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Bringing Garden Photography Indoors with Harold Davis [Free Webinar sponsored by Rocky Nook]

What: Bringing Garden Photography Indoors with Harold Davis [Free Webinar sponsored by Rocky Nook]

When: Wednesday September 30, 2020 at 11:00am 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 pre-registration is required. Seating is limited. The registration link is https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_NCweUNP2TgaL_WR3-rfB2Q

Details: Harold’s new book from Rocky Nook, Creative Garden Photography: Making great photos of flowers, gardens, landscapes, and the beautiful world around us, starts with photography at large, such as the garden in the world. The second part of the book proceeds to explain techniques for bringing the garden inside and closer up, including photographing flowers on a light box, photographing flowers on black, and macro photography of flowers. In this webinar, Harold will introduce his book at both large and indoors, and discuss some photographic examples of bringing the garden indoors. The webinar will include with several examples of light box and photography on black post-production in Photoshop.

There will be ample time for Q&A.

Who should attend: In this time of social distancing, what could be better to photograph than gardens and flowers? The goal of this webinar is to help photographers stay creative with inspiration and techniques that can be used regardless of the time of year.

Camellia Japonica © Harold Davis

Number of Seats and Tuition: This is a FREE webinar, but pre-registration is required. Seating (on a first come, first served basis) is limited. You must register via Zoom to be enrolled in this webinar! https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_NCweUNP2TgaL_WR3-rfB2Q

About Harold Davis: Harold Davis is a bestselling author of many books, including most recently Creative Garden Photography from Rocky Nook. 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.

Posted in Photography

Bringing Garden Photography Indoors with Harold Davis [Free Webinar sponsored by Rocky Nook]

What: Bringing Garden Photography Indoors with Harold Davis [Free Webinar sponsored by Rocky Nook]

When: Wednesday September 30, 2020 at 11:00am 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 pre-registration is required. Seating is limited. The registration link is https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_NCweUNP2TgaL_WR3-rfB2Q

Details: Harold’s new book from Rocky Nook, Creative Garden Photography: Making great photos of flowers, gardens, landscapes, and the beautiful world around us, starts with photography at large, such as the garden in the world. The second part of the book proceeds to explain techniques for bringing the garden inside and closer up, including photographing flowers on a light box, photographing flowers on black, and macro photography of flowers. In this webinar, Harold will introduce his book at both large and indoors, and discuss some photographic examples of bringing the garden indoors. The webinar will include with several examples of light box and photography on black post-production in Photoshop.

There will be ample time for Q&A.

Who should attend: In this time of social distancing, what could be better to photograph than gardens and flowers? The goal of this webinar is to help photographers stay creative with inspiration and techniques that can be used regardless of the time of year.

Camellia Japonica © Harold Davis

Number of Seats and Tuition: This is a FREE webinar, but pre-registration is required. Seating (on a first come, first served basis) is limited. You must register via Zoom to be enrolled in this webinar! https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_NCweUNP2TgaL_WR3-rfB2Q

About Harold Davis: Harold Davis is a bestselling author of many books, including most recently Creative Garden Photography from Rocky Nook. 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.

Misty Mountain Dahlias

It is funny how close and closer a flower, such as a Dahlia, can take on abstract appearance so the original flower shape becomes forgotten. So in this Dahlia I see distant mountains, or a mouth with teeth, or a deepening well, and so on, and patterns galore. Or, maybe that is just my visual imagination run riot! One needs to do something to entertain oneself during longish photo exposures.

Misty Mountains© Harold Davis

Misty Mountains © Harold Davis

Exposure data (both): Nikon D850, 150mm f/2.8 Irix “Dragonfly” telephoto macro, 50mm extension tube, f/22 at ISO 64, tripod mounted; 20 seconds exposure duration (above) and 15 seconds exposure duration (below). Both images were lit using controlled sunlight (from the left side) via window shades.

Young Dahlia © Harold Davis

Young Dahlia © Harold Davis

Posted in Flowers, Photography

Honeysuckle and Monarda

Sometimes single blossoms are the most elegant. This Honeysuckle (above) and Monarda (below) are from our garden. I photographed the blossoms on a light box, and other than layering-in bracketed high-key exposures, there was minimal post-production.

