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Harold Davis Photo Workshop at Giverny

Here we are after a very satisfying session photographing Monet’s famous gardens at Giverny. The happy but tired group is shown sitting on the steps of Claude Monet’s house. Thanks to Marianne Glosenger for shooting this group portrait. Our guide Valerie is shown on the lower left.

Harold Davis workshop at Giverny

On the steps at Giverny © Marianne Glosenger

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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

Posted in Photography

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

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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

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The Making of Creative Garden Photography | Free Webinar

Our new book Creative Garden Photography has been at least ten years in the making from conception to finished production files. In this free webinar, on Sunday July 5, 2020 at 11am PT, Phyllis and I will be joined by Rocky Nook associate publisher Ted Waitt. We’ll take a look at the images in the book, the ideas behind the book, the techniques the book covers, some of the stories told in the book, book production, how the book design relates to garden design as well as photography, and answer questions from the audience. A discount code for book and eBook purchases from the publisher will be provided.

The webinar is free, but registration in advance is required. Click here to register for the Creative Garden Photography webinar.

We have a number of technique webinars coming up that I hope you’ll find useful. You can find the complete list of webinars by clicking here, and below. Recordings of our past webinars can be found in the Harold Davis Photography YouTube channel. You’ll also find live events (I don’t currently have any scheduled until 2021 due to the pandemic) on this page.

I am particularly excited to be sharing stories and images from the Camino de Santiago on Saturday, July 18. This is a free webinar, but requires registration. Click here for more info.

  • Printing, Proofing, and all about Paper with Moab Masters Scott Barrow, Harold Davis, and Jim Graham [Benefits Equal Justice Initiative] | Thursday September 24, 2020 at 10am PT click here for registration. Seats are limited. Click here for details.
  • Master Photographer Panel with Jennifer King and Alan Shapiro, moderated by Harold Davis [Benefits NAACP] | Saturday October 10, 2020 at 11am PT click here for registration. Seats are limited. 
  • Master Photographer Panel with Anne Belmont and Bryan Peterson, moderated by Harold Davis [Benefits Center for Policing Equity] | Saturday November 14, 2020 at 11am PT click here for registration. Seats are limited. 
Giverny Afternoon © Harold Davis

Giverny Afternoon © Harold Davis

Posted in Flowers, Photography, Writing

Creative Garden Photography

What: Creative Garden Photography

When: Sunday July 5, 2020 at 11am PT. Duration between one and two hours, including Q&A

Where: On your computer or mobile device from anywhere via Zoom. This is a free webinar, but Zoom authenticated registration is required for security reasons. The registration link is https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_qnmr0Zh4TqG9l0FAMJj6tw.

Details: Harold’s new book, Creative Garden Photography: Making great photos of flowers, gardens, landscapes and the beautiful world around us, will be released by Rocky Nook towards the end of the summer of 2020, and is now available for pre-order. In this multi-part webinar, Harold will show photographs from the book, and discuss the stories behind the images. There will be a preview of actual book pages, and Phyllis will explain the mechanics of book production in the context of Creative Garden Photography

Finally, Ted Waitt, the Associate Publisher at Rocky Nook, will join Harold & Phyllis for a discussion about the making and meaning of their new book, and book publishing generally.

There will be ample time for Q&A.

Registrants will be given a discount code for purchasing Creative Garden Photography from the publisher.

This is a free webinar: This webinar is free, but requires prior registration. Seating (on a first come, first served basis) is limited. You must register via Zoom to be enrolled in this webinar! The registration link is https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_qnmr0Zh4TqG9l0FAMJj6tw.

A lightly-edited recording of this Webinar will be posted following a time delay on our YouTube channel, https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCnn_fjc44y07sa6ks-W8lCg

Giverny Afternoon © Harold Davis

Giverny Afternoon © Harold Davis

About Harold Davis: Harold Davis is a bestselling author of many books, including Creative Garden Photography from Rocky Nook, which can now be pre-ordered. He 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.

