Photo.net Member Project with Harold Davis

Discussion in 'Casual Photo Conversations' started by hannahthiem, Jan 29, 2009.

  1. I recently interviewed photographer and author Harold Davis for photo.net. Harold discusses his latest book Light & Exposure for Digital Photographers , as well as discusses his creative photography vision.

    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. -Harold Davis
    Read the Photo.net Interview with Harold Davis .

    Harold also offers a creative assignment. The top 3 photos from the project will be chosen for special recognition on photo.net. See below.

    Photo.net Member Assignment: photograph a flower in a unique way—in a way that nobody’s seen before. Take a month to dive in to photographing a flower in an unusual creative way. If you have questions or seek advice, post your thoughts here (or at the end of Harold's interview.)

    Upload your series to your photo.net gallery in a folder titled “Harold Davis Flower Project” and add your best (1) single photo to the comments section below (photo should be no wider than 700px width). 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.
     
  2. While I certainly don't have any demographic information regarding the locations of photo.net members, I do get the general sense that, January through February is not "flower" time for many of them...
    So, this assignment is really only for those that are in the Southern Hemisphere or have access to a green house or conservatory?
    I ask this with sincerity.
     
  3. Can it be one that we've already taken, because like Rob mentions, not many flowers are in bloom currently :)
     
  4. Maybe that's where the creativity challenge lies. I can think of other places where you might find flowers other than a greenhouse or conservatory, and because of the time of year in the northern hemisphere, you certainly have to be creative to photograph a flower in a new and unique way.
     
  5. I'll just have to make my hubby buy me some flowers, right TJ? ;)
     
  6. Now you're thinkin'! :)
     
  7. Aww, I didn't have to make him, he just surprised me with flowers. How cute! LoL! I guess I'll start working on this assignment now ;)
     
  8. Art to me is all about creativity. Shooting a picture of a flower in the middle of winter sounds like fun and very original.
    Thinking
     
  9. Shooting a picture of a flower in the middle of winter sounds like fun and very original.
    Thinking

    You must be a gardener in the best graveyard
     
  10. Great conversation!
    True, I live in California where there are flowers in my garden most of the year...BUT some of my best flower photos involve inexpensive flowers from Trader Joe's, available all year round. Here's a recent Trader Joe's special: http://www.digitalfieldguide.com/blog/1949
    Also, winter frost creates great effects on flowers like this thistle: http://www.digitalfieldguide.com/blog/1763
    Part of the point of a challenge like this assignment is that it should be a challenge, and should spur out-of-the-box thinking. Who said the flower needed to be living? Who even said the flower needed to be floral? Crystal flower shapes on a frosted window would work well for me.
    So there are many ways to render unusual flower images even if you live in territory buried under whiteness, and without a florist. Think expansively, and don't be too literal about things! Logic is the enemy of the creative unconscious. At the same time, as poet Randall Jarrell put it, "Art being bartender is never drunk."
    Regarding the question of whether it could be a photo that has already been taken, my idea when I gave the assignment was that it would be new work. The point is to spur creativity. However, there are no rules in photography. I'd prefer you go out and shoot something new for this challenge, but I'll look at any work you are proud of, and want to submit.
     
  11. One further thought: it's easy to think of reasons not to take photos. But eschew negativity! Think positively. Anytime you are hesitating, just go for it. Start with this assignment.
     
  12. 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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  13. New to Photo.net, but I can't find "Harold Davis Flower Project" Folder, Gallery or the like. I did find the comments to your interview and it looks like many people have posted there. Can anyone provide a link or a hint how to navigate to the "Harold Davis Flower Project" folder?
     
  14. I understand the preference is for a recent flower shot but also that the rules are flexible to a certain degree. Hopefully this submission is not too far outside the boundaries.
    A flower is a plant but a plant is not necessarily a flower, I know, I know.
    Regards, Greg Pichnej
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    My special way of photographing flowers.
     
  16. Hello Harold,
    You inspire me to do my today project, shooting flower with different exposures. It was fun and very usefully. Thank you.
    http://www.photo.net/photo/8621915
     
  17. Hello Harold,
    Great idea for an assignment. To reflect Canada's weather at this time, I'm proposing this frost-covered rose from my garden.
    Best regards,
    Marek
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