April 30, 2012

Week As Art

April 29. David Hayes, 2012. (LetterMPress + Instagram - Kelvin)

At the beginning of April I was offered the chance to do a second week for CreateMixedMedia's "Week As Art" series on their blog. Of course, I jumped at the chance. I thought it would be fun to post a quick recap of each pic I built...the apps I used to do so. (Just a quick note....I used several of my graphic design apps as well as a different Instagram filter when putting all of this together. You might remember some of these when they posted on Instagram....)

April 30. David Hayes, 2012. (addLib + Instagram - Lofi)

May 1. David Hayes, 2012. (Halftone + Instagram - Brannan)

May 2. David Hayes, 2012. (TypePlay + Phoster + Instagram - 1977)

May 3. David Hayes, 2012. (addLib + FX Photo Studio + Instagram - 1977)

May 4. David Hayes, 2012. (Word Foto + Fluid FX + Instagram - Valencia)

May 5. David Hayes, 2012. (Type Play + Instagram - Early Bird)


Clematis. David Hayes, 2012.

i365 project, 120/365 (Iris).

This was just to be the first step in an image I was building around my shot of a clematis vine....but it turned out so well I thought it should be featured on its own. Come back tomorrow to see the finished version....

Started off with a snap of a clematis...I think I posted this on Instagram when I did it...
Opened in Iris....
1. Cropped square
2. Sharpen
3. Auto Adjust: Tungsten
4. Grunge: Grunge
5. Grunge: Grunge.

That's right....I hit the Grunge filter twice...by accident....I didn't think it would do anything but the second "click" built on the first to give a double-grunge effect. Live and learn...

April 29, 2012

Under Pressure

Under Pressure. David Hayes, 2012
i365 project, 119/365. (iColorama)

So you pick up a new app...and you wanna try it out...see what it does...make sure that you've not spent your money wrongly...although this was "free" when I picked it up....so I did. Wasn't overly impressed until I found the "Escher" filter....

Started with a  snap of a pressure gauge that I captured using my iPhone camera app...
Opened this in iColorama and after many try-outs settled on this combination:
Tone: Bleach
Style: Flated
Effects: Sharpened Gradient
Adjust: Vibrance, Saturate
Form: Escher
With adjustments for Intensity & Feature in each step!

Not bad for a first try! I'll use this app again!!

April 28, 2012

Figure Study

Figure Study. David Hayes, 2012
i365 project. 118/365 (Scanned 35mm negative, Photo Transfer App,PhotoToaster)


The original image is from a scanned 35mm black and white negative that I shot back in the 70's, transferred into my iPad using the Photo Transfer App. (I use this app a lot to transfer images from my iPhone to my iPad...and then the finished images to my Mac for posting.)
Opened in PhotoToaster...
Cropped using "Golden Ratio"
Light: Recover Highlights
FX: Vibrant
Vignette: none
Texture: Scratched
Border: Torn Edge.

April 27, 2012


Alstromeria. David Hayes, 2012.
i365 project, 117/365. (PhotoForge2)

Another simple, single app recipe...but I like how this came out!

Capture: iPhone camera app
1. Sharpen @50%
2. Sin City @ 55%
3. Posterize @ 77%
4. Dreamy @ 30%
Saved...and posted!

Happy Friday everyone...and have a great weekend!!

April 26, 2012


Past. David Hayes, 2012

i365 project, 116/365 (Snapseed)

A simpler one today...needed a break after yesterday's recipe...

Snap taken with iPhone camera....
Opened Snapseed.....
1. Cropped square
2. B&W: contrast at 50% with red filter
3. Selective Adjust for brightness
4. Vintage Film: Style 8 with adjustment for brightness
5. Frame 5 @ 100%

Quick and easy...not a bad way to go once in awhile....

April 25, 2012

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

It is time for the April, 2012 edition of "Dave's App Recipe Book Project"!! This is where iDevice photographers share their images and "recipes" on how they created these wonderful pics! 

