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Interview with Harold Davis

by Hannah Thiem, January 2009 (updated December 2010)


Harold Davis is a photographer and author. His photographs have been widely published, exhibited, and collected. Many of his fine art photography posters are well known. Harold’s images have won a Silver Award in the International Aperture Awards 2008 competition, and inclusion in the 2009 North American Nature Photography Association Expressions Showcase. The author of more than twenty books, Harold has written (and illustrated with his photographs) Digital Photography: Digital Field Guide (Wiley), The Photographer’s Guide to Yosemite and the High Sierra (Countryman/W.W.Norton), 100 Views of the Golden Gate (Wilderness Press), and Practical Artistry: Light & Exposure for Digital Photographers (O’Reilly Digital Media). Harold gives frequent digital photography workshops, many under the auspices of the Point Reyes National Seashore Association.

Harold Davis Flower Project, March 2009: Apply new ideas and creativity to your photography through this project guided by Harold. More details on the Harold Davis Flower Project. View the winning entries and notable submissions.

“Inspiration is not a tame lion. You don’t know when you’re going to find it.”

When I go out on a creative shoot (not a commercial assignment), I understand perfectly well that there’s a difference between my initial idea goal and what may or may not happen. It’s a quest and I’m looking for something. What I have to do when I’m on the quest is be open enough to take tangents that are given to me. Every time I’ve said, “I’m too tired or too busy” to stop and photograph something that catches my eye, later on I regret it, and every time I stop, I don’t regret it. Part of the trick is having a plan but not sticking to it too hard.

I was taking a look at some of your photographs on your Flickr site and blog, and I’m really drawn to some of the textures and colors and moods that you capture. Can you talk about your creative process for photographing patterns?

Patterns really work when they have some boundaries. A solo pattern can be interesting and give the feeling of looking in on alternative world of something that people don’t normally think of such as light on a window shade, a shadow, or a close up of a feather. In terms of composition, what I look for is some kind of break in the pattern too like a blue feather close up with a hard white line going through it (the stem of the feather). Without that line it would be harder to tell what it is. I also like fooling with scale. People look at it and they’re not quite sure yet what scale it is. They’re pretty sure they’re looking at a macro close up like the feather, but that’s actually pretty close in look to a longer pattern that one might do of seats in a stadium or something like that. If you keep the viewer guessing—are they looking at something really close or something really far away. I also try to present related images in pairs: distant and close but with comparable kinds of patterns. It creates the tension that really helps with what one’s doing.

I understand you received an award for “Spirals” at Macworld. Congratulations! How was this image created and what’s the inspiration behind photographing staircases and shells?

My image, “Spirals”, is a photo composition, created from two photographs combined. The Macworld exhibition is a pretty prestigious deal. Their requirements for selection is that the person who creates the image is a digital artist and that it’s created on a Mac. There’s no real requirement that you start with a photograph. For this image, I sandwiched a photo of a nautilus shell with a photo of a fisheye wide angle capture of a pretty narrow stairwell, seamlessly integrating the two. I am really excited about the exhibit, the catalog, and all the things they’re going to do around it at Macworld.

One of the things that really interests me are spirals. Spirals are one of the basic forms of life: DNA spirals, the Fibonacci series of spirals represented by nautilus shells. If I could just photograph spirals for the rest of my life I’d be happy. I’m trying to figure out more ways to combine spirals: to flow forever, come from little to small, to show luminous light behind parts of the spiral, etc. They are one of nature’s most exciting forms.

What kind of mode do you go into—what does it feel like to be inside your creative inspired mind when photographing a concept or idea you are passionate about?

There are two different modes I can be in at any given time during my working process. I can be in a very analytical planning mode or a creative inspired free mode. Lately, I’ve been looking at some of M.C. Escher’s work for ideas. He did these great patterns and continuing stairways and things like that. Is this something I can take and geometrically reproduce in a photograph? In some cases, I will sit down and plot this stuff out using graphs and whatever tools I need and think about it very hard. There comes a moment when all the planning in the world doesn’t quite get you the right thing. Intuitive feelings have to be part of the process as well. One of those, I’m sure you’ve felt it, is when you see the image in the viewfinder or on the LCD screen and you say, Yes, I’ve got something here, wow." That’s not a planned moment or an analytic moment, that’s an “I got it!” moment. There’s also the other kind of moment where you say, “Ok, I need to go someplace and I need to do something but I don’t know what it is, I just have to improvise”. I love improvisation in photography and in processing photographs.

