June 28, 2013

Wet Hair

Wet Hair. David Hayes, 2013.

Nothing says summer more than wet hair...right out of the swimming pool...dripping down a bare back. Just something about that...add in the smell of sun tan lotion and you're there!!

Of course I couldn't just post a picture of this...I had to "app it"! So...I did!!

Happy Friday everyone. Find yourself a pool to hang out at this week-end. Take in some wet hair and bare backs. That's what summer is for!!

Scanned color slide using scanner utility
PS Express: crop and rotate
Laminar Pro: Painting

June 27, 2013

The App-ter Project. #20

1 Image, 40 Different Apps = 40 Different Images!! Simple as that.

#20. David Hayes, 2013.

Featured App: Diptic

June 26, 2013

So...let me tell you about it.

Yellow Dress. David Hayes, 2013

You see, it's like this. Sitting at my kitchen table this past Monday afternoon. Working on one of those inane house projects that have to be done. Heard the a/c compressor start up outside followed in a couple of minutes by the house blower kick in...then kick off abruptly. You got it. Long story short. Air Conditioner DOA. Just when the heat of summer is starting up. Made the call...couldn't come to our house until late Tuesday afternoon. Lots of dead a/c's out there. When the service guy does show...it's our blower control module. Not cheap. Very expensive. Not something they carry. Can't get one until Wednesday morning. Tuesday night was miserable! Okay, story getting long...so...replaced this morning. Yep. Very expensive but at least the house is cooling off. Life is like this...yeah it is.

Yellow Dress

Scanned color slide using scanner utility. (No PS here!)
FX Photo Studio HD
Glow Vivid Colors

June 25, 2013

The App-ter Project #19

I've taken one image...a flower. Used forty different apps, one at a time, creating forty different versions. Simple as that!

#19. David Hayes, 2013.

Featured App: Horror Cam
Hell Blood #2
Rusty Blood

June 24, 2013

Garden Studies

Garden Studies. David Hayes, 2013

One of the joys I find in my Face Book stream is seeing what the artists that I follow are doing...particularly those I've newly started to follow. One of those is a photographer named Mary Galloway. Not only is her images in themselves fascinating, I have also become quite intrigued by how she puts them together into "studies" of sorts. Inspired by this, I created my own Garden Studies. So a tip of the hat to Mary! Do check out her work if you're on Face Book!!

Recipe for Garden Studies:

1.) I shot both images using MPro (blue filter)
2.) Put both images thru Alt Photo (Tintype, cropped square)
3.) Used Layover to bring the images together (multiply)
4.) Finally, a bit of Snapseed to put a bit of polish on the finished product! (Tune Image, Frame 15)

June 21, 2013

Summer Solstice....

Cobwebs. David Hayes, 2013

Ah...summer. Arrives today....longest day, shortest night. With weather that fits...hot and humid. At least here in the Ohio River Valley. Full of promise. 

In a fit of the "blues" this morning...left over from yesterday... I realized that if I don't shake it off quickly I'd miss out on Summer's promise. Can't do that. No, indeed!!

Recipe for Cobwebs

Crop source image using PS Express. Do a little adjusting for 
Contrast, Brightness, and Exposure
Open in Laminar Pro...use the LCA filter followed by Old Paper
Open in Mextures...use the Ashes filter set on Color Dodge followed by
Stonewall set at Difference.
Finish up back in Laminar Pro where I adjusted temperature &

June 20, 2013

The App-ter Project #18

1 Flower/40 different apps.
That was my challenge.

#18. David Hayes, 2013

Featured App: 100 Cameras
Coffee in the Morning & the Smell of Comfort

June 19, 2013

Rode Hard...

Rode Hard. David Hayes, 2013

Have you ever heard that saying, "Rode Hard, Put Away Wet!"? I do believe it comes from horse racing...but I've heard it mostly in reference to how a person looks. Sometimes this is good...and sometimes...

