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 16, 2015
November 9, 2015
November 8, 2015
October 11, 2015
September 27, 2015
|Vignette #1. David Hayes, 2015.|
Now don't get me wrong...I do like Anthropologie...it's just that the catalog spread I was asked to use as inspiration did nothing for me. Nothing at all. So...I went looking for other images that I could use for inspirational interpretations...
I did find several images actually...one had a wall size graphic design image...lots of large type in a fun font. The other image had a large minimalistic painting hanging over a chest. That sort of vignette. Taking a cue from the large type image, I created my own version of an vision chart using one of my iOS apps on my iPad. I printed that out and then proceeded to create several vignettes using that as my focus point. Vignette #1 is my first interpretation.
Vignette #2. David Hayes, 2015.
Same chart and set...took away the boxes and the squirrel. Used a column and a potted ivy. And a different angle...
Vignette #3. David Hayes, 2015.
Brought back a couple of the boxes...added a glass bottle and some dried flower heads. Added a hand. Thought this one needed a bit a Lightroom "magic" so I used a pinhole camera effect preset that I have. Not perfect but I do like this one!
All images were shot using my Nikon D90 DSLR and processed in Lightroom.
September 18, 2015
September 15, 2015
|Black on Black. David Hayes, 2015.|
One of the biggest challenges I have whilst shooting still life set-ups are those where I do a black on black styling...and throw in whites! With each session I learn a bit more so I go away both frustrated and happy.
The prompt this time was to do a "on spoons" set-up. I went with coarse white sea salt in a black bowl and a silver spoon...and yes against a black background. Black on Black is the image I was most happy with after many, many tries. Shot using my Nikon D90 and processed in Lightroom and Photoshop.
White - On the Side. David Hayes, 2015.
Taking a different tact, I used a white background and less salt in my set-up. A little easier to shoot and with the help of a Lightroom preset and a Photoshop texture I had White - On the Side.
White - Over the Top. David Hayes, 2015.
Same set-up...different perspective, Lightroom preset and Photoshop texture.
August 31, 2015
From a different perspective....
Tequila 3. David Hayes, 2015.
Yet another perspective...
All images were shot using my Nikon D90 and processed in Lightroom and Photoshop. And yes, the tequila shooter was real...and was consumed. That's what weekends are for!
August 24, 2015
August 17, 2015
|Weeds. David Hayes, 2015.|
Moved the ladder to a window...used a large glass conical shaped vase filled with "weeds". I like how this one turned out. I used Kim's "Dream-like" preset for this one as well.
|Hazy Day. David Hayes, 2015.|
This one is my favorite. I moved the ladder and vase into the window a bit more to take advantage of back-lighting. For this one I used the "Hazy Day" preset....hence its title.
August 5, 2015
July 31, 2015
|Everything. David Hayes, 2015.|
My response to the latest Be Still_52 prompt. A vignette using something "tall"...and a printed message of some sort. My "tall" are the mother-in-law tongue leafs...my message: "Everything has it's beauty but not everyone sees it" attributed to Confucius. Shot with my Nikon D90, processed in Lightroom and Photoshop.
July 21, 2015
|Invitation. David Hayes, 2015.|
Same set-up but this time I shot it with my Nikon D90 and processed it in Lightroom and Photoshop. Comparing the two, I prefer Pearls.
|Eggs. David Hayes, 2015.|
Eggs is inspired by Amy Duncan of FourCornersDesign. Her work is always amazing! (Shot with my Nikon and processed using Lightroom and Photoshop.)
Clamped Eggs. David Hayes, 2015.
This is my last attempt. Thought I'd play with some "hard" images. Yeah...I like this one the best! (Shot with my Nikon and processed using Lightroom and Photoshop.)
July 20, 2015
According to the Urban Dictionary, one of the many definitions of faffing is "...to muck around, wasting time doing something not necessary." Another way to look at it is to just play around with objects to see what comes about...without any preconceived notion as to the end results. At least that's how I take it.
July found me without much focus for my photography...nothing seemed to interest me. So I decided to faff around! And it's been much fun as I spend a little bit of time every day fiddling around with this and that and then take a shot with my iPhone6. Cropped square and processed using an app of choice, the image is then wrapped in a border and dated using the Polamatic app. I used the Formulas app to create July 19, 2015.
Four pair of scissors against a white background and processed using PS Express gave me July 7, 2015.
We were visiting my sister-in-law and brother-in-law when I shot this image. She had just unpacked her weekly CSA share and took a moment to quickly grab the shot. I used VSCOcam to process this one.
Another simple set-up...a bowl on a black background, a linen napkin and some paper-wrapped eggs. I used PS Express to process July 6, 2015 as well.
July 14, 2015 wasn't what I started out with...which is the beauty of faffing! The cherries are in a white bowl which is sitting on a white background. So...talk about a total overexposed image! I could have "brought it back" but instead just left it the way it was! Sometimes things are best that way!!
Not all my faffs have been top-down set-ups. This vase of flowers was sitting on a table on my sister-in-laws back porch. Perfect for a faff! I used PS Express to crop and basic toning then PaintFX to blur out the background.
There you have it...a taste of my July faffing. If you'd like to see more than check out my Instagram stream @clearerreflections. Here's to Happy Faffing!!