March 31, 2012

Cotton Candy

Cotton Candy. David Hayes, 2012.
i365 project, 90/365. (Camera+, TouchReTouch, FX Photo Studio, Snapseed)

I used Camera+ to take this shot...just trying it out as a replacement camera app....
You can't see the wireless tower that was prominent in the right hand corner because I use TouchReTouch to remove it. (Talk about an app that performs magic!)
Saved all of this...
Reopened in FX Photo Studio and applied the "Warm" filter. Saved.
Went to Snapseed...reopened the last step...and did a little "Selective Adjust" to toned down the hotspots...I think you can tell where those are....then applied the "Drama 2" filter and the "Frame 7" filter to finish it all up!

March 30, 2012


Yesterday. David Hayes, 2012.
i365 project, 89/365. (ProHDR, FX Photo Studio, Iris)

Start with a base image...I used ProHDR to take this one...but you don't have it.
Open the base image in FX Photo Studio and apply these filters...adjust to taste:
1. Grunge Rays
2. B&W Comics
3. Lightning 1 Overlay
4. Blue Lense
Save...this will be Layer 1.
Now reopen the base image in FX Photo Shop and apply these filters:
1. Grunge Rays
2. Black & White
3. Orange Lense
Save...this will be Layer 2.'s the time consuming step....
Open Iris and blend Layer 1 and Layer 2 using Hard Light....and using a mask to bring out the orange rays. This will take some time to paint and erase....
Save and enjoy!

March 29, 2012


Whirlpool. David Hayes, 2012.
i365 project, 88/365. (FX Photo Studio, Twist Cam, Decim8, Image Blender)

Thought I'd show you another take that started with the same image, "Spring Storm"....
Created "Spring Storm" using FX Photo Studio (Invert + Ancient Canvas).....saved.
Ran this through Twist Cam...and kept twisting until I got the whirlpool effect....saved.
Put "Spring Storm" through Decim8....and stopped when I got the cubed effect you see in the background...saved.
Used Image Blender to put these two images together using the Exclusion setting at 68%.
As always...saved...and now posted!

March 28, 2012


Turbulence. David Hayes, 2012.
i365 project, 87/365. (FX Photo Studio, Tiny Planets, Decim8, Image Blender)


This one will take a while....lots of steps and trial and error...but that what makes the final results so satisfying!

Step 1: I started by using a pic that I had already created using FX Photo Studio, "Spring Storm".  I put this through Tiny Planets ...and used the "tiny planet" setting. Saved this.
Step 2: I then took the same photo, "Spring Storm" and put it through Decim8 set at "random"...and kept at it until I had a result I liked. Took me 4 or 5 times I believe. Saved this.
Step 3: Open Image Blender....load in the pic from Step 1 and from Step 2...and blend until satisfied.
Save and enjoy!

March 27, 2012


Awakening. David Hayes, 2012.
i365 project, 86/365. (FX Photo Studio + Frame Magic)

A rather simple "recipe" today. This image was snapped of the tree just at full bloom...and just as it's petals were starting to fall off....
FX Photo Studio: Color Comics + Crystal Rain + Hue Yellow. Save.
Reopen in Frame Magic. I picked the shadow on the right side as it sets the image off from the gray background.
Save and enjoy!

March 26, 2012

Trailer Queens

Trailer Queens. David Hayes, 2012.
i365 project, 85/365. (Instagram + Color Splash)

This pic was taken at the fall City Flea, Cincinnati, OH.

Take the snap using Instagram....and apply their "Kelvin" filter.
Reopen in Color Splash...paint in the appropriate areas. Just remember, a little goes a long way...
Save...and enjoy!

(Available as a fine art print here!)

March 25, 2012

Spring Storm

Spring Storm. David Hayes, 2012.

i365 project, 84/365. (ProHDR + FX Photo Studio)

Believe it or not...this is the same set of storm clouds that I used for "Smile" yesterday! Just a little different take....
Take your snaps using ProHDR. Save.
Open in FX Photo Studio....crop to taste.
Apply and adjust as needed, these filters:
- Invert
- Ancient Canvas.
Save and enjoy!