The project is a collaboration where all are invited to participate and are welcomed...it is not a "juried" show! The only stipulations is that an image must be created digitally and then edited/altered in-device. (No Photoshopping allowed!!!) Those who are participating have created a post on their blogs, websites, or Flickr streams...and I've listed these below for your partaking. Please take some time to visit each of these posts...and do make sure that you leave comments. We all love the feedback!!

I want to give a shout-out this month to David Roccato. A iphoneographer of exceptional skill, David's images and "recipes" are always so impressive. His contribution this month, Revenge, is no exception! You can also catch his handiwork on his newsletter, The Daily iPhoneographer! Thanks, David for all your support!!!

There is still time to participate...just send me a link to where we can find your image and recipe and I'll add it to the list! My email address is: clearerreflections (at) hotmail (dot) com.

So...without further ado...here are this month's participants!

Behind the 8-Ball

Behind the 8-Ball. David Hayes, 2012

i365 project, 115/365. (Type Play, Phoster, Iris, Scratchcam, Snapseed, FX Photo Studio)

This image turned out to be one of the most ambitious that I've attempted involving 6 major steps (and adjustments within each step) and many layers. There are two separate images blended together to create "Behind the 8-Ball" with each of these images involving about half of the steps and layers just mentioned. I learned a lot about layering and blending with the apps involved and while I am thrilled with the final results, I realized afterwards that I did it the hard way. Live and learn! In any case, I'm going to try to show you how I did this...step by step. I'm sure you'll see easier ways to do a certain step...so if you decide to follow my recipe feel free to do it that way!!


Step 1:
Knowing that I wanted to work with the number 8, I started in Type Play where I created a black field with a bold "8" in the center. There didn't seem  to be an easy way to do this in circle to create my 8-ball in this app, so I saved this step and moved to the Phoster app.
Step 2:
In Phoster, I chose the "Gravity" template, inserted the number "8" from Step 1 into the circle window and deleted the type field at the bottom of the template. I then finished this off using the Dust 2 filter that is included in Phoster. Now I had the base layer I needed to get started. I saved this step and moved to Iris to start my blending!

Step 3:
Once I reopened this image in Iris, the first thing I did was crop the image square and did a bit of resizing. This was to be my base layer (Layer 1). I then reopened, still in Iris, the Phoster image, cropped it and flipped it to get the number "8" to face the other way. This was my blending layer (Layer 2). It was time to blend Layer 1 with Layer 2...and it was here that my learning curve really showed as it took me what seemed forever to get it right! What I eventually settled on was a blend at Normal @ 82% using a mask to bring the smaller number "8" more to the foreground. I did a little Auto Adjust and Auto Levels to help smooth everything out. I saved this and got ready for Step 4!

Step 4: 
I wanted to grunge this up a bit and wasn't happy with the options given to me in Iris, so I moved the image over to one of the kings of grunge, Scratchcam! Here I played around with the different options until I was happy. (I do wish they'd name or at least number their filters...it would make talking about this so much easier!) I saved this and since it was getting very late and my eyes had blurred over, I stopped until the next day. Oh....this is Base 1.

Step 5:
With Step 4 I had finished the first image that I was going to use. Now it was time to move onto creating the second image. To begin this process, I took a snap of a mixed media collage background that I created sometime ago. I brought this pic into Snapseed where I cropped it square and applied the "Vivid" filter. I saved this...then reopened it in FX Photo Studio and applied the "Vintage" filter. (I'm not so sure why I did this...but I did!) Saved this as my final image...and this will be Base 2.

Step 6:
Okay...time to put it all  together! Reopening Iris, I first brought in Base 2 and made it the Base Image for blending purposes. I then opened Base 1 and after a couple of try-outs, I settled on blending the Base 2 and Base 1 using Overlay @ 100@ with a mask to make that I didn't lose the 8-balls. Unfortunately I lost some of the red that you see on the right side (see Step 5)....so I saved and reopened in FX Photo Studio where I applied the "Red Lense" filter with a mask to bring back the red. But...and there is always this...the red was too much!!! Here I used Snapseed and its Selective Adjustment filter to tone down the red areas a bit. Finally...I was done!! Saved this...and went for a glass of wine...

