Fruits and Vegetables on the Light Box Webinar Saturday February 13

What can you photograph on a light box? It turns out: just about anything that is translucent. In particular, early in the pandemic year Harold had fun experimenting with fruits and vegetables on the light box at the behest of an art director.

In this webinar premiere (there’s a first time for everything!) Harold & Phyllis will show some of Harold’s fruit and vegetable work,  explain the tools they use, show aspects of fruit and vegetable composition, and process some of these images in real time so you can watch. As always, there will be plenty of time for you to ask questions that Harold & Phyllis will do their best to answer.

Click here to register for this unique webinar, and here for more information.

Pear Slices © Harold Davis

Atomic Cucumbers © Harold Davis

Atomic Cucumbers © Harold Davis

Posted in Workshops

Pandemic Print Pricing Offer Still Applies

I’d like to remind potential print collectors that we are still offering a “pandemic” print special (please click the link for the details of our specially-priced offer). I am optimistic and hopeful that widespread vaccination will end the pandemic this spring. Returning to a new normal will mean an end to our pandemic print special. So if collecting one of my prints at a very special price interests you, please don’t delay!

During the pandemic, it has been great to be able to put my work in tangible form in the hands of collectors at an affordable price, and great when I hear from a discerning print recipient (as I did the other day): “Thanks Harold for the print. It is deliciously delicate and I love it!” Another collector writes “[Our print is] so beautiful and we will enjoy it in our home. We knew it would be wonderful, but this far exceeds what we imagined.”

It is worth pointing out that pandemic print special applies to almost all of my images. The choice of image is yours, and I will try to match the image with the best paper to make the most graceful and beautiful print possible!

Peonies mon Amour © Harold Davis, shown on washi with ink stamp

Posted in Print of the Month

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

Posted in Photography, Workshops

Creative LAB Color Essentials Webinar this Saturday

Hydrangea Relativity © Harold Davis

Hydrangea Relativity © Harold Davis

The Creative LAB Essentials Webinar this Saturday January 30, 2021 at 11am PT will be a great review of LAB Color if you’ve worked in LAB before, and an exciting introduction if this is your very first exposure to this incredibly cool topic.

Following a short presentation, I’ll proceed by demonstration. Topics to be covered include:

  • How LAB color works, and its implementation in Photoshop
  • Colors and channels
  • Inversions: the two images shown accompanying this post are an example of an LAB L-channel inversion
  • Creative sharpening with LAB
  • Downloading, installing, and working with my (free) LAB Photoshop Action

Advanced registration is required. Click here for webinar registration, and here for more information.

Hydrangea Relativity Inversion © Harold Davis

Hydrangea Relativity Inversion © Harold Davis

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.

Posted in Photography

Petals on Parade

These two “petal-pushing” images start with a composition of alstroemeria petals, photographed for high-key HDR on a light box. 

Petals on Parade on Black © Harold Davis

Petals on Parade on Black © Harold Davis

The image with a black background (shown above) is an LAB L-channel inversion of the original image on white, shown below.

Petals on Parade © Harold Davis

Petals on Parade © Harold Davis

Generally, with light box compositions, the most important issue is the arrangement, a/k/a the composition. By the way, this is a statement that could be made (and has been made) about photography in general.

Arrangement needs structure. One of the most common structures for light box compositions is the Mandala. Another is the bouquet (click here for an example).

Can you identify the visual structure underlying the Petals on Parade images?

Posted in Abstractions, Flowers

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

Posted in Photography, 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

Posted in Photography, Workshops

Webinars Coming Up Soon

We’re back in the saddle and starting up the webinars after some time off for artistic (and otherwise) rest and relaxation. Hopefully, the bulk of 2021 will be less stressful than the year behind us that shall not be named.

On this coming Saturday, we are pleased to present Guy Tal and Michael Gordon showing their work and discussing Finding Meaning in Photography. Click here for registration, and here for more information. This is a benefit for Project Coyote.

We recently added a new Night Photography webinar to benefit Alameda County Foodbank. Click here for registration, and here for more information. 

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

Aspens near Sonora Pass

Aspens near Sonora Pass © Harold Davis

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

Posted in Photography

A Pandemic Year of Webinars—Video Recordings

“Do you have any idea how productive we’ve been?” I asked my spouse, as I compiled a page of links to our recent webinar video recordings. I had no idea myself, until I put together this list. 

You can watch these recordings for free by following the links on the Webinar Video Recording page. There are 37 videos, most well over an hour. The pandemic came along, we hunkered down, and got busy with webinars. You can check them out here, the good, the bad, and not-so-much the ugly in categories including Photographing Flowers for Transparency on the Light Box, Black & White, Photoshop and LAB Color, and Inspiration and Exploration. I’m particularly pleased with the guest photographers we brought in, who helped us contribute to some great charitable causes when they showed their work.

Thanks to everyone who has been part of our photographic community this difficult year!

Please consider joining us live. Click here to see our current schedule of live webinars.

