Category Archives: Photography

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Long Bien Bridge

The Long Bien Bridge stretches across the Red River from Hanoi, Vietnam. It is a cantilevered iron structure designed in the studio of Gustav Eiffel. Strategically important because it connects the port of Haiphong with Hanoi, it was extensively bombed during the US-Vietnamese war.

© Harold Davis

Long Bien Bridge © Harold Davis

Exploring Hanoi with my friend Eric, we decided to try to walk across the Long Bien Bridge, which today is used as a train bridge, with two side walkways that are the domain of the ever-present motor cycles. Crossing the bridge didn’t seem very safe for a mere pedestrian, but it was fun photographing the “distant light” through the train portion of the bridge.

Also posted in Vietnam

Martin Then and Now

This is a photo of my wonderful father Martin Davis that I recently scanned and retouched to restore some damage. Martin thinks it was taken when he was sixteen and had just graduated from the Bronx High School of Science.

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That was then, and this is now: although you can see that Martin’s spirit remains strong and shines through. Recently we had my parents over to celebrate Martin’s 89th birthday. In the iPhone capture below, he has just opened a gag birthday gift that my son Nicholas picked out (Nicky has a wicked sense of humor!).

Martins 89 Birthday

Also posted in Writing

Reflections in The Pond, Central Park

Walking south from Bethesda Fountain to get to my dinner appointment on West 57th Street, I stopped by a body of water at the southeast corner of Central Park to enjoy a few minutes of tranquility, and to get centered before I met a representative from the publisher of The Photographer’s Black & White Handbook. Alas, tranquility was not to be.

Reflections in The Pond, Central Park © Harold Davis

Reflections in The Pond, Central Park © Harold Davis

I climbed out on a rocky peninsula, and started getting my tripod set up. At that moment there was a huge urban caterwauling of emergency vehicle sirens. I never learned what the fuss was about, but the red lights across Central Park South added to my color palette during my longish (thirty second) exposure. The morals: One person’s firetruck is another person’s aesthetic element; and, quietness is a rare commodity in a major metropolis!

Also posted in New York

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!

Also posted in Flowers

Harold Davis on Black & White Vision at B&H Photo in New York: the Video

I was in New York as part of a trip to promote my new book The Photographer’s Black & White Handbook. My presentation at B&H Photo was well attended and fun for me. The good folks at B&H were very kind to a somewhat jet-lagged peripatetic photographer. The video of my presentation is now available.

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

Also posted in Monochrome

Finding Interesting Photos at Home

In recent years I’ve seen much of the world. All this traveling has led to photography of some very beautiful and interesting places. So when I show my work, not infrequently I get the reaction, “Harold, this is all very well and good, but I can’t afford to pack up and go to the places you go.”

Metamorphosis © Harold Davis

Metamorphosis © Harold Davis

Yes, travel is fun, and can put one’s camera in front of some very photogenic things. But, more importantly, I think one of the primary benefits of travel is to teach one about the wonderful world we live in and its peoples. Also, interestingly, travel can teach one about oneself.

So I recommend photographic travel highly, but by no means is it necessary for the creation of exciting imagery. A case in point: the onion growing green shown about came right out of our fridge. It’s growing and twisting and changing into something else, a process that is familiar to all living things. Hence I have called the photo Metamorphosis, which refers to a change from one state of being (the onion) to another (the green shoots).

Building Reflections

On my recent trip, I stayed in New York in the belly of the beast, in a nice Eurostyle hotel at the corner of Tenth Ave and 42nd Street. Literally scores of fifty and sixty story high-rises are going up all over that neighborhood, and the New York I grew up in is close to unrecognizable. Can there really be enough New Yorkers with enough money to populate these opulent rental buildings that are coming on line, many with mirrored windows (as in this iPhone shot) or other interesting architectural features? I wonders, I does.

Building Reflections © Harold Davis

Building Reflections © Harold Davis

About the image: Captured using the Camera app on my iPhone 6s, and fairly minimally processed using the Snapseed, Mextures, and DistressedFX apps.

Also posted in iPhone, New York

Oculus

The dictionary says that oculus is a fancy term for a round, eyelike opening. The term has been borrowed for a system of virtual reality headsets, and I have photographed a rock formation called the Oculus in Antelope Canyon. In New York City, the Oculus is the architectural sculpture above a transportation hub near the World Trade Center, designed by Santiago Calatrava, and shown here in all its eyelike glory!