March 24, 2012


Smile. David Hayes, 2012.
i365 project, 83/365. (ProHDR FX Photo Studio)

ProHDR to take the snap of storm clouds....
Saved and reopened in FX Photo Studio...
These filters applied:
- Ancona
-Symmetry Vertical
With a bit of adjustment to Saturation before you....
Save and enjoy!

March 23, 2012


Metered. David Hayes, 2012.

i365 project, 82/365. (FX Photo Studio)

A little different approach from yesterday's image. Some similarities....some differences....still grungy!!


Do a close up this time....cropped real tight!! (With some things, tighter is better....)
Open in FX Photo Studio....
Apply "Invert".
Apply "Solarize".
Finish with "Toyko".
Tight and quick...oh my!

March 22, 2012


Meters. David Hayes, 2012. 
i365 project, 81/365. (FX Photo Studio)

Find some meters at the back of a building...and grab some snaps. 
Pick the one that "speaks to you" (Don't you just love that saying!)
Open in FX Photo some cropping...make it tight!
Now...apply these filters, adjusting as needed:
1. "Invert"
2. "Warm" (Color Temperature)
3. "Amsterdam"
4. "Dirty Picture 2"
Save...and enjoy!! 

Thanks to everyone who submitted a recipe for the March edition of "Dave's App Recipe Book". There is still time to join in the fun! Check out the details here....and whip up something delicious!!

March 21, 2012

Dave's App Recipe Book Project - March, 2012 Edition

An Introduction

Apps. We all have them...and if you're like me, one is never enough! There is always one more that I have to download. Do I have apps that I haven't used but once? Yeah...I'll have to admit to that. And there are apps that I seem to go to every time. In any case, I am always amazed at what I can create using my's opened new worlds for me in photography. (I have a "classical" training in photography....and do know my way around Photoshop...but let me tell you....these apps are something else!)

The project

 I started the Dave's App Recipe Book Project back in October of last year as a way to not only learn more about my apps, but to create a framework where others could share how they use their favorite apps...and to learn from each other. I have since created my i365 project where I create an new image every day, trying out different combinations of apps....and sharing my "recipes" on my blog, Flickr, Tumblr, Twitter, and Facebook. Today I invited you to take in the March, 2012 edition of "Dave's App Recipe Book"and all the wonderful app recipes submitted for your enjoyment.

Here's how this works. Those who are participating today have created an image to share. While these images could have their beginnings outside an iDevice, the building of the final image had to happen in-device...and not on their Macs or PCs. They have posted the image(s) and how they created them on their own blogs, Flickr site, or web site and sent me the link to their postings....these links are listed below. Please take a moment to visit each one...and to leave comments to let them know that you were there and appreciate their sharing.

So without further delay, here are the participants in this month's edition!

001 jaeartworks
002 David Roccato
003 Misterspells
004 Michal Koralewski
005 backwoodsphotographer
006 Expression Studio
007 HollyDeanArtist
008 ValerigailDesigns
009 The Altered Page
010 Four Corners Design
011 Photos Pixelated: Trash Lady, Trash Lady Finished
012 Barnacle Goose Paperworks
013 Barbara Gentry: Dew Drops on A Spider Web. (FX Photo Studio: Sepia Glow + Border 4. Olloclip
                                             lens - Macro.)

My own contribution

Tomorrow. David Hayes, 2012

i365 project, 80/365. (ProHDR, Decim8, FX Photo Studio, Color Splash)

Use ProHDR to take pics of dark, ominous thunderclouds brewing in the distance. (Honest...that's how this image started!) Save your results.
Pick one, and reopen in Decim8. Set to "random" and keep hitting "Retry" until you get the result you like. It's pure serendipity! Save.
Reopen in FX Photo Studio and apply these filters, adjusting to taste:
"B&W Magazine"
"Lightening Overlay 1"
"Orange Lens"
Save this image to your camera roll...take a break and then...
Open in Color Splash....and "paint" in the lightening bolts.
Save and enjoy.

March 20, 2012


Blocks. David Hayes, 2012.

i365 project, 79/365. (FX Photo Studio)

Very simple...FX Photo Studio all the way!
Apply and adjust to taste, these filters:
"Pencil Paint 2"
"Ancient Canvas"
(I also adjusted for gamma after all of this...)
Save...and enjoy!