I also think of myself as a post-film photographer. So much of my work is concerned with what happens after it leaves the camera and as I process it. When I shoot I tend to look for things that work well in processing and a fair amount of the commercial work I do has been involved with manipulating digital effects as opposed to just the straight camera stuff. I really enjoy working in Photoshop a lot. While I would never want to give up being behind the camera, I get a real kick out of sitting for hours after hours trying to get the processing of an image exactly right with my headphones on listening to music. The difference between 90% right and 100% right when you post-process an image is huge.

You need to come into digital photography informed by both ends: by both the photographic and the digital. The idea that you can take a lousy picture and fix it in Photoshop is a terrible idea for me. Take the best picture possible in the camera. If you want to go from there and tweak it in Photoshop, such as change reality or play with perception or colors, that’s great. This idea that it makes sense to be sloppy about photographic practice and to not “understand the basics of light and exposure” is kind of silly. It makes a lot more work for people aside from anything else.

You do multiple types of photography. Which type do you market the most and/or is the most successful in terms of $$. Also, what type of photography would you do all day long every day if you could?

I love a lot of different kinds of photography and what I’m obsessed with at a given moment does seem to change—I don’t seem to have a whole lot of control about that. There was a period of about six months where I couldn’t really get totally excited about anything except for macro water drop photos. I don’t feel that way now. My current obsession is night photography.

I like assignments because they tend to make me do things I wouldn’t have thought to do otherwise. Most of my commercial work comes out of my personal work. The commercial work I do tends to go on to become my personal work. There’s a good interplay there for me. If you look at the history of photography, it’s not uncommon to find people who are sort of straddling a line—whose personal work does end up being commercial in the sense that they get paid for it. Also, some of the most money I’ve ever made for photography is from fine art posters, which are both artsy and decorative.

What is your background with photography? You used to do a lot of commercial photography in NY and then you moved out to CA?

In New York, I did commercial photography work, as well as my own photographic and artistic pursuits. I also had some exciting assignments: I flew in a helicopter over the World Trade Towers back when they existed, I did magazine stories on the Love Canal environmental disaster. I like to think of my photography career as my Photo 1.0 and Photo 2.0 careers.

At a certain point, I started working as a technology consultant programmer. I was writing books that had to do with software and my wife and I lived on the upper west side of Manhattan. We decided we were doing work that could be done anywhere, hence our move to a farm on a hillside in VT. After the first major snowstorm there we said why are we here? The first Internet boom was happening out on the west coast in Silicon Valley and I got a big software company to move us out to CA. I started doing corporate jobs as an Internet Executive, while still writing books.

After awhile, I took a pause from the job and was writing technology books more or less full time. In 2004, Wiley asked me to write a book about Digital Photography. The only thing I was photographing at that point was my kids with a point and shoot. I went out and got a digital SLR and I got totally hooked. Partly why I’m able to be as technically accomplished as I am with digital photography is that I do have a software background, which is part of how I approach photography.

You have a really strong technical background both in film and in software. What has changed about the way you conceptualize images from switching from film to digital? How do you keep both sides of your brain (analytical and creative) engaged?

You need to look at a digital image shot in a RAW format conceptually differently than you would look at a film image. As Ansel Adams said regarding his prints, he said, “The negative is the score and the print is the performance”. In much the same way, with a digital RAW image, the RAW file is the score and what you do with it is the performance. That’s an analogy, not literally true. When I look at an image with my digital camera, I’m looking at potentialities. I know what I can do with it and I need to shoot in specific ways for it.