Honeysuckle © Harold Davis

Honeysuckle © Harold Davis

Exposure data (Honeysuckle): Nikon D850, 85mm Nikor tilt-shift macro, five exposures at shutter speeds from one second to 15 seconds, each exposure at an effective aperture of f/64 and ISO 64; exposures combined in Photoshop.

Monarda © Harold Davis

Monarda © Harold Davis

Exposure data (Monarda): Nikon D850, 85mm Nikor tilt-shift macro, five exposures at shutter speeds from 1.3 seconds to 20 seconds, each exposure at an effective aperture of f/64 and ISO 64; exposures combined in Photoshop.

Posted in Flowers

Master Photographer Panel with Anne Belmont and Bryan Peterson (Benefit)

What: Master Photographer Panel with Anne Belmont and Bryan Peterson [Benefits Center for Policing Equity]

When: Saturday, November 14, 2020 at 11am PT (2PM ET). Duration between one and two hours, including Q&A

Where: On your computer or mobile device from anywhere via Zoom. Zoom authenticated registration and a tuition payment of $19.95 are required for enrollment. All proceeds from the tuition payment will benefit Center for Policing Equity, https://policingequity.org/

The link for webinar registration is https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_0zMNoLZ6RBWTGWWLpjueCA

Details: In this webinar, noted photographers Anne Belmont and Bryan Peterson will each present their work. The presentations will be followed by a panel discussion with Harold Davis presiding. There will be ample time for Q&A.

Image © Anne Belmont

About Anne Belmont: As a flower photographer, Anne’s greatest passion lies in seeing and capturing the beauty of flowers and other botanical subjects up-close. It is the small, often unnoticed details that draw Anne to her subjects – the patterns, textures, curves and unique personality of each subject. It is her belief that if we slow down and look at nature in a more contemplative way, we will find subjects that convey impact and emotion, causing the eye to linger a little longer. Some of those subjects might even have stories to tell. With a lifelong involvement in the arts and her deep love of nature, photography became a perfect way for Anne to share her vision of the natural world with others. Her first career as an art therapist has shaped the way she views art and the creative process, and has reinforced her belief in the healing power of both art and nature in our lives.  

Anne is part of the Out of Chicago Photography team, organizing and instructing at their conferences. She presents programs and teaches workshops on flower photography at conferences and groups throughout the country. She is a writer for the learning community Visual Wilderness, where she writes about flower and macro photography. Anne partners with Lensbaby, and is passionate about using and promoting their creative lenses to enhance the artistry of photography. She is firmly committed to the idea that we should never stop learning, growing, experimenting and having fun with photography.

   

About Bryan Peterson:  Bryan has been a successful commercial photographer for over 35 years. His clients include American Express, Kodak, UPS, Phillips and Citibank. In addition he has received awards from the Communication Arts Photography Annual seven times, Print Magazine four times and has also won the prestigious New York Art Directors Gold Award. He has also been a contributing editor at Popular Photography and Outdoor Photographer magazine.

He is also the Co-Founder The Bryan Peterson School of Photography, the world’s number one online photography school, BPSOP http://www.bpsop.comand also the founder of YouKeepShooting.com, a world-wide community of photographers who all share a passion for image-making.

Within the photographic community he is best known as the photographer/writer of eight best-selling books, published in 11 languages; Understanding Exposure, Learning to See Creatively, Beyond Portraiture, Understanding Close-up Photography, Understanding Shutter Speed, Bryan F Peterson’s Understanding Photography Field Guide, Bryan F Peterson’s Field Guide to Understanding Composition and his latest book, Exposure Solutions as well as the photographer for the “You Keep Shooting” videos that are seen on AdoramaTV.com.

About Harold Davis: Harold Davis is a bestselling author of many books, most recently Creative Garden Photography from Rocky Nook. 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.

Number of Seats, Tuition, and Benefit: The tuition for this webinar is $19.95, but requires prior registration. All proceeds benefit the Center for Policing Equity, https://policingequity.org/ but the ticket price is not tax deductible.  Seating (on a first come, first served basis) is limited. You must register via Zoom to be enrolled in this webinar!

The link for webinar registration is https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_0zMNoLZ6RBWTGWWLpjueCA

Announcing: Master Photographer Panel with Jennifer King and Alan Shapiro [Benefits NAACP]

What: Master Photographer Panel with Jennifer King and Alan Shapiro, moderated by Harold Davis [Benefits NAACP]

When: Saturday, October 10, 2020 at 11am PT (2PM ET). Duration between one and two hours, including Q&A

Where: On your computer or mobile device from anywhere via Zoom. Zoom authenticated registration and a tuition payment of $19.95 are required for enrollment. To register, please click this link.