Join in the fun the day after tomorrow (Wed., March 21st)! Dave's App Recipe Book Project. Check it out here!!

March 19, 2012


Magnum. David Hayes, 2012.

i365 project, 78/365. (FX Photo Studio + Scratchcam)

I realize that this image may not be everyone's "cup of tea" ....but you have to admit that is does have strong graphic elements....

I started with a snap of a revolver's cylinder loaded with six cartridges....
Used FX Photo Studio and cropped it tight...then applied these filters in this order:
"Black and White'
"Vintage Red"
"Radial Blur".
Adjusting each as needed. Saved this image.
Reopened in Scratchcam and used the folded paper filter and a scratch filter. (They don't name their filters, so I couldn't tell you exactly which ones I used!)
Save and enjoy!


Dave's App Recipe Book Project - March edition. Takes place this Wednesday, the 21st. You are invited to include your favorite iDevice "recipe"! Check out the details here.

March 18, 2012


Dreams. David Hayes, 2012.
i365 project, 77/365 (FX Photo Studio + Frame Magic).

A real simple one today...
Start with a motorcycle with a distinctive instrument dial. In my case, I used the speedometer on my Harley Heritage Softtail....
Take your snaps....always do several...but you already know that....
Open the best of the best in FX Photo Studio. Do a little cropping, etc.
Apply these filters:
Do so in this order...adjusting to taste as you go.
Reopen the image in Frame Magic. Find a frame style you like, apply and adjust size, shadow, etc. to taste.
Save and enjoy!


Dave's App Recipe Book Project - this coming Wednesday, March 21st! I hope you'll be joining in the fun!! Click here for details!!

March 17, 2012


Private. David Hayes, 2012
i365 project, 76/365.


I started with a 35mm film neg., scanned it, and imported this image into my iPad.
Opened this in FX Photo Studio where I applied these filters: "Tilt Shift" + "Hot Yellow" + Sanibel".
Deciding that the image needed a bit more grunge...and not overly fond of FX's grunge filters....I saved and moved on....
Reopened the image in PicGrunger and used their "Aged" + "Studio" + "Original" settings along with "border on". 
A simple recipe this is the weekend after all!

March 16, 2012


MAR RAM. David Hayes, 2012
i365 project, 75/365. (Hipstamatic + FX Photo Studio)

A little March madness of my own....or....taking something very simple and making it...I'll let you decide!


Find a concrete wall showing cracks with real attitude. Gray or white walls will work best for this recipe. Hipstamatic and "dial in" the Matty ALN lens and Blackys B&W film. Leave the flash off.
Take a bunch of're after the cracks with the most personality! 
Pick to your camera roll and open this in FX Photo Studio. close attention...there are a bunch of steps ahead!
1. B&W Grained
2. Noir Blue
3. Sepia
4. Symmetry Vertical
5. Pencil Paint 2
Apply each filter in the same order as above...adjusting each to taste.
Before saving, do one last adjustment for contrast and hue/saturation.
Save...and enjoy!

March 15, 2012


Beauty. David Hayes, 2012

i365 project, 74/365.

Start with an old black and white negative....preferably 35mm....
Scan this and import the image into your "iDevice".
Open in FX Photo Studio.
Do a little cropping if necessary.
Start with the "Sepia Glow" filter and adjust the saturation to give it a pop.
Add the "Old Photo" filter, adjusting for brightness and contrast.
Save and enjoy!

March 14, 2012


Bang. David Hayes, 2012. 
i365 project, 73/365.

I ran into this quote several weeks ago and ever since have been working on a photo illustration. I "saw" a gun...a revolver and a typewriter. I tried a couple of different approaches, but it wasn't until I realized it needed a "Frank Miller" treatment...then it all came together. Bang!