For example, I’ve had a fair amount of success with these very transparent floral images and to achieve these specific results, I have to do the following:

  • light the image in a particular way
  • use both high-key lighting and backlighting behind the flower,
  • I have to do a digital exposure with the histogram off to the right side—I want to overexpose those images
  • post-process for transparency

On the other hand, I also have to let go and say, “Ok, I know the craft”—both the photographic and the software craft. Since I have this in my bones almost subconsciously, I can then just play. This letting go, and sense of play and being open to inspiration is part of what makes it happen, what makes it fun, what makes it flow.


Text ©2008 Harold Davis and Hannah Thiem. Photos © Harold Davis.

Article revised December 2010.

Readers' Comments


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Marianne B , January 20, 2009; 06:02 P.M.

I'm new to this forum, so please bear with me if this is not the way to submit a photo. Bird of Paradise

Robert Woodward , January 20, 2009; 08:01 P.M.

Dead but not forgotten

My effort: here

Steve Hankins , January 20, 2009; 09:46 P.M.

Here is my contribution: Lilly

Bob Bill , January 20, 2009; 09:50 P.M.


Pt. Arena Wharf Night

Harold's night work has been an inspiration. Harold, see you at Pt Reyes this summer.

Vishvajit Juikar , January 21, 2009; 12:17 A.M.

Very Intresting work and amazing pictures by Davis. Lot of things to be learned from him...

I am not able to add my picture here.. i have uploaded same to my "single Photo" gallery..

Please let me know how to upload the same. Thanks ,,,,Vishvajit

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Dennis Ducklow , January 21, 2009; 12:23 A.M.

Purple Iris

My submission

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D. L. Stupski , January 21, 2009; 07:04 P.M.

And mine too....

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Wolfgang Arnold , January 22, 2009; 12:19 P.M.


Withered Daffodil

The statement that you "look for things that work well in processing" caught my eye. Because I find myself often in that situation - however, admittedly, trapping often into the error to take photos too sloppily while thinking, well, I can correct that later...

Besides, the section about Katie is touching - good luck with the foundation!

And here's my contribution to the assignment: neither a bud with the prospect of beauty nor a blossom in all elegancy but rather a withered flower - the retrospect of beauty or still beauty?

Hannah Thiem , January 22, 2009; 02:30 P.M.

Additional notes on the photo project:

Take a month to delve into this project. Preferable are new flower photographs trying some new techniques.

Your flower photo series must be uploaded to your photo.net gallery in a folder titled "Harold Davis Flower Project" and your best (1) single photo added to the comments section in this article (no wider than 700px). When you post a comment, you are given an option to add a photo. The photo must also be in your photo.net gallery for consideration.

Due date: February 23rd. These will be compiled into an article and Harold and the Photo.net Editorial staff will select the top 3 photos from this project for special recognition. The top photos will be announced in March 2009.

Harold Davis , January 23, 2009; 12:55 P.M.

Please bear in mind that one of the key requirements for this assignment is "originality"; that is, this is a flower as it has not been seen before. I'd like to see images that are technically imperfect but very experimental.

One can always perfect technique. Flowers are a good subject for experimentation because they are not as demanding as human models and because they are often presented as perfect (and so are less often experimented or played with).

Please also bear in mind Hannah's comment that this is an "assignment." Should you choose to accept it, my request is that you go out and shoot for it rather than posting an image from your stock files.

Thanks for considering contributing, and I'm thrilled with what I've seen so far.

Nandita Subbarao , January 31, 2009; 06:25 A.M.

I just visited Harold's page on Flickr, and I'm not able to take my eyes off it! I particularly like the little fingers of Katie Rose, and the funky spiral staircases (this site), as also North Fork and Thanksgiving Sunset (Flickr). Now I'm really enthused to go out and shoot a flower, and more!

A. J. Jacobs , February 05, 2009; 02:37 P.M.


White Tulip

My contribution! Thanks!

Robert McCord , February 05, 2009; 03:27 P.M.


In the Spot Light

This image was made from a shot I took of a Cymbidium orchid and processed using several programs/plug ins, Topaz Adjust, NIK Snap Art as well as some filters in CS4. You may be able to see a mans face in the upper center. He has a mustache and a rather smug look on his face. He seems to be standing "In the Spot Light" so to speak and is sporting a yellow sash and light purple cape.

