Looking Backwards: 2013-2023
Leica IIIc and Butterflies © Harold Davis

Looking Backwards: 2013-2023

As an exercise in self-image review, I began compiling my Best of 2023 image list, as I do annually. While creating my image list, I noticed that this will make…

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Harold Davis—Best of 2023
Glory of the Garden © Harold Davis

Harold Davis—Best of 2023

I'm not sure what the right word for my 2023 year is, perhaps "whirlwind." Family and personal issues kept me on my toes, and occupied a great deal of my…

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Hollyhock Lace
Hollyhock Lace © Harold Davis

Hollyhock Lace

"Lace" in this case seems to have been formed by the operations of time and small insects. Then again, beauty is where you find it. But with this composition there…

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Subversive Metaphoto
Osaka Castle © Harold Davis

Subversive Metaphoto

I think that "subversive metaphoto" is a mouthful, but I kind of like the phrase. Ponderous? Sure. Pretentious? Double sure.  But here's the thing. I spend much time thinking on…

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Contribution to Doctors without Borders
Mandala (White) © Harold Davis

Contribution to Doctors without Borders

Thank you to everyone who contributed, attended, and helped get the word out about today's Photographing Flowers for Transparency webinar benefiting Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF). Phyllis and I…

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Tree Shadow
Tree Shadow © Harold Davis

Tree Shadow

The Grand Shrine of Ise is dedicated to the sun goddess Amaterasu. One of Shinto's most sacred shrines, this complex of shrines, inner shrines, and sub-shrines covers a larger land…

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Realms of Gold
In the Realms of Gold © Harold Davis

Realms of Gold

The base photograph in this image captured a reflection of a radio tower in the moat of Hiroshima Castle---a factoid that may be irrelevant to the image. I added a…

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Mandala
Mandala (Black) © Harold Davis

Mandala

Yesterday I spent most of my day building a mandala from flower petals on my light box. I used petals from alstroemeria, chrysanthemum, gerbera, some lobelia from the garden, and…

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Vases from Japan
Lilies in a Vase © Harold Davis

Vases from Japan

While in Kyoto I stopped by the Official Shop of the Kyoto Ceramic Art Association. There are 210 members of the association, and the works on display range from one-of-a-kind…

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Design Pattern: Criss-Cross Stairs
Stairs, Hiroshima © Harold Davis

Design Pattern: Criss-Cross Stairs

Understanding design patterns is a crucial part of construction of almost anything from buildings to object-oriented software. Visual design patterns originally derived from architecture, and are bedrock to composition; both…

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Bamboo Woods near Kyoto
Bamboo Woods near Kyoto © Harold Davis

Bamboo Woods near Kyoto

For the image of Bamboo Woods near Kyoto, I made seven exposures on my tripod at shutter speeds ranging from 1/2 a second to 20 seconds, varying each exposure by about…

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