All proceeds from the tuition payment will benefit NAACP Empowerment Funds, https://www.naacp.org/

Details: In this webinar, noted photographers Jennifer King and Alan Shapiro will each present their work. The presentations will be followed by a panel discussion with Harold Davis presiding. There will be ample time for Q&A.

Image © Jennifer King

About Jennifer King: Internationally acclaimed landscape and nature photographer with a passion for teaching photography and inspiring artists around the world, Jennifer draws on her fine art and design background to bring a stylized perspective to nature photography. Well known for her black and white images, she creates an energized style that captures the drama of nature that she immerses herself in, and translates that vision into fine art. Jennifer blends her imagination with mindful positivity to share perceived reality in landscapes while also unveiling the quiet visions of nature. Jennifer is a photographer, writer, teacher and speaker.

Jennifer is named 1 of 15 Amazing Women to Follow by 500px

She is the founder of PHOTOGRAPHY for the FIGHT AGAINST BREAST CANCER (pfabc.org), an industry wide organization bringing together the biggest names in photography to raise money for breast cancer research.

Sponsorships include Adobe, Singh-Ray, Prana Influencer, Think Tank Photo, and Mindshift Gear.

Find her photography, video tutorials and interviews in Outdoor Photographer Magazine, Outdoor Photography Guide, Camera in the Wild, Photography Talk, Smoky Mountains Journal of Photography, SouthxSoutheast, Our State Magazine, VIA Magazine and more!

Image © Alan Shapiro

About Alan Shapiro: Alan is a super high energy instructor with a knack for getting people out of their comfort zone as well as helping them find and capture beautifully simple things in beautifully unexpected ways.

He genuinely loves to share his passion for photography from capture through post-processing and printing, describing himself as a perpetual student. He believes the more he shares what he has learned, the more it forces him to learn more.

His macro work can be seen throughout the entire hospital set on ABC’s The Good Doctor, in the launch campaigns for the Apple iPhone, filling walls in Bose stores and Ritz Carlton Hotels worldwide, in addition to hanging in numerous private and corporate art collections. His tabletop and food photography can be seen in publications including Martha Stewart Living, Real Simple and Saveur.

He is the author of Moments in the Monochrome Garden, Another Day, and Beautiful Walls (To Bang Your Head Against). His fourth book, Trippin’ in the Garden on Miracle-Gro will be out eventually but Alan is currently dealing with an acute case of perfection paralysis.

Road Less Traveled by Harold Davis

Road Less Traveled © 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.

Number of Seats, Tuition, and Benefit: The tuition for this webinar is $19.95, but requires prior registration. All proceeds benefit NAACP, https://www.naacp.org/ but the ticket price is not tax deductible.  Seating (on a first come, first served basis) is limited. You must register via Zoom to be enrolled in this webinar! To register, please click this link.

Posted in Photography

Master Photographer Panel with Jennifer King and Alan Shapiro [Benefits NAACP]

What: Master Photographer Panel with Jennifer King and Alan Shapiro, moderated by Harold Davis [Benefits NAACP]

When: Saturday, October 10, 2020 at 11am PT (2PM ET). Duration between one and two hours, including Q&A

Where: On your computer or mobile device from anywhere via Zoom. Zoom authenticated registration and a tuition payment of $19.95 are required for enrollment. To register, please click this link.

All proceeds from the tuition payment will benefit NAACP Empowerment Funds, https://www.naacp.org/

Details: In this webinar, noted photographers Jennifer King and Alan Shapiro will each present their work. The presentations will be followed by a panel discussion with Harold Davis presiding. There will be ample time for Q&A.

Image © Jennifer King

About Jennifer King: Internationally acclaimed landscape and nature photographer with a passion for teaching photography and inspiring artists around the world, Jennifer draws on her fine art and design background to bring a stylized perspective to nature photography. Well known for her black and white images, she creates an energized style that captures the drama of nature that she immerses herself in, and translates that vision into fine art. Jennifer blends her imagination with mindful positivity to share perceived reality in landscapes while also unveiling the quiet visions of nature. Jennifer is a photographer, writer, teacher and speaker.