Dawn LeBlanc , February 09, 2009; 07:19 P.M.


The Sprite

The Sprite

Jan Cabral , February 10, 2009; 03:49 P.M.


"The Dance"

My contribution is a common oleander. Great photos so far! http://photo.net/photodb/photo?photo_id=8590646

Martha Weintraub , February 15, 2009; 05:03 P.M.


Wedding Dance

I've been following your blog for awhile now with great interest. Here's my unique take on a flower. I've been photographing flowers as dancers for some time now, as you can see on my website, marthaweintraub.com, in the galleries Nature's Dancers and Paraformal Parfumerie. But I took the photos in my photo.net gallery for specifically for your assignment. Many flowers have dancer-like skirts. The challenge for me has been not only to create dancers but to turn some of my dancers into individual characters.

Stephanie Luke , February 16, 2009; 09:37 A.M.


Coming Up For Air

Here is my effort.

Jay F , February 17, 2009; 02:39 A.M.

Here is my submission. Believe it or not, this shot was illuminated with window light only and post processing was limited to levels, colours and USM.

The "rainbow" is created every sunny afternoon as sunlight, streaming through the window, is refracted by the edge of a piece of plate-glass on a table top. The "magic" part (for me anyway) was that the angle of the "rainbow" matched the angle of an imaginary line drawn between the centres of the two blossoms.

I included a shot of the set-up in my "Harold Davis Flower Project" portfolio. This set-up was shot on a different day, but, is basically the same as the one used for the submitted shot (flower and background must be moved to keep pace with the sun).

Cheers! Jay

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Kent Hutslar , February 17, 2009; 07:33 P.M.

WOW! Your work continues to inspire me. I've photographed flowers for a long time, nice to have a new direction to travel. Your Time Exposure work is just amazing as well.

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Peter Steeper , February 18, 2009; 06:44 P.M.


Glowing Tulip

This was an experiment with a small LED light.

Sevtap Agabay - Isik , February 18, 2009; 07:36 P.M.


Fresh Beginnings

My submission

Thomas Marino , February 18, 2009; 08:23 P.M.


Lotus

My submission for the contest. http://photo.net/photodb/photo?photo_id=3765289 I was not sure how to upload the image. This is part of a presentation I did called the lotus. It can be found at http://photo.net/photodb/presentation?presentation_id=442858 thanks Tom

Tracy Hamby , February 18, 2009; 08:25 P.M.

Tulips

Here you go! Thanks.

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Thomas Frederick , February 18, 2009; 08:33 P.M.


Porter Asters

http://photo.net/photodb/photo?photo_id=8619116

Sorry, I can't figure out how to add photo in-line here.

Virtually all of my work is done with an old Kodak DCS SLR/c. Exposure is generally 30 seconds at ISO 6 (that's right, 6) and f/8-ish. I darken my studio and paint the light with little/modified flashlights.

Tanya Lewis , February 18, 2009; 08:58 P.M.


Soft to touch

Here is my image

http://photo.net/photodb/photo?photo_id=8619263

Nadya R. , February 18, 2009; 09:19 P.M.


wisper

I like to take a photos of the flower and dislike to do a lot of ps manipulations. Is it O.k. to be in this project?

Chris Speaker , February 18, 2009; 09:24 P.M.


Hint of a rose

My take on a rose.

Harold Davis , February 18, 2009; 10:04 P.M.

@Nadya, yes that's great, ps not required. Photograph what you love and the imagery will follow...

Michael Aanji Crowley , February 18, 2009; 10:19 P.M.


past pasque

hill? what hill? I didn't see any hill . . .

Dr. David Jones , February 18, 2009; 10:47 P.M.


Valentine's Day Shadow

I too hope that I properly add the photo to the group. This was taken in the dark of my kitchen with a flash light held by my wife; f4.4, 1/60, ISO 3200, 28-300mm canon is lens at 65mm, with no flash.

