February 9, 2016

52 Cards - Week 6

52 Cards (6/52). David Hayes, 2016.

A little bit of this and that. Paper and digital. Starry night? My current mood... (Apps used: Repix, Artree, Blender)

Here's the "source card"....

February 2, 2016

52 Cards - Week 5

52 Cards (5/52). David Hayes, 2016.

This wasn't what I had in mind when I started this card...but I've also learned not to get in the way of my muse...

I used these apps: Stackables, Image Blender, and iColorama. Model credit: Art Models

Here's the "source" card....

February 1, 2016

Three Of A Kind - Remains

Remains (1). David Hayes, 2016.

Remains (2). David Hayes, 2016.

Remains (3). David Hayes, 2016.

I shot this series soon after the New Year....cleaning up from Christmas and the such. Something always sad about the "left-overs" of the holiday. Like going shopping the day after Christmas...nothing seems as exciting as it did the day before...

January 27, 2016

Three of A Kind - Oranges

Oranges (1). David Hayes, 2016.

Continuing my theme of "three of a kind"...a bowl of oranges! Oranges (1) was shot with my iPhone6 and processed using the app Snapseed.

Oranges (2). David Hayes, 2016.

This version was also shot using my iPhone but processed using the app Stackables. A different perspective and a bit more processing than the first version.

Oranges (3). David Hayes, 2016.

Returning to a top down perspective for my final version, this one was processed using the app, VSCO.

Same bowl of oranges...same basic set-up...three different images. Always interesting...

January 26, 2016

52 Cards - Week 4

52 Cards (4/52). David Hayes, 2016.

This week's card features the apps Image Blender and Repix. Not much more to say about it...except to show you the "source card":

January 23, 2016

Three of A Kind - Containers

Container (1). David Hayes, 2016.
A cold day in December, no real idea as to what I wanted to accomplish but wanting to do something...perfect recipe for a little "faffing"! So...I grabbed a concrete bowl I had made over the summer and some "this and thats". These three images make up my Container three of a kind...

Container (2). David Hayes, 2016.

Container (3). David Hayes, 2016.

All three were shot using my iPhone6 native camera app and processed on my iPad. As for the app(s) I used...I truly don't remember but it doesn't look like I did much to any of these images other than the usual exposure and contrast corrections. Sometimes simple is best....

January 20, 2016

Three of A Kind - First Snow

First Snow (1) David Hayes, 2016

Following the lead of several photographers I admire on Instagram, I've been creating series of threes. All three images are of the same theme and processed in pretty much the same way. This first set, First Snow was taken several weeks ago right after our first snow fall. I used the app, Formulas, to process all three.

First Snow (2) David Hayes, 2016.

First Snow (3) David Hayes, 2016.

January 19, 2016

52 Cards - Week 3

52 Cards (3/52). David Hayes, 2016

Most of the work on this card was done on my iPad...just did a bit of a border and stenciling before scanning. Oh...and a bit of a white wash before all that...

Here's the "source" card. If you're a fan of Seth Apter you'll recognize the "STORY" stencil...

January 13, 2016

52 Cards - Week Two

52 Cards (2/52). David Hayes, 2016

I used the apps Stackables and Hipstamatic to create this week's final version. I started with a very basic card and let the apps do the heavy lifting this time around!

Here's the "source image":

January 8, 2016

New Project...

Messy. David Hayes, 2016.
A new year calls for  new projects. More on that in a bit...

First, finishing up an old project...the Be Still workshop with this final image...Messy. Our last prompt asked us to "make a mess" in the process of creating....and shoot it top-down. Whilst I toyed with several different ideas based on this prompt, I decided to go with the "mess" I created starting my first new project of the new year. Not quite a still-life but even still I do like the abstract quality of this image. So there you have it!

Let's talk about my new project...which will help make more sense of Messy. I'm borrowing a workshop concept created by Seth Apter over at The Altered Page. He asks his participants to take a deck of playing cards, coat both sides with black gesso, and then go at each card...collaging, assembling, creating...a different work of art on every card. My project is to take this idea...and go one step further. After I collage/assemble a card I will then scan it into my iPad and "finish" it digitally. I've always wanted to find a project where I could blend my mixed-media side with my photography...and here it is! My goal is to create a new card every week for the entire year...and here's the first one!