About Ted Waitt: Ted has been at Rocky Nook since 2015 as Associate Publisher, having worked in the publishing industry at Peachpit/Pearson for over 10 years. He revels in the creative process and art of bookmaking—from building the foundation of the author relationship to the title concept to the craft of writing, editing, and holding the printed piece in hand. Ted is an avid photographer who enjoys capturing scenes while exploring San Francisco and Marin County. 

Towards a Ham Sandwich Theory of Art

In his cryptic and chaotic first novel V, Thomas Pynchon describes the work of a painter named Slab:

Slab and Esther, uncomfortable with each other, stood in front of an easel in his place, looking at cheese Danish No. 35. The cheese danish was a recent obsession of Slab’s. He had taken, some time ago, to painting in a frenzy these morning-pastries in every conceivable style, light, and setting. The room was already littered with Cubist, Fauve and Surrealist cheese Danishes. “Monet spent his declining years at his home in Giverny, painting the water lilies in the garden pool,” reasoned Slab, “He painted all kinds of water lilies. He like water lilies. These are my declining years. I like cheese Danishes.”

Essentially, as Slab indicates, what does the subject matter matter? It’s all just grist for the artistic mill. Water lilies or cheese danish, what is the difference?

This bears some relationship to the current “ham sandwich” theory of politics, as in: “I’ll vote for a ham sandwich if it is the Democratic nominee.” To which, by the way, I subscribe.

Food metaphors are great!

My images of folds in the earth (below) from Death Valley’s Zabriskie point are a kind of ham sandwich, cheese danish, or water lily. I could go on photographing this kind of abstraction forever, regardless of scale, and its great that these textures add up to a magnificent and vast landscape.

Related stories: Death Valley Landscapes; Lost in the Hills.

Zabriskie View © Harold Davis

Zabriskie View © Harold Davis

Badlands © Harold Davis

Badlands © Harold Davis

Earth © Harold Davis

Earth © Harold Davis

Posted in Landscape, Photography

New in Workshops. New In Books. New in Art.

New in Workshops

  • The early-bird registration for Photograph Tokyo (Oct 24 – Nov 1, 2020) ends soon (Jan 31). Please consider joining us for a fabulous destination photography workshop. Click here for workshop information, and here for the Reservation Form.  Please let us know right away if you’d like to come!
  • There’s still space in this year’s Photographing Flowers for Transparency workshop (June 20-21, 2020). Click here for information and registration (or contact us for manual registration).
  • Photographing the Great Gardens of Maine (August 16-21, 2020) will be great this year, with Oldie-but-Goldie gardens and new horizons as well. Now open for registration. Click here for information and registration.
  • Please consider joining us in Paris (Spring 2021) for a boutique photography workshop with a great small group of folks. Click here for information, and here for the Reservation Form. I’ll look forward to photographing Paris with you!
Flowers with Dances and Delights © Harold Davis

Flowers with Dances and Delights © Harold Davis

New in Books

My new book Creative Garden Photography is due out from Rocky Nook towards the end of the summer 2020 and is now available for pre-order. The book features garden photography from around the world, some of my best flower images and how they were made, and techniques for use in the field (the garden), close-up, and botanicals in the studio (light box, on black, etc). Phyllis and I are working hard on writing and designing this book, and we think it will be very beautiful (as well as practical and useful).

Creative Garden Photography will be available from the publisher, Rocky Nook, on Amazon, and “wherever fine books are sold.”

New in Art

We are offering for a limited time your choice of one these four photographs by Harold Davis of Claude Monet’s legendary Garden at Giverny, France at a very special price. They are Giverny Afternoon, Flowers at Giverny, Giverny (Bridge), and Red Tulip, Giverny. The images are shown below.

Each print is on 13″ X 17″ paper (the image size is a slightly less than the paper size), hand printed in my studio on wonderful Moab Juniper Baryta extra premium photographic paper, and personally signed by me.

Your print of choice is $295, approximately a 75% discount from our normal retail price for a print of this size of $1,200. $30 shipping within the US (please inquire for international shipping). Sales tax also applies.

Click here to read more!