© Harold Davis

Oculus © Harold Davis

Also posted in New York

On the Brooklyn Bridge

Today I guest-hosted an informal Meetup of New York photographers. We gathered at the bridge tower on the Brooklyn side of the Brooklyn Bridge. There was a great deal of talk about photography, many nice people, and I answered all the questions I could. The sunset looked to be unpromising, but as you can see it had its moments.

© Harold Davis

On the Brooklyn Bridge © Harold Davis

Exposure data: Nikon D810, 16mm fisheye, three blended exposures, each at shutter speeds of 8 seconds and ISO 64; f/8, f/11, and f/14; tripod mounted. Processed in ACR and Photoshop.

Also posted in Digital Night, New York

Free Upcoming Events with Harold Davis in New York City

© Harold Davis

East River © Harold Davis

I will be in New York City for a brief trip from Monday February 20 until Friday February 24, 2017 in honor of the publication of my new book The Photographer’s Black & White Handbook.

Bethesda Fountain © Harold Davis

Bethesda Fountain © Harold Davis

I will be presenting at the following events, which are free and open to the public:

  • Digital Black & White: Vision and Craft — B&H Event Space, 420 Ninth Ave, Monday Feb 20 from 1-3PM; pre-registration is strongly suggested — click here to register.
  • Photographing Flowers for Transparency — School of Visual Arts, 131 West 21st Street, Room 101c; Tuesday Feb 21 from 4-6PM — click here for more information.
  • Photograph the Brooklyn Bridge Meetup — Brooklyn-side tower of the Brooklyn Bridge, Wednesday Feb 22 starting at 4PM — This is an informal walk-and-talk Meetup, click here for more information.

If you are in the New York, I’d love to say Hi at one of these events!

Ghosts of Grand Central © Harold Davis

Ghosts of Grand Central © Harold Davis

 

Storm in the Upper Harbor © Harold Davis

Storm in the Upper Harbor © Harold Davis

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!

Also posted in Flowers

Dark of the Moon Night Photography Workshop in the Eastern Sierras (Oct 2017)

Alabama Hills Star Trails © Harold Davis

Alabama Hills Star Trails © Harold Davis

Dark of the Moon Night Photography in the Eastern Sierra

Three nights; arriving Friday, October 20, 2017 and departing Monday, October 23, 2017

***Some participants may choose to arrive late and/or depart early, if necessary for work-related reasons.

Where: Locations in and around Lone Pine, CA (details provided to registrants closer to the date of the workshop)

Group size: Limited to 12 participants.

Tuition: $675 until March 10, 2017; $725 thereafter.

Registration: Click here to register via Meetup.com or contact us for direct registration. It’s free to join the Photography with Harold Davis Meetup, and members can register with a YES RSVP.

Join award-winning photographer Harold Davis, author of the bestselling Creative Night: Digital Photography Tips & Techniques (Wiley), for a once in a lifetime adventure practicing night photography in the rugged and beautiful Eastern Sierra Nevada Mountains of California. 

The workshop is timed to coincide with the low-light phases of the moon to maximize the possibilities of combining star circle photography with imagery of the incredible landscape. Harold and his associates will help with the technical aspects of field night photography, and post-production of night imagery.

The workshop will be based in Lone Pine, California (please contact us for a recommended list of hotels in Lone Pine). Our primary field location will be the fantastic Alabama Hills, located only a few miles from Lone Pine. Note that lodging, meals, and transportation are not included in the workshop tuition.

During the day, we will take advantage of the unique workshop location for photography. Several photographic field sessions will explore the waterfalls below Mount Whitney and the rugged country to the east of Lone Pine. Side trips to Manazar and the Bristlecone Pines in the White Mountains are also a possibility, depending on group inclinations and weather conditions. Sunrise photography on Saturday and Sunday is also a possibility, depending on conditions and group desires.

Stars My Destination © Harold Davis

Stars My Destination © Harold Davis

Classroom demonstrations will cover use of an intervalometer (interval timer), minimizing noise in long exposures, safety at night, post-processing night photos, and much more.

