February 25, 2015
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February 22, 2015
Pears have always been a subject of artists and photographers. Their skin and curves seem to attract many artists, including myself. Four Lovelies is my most recent study of pears this time shot with my iphone native camera app and processed with the iphoneography apps Distressed FX and a touch of Snapseed.
Let’s begin with the source image taken with my iphone 6 camera. I shot this using natural light against a white background in my kitchen. Looking at this image I immediately like how the light played along the curves of each of the four pears.
Opening the app Distressed FX, I picked the “Finch” filter in the top row which gave the image a nice late afternoon glow.
Moving to the second row of filters, I then used “Broken” as I wanted to give the image a vintage painterly look. This filters has a great texture feel to it!
Time for a bit of tweaking! Clicking on the “Adjustment” icon in the right hand corner, I then adjusted the Contrast, Brightness, and Color Palate using the slider bars. This helped pull out more of the shadows and details. I then saved this version to my camera roll and moved to Snapseed.
Here’s what I have so far.
If you’ve never used the app Snapseed, I would highly recommend that you get it for your toolbox. Not only does it have some great effects but also it is my go-to “finishing” app when I want to quickly add a bit of polish to my images.
Opening the image in Snapseed, I used the “Tune Image” feature to fine tune the image’s contrast and saturation.
I normally don’t add “Frames” to my images, but this one just seemed to need one! So…I went to the “Frame” menu and picked “Frame 10”. Perfect!
The finished image, Four Lovelies. In five quick steps…can’t beat that!!
February 21, 2015
February 18, 2015
February 16, 2015
February 13, 2015
|Baby's Breath (v2), David Hayes, 2015.|
For the version, I took the first version into Photoshop and applied the Waterfront texture. Not much of a difference but I do think this version is a little "softer" in its feel.
February 11, 2015
February 9, 2015
|Within. David Hayes, 2015.|
|Without. David Hayes, 2015.|
Lesson 4 of Kim Klassen's "BeStill 52" workshop has us contemplating the concept of Wabi-Sabi - the concept of simplicity, perfect imperfection, and natural processes. These two images are my iphoneography answer to this concept. Same set-up but two different angles...and two different feels. Within was shot with my iphone6 and edited using the VSCO app. Without was also shot with my iphone6 but edited using the Stackables app.
In my Wednesday posting I'll share what I came up using my Nikon DSLR, Lightroom, and Photoshop. So make sure to come on back!
February 6, 2015
February 4, 2015
|Under Glass. David Hayes, 2015.|
Using the same set-ups and prompts that I mentioned in my last post these two images, Under Glass and Waiting where shot with Nikon D90 and edited with Lightroom.
Whilst in Lightroom I gave all the Develop presets a try. Lots to chose from...and I hope to start building my own soon. Someday...
|Waiting. David Hayes, 2015.|
February 2, 2015
|Rule of Threes. David Hayes, 2014|
Lesson Three of the BeStill_52 workshop has us focusing on "gathering" surfaces, textures, and backdrops...needless-to-say one of my favorite activities! It was off to my local Lowes where I picked up some ceramic tiles as well as 2'x2' boards to create surfaces. I also bought some chalkboard paint and wall paper boards that I hope to use on these boards sometime this week. Oh...and a trip with my wife to her favorite fabric store for several yards of linen.
|Three Up. David Hayes, 2014.|
While there were no specific photography prompts given in Lesson 3, Kim did discuss the "Rule of Threes" concept in composition as well as the use of negative space. She did offer an optional prompt: round, white, and minimal...which I used as inspiration for this series. Using some of my new found props and a set of three cups and saucers, I did a shoot using both my iPhone6 camera app and my Nikon D90. These three are from the iPhone6 shoot, each edited with a different app. I'll be working with the Nikon images soon with postproduction using Lightroom and/or Photoshop. So stay tuned!
|Counterpoint. David Hayes, 2014.|
Rule of Threes: iPhone6 camera app, Stackables app.
Three Up: iPhone6 camera app, Distressed Fx app.
Counterpoint: iPhone6 camera app, iColorama app.
January 28, 2015
January 26, 2015
|BeStill 2a. David Hayes, 2015|
I'm not one to have the patience or the staying power to take on-line workshops...I usually drop out mid-way from neglect or boredom. I'm hoping to change that with the workshop I have just started, "BeStill52" run by Kim Klassen. My reasoning is to sharpen my still-life photo skills and at the same time getting back to using Adobe LightRoom and Photoshop, both have sat dormant on my desktop for any number of years. So we'll see what happens!
Our first challenge didn't involve any actual photography, just some set-up activities and the like. So far so good. The second challenge has us working with a very simple set-up and exploring the use of negative space in our images using the Rule of Thirds and a 5:4 ratio.
For the image above, "BeStill 2a", I applied these concepts shooting with my iPhone6 native camera app. I then used the app Handy Photo to remove blemishes and the app VSCO to apply a filter much like what Kim uses in Lightroom and then in Photoshop.