Flowers at Giverny © Harold Davis

Flowers at Giverny © Harold Davis

Posted in Business of Art, Photography, Workshops

Harold Davis—Best of 2019

The journey continues! 2019 was an exciting year for art, photography, books, teaching workshops, and travel. Abroad, I walked another pilgrimage trail; this time from Tui, on the River Minho and the Portuguese border to Santiago de Compostela in Galicia, Spain. At home I enjoyed time with my family as well as some exciting new artistic horizons. I am looking forward to a gazillion fresh adventures in art, photography, and travel in 2020!

The images are more-or-less in the order made in the course of the year; or, at least, in the order processed and uploaded. Below each image, I’ve added links to the relevant blog stories that include my selected images (where I blogged them). I’ve been in a reflective mood lately; to see some of my musings please click here to read my Guest Blog Post, Photographer As Poet, Harold Davis.

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

Crepuscular Coast v2 © Harold Davis

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Gerbera Petals © Harold Davis

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Eiffel Tower in Paris Landscape © Harold Davis

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Night Highway © Harold Davis

Baltazar Chrysanthemum © Harold Davis

Blue #1 © Harold Davis

Pale Garden © Harold Davis

Pale Garden © Harold Davis

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Quartet © Harold Davis

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Wisteria Gate © Harold Davis

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Japanese Bridge, Schwetzingen Garden © Harold Davis

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X-Ray Floral Medley Fusion © Harold Davis

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Nautilus X-Rays © Harold Davis

Nautilus X-Rays © Harold Davis

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Tulips X-Ray Fusion © Harold Davis

Tulips X-Ray Fusion © Harold Davis

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Paris Landscape © Harold Davis

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Flowers at Giverny © Harold Davis

Flowers at Giverny © Harold Davis

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Giverny Afternoon © Harold Davis

Giverny Afternoon © Harold Davis

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Inside Tui Cathedral © Harold Davis

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Tulips Fusion X-Ray © Harold Davis

Garden along the Camino © Harold Davis

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Scallop Shell Symbol on the Side of the Cathedral of Santiago © Harold Davis

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Rose Bouquet © Harold Davis

Sunset at Sea © Harold Davis

Old-Fashioned Rose © Harold Davis

Old-Fashioned Rose © Harold Davis

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Flower Block on White © Harold Davis

Flower Block on White © Harold Davis

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Flowers that Remain Behind © Harold Davis

Flowers that Remain Behind © Harold Davis

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Columbine © Harold Davis

Angel's Trumpets © Harold Davis

Angel’s Trumpets © Harold Davis

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Nesting Bowls and a Nautilus Slice © Harold Davis

Nesting Bowls and a Nautilus Slice © Harold Davis

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Weaving with Light © Harold Davis

Weaving with Light © Harold Davis

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Cactus Flower Detail V © Harold Davis

Cactus Flower Detail V © Harold Davis

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Eye Dahlia © Harold Davis

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Red Vein Indian Mallow © Harold Davis

Solar Flare © Harold Davis

Dark Angel © Harold Davis

Dark Angel © Harold Davis

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Bench © Harold Davis

Bench © Harold Davis

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Flower Magic © Harold Davis

Flower Magic © Harold Davis

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Curled Epiphany © Harold Davis

Curled Epiphany © Harold Davis

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Rollback © Harold Davis

Rollback © Harold Davis

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Gaillardia-gami © Harold Davis

Gaillardia-gami © Harold Davis

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Dawn Chorus Unbound © Harold Davis

Dawn Chorus Unbound © Harold Davis

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Sound of the Sea © Harold Davis

Sound of the Sea © Harold Davis

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Love of Spirals © Harold Davis

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Through the Rabbit Hole © Harold Davis

Through the Rabbit Hole © Harold Davis

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The Spiral Heart © Harold Davis

The Spiral Heart © Harold Davis

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Falling into Spirals V2 © Harold Davis

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Hydrangea Blossoms © Harold Davis

Hydrangea Blossoms © Harold Davis

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Wreath © Harold Davis

Wreath © Harold Davis

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Untitled In-Camera Multiple exposure © Harold Davis