Curriculum

Friday, October 20, 2017:

4PM Meet in Lone Pine
4-5PM    Orientation, night safety, night photography overview
6PM Carpool to locations in Alabama Hills, Sunset & night photography

Saturday, October 21, 2017

possible early morning shoot

9-10AM Breakfast

10-12:00 Classroom: Night Photo presentation, previous night’s shoot, interval shooting
12:00-12:45PM Lunch
1PM-3:00PM Field session (Whitney Portal, or to be determined)
3:00-5:00PM Free time
5PM Early dinner
6:00 PM Night photography.
Sunday, October 22, 2017

possible early morning shoot

9-10AM Breakfast
10-12:00 Image review, night planning tools
12:00-12:45PM Lunch
1:00-5:00 Field session, location tbd
5:30-6:30PM Dinner
7PM – 11PM Night photography, stars and light painting

Monday, October 23, 2017

possible early morning shoot

8:00-9:00AM Breakfast
9:00-10:30AM Image review and Workshop wrap-up

Ladyboot Arch © Harold Davis

Ladyboot Arch © Harold Davis

Registration: Click here to register via Meetup.com or contact us for direct registration. It’s free to join the Photography with Harold Davis Meetup, and members can register with a YES RSVP.

Sunrise, Alabama Hills © Harold Davis

Sunrise, Alabama Hills © Harold Davis

Also posted in Digital Night, Workshops

Photographing Curtains with my iPhone

It’s a funny thing: sometimes one doesn’t see what one has been photographing until after the fact, when there’s an obvious collection of similar images. Perhaps this collection of similars can be grouped as a portfolio. In any case, it seems I enjoy photographing curtains—particularly lace curtains—with my iPhone camera. A way to occupy my time in hotel rooms? Possibly. Or possibly I come by this preoccupation genetically, as my mom is a fiber artist. Here are six of my iPhone images of curtains:

Lace Curtain, Monhegan Island, Maine, 2015 © Harold Davis

Monhegan Island, Maine, 2015 © Harold Davis

 

Heidelberg, Germany, 2015 © Harold Davis

Heidelberg, Germany, 2015 © Harold Davis

 

Heidelberg, Germany, 2014 © Harold Davis

Heidelberg, Germany, 2014 © Harold Davis

 

Paris, 2015 © Harold Davis

Paris, 2013 © Harold Davis

 

Minnesota, 2016 © Harold Davis

Minnesota, 2016 © Harold Davis

 

© Harold Davis

Milan, 2016 © Harold Davis

Also posted in iPhone

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

Also posted in Flowers

Special Pricing for Two Harold Davis Limited Edition Portfolios

We are offering one copy each of two of my limited edition portfolios at a very special discount. Only one Kumano Kodo and one Monochromatic Visions are available for $795 each. 

This unique special offer is partly intended to benefit my upcoming photography-related travel. So not only do you get magnificent and acclaimed art, you also help a living artist live his dreams and follow his passion. And, thanks in advance!

First come, first served—and there is only one of each portfolio at this price. We will reserve each portfolio at this extraordinary price for whomever contacts us first. (Please add $50 per portfolio for shipping and handling within the continental United States; California residents add 9.25% sales tax.)

Panorama of the Kumano Sanzen Roppyaku Po © Harold Davis

Panorama of the Kumano Sanzen Roppyaku Po © Harold Davis

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 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

Kumano kodo portfolio © Harold Davos

Kumano kodo portfolio © Harold Davis

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.

Click here for more information about the unique Kumano Kodo limited edition portfolio.

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Monochromatic Visions is a highly collectible, limited edition portfolio of twelve prints by master photographer Harold Davis. The carefully curated prints in this collection have been printed by hand in the Harold Davis studio on Moab Slickrock Pearl. Each print is hand signed in acid-free ink and hand-inscribed with the image’s title.

Lonely Islet by Harold Davis

Lonely Islet © Harold Davis

The Monochromatic Visions prints are presented in a handsome portfolio box with informational inserts including a vellum overlay and image descriptions. The portfolio box presentation includes a book plate, with editioning information and the hand signature of the artist.

Click here for more information about the very special Monochromatic Visions limited edition portfolio.

Nautilus in Black and White

Nautilus in Black and White © Harold Davis