River, below)), I started by using the Camera app to make two exposures of each subject, one darker and one lighter. 

Next, I combined the two exposures by using True HDR to blend and align the differently exposed image sets. 

Taking the blended image, I ran it through Waterlogue to create a watercolor effect. I dialed back the watercolor effect by using ImageBlender to combine the Waterlogue version with the pre-Waterlogue original.

Dog-Leg Bridge, Brantome © Harold Davis

Dog-Leg Bridge, Brantome © Harold Davis

Also posted in iPhone, Photography

Wine Country

This image shows a rose-tinted reflection in the extension to the Chateau la Dominique vineyard near St Emilion, France designed by well-known architect Jean Nouvel.

Wine Country © Harold Davis

Wine Country © Harold Davis

Also posted in Landscape

Don’t Even Think of Parking Here

© Harold Davis

Also posted in Bemusements

Le Moulin de l’Abbaye

This is Le Moulin de l’Abbaye, the mill of the Abbey, and the hotel we will be based in Brantome, France for exploring the Dordogne countryside.

Le Moulin de l'Abbaye © Harold Davis

Le Moulin de l’Abbaye © Harold Davis

Two different interpretations! Above: 28mm, 4 exposures at shutter speeds from 1.5 seconds to 8 seconds, each exposure at f/22 and ISO 50; tripod mounted; processed in Photoshop. Below: iPhone 6s, processed in Waterlogue.

Le Moulin de l'Abbaye (iPhone) © Harold Davis

Le Moulin de l’Abbaye (iPhone) © Harold Davis

Also posted in Landscape, Photography

Pont Neuf, Toulouse

On a sunny and warm early spring day I explored Toulouse in southwestern France. Heading down to the Garonne River, I found the banks occupied by university students enjoying the weather. The not-new-and-really-pretty-old Pont Neuf (finished in 1632) spanned the Garonne—with flotsam and jetsam from winter storms still visible below the arches.

Pont Neuf, Toulouse © Harold Davis

Pont Neuf, Toulouse © Harold Davis

Also posted in Photography

Pigeon Tower

This is an image of a stone tower pigeon coup in the Lot River valley in the southwest of France. I photographed it while staying at the Mas de Garrigue on a foggy morning, through a screen window for even more diffusion. Pigeons were esteemed in rural French farming for their ability to fertilize, and their value was signified by the elaborate structures built for them, such as this elaborate pigeon-home tower.

Pigeon Tower © Harold Davis

Pigeon Tower © Harold Davis

I’ll be leading another small group of photographers to the southwest of France in April, 2017 (click here for more info). While we won’t be visiting this precise location, we will find many interesting and unique ancient structures in rural villages and small towns.

Also posted in Photography

Carcassonne in Black & White

Carcassone Outer Fortifications © Harold Davis

Carcassone Outer Fortifications © Harold Davis

The techniques shown in this image—bracketed sequence photography, processing for extended dynamic range, layer stack monochromatic conversion, all with an added antique effect—are detailed in my new book. It is available for pre-order on Amazon and the publisher’s website. Thanks to everyone who has made The Photographer’s Black & White Handbook: Making and Processing Stunning Digital Black and White Photos the #1 New Release in Black & White Photography on Amazon and Amazon’s #1 “Hot New Release” in this category!

9781580934787

Also posted in Digital Night, Monochrome, Writing

Three Cranes in Paris

This is a photograph of the Paris skyline from May, 2016 I recently processed for a current project. I like the way it shows Paris as a city always in transition, with the old buildings, the Eiffel Tower, and construction cranes all in the same breath. I used the same textures in combination to process this image as I did in Florence and the Arno River, for a romantic look, almost like that of a Renaissance-era painting, but here a little more crisply than in the Italian image.

For all you lovers of things Parisian out there: Can you identify the location from which this image was photographed?

Three Cranes in Paris © Harold Davis

Three Cranes in Paris © Harold Davis

Exposure and processing info: Nikon D800, Zeiss Distagon 135mm f/2, 1/6,400 of a second at f/4 and ISO 100, hand held; multi-RAW process in ACR and Photoshop; finished using Photoshop, Nik Creative Efex Pro and Nik Viveza, Topaz Adjust, and Topaz Simplify; three texture files added.

Also posted in Paris

Magic Reflections

Warped, photo-composited with a horizontal mirror of itself, and converted to black and white with a partial etching effect, the Abbaye Sainte-Foy in Conques takes on an illusion and appearance almost like a work by M.C. Escher. The color version is also shown at the bottom.

Magic Reflections © Harold Davis

Magic Reflections © Harold Davis

Window on the Ancient Abbey © Harold Davis

Window on the Ancient Abbey © Harold Davis

Also posted in Monochrome

More Real than Reality

What if the the world of reflections is more real than the world of reality? That’s the question posed by Abbaye Sainte-Foy de Conques, photographed from a second-story restaurant window in the ancient pilgrimage town of Conques in southwestern France.

Abbaye Sainte-Foy de Conques © Harold Davis

Abbaye Sainte-Foy de Conques © Harold Davis

Special thanks to John Montague, who pointed the way. Related image: Window in Bourges.

Also posted in Photography

Old Train Bridge near Calvignac, France

I clambered up the steep embankment, and followed the faint path that ducked under the barbed-wire fence. Once on the train tracks, I headed onto the old bridge across the Lot River rural France.

© Harold Davis

Old Train Bridge near Calvignac, France © Harold Davis

Clearly, these tracks weren’t in use. Still, there’s something about being planted squarely in the middle of train tracks on an old, rusty bridge high above a rushing river that gets the blood flowing (almost as fast as the water below)!

Old Train Bridge near Calvignac, France (Black & White) © Harold Davis

Old Train Bridge (Black & White) © Harold Davis

Zeiss 35mm lens at f/16 and ISO 100, ten exposures at shutter speeds from 0.4 of a second to 1/500 of a second, tripod mounted. Processed in Adobe Camera RAW, Bik HDR Efex Pro, and Photoshop. Black and white conversion using Photoshop, Nik Silver Efex Pro, and Perfect B&W.

Related image: Old Train Bridge, Maine.

Also posted in HDR, Monochrome