I thought of this saying when I finished this image. Just seemed appropriate.

Here's the recipe for Rode Hard:
1.) FX Photo Studio: crop, Pencil Paint #2, Sanibel, Radial Blur
2.) Snapseed: Retrolux Style 9

June 18, 2013

The App-ter Project. #17

Forty Different Apps. One at a time. One image of a flower. Forty different images. Simple as that.

#17. David Hayes, 2013.

Featured App: Swankolab
Preset: Jeff's Favorite

June 17, 2013


Sneeze. David Hayes, 2013

As I'm apt to do on a Sunday evening, I found myself sitting at my desk last night making up my weekly to-do list. Makes me feel so purposeful...even though I also know that I won't do most of what's on the list. At least I can say I tried. The question I always ask myself is, "When?" When will I get to all these things? When do I spend time creating new images? When do I spend time to do my blogging...my Facebook-ing...my postings to the ever growing places that I "hanging" my pictures. When....? 

I suppose the answer is...whenever! Hmmm. Happy Monday!

Today's image, Sneeze, seems to fit this question. Here's its recipe:

Slow Shutter Cam
FX Photo Studio
Glow Vivid Color (layer 1)
B&W Grained (layer 2)
Image Blender
Layer 1 & 2 @ Darken

June 14, 2013

What A Day!

Siberian. David Hayes, 2013

I woke up this morning...and remember that the woman sleeping next to me and I were married on this day 38 years ago! Now that's pretty fantastic!!

Checking my Facebook stream later over coffee, I found that I been designated a NEM Artist by the New Era Museum Artistic Committee. Now that's pretty fantastic as well!!

And...I also found that I was mentioned, along with other artists, in a nice write up by The App Whisperer! Pretty fantastic!!

The weather today has been perfect....mid 70s, low humidity, sunny. Decided to scrap my to-do list and take my motorcycle out for a ride. Priceless!!

So what can I say...but...what a day!!

Recipe for Siberian:

1. Wood Camera: crop, Florence, Painting
2. Snapseed: crop tighter, Drama 1.

June 13, 2013

The App-ter Project #16

One Flower.
Forty Different Apps.
That's the Challenge.
Simple As That....

#16. David Hayes, 2013

Featured App: Rainy Daze
Vintage Rains 10
Vintage 16 with adjustments

June 12, 2013

Buried Treasure

Almost missed it. Seth Apter's "Buried Treasure" article. Too much going on for my own good. (I will have to admit that I'm loving it none-the-same!)

My Buried Treasure takes me/you back to my first post of the New Year. Lots of reflections and New Year resolutions...as always. And a great pic if I may say so myself!! After reading what I posted...I ask you...why do we do these types of posts anyway? Hmmm...

Make sure to visit Seth's blog, The Altered Page, and take in all the Buried Treasure that's featured...you won't be disappointed!

Mid Week

Flight. David Hayes, 2013.

Wednesday. Already. Mid Week. I always have mixed feelings about Wednesday's. Is the week already over...or is the best yet to come? Half empty? Half full? Only two days to the week-end. And I wonder, what would a week of Wednesdays be like? Hmmm...

I really, really like how this image came out. I hope you do as well! In any case, here's the recipe for Flight:

Sharpen 3/6
Shadows: shadows & bleach

June 11, 2013

The App-ter Project #15

A simple enough premise. Take an image of a flower. Chose 40 different apps. Use these apps, one at a time, to create 40 different images of that flower. Pretty amazing actually...

#15. David Hayes, 2013

Featured App: Camera Bag 2
Ladies with adjustments
47mm square

June 10, 2013

A Week Full of Mondays?

New. David Hayes, 2013

At one of my "stops" as I ran errands this morning, I commented how busy they were at the moment...to which I heard that it was always like this on Mondays. Someone else exclaimed that they thought that the whole week might be just like this. A week full of Mondays. Now that's a thought...

