March 29, 2013


Visitors. David Hayes, 2013
About a month ago, I got a new toy: Lomography Smartphone Film Scanner. This little smartphone adaptor allows one to scan 35mm film negatives (remember those?) using your smartphone. As I am with most things like arrived at my doorstep just when I was involved with something I unpacked it, checked it out, and put it aside until "later". 

Later happened a couple of days ago. I found my old film negative files, read the instruction booklet for the Scanner...yes I do read instructions...and "scanned" a dozen or so images. Worked like a dream!! So...I have a bunch of new images to share. "Visitors" is the first of these. Recipe below.

1.) Use your Smartphone Film Scanner to capture the source image.
2.) Crop and convert to a positive using PS Touch.
3.) TouchReTouch for touch ups.
4.) Gridditor
5.) Jazz (I created two versions in Jazz from the Gridditor version.)
6.) Image Blender (blend the two Jazz versions using Multiply)
7.) Snapseed 

Okay...don't ask me what settings/filters I used in Gridditor, Jazz, or Snapseed. I didn't write them down this time...and I don't remember...exactly. 

March 27, 2013

Here Comes the Sun!

Tongues. David Hayes, 2013.
Yes! The sun has come out and it is already in the mid-50's (F). Spring has returned this last Wednesday in March. Hopefully it will stay this way! I recently read a long-term forecast for my area...calling for higher than normal temperatures and precipitation come April and through the summer. I suppose by mid-July I'll be wishing for cooler weather but for now...bring it on!!

Here's the recipe for "Tongues":

1.) MPro
2.) PS Touch
3.) PaintFX: Vintage Canvas, Rainbow
4.) Repix: Van Gogh, Daubs
5.) iColorama: Texture 30/31; Exposure; Sharpen 3/6.

March 25, 2013

Monday, Monday...

Ammunition. David Hayes, 2013.
Happy Monday! It is really hard to believe on a day like this that it is Spring. Cold, gray, snowy. Hard to be motivated type of day. I think I'll just throw in the towel and find a good book to read. Maybe two...

Here's the recipe for this image:

1.) Hipstamatic: Lucas AB2; C-Type Plate.
2.) Shock My Pic
3.) iColorama: Texture 6/31; Sharpen 6/6; Exposure (Contrast & Brightness)

March 22, 2013

Scrambling Eggs....

Sunny side up. David Hayes, 2012

Isn't this a lovely shot of organic brown eggs! I took this last spring, just before Easter. Very sensual, very earthy. I was going through my "archives" the other day and stumbled on this image. Thought to myself..."why....Easter is almost here. Let's see what I can do with this image!"

Now...I want you to know that I did try out several traditional approaches to Easter eggs. Just not me!! I deleted those versions very quickly. Instead...well...I came up with three different versions that "spoke to me"!! Thought I'd share all three versions with you and get your opinion. Don't be shy...after looking at my "scrambled eggs" do let me know which you like the best. Or if you don't like any of them...say so! (It would be nice to know why/why not...but that's optional.)

Disturbed #1. David Hayes, 2013.

Here's the first version. I used Popsicolor - black and blue, "minimum" setting, and "Ink". I really like this one. Just the right amount of line and shading. Speaks loudly...

Okay...maybe not loudly enough. So I went back in, changed the settings to blue and blue, and "Normal" setting. My thought was to create another layer that I could use to put the first version and this one together in Image Blender...

Disturbed #2. David Hayes, 2013
And that's what I did. Image Blender @ Multiply. Can't say it speaks loudly to me...but it's getting there...

Disturbed #3. David Hayes, 2013.
Now! This is more like it!! Still in Image Blender...same two layers...this time blended @ "Difference". I'd say that this made a difference!!!

Disturbed #4. David Hayes, 2013.
Disturbed #4. Now I do have a fancy for this one. Using Disturbed #2 as my base, I went to Distressed FX and applied their "Stirred" and "Absentia" filters. Saving this, I moved to Pic Grunger: "Weathered", "After Hours", and "Pulp".

What do you? Version 1? Version 2? Version 3? or Version 4? All of the above? None of the above? Give me a shout and let me know!!

Happy Friday everyone!!!

March 20, 2013


Start with a handful of pachisi pieces....
Run this through Decim8...until it "feels" right... Glaze...and use "Daisy #3"

Since Glaze is so much fun, do it again!
 This time use "Gold Ball #1".
Put both Glaze versions together. Image Blender was my choice here using "Multiply".
Thinking it needed a "painterly feel", I went to Paint fx and overlayed its "Canvas" filter.

Pachisi. David Hayes, 2013.

To finish, I used Snapseed...a little "Color Correction" and "Contrast Correction". So finishes my tutorial for this Wednesday, March 20th. The first day of Spring!!

March 18, 2013

If You Can't Say Anything Nice...

Pipes. David Hayes, 2013
...then don't say anything at all!

 Here's the Recipe:
1.) FX Photo Studio HD: X-Ray, Burnt Paper
2.) Etchings: FX filter: Lumen; Line weight: heavy; Exposure setting: #6.

March 15, 2013


Knowledge. David Hayes, 2013.

Happy Friday everyone! The sun is out...a bit. It's in the upper 50's (F). Rain is coming back tonight and tomorrow. Spring. Just maybe it will stay around this time.

I've had to find a new yoga studio after several years at the other one. I think I've found one I to make it "home". New teachers, new people to practice get to know. And they know me. I'm done being upset about having to move...excited about what I'm finding. Change can be a good thing.

Today's recipe is a bit complicated. So here goes...