Okay...roll up your sleeves, put on a clean apron. This on is a bit involved!
Use the Streetmate app to take pics of a revolver, etc. You want a nice juicy black and white image!
Do a little cropping in the app of your choice, save, and then open in FX Photo Studio.
In this app, apply the "X-Ray" filter followed by the "Old TV" filter. Save. (This will be your right corner.)
Put together a scene with a typewriter and the same revolver. Use whatever camera app you wish. Save.
Open this image in Snapseed. (This will be your left corner.)
In this app, apply the "Vintage Film" filter (Style 8, Texture 1). Follow this with a bit of "Lens Blur" to set the mood and finish with a bit of "Drama" (Dark 2 @80%) Save. the Strip Designer app and pick the appropriate template. Position the images to taste. Open the text box and "set" the quote.
Save and enjoy!


Dave's App Recipe Book Project, March 2012 edition. March 21st! Check this out at: here!! Hope you'll join in the fun!!

March 13, 2012


Chucky? Is That You? David Hayes, 2012

i365 project, 72/365.

A little quirky...but just had to post this one! The original pic came from the same photo shoot as " the same junk yard. One never knows what you'll find.... (I was using my Nikon D90 at the time and imported the file into my iPad. )

Start with an image...something with a little quirk (or at least the possibility of this...)
Open the image in the NIR Color app and apply the "Orange Turquoise" filter. Adjust the details, color, grain, and contrast to taste. Just remember...a little goes a long way!
Do a little more cropping and adjustments to finish it this case I used the newest version of iPhoto.

March 12, 2012


Bulldog. David Hayes, 2012
i365 project, 71/365.

Back to my edgy side for a bit....

This is all Photoforge....other than the fact I shot the original pic with my Nikon D90 versus my iPhone camera and imported the file into my iPad.

Did a little cropping...then "Posterize". Followed by turning on the PopCam function....using "Paper #8 and "Frame #10". One mean dog, wouldn't you say!?

March 11, 2012


1930. David Hayes, 2012

i365 project, 70/365.

I don't know about you all, but when I stumble upon a recipe I like....I tend to want to use it over and over. In any case, this is the last of this series...for awhile.

Set up an arrangement of silk flowers and iphoneograph it against a neutral background.
To create your first layer, open the image in Color Splash and bring back just the color of the flowers. Save.
Open up Iris, and load the starter image. Apply the "Vintage: 1930" filter. Adjust to taste. This is layer 2.
Blend Layer 1 and Layer 2 using the "Darken" setting. Again, adjust to taste.
Now, to finish it off nicely, open the "Text" function and add an appropriate line or two. 
Save and publish.

March 10, 2012


Corked, David Hayes, 2012

i365 project, 69/365


First....drink lots of wine with real corks...and throw these into a glass vase.
When vase is full, take a pic using the 6x6 app. Save.
Reopen and create your first layer using Color Splash to bring out the subtle colors of the corks.
Now...again reopening the original image in Iris, create your second layer by adding the "Infrared" filter. Adjust to your tastes.
Blend Layer 1 and Layer 2 using "Multiply" mask needed this time.
To top off...use Iris's "Text" function and add an appropriate line or two!
Enjoy. (Maybe open another bottle of wine and add the cork to the vase...)

March 9, 2012


Spring. David Hayes, 2012.

i365 project, 68/365.


Set up a still life and iphoneograph it using the 6x6 app to get a nice "square" image.
Save, then open the image in ColorSplash. Use the brushes to bring back the color in just the flower. This will be Layer 1. Save this image.
Reopen the 6x6 image in Grungetastic HD; apply the "Beached 2' filter followed by the 'Abstract' filter. This will be Layer 2. Save this image.
Take a short break...maybe have a glass of wine or a cup of tea.... Iris. Load the ColorSplash layer (#1) and make this your base layer. Load the Grungetastic HD Layer (#2) and blend gently to taste using "Multipy". You will then need to apply a mask to bring out the yellow in the flower.
Take another short break...maybe another glass of wine....then...still using Iris....add an appropriate line or two of text. Position the text and save.

March 8, 2012


Tattoo, David Hayes, 2012
i365 project, 67/365.

Start with a digital image taken with a Nikon D90 during a junk yard shoot.
Import this into your camera roll using the transfer method of your choice. (I highly recommend the Photo Transfer App.)
Go to a favorite app such as FX Photo Studio and open the image.
Apply the "Pencil Paint 2" filter.
Overlay this with a touch of the "Hippie" filter and finish off with the "Bilbao" filter.
Tattoo's never looked so good!