Winnie T. Pooh , February 18, 2009; 11:01 P.M.

My image, humbly submitted, here: California Poppies. Enjoy.

Curtis Neeley , February 18, 2009; 11:28 P.M.

"These are Flowers"

This entry is a closely cropped photo that was in a series of macros CurtisNeeley did last summer trying to get this type look HERE. The bee had not landed as directed. "Places" apparently means nothing to a bee except perhaps "sting the noisy intruder". This is one from scores of misses that Curtis has decided to try to paint. Curtis is taking painting lessons but can see why he better keep up his photography. His painting is pretty bad so far. This is is best attempt so far. You can see that he is trying.

His entry below is how a miss now looks with CS2 artistic filters after it was desaturated and given a warm tone.

It is not extremely unusual besides the fact that it started out as a complete oops by a former pro photographer who, due to mid-back paralysis, now works from a wheelchair with severe brain damage and one fully functional arm.

Smaller digital cameras allowed him to continue with photography. CurtisNeeley sold his 4x5 and medium format cameras and gave his 4x5 enlarger to a friend.

No photographer who enters this or who has ever lived has continued trying to create art with a camera after facing the physical and mental challenges Curtis has been forced to overcome.
His entry follows.


"These are Flowers"

Isn't that original?


Margaret Woodall-Shark , February 18, 2009; 11:29 P.M.

I am not sure I will be submitting, but I am blown away by the work of those who have. It is a joy to see such aristry.

Vince D (Alberta) , February 19, 2009; 12:10 A.M.


The Beauty Underneath

Unfortunately, shooting flowers in Alberta, Canada in February is not an option unless I go inside under less than natural lighting conditions. Here is a shot I took of a wild flower growing in the Canadian Rockies this past summer.

Nick Shiflet , February 19, 2009; 12:21 A.M.

Infrared Sunflower

ry shorosky , February 19, 2009; 12:49 A.M.


Color is a state of mind

Color is a state of mind.

Norma Coetzer , February 19, 2009; 01:06 A.M.

i am only a beginner and have still so much to learn

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Pantis Sorin , February 19, 2009; 01:14 A.M.

hope you like it! :) Photobucket

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Paola Marinangeli , February 19, 2009; 03:01 A.M.

Sorry, how to add an image from my gallery to participate the Harold Davis flower project? Thanks

Andrea N , February 19, 2009; 04:41 A.M.


Water lily

My submission

Paolo Mollica , February 19, 2009; 05:39 A.M.

Lily and Frog

Lily and Frog

Photo submitted are really interesting. Here is my attempt

Christopher Gervais , February 19, 2009; 08:53 A.M.


roses on paper

Roses on paper

Peter Barnes , February 19, 2009; 09:13 A.M.


Helen's Tall Pink Poppy

Here is my humble addition to what are some very beautiful photographs.

Linda Veit , February 19, 2009; 02:31 P.M.


Wild Daisy

Just for fun !

M Nelson , February 19, 2009; 04:16 P.M.


My Submission

This photo was taken by the light of my fish tank. It is a tall tank with blue rocks in it and a white flourescent bulb on the top. The light is diffused through the water of the tank. 1.0 sec/f 2.8/ ISO 80/ 7.4mm/ Canon G9/ tripod used. M

Jamie Tracey , February 19, 2009; 04:22 P.M.


flowerish purposely OOF for bokeh and color

my effort here

Chris H , February 19, 2009; 05:15 P.M.

Some of the commonest, 'weedy' flowers can turn out to be the most interesting!

Helen Wang , February 19, 2009; 05:42 P.M.

Give the Gift of Orchids to Someone Special!

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Jim Cowan , February 19, 2009; 09:16 P.M.

Here is my entry: Jim

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Philip Goldberg , February 20, 2009; 01:28 A.M.


White Plum

I think the interveiw is great - here is my flower submission

Ralph Komives , February 20, 2009; 10:33 A.M.

Here is my submission. Thank you. http://photo.net/photodb/photo?photo_id=8624303

Ralph Komives , February 20, 2009; 10:34 A.M.