1.) I first created the book background using: Scratchcam, then Glaze, then combining these two version with Image Blender.

2.) I then processed the light bulb using: PS Touch and Iris

3.) Going back to Image Blender, I put these two images together. After "flattening, " I overlaid this with a manuscript "stamp" that I have in my stocks. 

4.) Went to Color Lake to give the image that reflected look.

5.) Finished off with Distressed FX.

Don't ask me what filters, settings, etc. I used...'cause I forgot to write those down. I was lucky to remember which apps I used! 

March 13, 2013


Bird's Nest. David Hayes, 2013

Wednesday. It's snowing to beat all out there. Just snowing. Too warm to accumulate. Started doing this around 6:00 am this morning. I know, I was up. It was dark, cold, and snowing. (I hate Daylight Savings Time...but that's another gripe.) I was up as I wanted to try out a new yoga class that is held at 8:00 am. This wasn't at my usual studio but I don't go there anymore. (This is another gripe as well.) In any case, up I was. Driving in the cold and dark a little after 7:00 am. It was worth it actually. Fantastic class. Beautiful studio. I'll be back. Even in the snow....and dark...and cold.

Recipe time:

1.) FX Photo Studio HD: B&W Magazine, Lauderdale, Bilbao.
2.) Snapseed: Film Style #5.

March 11, 2013


March - Evening Snowfall. David Hayes, 2013.
I do like March. Always unpredictable. Last week we had snow. Lots of it. Didn't last long but gave everyone a needed snow day. This past week end we had sunshine and upper 60's, low 70's. Today...well it's cold, gray, and rainy. The sun is suppose to come back tomorrow.

This ever-changing weather matches my life right now. Perfectly. Going through some changes...but all will be for the good. Just like the weather. A bit more of the gray...and then it will be spring. All for the good.

The recipe for "March - Evening Snowfall":

1.) Streetmate
2. Scratchcam

Simple as that! Time to light a fire in the fireplace and take a nap!!

March 8, 2013

Abstractions - Friday

Twilight. David Hayes, 2013
Happy Friday! The sun has been out...all day! Certainly makes a difference. It's a good thing...looks like my tax bill will be higher than I thought! Funny thing is...I just sold some "toys" that I don't use anymore...which will cover the tax bill. I guess if I can't come out least I'm in "balance"!

"Twilight" is the last in my Abstractions series. Here's the recipe for this one....a little different from the others:

1.) Gradience
2.) Decmi8

March 7, 2013

Abstractions - Thursday

Boredom. David Hayes, 2013.
It's Thursday. March 7th. The sky is gray and cloudy. Still. It's cold. I plan to work on my taxes later today. My, my, am I an interesting one this morning! Sigh....

"Boredom" is fourth in my series of Abstractions. I do hope you've been enjoying them...

1.) Deco Sketch
2.) Decim8

March 6, 2013

Abstractions - Wednesday

Bubble & Squeak. David Hayes, 2013

We did get snow last night...maybe 4 inches worth. Very pretty. Yet...I'm tired of where is spring? The forecast for the weekend is sunny and in the upper 50's/low 60's (F). Hopefully this isn't just a tease...

Recipe for "Bubble & Squeak":
1.) Deco Sketch
2.) Decim8
3.) iColorama: cropped square; Style - Edges 1/6; Form - Deforms 3/9.

March 5, 2013

Abstractions - Tuesday

Roller Coaster. David Hayes, 2013.

Happy Tuesday! "Roller Coaster" is the second in my Abstractions series. Sort of describes my life right now...lots of ups...and downs. Mostly ups...

Winter storm warning out there for tonight and tomorrow. Maybe, just maybe we'll get some snow. Probably not. Just as well actually...I'm so ready for Spring!!

Recipe for "Roller Coaster":

1.) Create base image in Deco Sketch.
2.) Run this through Decim8 until you get it "right"! (In this case, Decim8 used Brainfeed3R and Precog1.

March 4, 2013

Abstractions - Monday

Speed Kills - David Hayes, 2013.

I have been doing having some fun messy around. The threesome  - Deco Sketch, Decim8, and Image Blender are providing me with some very interesting images. Way too much fun actually...bordering on addictive....

I thought I'd share with you this week five of the images that this threesome have produced...and in some cases a foursome. The more the merrier!

Recipe for "Speed Kills":

1.) Create a base image using Deco Sketch.
2.) Run this image through Decim8 until you get one that seems a good fit with the base image.
3.) Use Image Blender to put these two images together. Try out different blends and positioning. Variety is the spice of life!
4.) Invite in a little cropping, apply "Drama 1" followed by "Retrolux #2".

March 1, 2013

Morning Shadows

Morning Shadows. David Hayes, 2013

What does one say on another gray, gloomy, cold, crappy winter's day. At least February is over. More of a disease  than a month. I suppose if that's all that I have to complain about... Life is good actually. Plans for the future are coming to fruition...there was enough money in the checking account to pay bills...and it's Friday. is good. And the sun will come out...sometime.

"Morning Shadows" started out as a simple study of shadows on a wall...but I couldn't get the contrasts just when all else fails, app the hell out of it! Here's the recipe:

1.) MPro - blue filter (version 1)
2.) MPro - orange filter (version 2)
3.) Iphone5 native camera (version 3)

This gave me three separate images of the same shadow pattern...

4.) Image Blender - V1 + V2 @lighten. Flatten.
5.) Image Blender - blended the above with V3 @color burn. Saved.

6.) Distressed Fx - Birds (Alfred); Savannah.