Paris in the Spring: Photography with Harold Davis

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There’s nothing like photographing Paris in the spring! Let’s spend a week together this May making photos in Paris, and having a great time.

Photography begins with the medium of light, which the artist captures and applies to the canvas in endlessly surprising ways. And what better place to explore this medium than Paris, the City of Light?

Join acclaimed photographer Harold Davis for the experience of a lifetime in Paris, the birthplace of photography. There you’ll have the opportunity to experience firsthand the places and sights that have inspired artists for centuries.

Paris Sunset © Harold Davis

Paris Sunset © Harold Davis

We’ll focus our lenses on Paris in bloom, Paris at night, and Paris in black & white, reinterpreting for ourselves some of the images that have been captured in paint and on film by many great artists, including Daguerre, Monet, Atget, Picasso, and Erwitt. We’ll have a grand time photographing and we’ll return home with many priceless shots to treasure!

Photo tour includes an excursion to Monet’s famous gardens at Giverny, with exclusive after-hours artist access.

Double Rainbow over Paris © Harold Davis

Double Rainbow over Paris © Harold Davis

Harold’s photographs of Paris have appeared in books, exhibitions, and been published worldwide on travel sites.

Here’s what some participants in past Photograph Paris with Harold Davis Workshops had to say:

Eiffel Tower from Sacré Coeur © Harold Davis

Eiffel Tower from Sacré Coeur © Harold Davis

  • “Had an awesome time with Harold and the workshop participants.  Itching to go back.  If you’re a photographer, Paris at night is a ‘Must Do!’.  Put it on your bucket list ‘cause you may not see this in Heaven.”
  • “Photographing Paris at night in the company of a group of fellow photographers had instant appeal.  Inspired by the scenes of Brassai, I imagined myself at the top of the steps at Montmartre, taking wonderful black-and-white images.  I already admired Harold Davis, and had confidence that he would lead us to fantastic places – and he did!  What came as a delightful surprise was the level of talent and variety of approaches that my fellow travelers employed to capture the marvelous churches, gardens, and people of Paris, Giverny, and Fontainebleau.  I learned from every one of them.  And what an agreeable group of travel companions they were! A once-in-a-lifetime experience that I plan to repeat next spring!”
  • “Harold has great skill, without the ego of most master photographers. Travel arrangements were perfect.”
  • “One thing I really liked about the photo tour that Harold set up is that we had plenty of time to photograph in the best locations, and really prioritized when the light would be good.”

Where: The group will be based out of a centrally located, elegant and comfortable 4-star centrally located Parisian hotel, such as the Hôtel de l’Abbaye (or similar). The Hôtel de l’Abbaye is on the left bank of the Seine, in the heart of the 6th Arondissment, and is located near many of the prime photographic locations.

When: Sunday May 1, 2016 (leave US April 30) to Saturday May 7, 2016 (six nights and seven days).

Group Size: This exclusive, small photo workshop tour is limited to ten photographers (non-photographer significant others are also welcome).

Pont Solferino © Harold Davis

Pont Solferino © Harold Davis

Day-by-day itinerary:

Code:  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner—Itinerary subject to change.

Sunday May 1, 2016  (D) – National Holiday

  • Arrive Paris and transfer on own to Hôtel de l’Abbaye
  • 3PM: Hôtel de l’Abbaye check-in
  • 4PM: Group meeting in hotel lobby
  • Explore local highlights with Harold
  • 8:30PM: Welcome dinner
Ile de la Cite from Ile St-Louis © Harold Davis

Ile de la Cite © Harold Davis

Monday May 2, 2016  (B)

  • 10AM: Meet in lobby for neighborhood orientation
    • Understanding the Métro
    • Where to buy picnics
    • Buy picnic lunch for bus (optional)
    • Neighborhood shopping
  • Noon: Depart from hotel lobby on two-hour panoramic bus tour with guide
  • Afternoon: Free time for personal shooting
  • 7PM: Meet guide in hotel lobby and proceed by metro to la Tour Montparnasse rooftop observation deck for night photography until closing time.