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Here is my submission. Thank you. http://photo.net/photodb/photo?photo_id=8624303

Michael Brown , February 20, 2009; 11:32 A.M.


Butterflies are free

New Friend with patience 5d, 300mm f5.0 iso 50

Wendell Kestler , February 20, 2009; 03:23 P.M.

Here is my submission--some orchids I froze in a block of ice: http://photo.net/photodb/photo?photo_id=8624920

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Linda McLellan , February 20, 2009; 04:22 P.M.


camellia

here is my submission for the flower photo project. for me a camellia epitomizes the southern belle. beautiful, showy, and complex with many layers of depth. although they are stunning in color, i wanted to focus on the fascinating lines and textures, sometimes delicate, sometimes aggressive

Doug MacDonald , February 20, 2009; 08:40 P.M.

I'm fascinated by the way things grow. The foxglove blossoms open sequentially, from the bottom of the stock and upwards. And before shooting with a macro lens, I'd never seen the hairs on these blossoms, either.

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D. Munteanu , February 21, 2009; 06:35 A.M.

Taken (indoors) behind a flower (a bit exotic, but I think it's a flower nonetheless). Natural light.

[Click on it to see the larger version.]

Mark Atwell , February 21, 2009; 11:57 A.M.

Okay, my portfolio has my submission. I've seen dead flowers but this one is in suspended animation, waiting for spring in Kentucky.

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Cristina Ruiz Cortina , February 21, 2009; 03:40 P.M.


Jardin Botanico, Malaga

Here is this photo, spring in Malaga

anonymous one , February 21, 2009; 07:36 P.M.


Sliced Clematis

Well here's my submission. I understand that preferably new photos are best but unfortunately there aren't too many flowers blooming around here in February. It was a new technique for me at the time as I'd never used diopters before. Amazing that a $5 piece of glass could be such an interesting tool.

Christa Binder , February 21, 2009; 08:05 P.M.


A different point of view

Here is one of the flowers from my series.

Bill d , February 22, 2009; 12:29 P.M.

This my first attempt here. Hope this works!

I've enjoyed all of the postings...some very interesting photos!

Bill d'Ellis

Here's the link.

Paola Marinangeli , February 22, 2009; 03:13 P.M.

Here one of my flowers

http://photo.net/photodb/photo?photo_id=8563863&size=md

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Terry S. Butler , February 22, 2009; 03:56 P.M.

I completely enjoyed all the entries all of you should be commended for your hard work and wonderful vision. Here is my contribution such as it is.: ) Terry S. Butler

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Charles Knowles , February 22, 2009; 06:28 P.M.

My vision came up as this little mushroom on its first day of life. It still has some of mother earth on it's hat. This mushroom lives in a dark cool part of the forest next to small bubbling creek.

Sheryl Greene , February 22, 2009; 10:41 P.M.


Lotus in Sunlight

If we could see the miracle of a single flower clearly, our whole life would change. -Siddhartha Buddha

Matthew Shelter , February 23, 2009; 09:29 P.M.


Veiled Rose 5

Here is a photo of a white rose, veiled behind a curtain, in front of a window.

Curtis Neeley , February 23, 2009; 11:40 P.M.

Where will the winners be posted?

Marek Pleszczynski , February 24, 2009; 12:20 P.M.

Hi Harold,

I just noticed that somehow I posted my photo on the wrong page, where i actually saw others post theirs as well. This is where my photo "Frosted" was posted yesterday (at the deadline): http://photo.net/casual-conversations-forum/00SHM2 Should I transfer it to this site? Thanks. This is a wonderful challenge.

Marek

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Richard VanWart , February 26, 2009; 07:02 P.M.

So many lovely images from everyone. What a pleasure to explore! Here's mine, too! Cheers! Rich VanWart

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Susan Wolfe , February 28, 2009; 12:33 P.M.


Light painting

10 second exposure in a dark room lit by flashlight. The flower is in a wine glass. This was an inspirational challenge. Thanks!

giuseppe guadagno , March 02, 2009; 05:20 A.M.


