October 29, 2011

Dave's Apps Recipe Book - First Edition



Apps. We all have them. One is never enough. There's always another one to have. Then there's those in-apps "updates". After awhile they all blur together. You find that you have...how many? Too many to really know what to do with them! Which is why I'm starting "Dave's Apps Recipe Book"...to give us all a chance to share our favorite "recipes"...how we used an app or apps to create an image. Welcome to the First Edition of my recipe book!!

Here's the deal....admit to your appoholicism and post on your blog, Flickr site, or Tumblr site a photograph you took with your iPhone/iPad/Android camera....and the app or apps you used to create it. Be specific on how your image came about. What did you do first, second, and so on to create it. Then email the link to me so I can add you to the list. There's no minimums/maximums to the apps used...or even to the subject matter. I'll be adding to the list not only today, but for as long as people send me links! Have any questions...please email those to me as well! (My email address is: clearer reflections (at) hotmail (dot) com.)

Make sure to visit your fellow app-oholics to check out their recipes and to let them know how much you appreciate their sharing. Take notes...I plan to!! Also, please check back here often to see who's joined in the fun! 

The links will be numbered so you can keep track of what you have seen.

To start things off, here's my pic...and how I created it!!


First, here's the original snap I took using the "regular" iPhone camera. This was taken at an "antique mall"...the lighting was terrible and I just grabbed the shot to work with later....


And here's the final shot! I kept it simple this time...working only in Scratchcam. I didn't do any cropping, feeling that it really didn't need it. I didn't use their randomizer" function, instead I went for the "Edit" button! I played around with the color layer first....then I added the folded paper layer....and finally a scratch layer. While I played around with the adjustment slide, I decided just to leave the layers the way they came. Not a complicated "recipe"...but I do like the results!! I saved this to my camera roll...and then sent it on its way to Twitter and Facebook!! 

Enough of my recipe....without further ado...here is the First Edition of Dave's Apps Recipe Book!




October 27, 2011

Cincinnati Flea - American Can Factory Edition

Trailer Queens, David Hayes, 2011 (Instagram)

This past Saturday, we ventured forth to "Northside" ....a neighborhood of Cincinnati that we normally don't go to...too far removed from where we live. It takes something special to get us to go places outside our norm...and this was it! The Cincinnati Flea was having a special edition at the newly renovated American Can Factory...so we had to go!!

Saturday was a beautiful fall day.....sunny with clear, crisp air....and we arrived just at opening so had no problems with parking. It didn't take long for the venue to fill and soon the whole place was vibrating with positive energy from everyone there. We had a chance to talk with old friends while visiting all the vendor spaces...and I even ran into a former teaching colleague and student!! 

We ended up not buying much...just a few trinkets and some "designer cupcakes" for dessert that night. I did take lots of pictures with my iPhone and Nikon...but the ones from my Nikon were all blurring! It looks like I had forgotten to change a setting, so the auto-focus was screwed up!! In any case, here are some pics taken using either the Hipstamatic or Instagram app. Can you tell the difference???











All in all, it was a great way to spend the morning! While I liked Cincinnati Flea's downtown location, I must admit that I enjoyed this venue a great deal...and hope they return here sometime!!

Just a reminder....my online collaborative project, "Dave's Apps Recipe Book" is this coming Sunday, October 30th. I hope you're planning to join in!! For details about this great opportunity to show and tell, click here!

October 25, 2011

Reminder: Online Collaborative Project

Attic, David Hayes, 2011

Just a reminder to everyone....

This coming Sunday, October 30th, I'm hosting a online collaborative project on this blog, Clearer Reflections, that focuses on giving iphoneographers/ipadographers a chance to show off their work as well as share their favorite app(s) "recipes"...telling us how they created a pic.

Check out the details at: http://bit.ly/reRV96. Hope to see your work come Sunday!!


If you have questions, please email me at: clearerreflections (at) hotmail (dot) com.

October 20, 2011

Dave's Apps Recipe Book Project

"Screenshot" - Infinicam - Autochrome (Q5E-23G8)
One of the reasons I switched to an iPhone this past spring was because of its photo/video apps. Okay...the only reason I switched.... Since getting my iPhone I have accumulated close to 100 of these apps and find myself adding to the list every week. Many of these I use often but I have to admit that most I haven't used since I downloaded them! (I suppose the subtitle of this post could be called, "So many apps, so little time...) Some day soon I will start figuring out what to do with them all...some day soon...

I have been a loyal follower of Seth Apter's blog, The Altered Page, for quite sometime. His blog is known, among many things, for the collaborative projects he hosts. It has been my pleasure to participate in many of these...not only do I get a chance to have my work seen by a host of wonderful artists, I also gain so much from what everyone shares. I have also felt that at some point I needed to "pass it forward" and so in this spirit, I would host my first online collaborative project. 

One week and several days from today, on Sunday, October 30th, Clearer Reflections will host the first chapter of "Dave's Apps Recipe Book Project", an online collaboration. Please leave a comment on this post if you would like to participate. 

All you need to do are two things. First, post an image on October 30th on your own blog of a pic you created using a iPhone/iPad/Android-based phone camera and apps. Your pic can be of any subject and you can use any app(s) you wish...the only stipulation is that your image must be done all "in-phone".  Secondly, along with your image, also tell us how you created it. Be specific...give us your "recipe"! Did you use a single app...or did you use several apps? Give us the step-by-step recipe so that if we like what you did, we could use your "recipe" to create our own image. There are no minimums or maximums to how many apps used...just make sure to tell how and when you used each.

On the 30th, I will post a list of all participating photographers on my blog so that you can be sure to find all the links to all the "recipes". Please (and this is important!) email with a link to your post when it goes up so I know to add you to the list of links on my blog!!! My email address is: clearerreflections (at) hotmail (dot) com.

I'm looking forward to seeing everyone's favorite recipes...and hopefully this is just the first chapter of this "book". Also, please feel free to let your readers and anyone else you may know who might be interested about this project. The more who participate, the better!!!




October 18, 2011

Madness II

Madness II, David Hayes, 2011

Just a quick post...this one was done using Photo Studio HD. While I can show you the original photo, I neglected to save each step I took while editing it in Photo Studio....and will have to admit that I don't remember exactly what I did!! In any case, I thought that I'd share this with you all given how close it is to Halloween!!!


Here's the original image:

A bit of cropping was first applied, then several different filters/effects to get that x-ray feeling...then a frame effect at the end. I'm going to have to go back and see if I can duplicate this...just so I remember for the future. I'll let everyone know what I come up with!!



October 2, 2011






I have been a participant in the 5th edition of The Pulse - The State of the Art, a collaborative project by Seth Apter of The Altered Page.  The Pulse  is a survey in words and pictures of the online artist community. There are more that 130 of us participating who have answered a series of questions that make up the Pulse.



This edition is now into its second project, "Technique and Tools". For this project, we were asked: "The one technique or tool that you cannot live without is..." My response to this  question is included in today's posting...which is exciting! Along with my response, Seth has added links of his own choosing to "...sometimes to products, sometimes to videos, sometimes to the artist's own work, and sometimes to something unexpected. Even the contributors do not know what I will be linking to!" (Apter).  I am real curious what link(s) he's added to my response!! To read my response...click here.

Do stop by his blog and check out not only my response but those of the other participants featured today. And...once again, a big thank you to Seth for doing this for all of us!! You are the greatest!!