Untitled In-Camera Multiple exposure © Harold Davis

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Mandala with Starfish © Harold Davis

Mandala with Starfish © Harold Davis

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Echinacea Seed Pod © Harold Davis

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Untitled © Harold Davis

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Montmartre and Sacre-Coeur © Harold Davis

Montmartre and Sacre-Coeur © Harold Davis

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Chartres Exterior II © Harold Davis

Along the Old Schoolhouse Trail © Harold Davis

Along the Old Schoolhouse Trail © Harold Davis

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I hope you’ve enjoyed my images and the associated blog stories. Most images available as prints. Please inquire. Check out my self-selected bests from previous years in Best Images Annuals!

Posted in Best Of, Photography

All this, and Heaven too!

It’s with great joy that I announce a full panoply of interesting workshops. What could be better than intriguing places, fun and interesting people, and the chance for exciting photography? Here is some of what I have coming up, in chronological order:

  • Photographing the Great Gardens of Maine, August 11-17, 2019 at Maine Media Workshop. This year we’ll have access to a great range of public and unique private gardens to photograph. In many cases, there would be no other way to get access to these locations. Click here for more information and registration. It is a great time of year to be in the heart of coastal Maine and photographing these luscious gardens, and there is still space available in the workshop.

Dahlia Mandala © Harold Davis

2020

  • Romantic Southwest France, April 29-May 7, 2020. Early-bird discount applies. Click here for information, here for a detailed itinerary (PDF), and here for the Reservation Form. The workshop is hosted in an exquisitely renovated fortified farmhouse in the Lot River Valley. This has been a  popular and successful workshop with very limited space availability, so please let us now as soon as possible if you’d like to come. This group is almost full. If you’d like to join us, please contact us ASAP to see if we can accommodate you! Early-bird discount through the end of August.

2021

Click here for my Workshops & Events page. I have a number of interesting upcoming conference and event appearances that haven’t been publicly announced yet, I will post them as soon as I can. You can also subscribe to my email list to get notifications.

I hope to see you with your camera in a workshop! If not now, when? 

Flowers at Giverny © Harold Davis

Flowers at Giverny © Harold Davis

Posted in Workshops

Garden Photography Workshop – Capturing the Great Gardens of Maine – Time is running out!

There’s still time to enroll for my week long course in garden photography at Maine Media Workshops in Rockport, Maine again this year. The dates are August 11-17, 2019. Click here for a full workshop description, and for registration.

Special July Sale: 20% Off. Use code JULY4PHOTO at checkout. Discount will be applied at final billing. July 4th at 7:00am through Sunday, July 7th at midnight.

I’m very excited to add some new, private gardens with exclusive access to this curriculum. This workshop is the only way you will get to see, let alone photograph, these gardens.

Besides field photography of gardens, the workshop will cover a variety of studio and post-production techniques related to flower photography (see the detailed description here). The goal is to help you create a coherent body of work related to garden and floral photography based on your unique vision.

Please consider joining me for a glorious week of Maine, photographing gardens, and flowers!

Giverny © Harold Davis

The agenda of this workshop includes plentiful field sessions in a variety of kinds of gardens accessible to Maine Media Workshops & College in Rockport on the mid-coast of Maine. August is a great time of year for flowers in bloom along the Maine coast! Classroom sessions will focus on specific areas of technique, and also the theory and practice of garden design in the context of photography, as well as working with individual participants to develop a cohesive and personal body of work. Click here for a full workshop description, and for registration.

Salutation to the Sun © Harold Davis

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Paris in the Spring (April 24-May 2, 2021)

Please click here for itinerary details, and click here for the Reservation Form! We look forward to exploring Paris with you. An early-bird registration discount applies.

There’s nothing like photographing Paris in the spring! Let’s spend some glorious days together in April and May of 2021 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 and co-host Mark Brokering 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

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 what is always one of the highlights for any photographer: exclusive after-hours artist access to the gardens and lily pond area.

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

Double Rainbow over Paris © Harold Davis

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.”