March 7, 2012


City. David Hayes, 2012.

i365 project, 66/365

Start with a digital scan of a big, fat Holga 120 black and white negative.
Bring this image into FX Photo Studio and layer on a bit of "Solarize" then some "Marine", a touch of "Dirty Pic2" for flavoring, blended all together with "Radial Blur". Save this version.
Let set for a bit...then reopen in RainyDaze HD and top with "Vintage Rain 02".
Plate it and serve!!

Dave's App Recipe Book - March, 2012 edition

The March, 2012 edition of "Dave's App Recipe Book" happens in two weeks from today...on Wednesday, March 21st! On this day my blog, Clearer Reflections, will host yet another chapter of this collaborative on-line project. Here is your chance to not only show off your latest smart phone photography but to also share your favorite "recipes" on how you created your image....and to find out how others created theirs. There is nothing better than a good old-fashioned swap!!

All you need is to do are two things. First, post your image on your own blog, website, or Flickr site on March 21st. Along with this image, give a step-by-step "recipe" on how you created it. Be as specific as you can as we'll all be taking notes. (I know I will!) Your image can be on any subject you wish and you can use as many apps as you want. You can also post as many images as you want! The only stipulation is that your image(s) must be created entirely "in-camera" or iPad. However...I am going to start allowing images that started their lives outside a smart-phone camera....meaning you can import a digital image created either as a scan of an analog image or from your digital camera into your iDevice and then apply your apps to build your final image. (No "shop-ing" please!)

On March 21st, I will post a list of all participants and their links on Clearer Reflections so that everyone can be sure to find your pics and recipes. Please (and this is important!) email me with a link to your post when it goes up so I can add it to my list on my blog. My email address is: clearerreflections (at) hotmail (dot) com.

I'm looking forward to this month's edition...I hope you join in the fun! If you have any questions, please get in touch with me. And...because the more the merrier, please pass this post on to those who you know who would also be interested!) 

P.S.: I will post a reminder next week....but don't put it off!!

March 6, 2012


C.A.M. David Hayes, 2012

i365 project, 65/365.

From the inside of the Cincinnati Art it's exterior! 

I shot this pic using the Streetmate app set at 28mm, extreme sharpness and contrast, true grayscale. This gave me a very "graphic" wide angled image to work with. (This is a great app for street photography by the way...nice gritty shots of life around you type of thing....)

Bringing this image into FX Photo Studio, I applied the "Lindale" cross processing filter, the "Ancient Canvas" filter, and finally...the "Vignette 1" filter.  All in all...a great classical, vintage feel to the end result!

March 5, 2012


Stairs. David Hayes, 2012.

i365 project, 64/365.

This was taken at the Cincinnati Art of the stairwells leading up to the second floor galleries. 

I shot this using my iPhone4 camera, then I cropped it to square it up...and to strengthen the composition of the photo. Saving....then....I reopened in Camera Bag...applying the "Magazine" filter, "Square" cropping, and "Thin" border. A rather elegant photo if I say so myself!

March 4, 2012

Blue Nude

Blue Nude. David Hayes, 2012

i365 project, 63/365.

This started out as a black and white 35mm negative I shot back in the 70's....and while the silver gelatin print I made from it is spectacular....sometimes it's fun to "mine" my old negs. So...I scanned the neg and transferred the digital version to my iPad....

From here....I opened up the FX Photo Studio app...and after my usual "try-outs" settled on the Charcoal sketch filter followed by the Marine filter. While this looked okay, I wasn't convinced that I was done....

Saving, I opened this version in the Camera Bag app. Again...trying out different combos, I decided to use the Instant filter, left the cropping the way it was, and applied the Instant border. I liked how this gave the image a retro-scratched-up Polaroid look....

Oh...I've started apply a "watermarked" copyright line to all my photos using the iWatermark app. While I know this can be "shopped" off...I figure it gives a bit of protection....

March 3, 2012


Undecided. David Hayes. 2012

i365 project, 62/365. Paper Camera. Going clockwise, starting in the top left..I used these filters: Comic Book, Gotham Noir, Granny's Paper, and Pastel Perfect. Grid created using Diptic.