April 24, 2012


Shells. David Hayes, 2012
i365 project, 114/365 (100 Cameras, Snapseed, FrameMagic)

I've been having a good time iphoneographing ordinary objects found around my house....and turning them into something "interesting". This image is one of those studies....

Cropped within the iPhone camera app...
100 Cameras: "The scars of the black forest " (With adjustments for yin/yang)
Saved this....
Reopened in Snapseed: "Center focus - fog". Then used "Selective Adjust" for brightness to tone down a few overly bright areas.
Saved this...
Used FrameMagic to give it a gray border and a bit of shadow to set it off...
Saved...and posted!

April 23, 2012


Blades. David Hayes, 2012.
i365 project, 113/365. (6x6, FX Photo Studio, Diptic, Camera Bag)

As a change up, I capture the base image using the 6x6 app. This gave me a nice, square image to build from.....
Opened this in FX Photo Studio and applied their "Socono" filter followed by the "Amsterdam" filter. Saved.
Using Diptic, I repositioned the same image in each "window" to built my triptych. Saved this and...
Opened in Camera Bag.
Border: Instant
Cropping: None
Filter: Helga
Saved...and now shared!

This Wednesday! "Dave's App Recipe Book Project".  Check it out here!

April 22, 2012


Whirl. David Hayes, 2012
i365 project, 112/365 (Snapseed, TouchReTouch)

Time to get back to my roots...black and white photography....

Open in Snapseed, crop square.
Apply the B&W, Style 2 filter
Use Selective Adjust to tone down any bright spots...go for the black!
There were some stray seedpods and the like that I didn't remove before taking the snap....
So....I reopened in TouchReTouch and took care of those.
Save and posted!

Dave's App Recipe Book Project. This Wednesday, April 25th! Join in the fun!!!

April 21, 2012

The App Whisperer

Several weeks ago I asked the folks at The App Whisperer about the possibilities of being considered for their "Day In The Life Of..." series which spotlights iphoneographers and their work...

After a review of my work, I was invited to submit my responses to their interview questions as well as twenty images I felt best reflected my style. I did all of this...and awaited to hear back....

This morning, I found an email from them that they had published my interview and images...today! To say I've been excited all day would be an understatement!!! 

I invite you to take this all in at The App Whisperer...as well as all the other articles posted on this great blog. I would also love to hear your reactions to my answers....and on my day.

Best Side

Best Side. David Hayes, 2012
i365 project, 111/365. (PS Express, TouchReTouch, Halftone)

It's Saturday....so I thought a touch of whimsy would be fun!

I first used PS Express to square-crop this snap of two mannequins....and then flipped them. Saved this.
In the lower left corner there was part of a sign showing. I used TouchReTouch to take this out. (I tell you what...this app is magical!) Saved this version.
Reopened in Halftone...applied it's "Code Red" effects filter and its "Crackle" paper surface filter. The font in the text bubbles is Euphemia UCAS Italics.

Don't forget! "Dave's App Recipe Book Project". Wednesday, April 25th. Everyone is invited!!

April 20, 2012


Ball. David Hayes, 2012. 
i365 project, 110/365. (Photo Toaster)

A quick one today....
1. FX: Vibrant
2. Vignette: Deeper Focus
3. Surface: Antiqued
4. Border: Marker

And there you have it! Another reminder...."Dave's App Recipe Book Project" - April 25th. Everyone is invited! I hope you plan to join in the fun!

April 19, 2012

Red Light Dancer

Red Light Dancer. David Hayes, 2012
i365 project, 109/365. (FX Photo Studio, Flowpaper, Snapseed)

I suppose for the sake of "full disclosure" I should state that the base image came from a scanned 35mm black and white negative. I'm not apologizing...but I do know that there are some "purists" out there....
So...after importing the scanned image into my iPad...
FX Photo Studio: cropped square, "Polarized" filter, "Red Lenses" filter.
Flowpaper: I used this to draw the black netting over the figure. Took a couple of times to get it right, but it was worth it!
Snapseed: I first used "Selective Adjust" to tone down a couple of hotspots...then applied the "Drama: Dark 2" filter followed by "Organic Frame 7" to finish it off!

Before closing....a plug for "Dave's App Recipe Book Project"....next Wednesday the 25th. I hope you're planning to join in!!