Please click here for itinerary details, and click here for the Reservation Form! We look forward to exploring Paris with you. An early-bird registration discount applies.

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Paris in the Spring (April 24-May 2, 2021)

Please check details of the itinerary below, and click here for the Reservation Form! We look forward to exploring Paris with you.

There’s nothing like photographing Paris in the spring! Let’s spend some glorious days together in April and May of 2021 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 and co-host Mark Brokering 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!

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 Parisian hotel, such as the Hotel Villa Madame or the Hotel Passy Eiffel.

Hotel Villa Madame is on the left bank of the Seine, in the heart of the 6th Arondissment in St Germain des Pres, and is located near many of the prime photographic locations.

Hotel Passy Eiffel is in the interesting Passy neighborhood right across the river from the Eiffel Tower, with some rooms having an Eiffel Tower view.

Choice of hotel is subject to change, but will be comparable to the two indicated.

When: Saturday April 24, 2019 (leave US April 23) to Sunday May 2, 2019 (nine days and eight nights).

Group Size: Minimum group size 6 and maximum 12. This is intended to be an intimate and small photo workshop. Non-photographer spouses are welcome.

Pont Solferino © Harold Davis

Pont Solferino © Harold Davis

Update as of September 20, 2020 from Harold Davis: In a nutshell, I would dearly love to be photographing in Paris in April 2021, but we think it most likely will not happen, although it is still not entirely out of the question.

To elaborate, we are deeply committed to only leading in-person trips when it is safe, legal, and complies with all health regulations both here and in the destination. From this viewpoint, a trip to France would certainly not be possible right now.

However, I’ve also found that not trying to predict too much about the future has helped keep me (somewhat) sane during these difficult times. The only thing certain is uncertainty.

So rather than making a final decision to cancel the trip, I’ll take another look at the Paris trip in November. Perhaps things will be clearer then, at least in terms of the future of our country. However, it wouldn’t astonish me in November if I put off the definite call until January 2021. Much can happen between now and January, and (here’s hoping) for the better!

We are still taking reservations for this trip, with deposits fully-refundable and guests requested not to make any non-refundable travel plans based on the Paris trip, since there is a very good chance it will be canceled. 

Day-by-day itinerary (subject to change):

Code:  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Saturday April 24, 2021  (D)

  • Arrive Paris and transfer on own to Villa Madame Hotel (or Passy-Eiffel, or similar)
  • 3PM: Hotel check-in
  • 4PM: Group meeting in hotel lobby
  • Explore local highlights with Harold and Mark
  • 8:30PM: Welcome dinner

Sunday April 25, 2021 (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 in hotel lobby and proceed by metro to la Tour Montparnasse rooftop observation deck for night photography until closing time.
Ile de la Cite from Ile St-Louis © Harold Davis

Ile de la Cite © Harold Davis

Monday April 26, 2021  (B, L)

  • Photography at Puces St Ouen: The Flea Market at Porte de Clignancourt
  • Group lunch at Chez Lousiette in the flea market. As the Lonely Planet guide puts it, “memorabilia-filled Chez Louisette is an icon within Paris’ largest flea market, the Marché aux Puces de St-Ouen. It’s not the bœuf bourguignon, sautéed veal or homemade desserts that draw the crowds, however: the real reason people come is to hear old-time chanteuses and chanteurs belt out numbers by Piaf and other classic French singers.”
  • Walking tour of Montmartre and Sacré-Cœur led by Harold and Mark.

Tuesday April 27, 2021  (B)

  • Morning: Explore Latin quarter, Ile de la Cité, and banks of the Seine
  • Afternoon: Excursion TBD (perhaps Auvers-sur-Oise, noted for its association with Vincent van Gogh, or Bagatelle Gardens)
Paris Carousel © Harold Davis

Paris Carousel © Harold Davis

Wednesday April 28, 2021  (B)

  • Free time for personal projects
  • Walking tour with guide to include the Rodin Museum and garden.
  • Visit to Museum Marmottan
Montmartre and Sacre-Coeur © Harold Davis