52 Cards. (1/52). David Hayes, 2016.

Just for fun, here's the card before I "app-ed" it:

I'm excited about the possibilities of this project...should be interesting to see what I come up with each week. Do check back!!

December 23, 2015

....and Change

Coffee. David Hayes, 2015.

Coffee or tea...some change...shot top down. Fun prompt. Here's my interpretations...

Rubaiyat. David Hayes, 2015.

Tea and Biscuits. David Hayes, 2015.

Postcard. David Hayes, 2015.

All images were shot using my Nikon D90 DSLR and processed using Lightroom and Photoshop. 

December 16, 2015


Container 1. David Hayes, 2015.

I've been on a bit of a minimalistic bent as of late when it comes to my still lives...perhaps as a reaction to all the Christmas glitter and glow that surrounds us all this time of year. 

Week 48's Be Still_52 prompt suggested the use of "unique vessels". Considering several, I settled on a concrete bowl I made over the summer. I then went on another "gathering" trip and came back with some dried seed pods, a bit of mossy bark, and some trimmings from a cedar tree.

Container 1 was shot using my Nikon D90 DSLR and processed in Lightroom.

Container 2. David Hayes, 2015

Container 2 is another take on this idea...a bit more minimal than the first. Also shot with my Nikon and processed in Lightroom.

December 11, 2015

The Letter "S"

Santa! David Hayes, 2015

Hmmm.... Use Typography in a still-life. Not words...a single letter...but not "typed" in. A letter. Hmmm....

It's December so of course I picked the letter "S" for Santa! Gotta keep the big guy happy!!

Image shot with my Nikon D90 and processed using Lightroom and Photoshop.

December 8, 2015


Hoarfrost I, David Hayes, 2015

Most mornings I take my Brittany, Kaylee, out for a walk at the near by park. The Little Miami River runs through this section so I am always on the lookout for happenings on the water. This particular morning it wasn't what was on the water that caught my attention...instead it was the hoarfrost that was forming on all the dried weeds that lined our path. Needless-to-say, Kaylee didn't get much of a walk that morning as I was forever stopping, pulling out my iPhone and grabbing yet another shot! I thought I'd like share this series with you. Enjoy!

 Hoarfrost II, David Hayes, 2015.

Hoarfrost III, David Hayes, 2015.

Hoarfrost IV, David Hayes, 2015.

Hoarfrost V, David Hayes, 2015.

For those of you who like to know these things: all images were captured using my iPhone6 native camera app. Hoarfrost I was processed using the app VSCO, Hoarfrost II - Snapseed and Paintfx, Hoarfrost III - Stackables, Hoarfrost IV - Mextures, and Hoarfrost V - Stackables.

December 5, 2015

Dried Weeds

Dried Weeds. David Hayes, 2015

My wife and I are owned by a 2 year old adorable Brittany Spaniel. Now this Brittany demands attention pretty much 24/7...unless she's asleep. Which fortunately is often. She also needs several long walks each day which can be both a pleasure and a pain...if you know what I mean. So when the latest Be Still_52 prompt asked us to go for a "nature walk" and forage...and then create a nature-centered vignette...I thought, "no problem" I'll just take my shears with me when I next walk the dog. Yeah right. I spent more time keeping her out of the weeds then foraging! 

The long and short of it all is that I took my foraging walk...alone...and managed to come up with a nice selection of dried weeds from along the river bank. All of which went into my composition, Dried Weeds. Shot with my Nikon D90, processed in Lightroom and Photoshop.

November 30, 2015


The prompt asked us to use "one thing"...differently.  Different times of day, different settings, different ways of processing. My "one thing" was the string of mini-lights...actually two strings of mini-lights. In this grid, I used three different set-ups...the first images use the same set-up but were shot from different angles. All were shot using my Nikon DSLR and processed in Lightroom and Photoshop.