April 18, 2012

Dave's App Recipe Book Project - April Edition

One week from today, April 25th, I will be hosting the next edition of "Dave's App Recipe Book Project"! This is a collaborative project where iphoneographers from around the world can share their favorite idevice image...and the "recipe" on how they made it! Everyone is invited to participate regardless of the device they've use. The important thing is that you participate!

Here are the particulars....

On April 25th you need to post your image on your website, Flickr stream, Facebook page...anywhere where you can send me a link to your image that I can post here. Along with this image you also need to give us your recipe on how you created your image. Be detailed...we'll all be learning from you! (I know I will be taking notes...I'm always on the look out for another app!) 

You can use any digital means to capture your image...that means iPhones, iPads, Droids, digital cameras, and yes....even digital scans of an analog capture! (It's all photography!) However...you must create your final image using in-device apps. So...you can't process your image in your desktop/laptop....sorry no "shopping" allowed!! 

Once you email me your link, I'll post it on this blog for all to enjoy!! My email address is: clearerreflections@hotmail.com. Please also use this email if you have any questions.

I hope to see everyone here on the 25th!!!


Talk. David Hayes, 2012.
i365 project, 108/365. (Toon Paint, Photo Artista - Haiku, PS Express, Word Foto, FX Photo Studio)

Several weeks ago, Seth Apter of The Altered Page issued an open call for work for his project, "The Pulse of Mixed Media." In this call...and you can read all the details by clicking on the link...you could answer any or all of three questions. I chose to answer question #1: The Artistic Ingredient: If your artwork could talk, what would it say?" This is my answer.....

The background portrait of myself was created using Toon Paint and Photo Artista - Haiku.
I cropped this square using PS Express.
Word Foto translated the image using words that I felt my art would say. (I used the "Comic" filter with this...liking the pun.)
FX Photo Studio helped me put the red into some of the words, using the "Red Lense" filter, masking what words I wanted red. I finished it with the "Photo Frame #5" filter! 

April 17, 2012

No. 5

No. 5. David Hayes, 2012.
i365 project, 107/365. (Moku Hanga HD, Snapseed, Iris)

Trying out Moku Hanga HD...seems interesting enough...will give it a chance before I decide if I like it or not...

Moku Hanga HD: Multicolor - Nature, #12 border
Snapseed: Tune Image for brightness
Iris: adjust for brightness with mask (dark wood areas)

April 16, 2012

Sunflowers #2

Sunflowers #2. David Hayes, 2012

i365 project, 106/365. (Modern Grunge HD)

I just picked up this app, Modern Grunge HD....has some interesting looking filters and features....this is my first attempt with it....
Image captured with the iPhone camera app...
Opened in Modern Grunge HD....
And after lots of try-outs, I settled on the "Rip 07" filter.
Saved...and now posted.

April 15, 2012

Different Fruit...

Different Fruit. David Hayes, 2012
i365 project, 105/365. (Snapseed)

I used Snapseed for this image....after capturing the pic with my native camera app...
1. Applied the "Drama 2" filter and did a little adjusting for strength & saturation.
2. On top of this, I added the "Vintage Film 1" filter, Texture #3. Adjusted a bit for brightness.
3. Did a little "Selective Adjust" to tone down a couple of the bright spots on the eggs.
4. Tuned a bit for WB.
5. Finished it all off with "Organic Frame #1"
And there you have it. How do you like your eggs?
Happy Sunday everyone!!!

April 14, 2012

Still Life No. 2

Still Life #2. David Hayes, 2012

i365 project, 104/365. (FX Photo Studio, iWatermark)

This is the same still life set-up used in yesterday's "Live" posting...in fact it's the same base photo! Just a different treatment provided by FX Photo Studio....

1. Cropped and adjusted for brightness and gamma.
2. Sonoma filter
3. Vintage filter
4. Art Frame 14
I used this app to "scan" my signature...and then inserted into the photo to give it more of a "painterly look"!
Saved and exhibited....

