Category Archives: Photography

digital photography: techniques: thoughts: photographs

My Back Pages

I spent some time over the last few days going through my archives for 2019, and processing images that I had somehow overlooked. 2019 was, of course, the last pre-pandemic year, and it was interesting on several levels to review my photographic life as it was then.

In this story, a selection of these newly processed 2019 images, starting with a view of the Paris skyline (from a workshop I was leading), through a well-known (and much photographed) ship wreck in Inverness, California, to an impressionistic in-camera-motion (“ICM”) image of a grove of trees in Florida (again, while leading a workshop), and finally a Lensbaby studio image of the legs of a model.

Tour Eiffel and La Defense © Harold Davis

Wreck of the Point Reyes © Harold Davis

Grove © Harold Davis

Legs © Harold Davis

Also posted in Monochrome, Paris, Point Reyes

Colors

Double Trouble Rainbow © Harold Davis

Rhapsody in Blue

Color Me Purple

Better Red

Go Green

Mellow Yellow

Outrageous Orange

Double Rainbow over Paris © Harold Davis

Outrageous Orange

Oranges, Marrakech © Harold Davis

Orange juice on the Cinque Terre Trail © Harold Davis

Orange Dahlia © Harold Davis

Pom Pom Chrysanthemum Orange

Pom Pom Chrysanthemum Orange © Harold Davis

Orange Peppers © Harold Davis

Orange Peppers © Harold Davis

Orange Triad © Harold Davis

Orange Triad © Harold Davis

Sunset and Waves © Harold Davis

Sunset in Winter © Harold Davis

Sunset A © Harold Davis

Setting Sun and Cherry Blossoms © Harold Davis

Sunflower © Harold Davis

San Francisco Sunset © Harold Davis

Sunset over the Nekkar River © Harold Davis

Dead Tree, Seascape, and Sunset © Harold Davis

Eye of the Tower © Harold Davis

Eye of the Tower © Harold Davis

Reflections at Giverny © Harold Davis

Ponte Vecchio Night Reflections © Harold Davis

Window in Bourges © Harold Davis

Alabama Hills Sunset © Harold Davis

Architectonica Spiral 1 © Harold Davis

Sunflower X-Ray Fusion on Black © Harold Davis

Puente Bacunayagua © Harold Davis

Mount Tamalpais Sunset © Harold Davis

Sunset © Harold Davis

Golden Gate Sunset © Harold Davis

There Goes the Sun © Harold Davis

Sun Koan © Harold Davis

Photographing Flowers for Transparency | Composition and Photography on Saturday Feb 27

Please consider joining us for Photographing Flowers for Transparency | Composition and Photography on Saturday February 27, 2021 at 11am PT. In this webinar, I’ll start by recapping the basics of light box photography (if you missed the earlier Photographing Flowers for Transparency webinar from a couple of weeks ago, or just want to review it, you can watch the recording by clicking here).

Following the recap, I’ll move to on to show various common design patterns for light box photography, and how to capture them. I’ll work though post-production examples, and explore some of the many artistic techniques and options available following the initial assemblage.

Click here for webinar registration, and here for more information.