Here's the recipe for New:
1.) TouchReTouch
2.) Perfect B&W: Bogart with adjustments
3.) PS Express: crop, sharpen, adjustments for contrast and brightness.

June 9, 2013

Sunday Supplement - 40 Shades...

Source Image. Seth Apter, 2013.
Sometimes I get myself into trouble. It all started over a comment I made on Seth Apter's FB page, The Altered Page, about an image he posted. It was of a rusted out park bench. One thing led to another...before I knew it I had myself involved in another "challenge": if Seth provided a source image of a NYC park bench...I would come up with 40 different versions. "40 Shades of A Park Bench" if you would. Not 40 different apps...but 40 different versions. 

Now...take a look at this source image. Tell me...did he provide me with much to work with...or what? In any case, I do like a good challenge. I've come up with 5 versions so far and over time will create a total of 40! I'll be posting these from now on my FB page, Clearer Reflections so if you're interested in what I come up with...do visit!

Here's "Shade 1". I used PS Express, Perfect B&W (Machine), and Laminar Pro (Old Book 1, Halftone):

Shade #1. David Hayes, 2013

June 7, 2013


Oz. David Hayes, 2013

Thought I'd take a break from flower studies and nudes...which I've been posting as of late...and put up this abstract I created a while ago. Does fit my state of mind as of late...


1.) MPro to capture the source image...which I don't remember...
2.) Decim8
3.) FX Photo Studio HD: Color Sunlight Spots, Glendale
4.) Paintfx: Old Green Paper
5.) Repix: Stars, Scratches

Happy Friday everyone!!

June 6, 2013

The App-ter Project #14

One image. Forty different apps used one at a time. Forty different images. As simple as that...

#14. David Hayes, 2013

Featured App: FX Photo Studio HD
Red Stroke
Pencil Paint 2

June 5, 2013


Whirl. David Hayes, 2013

Whirl. That pretty much describes how I've been feeling lately. Not a "bad" feeling...just one that I have to get a hold of...to focus that swirl of energy...put it to good use!!

My thanks to everyone who has "Liked" my Monday's image, Sunset. It has received a phenomenal amount of attention, at least for one of my images, over at Flickr and on Facebook. Certainly a Sally Fields moment..."You like me, you really do like me!". 

Today's image, Whirl uses the same source image I used to create Sunset. Talk about differences...

Recipe for Whirl:

1.) iColorama: crop; Sharpen 1/6; Deforms 9/10; Shadows
2.) Snapseed: Drama 2.

June 4, 2013

The App-ter Project - #13

The same image....a flower. Forty different apps used one at a time. Forty images. Simple as that...but so differences.

#13. David Hayes, 2013.

Featured App: Laminar Pro
Lighting Engine
Adjustments to color temperature, contrast, brightness

June 3, 2013

Going with the flow...

Sunset. David Hayes, 2013.

Some time ago I made the decision that I needed "to go with the flow" more and not fight it so much. I did that for awhile but recently I noticed that I'm back into my fighting stance. Not good. Feeling overwhelmed...indecisive...frustrated. Not good. Maybe it's time to throw away all the to-do lists I've created as of late. Could be a place to start!

Recipe for Sunset: (quite simple actually...)

1. Open FX Photo Studio HD
2. Crop to taste, apply the Tokyo filter followed by the Ancona filter. Adjust both to taste.
3. Save and enjoy...

June 1, 2013

Book of Reflections - Saturday Supplement

Sacred. David Hayes, 2013

"If anything is sacred,
The Human Body is Sacred."
         -Walt Whitman

Yesterday I received an email from the administrator of a Flickr group that she has had to remove several of the images that I've been posting to her group because of their nudity. Unsafe and all that. It's her group so she can be that way...I no longer belong to that group and pulled all my other images from it as well...

You know, the sickness isn't in the human body...it's in the minds of those who find it obscene...

Let me know if you'd like the recipe for "Sacred" and I'll send it to you...