Jennifer is named 1 of 15 Amazing Women to Follow by 500px

She is the founder of PHOTOGRAPHY for the FIGHT AGAINST BREAST CANCER (pfabc.org), an industry wide organization bringing together the biggest names in photography to raise money for breast cancer research.

Sponsorships include Adobe, Singh-Ray, Prana Influencer, Think Tank Photo, and Mindshift Gear.

Find her photography, video tutorials and interviews in Outdoor Photographer Magazine, Outdoor Photography Guide, Camera in the Wild, Photography Talk, Smoky Mountains Journal of Photography, SouthxSoutheast, Our State Magazine, VIA Magazine and more!

Image © Alan Shapiro

About Alan Shapiro: Alan is a super high energy instructor with a knack for getting people out of their comfort zone as well as helping them find and capture beautifully simple things in beautifully unexpected ways.

He genuinely loves to share his passion for photography from capture through post-processing and printing, describing himself as a perpetual student. He believes the more he shares what he has learned, the more it forces him to learn more.

His macro work can be seen throughout the entire hospital set on ABC’s The Good Doctor, in the launch campaigns for the Apple iPhone, filling walls in Bose stores and Ritz Carlton Hotels worldwide, in addition to hanging in numerous private and corporate art collections. His tabletop and food photography can be seen in publications including Martha Stewart Living, Real Simple and Saveur.

He is the author of Moments in the Monochrome Garden, Another Day, and Beautiful Walls (To Bang Your Head Against). His fourth book, Trippin’ in the Garden on Miracle-Gro will be out eventually but Alan is currently dealing with an acute case of perfection paralysis.

Road Less Traveled by Harold Davis

Road Less Traveled © 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.

Number of Seats, Tuition, and Benefit: The tuition for this webinar is $19.95, but requires prior registration. All proceeds benefit NAACP, https://www.naacp.org/ but the ticket price is not tax deductible.  Seating (on a first come, first served basis) is limited. You must register via Zoom to be enrolled in this webinar! To register, please click this link.

The View from Inside a Bottle

I inserted my Laowa macro probe lens into a bottle, a carafe, and a glass to make the images shown here from (literally) inside glassware. Interesting to have a completely different view of the world. I started with glass abstractions the other day (shown here) photographed more conventionally from above, then it occurred to me that I could use the probe to literally stick it inside. 

The first view (and I will be processing some variations) makes the bottom of the bottle look I think like a glass ceiling.

Glass Ceiling © Harold Davis

Glass Ceiling © Harold Davis

The outward appearance of the next one is a mandala. For this one, the probe was positioned a little higher, just at the level of the opening to a parfait glass.

Glass Cathedral © Harold Davis

Glass Cathedral © Harold Davis

Looking down the structure in the next one from deep inside the glass, I see a bubble that could well be our earth, imprisoned and looking out!

From inside the glass © Harold Davis

From inside the glass © Harold Davis

Posted in Photography

Patterns in Glass

Well, I’m off again. This time, not on a road trip or great adventure on a pilgrimage trail, but rather a trip to “inner space,” photographing glass on a light box with a macro lens. Mostly, these were done in camera, which is neither here-nor-there as far as I am concerned—but folks do seem to be curious!

Patterns in Glass 3 © Harold Davis

Patterns in Glass 3 © Harold Davis

Patterns in Glass 6 © Harold Davis

Patterns in Glass 6 © Harold Davis

Patterns in Glass 4 © Harold Davis

Patterns in Glass 4 © Harold Davis

Patterns in Glass 1 © Harold Davis

Patterns in Glass 1 © Harold Davis

Patterns in Glass 2 © Harold Davis

Patterns in Glass 2 © Harold Davis

Patterns in Glass 5 © Harold Davis

Patterns in Glass 5 © Harold Davis

Posted in Photography

Water Drops in the Morning

It rained overnight. In the morning the sun came out. I was up early with camera and macro lens, crawling on my belly to seek out nature’s most unfathomably beautiful gems: water drops in the garden.