Montmartre and Sacre-Coeur © Harold Davis

Thursday April 29, 2021 (B) 

  • Image review
  • Photographic guided excursion to Château de Chantilly and its gardens (or TBD). The gardens of the Château de Chantilly are an exceptional panorama of the art of the Western garden: they are the result of several creations according to the fashion of each period starting with the French-style garden created by André Le Nôtre in the 17th century, the Anglo-Chinese Garden in the 18th century and the English Garden in the 19th century. These grounds provide a unique testament to the relationship between men and nature in the western world over more than three centuries. 
Pyramide © Harold Davis

Pyramide © Harold Davis

Friday April 30, 2021  (B)

  • Free time for projects
  • Visit to the Fondation Henri Catrtier-Bresson
  • Guided walk exploring the Marais and Jewish Quarter
Beneath the Pont de la Concorde © Harold Davis

Beneath the Pont de la Concorde © Harold Davis

Saturday May 1, 2021  (B, D)

  • Note, May 1 is a national holiday with museums, stores, etc., closed
  • Free time for personal projects and/or working with Harold
  • Group photography TBD
  • Night photography with locations TBD (Eiffel Tower, Louvre court, etc.)
  • 7:00PM: Celebratory Farewell dinner

Sunday May 2, 2021  (B)

  • Breakfast at the hotel, followed by group “Kumbaya”. Some participants will likely want to stay in Paris, others will head for destinations in Europe, and still others will head home.

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Cost: $6,495 per person (single supplement $875)

Inclusions: Eight nights lodging, all breakfasts (8), meals as indicated, private excursions as indicated including licensed guides and admissions as indicated (private introductory panoramic coach tour, private coach to Giverny with garden and after-hours admissions, admission to the Rodin Museum, transportation by train and admission to Chantilly with guide; licensed guides to Giverny, Rodin Museum, Chantilly, and the Marais), expert photographic instruction and guidance with Harold Davis, appreciation of Paris with Mark Brokering, and service charges.

Exclusions: Airfare and transportation to Paris, airport transfers, admissions except as indicated in the Inclusions, meals except as indicated in the Itinerary, 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 has created online courses for Craftsy and Lynda.com/LinkedIn Learning. 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, digitalfieldguide.com.

Arc de Triomphe © Harold Davis

Arc de Triomphe © Harold Davis

We look forward to having a great time photographing Paris in the spring with you! Click here for the Reservation Form!

Garden Photography Workshop – Capturing the Great Gardens of Maine

Flowers at Giverny © Harold Davis

Flowers at Giverny © Harold Davis

I’ll be teaching a week long course in garden photography at Maine Media Workshops in Rockport, Maine again this year. The dates are August 11-17, 2019. Click here for a full workshop description, and for registration.

I’m very excited to add some new, private gardens with exclusive access to this curriculum. Besides field photography of gardens, the workshop will cover a variety of studio and post-production techniques related to flower photography (see the detailed description here).

Please consider joining me for a glorious week of Maine, photographing gardens, and flowers!

Giverny © Harold Davis

The agenda of this workshop includes plentiful field sessions in a variety of kinds of gardens accessible to Maine Media Workshops & College in Rockport on the mid-coast of Maine. August is a great time of year for flowers in bloom along the Maine coast! Classroom sessions will focus on specific areas of technique, and also the theory and practice of garden design in the context of photography, as well as working with individual participants to develop a cohesive and personal body of work. Click here for a full workshop description, and for registration.

Salutation to the Sun © Harold Davis

Posted in Photography, Workshops

Home, Peonies, and Irises

I’ve been traveling a month and a day—with x-ray photography, a lovely group in Paris (the after-hours session in Monet’s garden at Giverny was probably my favorite part), and a trek on the Camino Portuguese. How great to come home to family, and a house filled with flowers for me to photograph!

Sunset at Sea © Harold Davis

Somehow my adventures of the past month feel like a dream, but also it feels like a dream to be here now. Which is a dream, and which is real life?

Peonies and Irises on White © Harold Davis

Peonies and Irises on Black © Harold Davis

Posted in Flowers, Photography