April 13, 2012


Live. David Hayes, 2012

i365 project, 103/365 (Iris)
You know....every once in awhile...I do leave the grungy, edgy, off-centered treatments to do something a little more....softer(?). I blame this all on my friend, Amy D. of Four Corners Design, whose images are to-die-for-beautiful. I like this one...but it's not half as good as Amy's....

You won't break a sweat with this one!
I put together the still life....used my iPhone camera app to capture the image.
Open this in Iris....cropped it square and played around with the highlights.
Applied the "Sandstone" texture.
Placed the text....used the Cochin-Bold Italic font....saved.
Done and done!
A simple image with a wonderful message.

April 12, 2012

Chicken Scratch

Chicken Scratch. David Hayes, 2012
i365 project, 102/365. (Scratchcam, Instagram)

As with yesterday's image, I've already posted this on Instagram...but thought it worthy to be included in my i365 series...so here it is again! (In any case...I think it's one of my best...so it should be repeated!)

Close up of brown eggs taken with my iPhone camera app...saved.
Opened in Scratchcam...and played around with the different combo's until happy. Saved. (As always...I do wish Scratchcam would name their filters! It would make life so much easier....)
Opened Instagram...applied the Sierra filter...and posted.
Simple as that!

April 11, 2012


Sunflowers. David Hayes, 2012.
i365 project, 101/365. (Paper Camera, Instagram)

Some of you might remember this one from a couple of days ago....I first posted this on Instagram...and from there...Flickr, Twitter, and Tumblr. I wasn't going to make this image part of my i365 series...but decided later to do so....in any case, here's it's recipe. Enjoy!


I took the initial snap with the Paper Camera app...set on "Comic Boom"
Later...I decided to put it out on Instagram...and used the "Amaro" filter.
Simple as that!
Don't just love it when it's easy...

April 10, 2012


Wicked. David Hayes, 2012.
i365 project, 100/365 (FX Photo Studio, Pic Grunger, Scratchcam, Iris, Snapseed)

This recipe will take some doing...I might have gotten a bit overboard with my apps...although I do like the end result....


Step 1 - Layer 1
I found the Chinese character for "Wicked" in a calligraphy book and took a snap of that with my iPhone camera. I opened this in FX Photo Studio and applied the "Vivid Brush Stroke" filter to give it more of a hand painted look. I save this.

Step 2 - Layer 2
I opened an image I had in my stocks of an old wall in PicGrunger and applied these filters: "Weathered Effect", "Gig Style", and "Canvas" texture. Saving this, I reopened in Scratchcam and applied the appropriate scratches and the like. (Since they don't name their filters, I can't tell you exactly which ones I used!)

Step 3 - Layer 3
Here, I simply rotated Layer 2 to give myself a horizontal panel. Saved this.

Step 4 - Putting it all together!
Here is where Iris shows it's stuff! Using the Blend - Multipy function, I placed the Wicked character over Layer 1 and applied that step. Using the Blend - Normal function, I place Layer 3 over the bottom of the combined layers. Applied this. Before leaving Iris, I used Auto Adjust to tweak the WB a bit. I saved all of this...and took a break.

Step 5 - Finishing up.
Opening Snapseed, I applied "Center Focus"to give the edges a bit of a blur, used "Selective Adjust" to tweak brightness and contrast....and....applied "Frame #8". I was done!!!  Saved and moved on!!! I hope you like it.

April 9, 2012


Denim. David Hayes, 2012

i365 project, 99/365. (Lens+, Snapseed)

A bit of a break from the flowers and the like....something a little more with an edge. (Tomorrow's image will be even
Image captured using Lens+ set on "Golden Age". Saved.
Reopened in Snapseed.
1. Cropped square.
2. Tune Image - contrast and brightness
3. Frame #8 @ 38%
Saved and plated...

April 8, 2012

Happy Easter

Easter. David Hayes, 2012.

i365 project, 98/365. (Photo Toaster, Iris)

I captured this image using the native camera app....
Opened this in Photo Toaster, cropped and sharpened. Then I applied these filters:
1. FX - Dynamic
2. Texture - Stone
3. Border - Torn Canvas.
I saved the image and reopened in Iris. Here I used the text function to insert "Happy Easter" using the Cochin Bold Italic font.

I hope everyone has a wonderful Easter Sunday!!