The dragon (Sage)

A photo picked up in my gallery and in the folder for Harold Davis with some images that, I suppose, are not been seen before in the viewfinder.

David Loring , March 04, 2009; 01:08 A.M.

One of a series of photos I've placed in my Harold Davis Flower Project Folder. I rarely edit colors this much, but this photo lent itself to extreme color saturation - I think it works well. Regards, David Photo link: http://photo.net/photodb/photo?photo_id=8663288&size=lg

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Maureen Kovacs , March 04, 2009; 06:50 P.M.

I think the interveiw is great - here is my flower submission

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Anita Bower , March 05, 2009; 05:59 A.M.


Tulip 1

I enjoyed this assignment! Although I prefer the images of the Cineraria, I chose this Tulip because I believe it better meets the requirements of the assignment.

Riva Berkovitz , March 05, 2009; 11:25 A.M.


Rose

I would like to enter the contest on flowers. My photos are in a folder called Riva Berkovitz Photographs on this site, in the Harold Davis flower section.

Riva Berkovitz

Riva Berkovitz , March 05, 2009; 11:27 A.M.

Success. Riva Berkovitz

Jacobin Pigeon , March 06, 2009; 02:53 P.M.


'brella bouquet

I'm including the link to the pictures just in case I have trouble adding them to the comments. Here is my umbrella bouquet. http://photo.net/photos/jacobinpigeon and on Flickr http://flickr.com/photos/jacobinpigeon/

snorlax kwan , March 07, 2009; 09:56 P.M.


round and round

Here is the best photo from my project,and welcome to see my other photos that i have tried, and leave comment. thank you so much for setting up this project, it's great fun !

Amy Hopp , March 08, 2009; 04:58 A.M.


Tulip Dreams

This photo is the result of intentional camera blur. I shot 100+ images but was only satisfied with a few. Thanks for the challenge!

Nandita Subbarao , March 08, 2009; 01:20 P.M.


Ant on flower - fossil effect

I have to agree with the others - this project has been very challenging, inspirational, and great fun - I changed my mind a million times before deciding what to submit! And I have been completely blown away by some of the submissions.

Here's my take on what this flower and two-millimeter long ant might look like, if fossilized in a bed of sandstone, or maybe gold ore? I have used the 'emboss' effect on a macro shot. My photos are at http://photo.net/photodb/folder?folder_id=892470.

Kirsten Jette , March 08, 2009; 09:57 P.M.


Pine Flower

I was having trouble finding inspiration with flowers, so I tried to think of something that IS a flower, but we don't really think of as one. Pine cones are contain the reproductive parts of the pine tree. There are both male and female pine cones.

earl dawson , March 08, 2009; 10:39 P.M.

Is this how flower photos are submitted? Artichoke flowers contain vitamin BEE. E dawson

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Jeff Critser , March 09, 2009; 01:34 P.M.


Lillies in Light

I am new to floral photography and am learning a lot from the pros. This is one of my first photos in this genre; my goal was to soften the light as much as possible and to defocus on the stems (but keeping them visible). I appreciate Harold's forum here...all of the submissions were stunning.

Carol Commins , March 09, 2009; 03:29 P.M.

My submission, I have been trying a different style for my floral images.

John Muirhead , March 09, 2009; 04:20 P.M.

By any other name

Please find my submission entitled "by any other name"

David L , March 09, 2009; 07:08 P.M.


my participation

Debbie Harris , March 09, 2009; 07:21 P.M.


bissie upclose

This was taken right after as spot of rain--perfect opportunity! http://thumbs.photo.net/photo/8692715-sm.jpg

Mark Onat , March 09, 2009; 10:35 P.M.

Cactus Flower

Cactus Flower

My mom called me one day and said I had to come over, that her cactus had generated something incredible. She also said that these flowers don't last long, although this was the largest I had ever seen. I knew I had to shoot it that day, and had to go out of my way to light it well. Fortunately, i got lucky, and the afternoon sun was filtering in through her second floor window. I still had to carefully move and position it, however. The shot benefits from some macro tools as well.


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