Lenten Rose © Harold Davis

Also posted in Workshops

Mellow Yellow

Yellow Lines © Harold Davis

Blue and Yellow Arrows on the Camino © Harold Davis

Spadix of a Calla Lily © Harold Davis

Yellow Spadix © Harold Davis

Yellow Tulips © Harold Davis

Wasp © Harold Davis

Road Trip © Harold Davis

Gazania Solar Flare © Harold Davis

Gazania Solar Flare © Harold Davis

Autumn Arbor © Harold Davis

Aisle of Sight © Harold Davis

Core of the Anemone © Harold Davis

Mondrian Car © Harold Davis

Morning in the Foothills © Harold Davis

Ocean Sunset © Harold David

Owens River Gorge © Harold Davis

Playing in the Rain © Harold Davis

Resurrection © Harold Davis

Yellow Dahlia on Black © Harold Davis

Yellow Roses (on scanned background) © Harold Davis

Yellow Vase and Blue Vase © Harold Davis

Go Green

Green Bottle © Harold Davis

Dragonfly in Green © Harold Davis

Green Gates © Harold Davis

Arbor at Giverny © Harold Davis

Giverny © Harold Davis

Getting the Drop © Harold Davis

Green Hills and Distant Flatlands © Harold Davis

Patterns of the Green World © Harold Davis

Confluence of Two Rivers © Harold Davis

Better Red

Red Anemone © Harold Davis

Red Anemone © Harold Davis

Red Pitcher © Harold Davis

Red Pitcher © Harold Davis

Red Tulip, Giverny © Harold Davis

Red Tulip, Giverny © Harold Davis

Red Dragon Sunset © Harold Davis

Red Planet © Harold Davis

Poppies © Harold Davis

Poppies © Harold Davis

Red Tulips © Harold Davis

Red Tulips © Harold Davis

Red Tail Hawk © Harold Davis

Kiss from a Rose © Harold Davis

Sunset from Lembert Dome © Harold Davis

Pacific Sunset © Harold Davis

Color Me Purple

Purple Haze © Harold Davis

Purple Haze © Harold Davis

Pom Pom Chrysanthemum Purple © Harold Davis

Pom Pom Chrysanthemum Purple © Harold Davis

Tulip Society © Harold Davis

Tulip Society © Harold Davis

Purple Cala Lily © Harold Davis

Purple Cala Lily © Harold Davis

Colorado River © Harold Davis

Colorado River © Harold Davis

Great Beach, Point Reyes © Harold Davis

Great Beach, Point Reyes © Harold Davis

South Farallon Island © Harold Davis

South Farallon Island © Harold Davis

Death Valley Sunrise © Harold Davis

Death Valley Sunrise © Harold Davis

San Francisco Sunset © Harold Davis

San Francisco Sunset © Harold Davis

Alabama Hills Star Trails © Harold Davis

Azalea Sunset © Harold Davis

Azalea Sunset © Harold Davis

Rhapsody in Blue

Blue Danube © Harold Davis

Blue Velvet Sunset © Harold Davis

Blue Velvet Sunset © Harold Davis

In a Blue Hour © Harold Davis

Blue Distance 2 © Harold Davis

Blue Distance 2 © Harold Davis

Inside the Blue Kasbah, Rabat © Harold Davis

Blue #1 © Harold Davis

Happy Valentine’s Day

In this pandemic year, amorous propensities may not be running high, and the ability to deliver romantic tchotkes is diminished. But I think Valentine’s Day is sweet. The world could always use more love.

I’d like to dedicate this heart-on-a-light-box to my sweetheart, Phyllis. 

Translucent Heart © Harold Davis

Translucent Heart © Harold Davis

Valentine’s Day is something of an ersatz holiday, with made-to-order Hallmark cards, chocolate, and roses. The historical origins are murky, to say the least: there were several martyrs named “Valentine” slaughtered by Roman authorities that the Catholic church elevated to sainthood. Also Roman: the festival of Lupercalia, roughly February 13 – February 15. This extended party involved animal sacrifice, drinking, sex, and flagellation. Pretty far from today’s canonical ‘Hallmark’ holiday!

In the 5th Century A.D., Pope Gelasius I probably laid the foundations for the modern holiday by combining commemoration for the martyrs (St. Valentine’s Day) with the old pagan holiday of Lupercalia.

To Hades with historical origins! Let’s love each other, and enjoy Valentine’s Day!

Black and White Landscape and Architecture Webinar on Saturday Feb 6

Please consider joining us for Processing Black & White: Landscape and Architecture on Saturday February 6, 2021 at 11:00am PT.

Click here to register for this webinar, here to see our schedule of upcoming webinars, and here for webinar recordings.

Webinar description: In this detailed presentation, Harold Davis explains overall best practices for a digital black & white workflow. Harold will explain a variety of monochromatic conversion techniques. Strategies for putting all these techniques together in a single image with pinpoint control over different areas will be explained.

This presentation will particularly emphasize landscape and architectural photography.