Tuesday May 3, 2016  (B)

  • Guided tour of the Opera Garnier
  • Visit to the photographic viewing platforms of the great Parisian department stores
  • Free time on the right bank
  • Night photography (Eiffel Tower)
Paris Carousel © Harold Davis

Paris Carousel © Harold Davis

Wednesday May 4, 2016  (B)

  • Morning: Explore Latin quarter, Ile de la Cité, and banks of the Seine
  • 1:30PM: Depart for Giverny
  • Picnic dinner at Giverny (or on bus) at own expense
  • 6-8PM: After-hours shooting at Monet’s Garden in Giverny
Giverny © Harold Davis

Giverny © Harold Davis

Thursday May 5, 2016 (B) 

  • Image review
  • Photographic excursion to La Defense with Harold
  • Free time for individual photo projects
  • Night shoot at the Louvre
Pyramide © Harold Davis

Pyramide © Harold Davis

Friday May 6, 2016  (B, D)

  • Image review
  • Guided tour of Montmartre and Sacré Coeur
  • Free time for individual photo projects
  • 7:00PM: Celebratory Farewell dinner
Beneath the Pont de la Concorde © Harold Davis

Beneath the Pont de la Concorde © Harold Davis

Saturday May 7, 2016  (B)

  • Morning: One group transfer with assistance to the airport
  • For those who don’t need to leave right away: optional photo shoot with Harold, destination TBD

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Cost: $6,195 per person (single supplement $675)

Inclusions: Six nights lodging, all breakfasts (6), meals as indicated, private excursions as indicated including licensed guides and admissions, expert photographic instruction and guidance with Harold Davis, and service charges.

Exclusions: Airfare and transportation to Paris, meals except as indicated, wine and spirits, travel insurance (which is highly recommended), and personal items such as souvenirs.

To Register: Please send us an email expressing interest right away; a completed registration requires a $1000 deposit and Reservation Form, and a copy of your passport page.

Hotel de Sully © Harold Davis

Hotel de Sully © Harold Davis

About Harold Davis: Harold Davis is an internationally-known digital artist and award-winning professional photographer. He is the author of many bestselling photography books including The Way of the Digital Photographer (Peachpit Press, awarded as a Top 10 Best 2013 Photography Book of the Year by Photo.net). Harold Davis’s most recent book is Achieving Your Potential As a Photographer: A Photographer’s Creative Companion and Workbook (Focal Press). His Photographing Flowers (Focal Press) is a noted photography “classic,” and is rated the Best Guide to Flower Photography byDigital Photographer Magazine.

Stairs at La Défense © Harold Davis

Stairs at La Défense © Harold Davis

In addition to his activity as a bestselling book author, Harold Davis is an Adobe Influencer, a Moab Master printmaker and a Zeiss Lens Ambassador. Harold Davis’s work is in collections around the world. It is licensed by art publishers, in annual reports, and has appeared in numerous magazines and many publications.

Harold’s black and white prints have been described as “hauntingly beautiful” by Fine Art Printer Magazine, and his floral prints have been called “ethereal,” with “a purity and translucence that borders on spiritual” by Popular Photography.

Recently Harold Davis’s work has been exhibited in venues including Photokina in Cologne, Germany, PhotoPlus Expo in New York, the Gallery Photo in Oakland, California, the Arts & Friends Gallery in Heidelberg, Germany, and the Awagami Gallery in Japan.

Harold Davis has led destination photography workshops to many locations including Paris, France; Spain and Morocco; and the ancient Bristlecone Pines of the eastern Sierra Nevada Mountains in California.

Harold’s popular online course on Craftsy.com, Photographing Flowers, has thousands of students. His ongoing photography workshops in partnership with institutions such as Point Reyes Field Seminars, the Center for Photographic Art in Carmel, California, Maine Media Workshops, and the Heidelberg Summer School of Photography are continually in demand and popular.

According to Rangefinder Magazine, Harold Davis is “a man of astonishing eclectic skills and accomplishments.” You can learn more about Harold and his work at his website, www.digitalfieldguide.com.

Arc de Triomphe © Harold Davis

Arc de Triomphe © Harold Davis