Since I always have my iPhone6 with me, I also shot each set-up using a replacement camera app called ProCamera. Each image was processed using my iPad3 and each with a different app. Clockwise from the top left: Snapseed, Stackables, iColorama, and Mextures. 

All and all, a fun prompt to work. Love those little lights!!

November 16, 2015

Pretty Pastels...

Pastels - Take 1. David Hayes, 2015.

Pretty Pastels? That's what the prompt asked for. Pretty Pastels...soft focus...backlit. Sigh. But you know, going against one's grain...out of the box...and all that sort of thing. Good for the soul...tests the artistic muscle...and I doth protest too much! 

Here's Take 1. Not so much a back lit image...the side light was too delicious to ignore. I did use the suggested preset, "pastel-haze" in Lightroom...but did throw on a grungy texture whilst in Photoshop.

Pastels - Take 2. David Hayes, 2015.

Same set-up...shot straight on to take advantage of the back lighting. Again, I used the "pastel-haze" preset in Lightroom...and a different texture in Photoshop. 

Pastels - Take 3. David Hayes, 2015.
I shot this from a little lower vantage point...and while I didn't like the overall look, I do like the perspective this tight crop gives the image. I used a different Lightroom preset and Photoshop texture with this image. Almost looks like an ad for a high end perfume....

November 9, 2015


Crated. David Hayes, 2015.

I was to play with a crate. Experiment with things on top, inside, turning the crate one way or the other. Play with light and shadows. This is what I came up with. My own take on things. As always. (Nikon D90/Lightroom & Photoshop)

Crated (An Look). David Hayes, 2015.

Another look...this time using my iPhone6 and the apps Stackables and Polamatic. Not too different...very subtle where it is.

November 8, 2015

Three Ways

Three Ways - One Way. David Hayes, 2015

When I let things go...for whatever reason...I find it hard to get back in the groove of things. This has been the case with the last two or three lessons in the Be Still_52 workshop I've been taking. I suppose I do have all sorts of valid reasons...

In any case, time do some catching up! Week 41 asked us to do a shoot of using "making something" that we would use as a prop in a future shoot. So....here's that image:

Not very photogenic...my workbench with pieces of foam core scattered about. All of which will become the tall red house structure you can see in the top image...

Three Ways - Second Way. David Hayes, 2015

Moving right along...Week 42 then asked us to take said "make it" piece and use it in a scene that we shoot three different ways. "One Way" was taken straight on...and then processed in Lightroom and Photoshop. "Second Way" was shoot from the left and high. Also processed in Lightroom and Photoshop.

Three Ways - Third Way. David Hayes, 2015.

I will have to admit that I cheated a bit with "Third Way". Try as I might, I could not come up with a third camera angle I liked so I figured that if I used my iPhone6 instead of my Nikon D90 that should count as a "third way"! I processed this one using my iPad and the app iColorama. 

So there you have it! Three ways!!!

October 11, 2015

Catching up!

Pumpkins. David Hayes, 2015.

The last three weeks haven't been the greatest...we all go through phases like this. In any case, keeping up with the Be Still_52 workshop lessons just wasn't high on my list. So...with a burst of "just get it done" the past two days, I did three separate set-ups and a marathon editing session. Got them done!

Pumpkins is the result of Week 37's prompt...set-up a vignette and use a banner of some sort. Not one who likes the typical burlap buntings, I elected to use some fronds along with pumpkins. I mean it is October!! 

Doll Head. David Hayes, 2015.

Week 38's prompt was a bit moody...using "organics" like burlap, linen, etc. Sidelighting and all that. The unedited version of this image was pretty moody on its own...using Kim Klassen's preset, "Organic" made it even more so! 

Sunflowers. David Hayes, 2015. 

Last but not least, Week 39 reversed course and asked us to think light and airy. Wasn't really in the mood for this...put a bunch of glass objects in front of a backlit background...nothing. Until I added some sunflowers. Now who doesn't like sunflowers!? 

All images where shot using my Nikon D90 DSLR and edited using Lightroom and Photoshop.