April 7, 2012


Crabapple. David Hayes, 2012.

i365 project, 97/365. (Photo Toaster)

It's hard not to create spring images right now...everything is in it's prime! Such a beautiful time of year!!

Open up your Photo Toaster app....
Do a little tight cropping...
Use the "Recovery" filter to adjust the highlights.
Add some 'Dramatic FX".
Finish with the "Artsy border".
Save and savor...

April 6, 2012


Lilacs. David Hayes, 2012.
i365 project, 96/365. (Iris, Frame Magic)

I started with a close up I took of a lilac bush in my yard....
Opening this image in Iris, I first cropped it a little tighter and resized the image.
I then applied these filters:
1. Sandstone Surface
2. Retro
3. Sharpen
Saving the image and reopened in Frame Magic. Here I used the image itself as my background pattern, played around with the width of the frame and the positioning of the main image. Once I was satisfied, I saved....I hope you enjoy!

April 5, 2012


Flower? David Hayes, 2012
i365 project, 95/365. (Camera +, FX Photo Studio)

Original image captured using Camera +.....saved to Camera Roll.
Reopened in FX Photo Studio....
1. Rainbow Palette 2
2. Explosion
3. Radial Blur
Save and enjoy...flowers within a flower....

April 4, 2012


Steamed. David Hayes, 2012
i365 project, 94/365. (FX Photo Studio, Snapseed)

Open image in FX Photo Studio...crop and adjust to taste.
Then....apply these filters:
1. Steaming Window 2
2. Blue Lense
Reopen in Snapseed...apply  these filters:
1. Selective Adjust for contrast and brightness
2. Details for contrast and brightness
3. Drama 1
4. Frame 2
Save and post!

Dave's App Recipe Book - April, 2012 Edition

Just a quick announcement! The April 2012 edition of "Dave's App Recipe Book" will be taking place in a couple of weeks... this month's happening is Wednesday, April 25th. (Normally, these take place on the third Wednesday of the month...but I'll be out of town on the 17th!)

Everyone is invited to join in the fun. Here's how. All you have to do is:
1. Capture an image using an "idevice" camera app, digital camera, or analog camera (If you've used your digital or analog camera, you will then have to import this image into your iPhone, iPad, or Droid device.
2. Build an image using in-device apps. You can use as few as one app or as many as you like. (Even the Instagram filters will work!) You can use any app(s) you chose...and any theme you want. Oh...no "shopping" allowed!
3. One April 25th...post on your blog, website, or Flickr site your image as well as the "recipe" where you tell everyone how you create your wonderful pic.
4. Make sure to send me an email at clearer reflections@hotmail.com with the link to your posting and I'll include it in the Recipe Book.
5. If you have any questions, please send me an email!

This is a great chance to share your images and knowledge with everyone. So I hope you will join in!

April 3, 2012


Water. David Hayes, 2012.
i365 project, 93/365. (SP Photo Tada)

Just a bit of "Steampunk"...this app doesn't have much going for it...but once in awhile it's fun to play with...

Using SP PhotoTada...
Apply the "X-ray" filter...adjust to taste...
Apply the "Journal Jot" filter...again, adjusting to taste...
Finally...use the "Traveler" border to finish off.
Save...and share with a giggle...

April 2, 2012

Not An Exit

Not An Exit. David Hayes, 2012
i365 project, 92/365. (FX Photo Studio)

I'm beginning to wonder where all these images are coming from. My parents warned me about this sort of thing. No matter....here's the recipe:

Using FX Photo Studio....
Apply the Glowing Edges filter...use a mask to block out the "Not An Exit" sign.
Apply the Green Lense filter...again using a mask to block out the sign.
Finally, add a touch of Ancient Canvas to add to the "ambience" of the image.
Save...and ponder....

April 1, 2012


Piped. David Hayes, 2012

i365 project, 91/365. (FX Photo Studio)


It's Sunday...time for a simple one.
Open image in FX Photo Studio....crop square if desired.
Apply these filters, adjusting to taste:
1. Mosaic
2. Vintage Red
3. Vignette 1
4. Radial Blur

Save and enjoy!!