Rooftops of Paris © Harold Davis

Rooftops of Paris © Harold Davis

Participant submissions for photo critiquing: There will be an opportunity for participants to submit images for online constructive critique during the webinar. Submission instructions will follow after enrollment and images will be chosen for critique at the discretion of the instructor.

In addition, one or more assignments will be given for participants, with the plan of presenting some of these images at the second Black & White session on February 20, 2012.

There will be ample time for Q&A.

Who should attend: Anyone interested in digital monochromatic photography.

About Harold Davis: Harold Davis is a bestselling author of many books, including Creative Black & White 2nd edition (Rocky Nook) and The Photographer’s Black & White Handbook (Monacelli). According to the Seattle Book Review, Harold Davis’s photography “is the digital black and white equal of Ansel Adams’s traditional wet photography.”

Harold 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.

Click here to register for this webinar, here to see our schedule of upcoming webinars, and here for webinar recordings.

Under the Yaquina Bay Bridge (B&W) © Harold Davis

Under the Yaquina Bay Bridge © Harold Davis

Also posted in Workshops

Models in Stop Motion: the Multiple Exposure Series

We recently posted the video recording of Models in Stop Motion: the Multiple Exposure Series. Note that this video includes art photography of female nudes, and is not intended for anyone offended by this kind of photography, or who is under 18.

Vitruvian Woman © Harold Davis

Vitruvian Woman © Harold Davis

To learn more about my Multiple Exposure Series, click here and here. You can find more webinar recordings on this page. Click here for our upcoming schedule of workshops and events.

A new dawn—and the upcoming Photographing Flowers for Transparency webinar

Watching the inauguration ceremony for President Biden and Vice-President Harris this morning, I wept. Tears of joy at having a competent, caring, decent administration that believes in science in charge. Tears of sadness for all those we’ve lost to Covid-19, and for the shattering of comity, sanity, and truth. Tears of relief that there is hope, and that we can start over without descending further down the rabbit hole of know-nothingism, authoritarianism, and fascism.

Now you know where I stand, if you didn’t know already. If you disagree with me, that is your right, but I hope we can do it with love and respect for each other.

Anyhow. We’ll be presenting the first in my sequence of Photographing Flowers for Transparency webinars this Saturday January 23 at 11am PT.

I’ve been asked several times how this webinar will differ from the recordings I have posted on YouTube and from the previous Photographing Flowers for Transparency live webinar (which I gave back in April 2020 at the beginning of the pandemic).

There’s no really easy answer to this question.

Of course, a live webinar differs from a recording. For one thing, you can ask questions, and also be involved in the community that has coalesced around our webinars. A live webinar is part way to an in-person workshop (which I can’t wait to resume) compared to a recording.

In terms of the content I will present, some of it will be the same. But I don’t really like to repeat myself, and in the intervening months I’ve also been pretty creative with light box photography, and learned a fair amount about webinar presentation. We do expect to present some new material, and I am looking forward to showing you some exciting ways to accomplish great light box results.

I hope you consider joining us!

You’ll find our upcoming schedule of webinars by clicking here. You can view our recordings from the past year by clicking here.

Wheel of Fortune © Harold Davis

Wheel of Fortune © Harold Davis

Also posted in Workshops

Webinar Contribution to Project Coyote

Phyllis and I are delighted that the sold-out webinar Finding Meaning in Photography with panelists Guy Tal and Michael Gordon generated a bit more than $1900 as a contribution to Project Coyote

Special thanks to the wonderful and insightful presenters, and everyone who registered and made this possible.

Project Coyote is a national non-profit organization based in Northern California whose mission is to promote compassionate conservation and coexistence between people and wildlife through education, science and advocacy.

You’ll find our upcoming schedule of webinars by clicking here. You can view our recordings from the past year by clicking here.

Eye of the Tower © Harold Davis

Eye of the Tower © Harold Davis

Also posted in Workshops

New Year’s Dragon

This dragon was constructed on a light box, using petals from alstroemerias (“Peruvian lilies”), and other flowers. It is wishing you a creative, exciting, and more generally positive year ahead!

New Year’s Dragon on Black © Harold Davis

New Year’s Dragon © Harold Davis