Metamorphosis © Harold Davis

Metamorphosis © Harold Davis

Posted in Workshops

Best wishes for the coming year

We are looking forward to a time when it is safe to have workshops in person. Meanwhile, please consider our new slate of 2021 webinars on Saturdays, with (we hope) something for everyone and some new listings. Click here for the complete schedule.

Wishing you a joyous, healthy, and creative 2021—Harold & Phyllis Davis

Posted in Photography, Workshops

Harold Davis—Best of 2020

Obviously, 2020 has been a difficult year for everyone. It was also not the year it started out being for me. Let me explain. In February and March I was first in Yosemite, teaching in a workshop. Next I was in Death Valley, followed by Escalante, Utah and the country around Moab.

I’d noted a news item about a novel disease in China, but didn’t think it would have very much applicability to my life and work. Oh, how oblivious we mortals can be!

My plans were to get home from the southwest, stay a few weeks, then head to Europe to lead a workshop in southwestern France followed by a stint walking as a pilgrim on the Camino de Santiago. And so on.

Obviously, my travel plans did not come to pass. We’ve spent the rest of 2020 at home, sheltering-in-place. One of these days I hope to travel again. But in the meanwhile, 2020 has seen my own, personal artist-in-residency-at-home. Which has made for works capturing on a smaller scale than many of my best-of photographs from years gone by, but I think I found plenty to capture at home. On the whole, it has been a productive year for me.

My “Best Of” selections for prior years, going back to 2013, can be found here.

Hydrangea Blossoms and Rock Spiral © Harold Davis

Hydrangea Blossoms and Rock Spiral © Harold Davis

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Skim Ice on the Merced © Harold Davis

Skim Ice on the Merced © Harold Davis

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Tulip Fandango © Harold Davis

Tulip Fandango © Harold Davis

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Folds in the Earth © Harold Davis

Folds in the Earth © Harold Davis

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Zabriskie View © Harold Davis

Zabriskie View © Harold Davis

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Eye of the Tower © Harold Davis

Eye of the Tower © Harold Davis

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Opening Train Bridge © Harold Davis

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Power Lines © Harold Davis

Power Lines © Harold Davis

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Poppies from our Garden Path © Harold Davis

Poppies from our Garden Path © Harold Davis

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White Papaver Nudicaule Inversion © Harold Davis

White Papaver Nudicaule Inversion © Harold Davis

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Parfait Mandala 1 © Harold Davis

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Patterns in Glass 3 © Harold Davis

Patterns in Glass 3 © Harold Davis

Egg White © Harold Davis

Egg White © Harold Davis

Nemesia and Gaillardia © Harold Davis

Duo © Harold Davis

Duo © Harold Davis

Florabundance © Harold Davis

Honeysuckle © Harold Davis

Honeysuckle © Harold Davis

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Dried Blossoms © Harold Davis

Dried Blossoms © Harold Davis

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Flowers from our Pandemic Garden © Harold Davis

Flowers from our Pandemic Garden © Harold Davis

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Brookside-Snowball Dahlia © Harold Davis

Brookside-Snowball Dahlia © Harold Davis

Let the sunshine in © Harold Davis

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Red Onion Slice © Harold Davis

Pear Slices © Harold Davis

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There's always one in every barrel! © Harold Davis

There’s always one in every barrel! © Harold Davis

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Apple Slice Playdate © Harold Davis

Metamorphosis © Harold Davis

Metamorphosis © Harold Davis

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Spiral of Flower Karma © Harold Davis

Spiral of Flower Karma © Harold Davis

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Bottled Light Study © Harold Davis

White Dahlia Inversion © Harold Davis

White Dahlia Inversion © Harold Davis

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Flowers are Multitudes © Harold Davis

Flowers are Multitudes © Harold Davis

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Serendipity with Sunflowers Inversion © Harold Davis

Bike Rack © Harold Davis

I hope you’ve enjoyed my images and the associated blog stories. For convenience, I’ve included a link below the image where I’ve written about it in my blog.

Most images available as prints. Please inquire. As of today, we are still running our Pandemic Print special.

Check out my self-selected bests from previous years in Best Images Annuals!

Posted in Best Of

Happy and Healthy Holiday Wishes

Happy & Healthy Holiday wishes! This year 2020 almost past surely wins an award for year most wished to be in the rear-view mirror. As we head into 2021 we are looking for health, peace, and serenity. Best wishes from our family to you and yours!

Posted in Photography

Piles of Petals Are Performative

Piles of flower petals are performative (and alliterative). I’ve fallen into the habit of keeping piles of natural objects, specifically bowls of flower petals in my work area. Gradually, they curl, and ultimately obtain the patina and wrinkles of flower-petal senescence. 

Flowers are Multitudes Inversion © Harold Davis

Flowers are Multitudes Inversion © Harold Davis

To make these images, I started with a conventional structure (like a flower bed with a row of stems) in a garden. After this version was complete, I entered the “Jackson Pollack” phase: spreading dried petals to some extent randomly, and taking advantage of serendipity.

The version below on white is what came out of the camera in the original set of exposures, and the version above on black is an LAB L-channel inversion of the original, white version.

Flowers are Multitudes © Harold Davis

Flowers are Multitudes © Harold Davis

Posted in Flowers, Photography