May 28, 2015

Recipe Book Project - Recipe Number 1

Tower. David Hayes, 2015.

Some time ago I ran an on-line project entitled the "Recipe Book Project." where I shared my "recipes" for creating iphoneography images. I also invited other artists to contribute their images and recipes. This went on for a bit...but then it didn't and I stopped from lack of time and interest. That was then and now is now. Thought it might be fun to give this project another go...but with a twist. Instead of posting full blown tutes, I'll be posting mini-tutes created using the app, Pics2Mov. Today I'm posting Recipe Number 1 which is about how I created Tower.

Let me know what you think of this format...and...if you'd like to play along and submit your mini-tutes, I'd be honored to post them on my blog!

May 27, 2015

River Dreams

River Dreams. David Hayes, 2015.

Not exactly "organic"....which is the theme of last week's Be Still_52 prompt...but I really didn't want to do fruits or vegetables. I thought about using ostrich eggs...but then I didn't have any....

These were taken last week at the Little Miami River which runs just blocks from our row house. The images didn't come out looking as good as I wrong or maybe it  was my attitude when I shot them...or something. I took a different tack when I processed them in Lightroom...went for a black and white vintage look. 

Still working on the "organic" idea...haven't given up yet...

May 21, 2015


Postcard. David Hayes, 2015

I don't know what it is as of late...I seem to get further behind on my projects than ahead! Maybe it's because I keep adding new ones? In any case...I'm just finishing up last week's Be Still_52 prompts!

This prompt asked us to consider a family member and then create a still life portrait of them using objects that connected us to them. I chose my wife who is an accomplished knitter and seamstress. Borrowing a bit of her yarn and needles, I put together this vignette. Shot with my Nikon D90 and processed first in Lightroom. From there I added the Post Card texture in Photo Shop. I really do like how this all came together!

Fabric and Yarn. David Hayes, 2015.

For this one I added a piece of fabric, her pinking shears, and measuring tape. Again, shot with my Nikon and processed in Lightroom. While I think this is a better "portrait" of her as it has both fabric and yarn, "Postcard" is my favorite.

May 14, 2015

Milk and Cookies

Milk and Cookies (1). David Hayes, 2015.

So...when I saw that the most recent Be Still_52 involved "milk and cookies" I wasn't all that excited. After all...I'm more of a "beer and pretzels", "wine and cheese", or "bourbon and cashews" type of guy. None-the-less I have it a try. Here are two images...both shot using my Nikon D90 and processed in Lightroom...

Milk and Cookies (2). David Hayes, 2015.

May 10, 2015


Cuppa. David Hayes, 2015.

A recent Be Still_52 prompt was "cuppa". My first thought was...hmmm...maybe it's time that I join the club and post an image of one of those fancy coffee drinks. Or maybe a trashed Starbucks cup filled with cigarette butts. Something like that. Instead I went the traditional's good to practice with what works. 

The first image was shot with my iphone6 camera app and processed using VSCOcam.

Cuppa 1. David Hayes, 2015.
This image was shot using my Nikon DSLR and processed using Lightroom. After some adjustments in Basics, I applied a Kim Klassen preset. 

Cuppa 2. David Hayes, 2015.

My third image was also shot using my Nikon and processed in Lightroom. This time I used a VSCO black and white preset.

The same set-up...three different angles and processing approaches. Not bad at all. Now I'm going out to find that trashed-out Starbucks cup...

May 4, 2015

Stonelick Covered Bridge

Stonelick Covered Bridge. David Hayes, 2015.

This past Friday my wife and I took a short drive into the "country" so I could do a photo shoot of the Stonelick Covered Bridge. The bridge, knocked out of commission some time ago by age and an overweight truck, just reopened to traffic last week. It's on a very quiet road so I was able to take my time as I shot...I think it was a good twenty minutes before any car came through!

This is my favorite angle from this shoot...and through the magic of my iPad apps I was able to remove stop signs and other distractions....and then give it a painterly look. 

Just as a side note...Friday was an absolutely beautiful spring day and driving through the country side to reach the bridge made me long to buy that proverbial "farm"! Maybe. Just maybe...