Water Drops on a Young Columbine at Sunrise © Harold Davis

Water Drops on a Young Columbine at Sunrise © Harold Davis

Morning Jewel © Harold Davis

Morning Jewel © Harold Davis

Posted in Photography, Water Drops

Spring of our Discontent

White Papaver Nudicaule Inversion © Harold Davis

White Papaver Nudicaule Inversion © Harold Davis

This is the spring of our discontent. Or at least the spring of isolating in place. As long as we are on Shakespeare near-quotations, “Sweet are the uses of adversity which, like the toad, ugly and venomous, wears yet a precious jewel in his head.”

In that spirit, keeping to our quarantined state has given me time to pursue projects I have long been putting off, like mastering video creation and leading remote webinars.

My garden is in glorious April bloom, and I have flowers to photograph. Like the white Papaver nudicaule (Icelandic poppy) shown in this story.

White Papaver Nudicaule © Harold Davis

White Papaver Nudicaule © Harold Davis

To make the image on white, I cut the flower and placed it on my light box. Making the exposure, I decided not to use a macro lens. I picked a great piece of glass, my Zeiss 135mm f/2 moderate telephoto lens. I have used this lens for this kind of composition with success before, for example in Matilija Poppies and Mallows. I added a 12mm extension tube between the lens and camera so I could focus closer.

I made six exposures with the camera on the tripod at shutter speeds between 1/13 of a second and 2.5 seconds. Each exposure was at f/22 and ISO 64. I processing the captures as a high-key layer stack in Photoshop.

With the final version on white processed, I decided to see what would happen using creative LAB color techniques, specifically an L-channel inversion. Since the L-channel inversion swaps white for blacks and black for whites, to some extent it will leave a fairly neutral mid-gray (such as this flower’s petals) close to untouched, while swapping the background colors.

I was pleasantly surprised at the results of the LAB L-channel swap (shown at the top of this story), followed by a few additional Photoshop tweaks.

Enjoy this time, and use it for staying creative!

Posted in Flowers, Photography

Cute Puppies and Subscribe to My YouTube Channel

Please subscribe to my YouTube Channel (it’s free to do, and helps us, too!). We are adding content every day, so check it out. The emphasis is on teaching photography, a good thing to practice while socially isolating and sheltering in place. But there is also some fun stuff! Like critters. Like cute puppies. And froggies. You get the picture (o:

Recent additions include:

Cute White Puppies © Harold Davis

Cute White Puppies © Harold Davis

Posted in Photography, YouTube

Fish Eye (Literally)

Recipe: Take a dark, turgid decorative pond wherein dwell some not very Coy Koi. Throw in a probe wide-angle macro lens. Make sure the macro probe is water proof at the business end, with an LED ring light. Add a pinch of bread crumbs into the blackness of the water. Raise high the ISO of the camera. Wait for the fish to approach and try to eat the illuminated macro probe. Use the LCD to “see” what the lens sees, and try to track the eye of the fish as it glides just beneath the surface of the black waters, a sliver of a distance from the probe macro lens.

Yield: An impressionistic view of a literal fish eye, with the blackness of the pond universe extending to the infinite and the particulate matter in the water streaming by.

Fish Eye (Literally) © Harold Davis

Fish Eye (Literally) © Harold Davis

Posted in Photography

Dandelions and the Rolling Stones

Dandelion don't tell no lies © Harold Davis

Dandelion don’t tell no lies © Harold Davis

These two images are extreme close-ups of Dandelions magnified to about twice life size using the Laowa FF 100mm F2.8 CA-Dreamer Macro 2X lens. Did the Rolling Stones get it right about Dandelions way back when?

Dandelion will make you wise © Harold Davis

Dandelion will make you wise © Harold Davis

Click here for an album of dandelions!

Posted in Flowers, Photography

Spoonerismo

Spoonerismo © Harold Davis

Spoonerismo © Harold Davis

Looking at our sets of kitchen measuring spoons, with their patina and scratches from long use in a hard-working family kitchen, I noticed the pattern of concentric ovals, particularly when each set of spoons was positioned so that light hit the upper edge of each spoon, and was withheld from the concave interiors.

To control the light, and the reflections in the spoon interiors, we lined a large bucket with black velvet, creating a raised stage within the bucket, also on black velvet. This way I was able to control the light coming in across the measuring spoon sets. 

For both images I used a 100mm macro lens tripod mounted at f/22 and ISO 64. Each image is combined from eight exposures, with shutter speeds ranging from 1/4 of a second to 30 seconds.

Measuring Spoons © Harold Davis

Measuring Spoons © Harold Davis

Posted in Photography