July 31, 2015


Everything. David Hayes, 2015.
My response to the latest Be Still_52 prompt. A vignette using something "tall"...and a printed message of some sort. My "tall" are the mother-in-law tongue leafs...my message: "Everything has it's beauty but not everyone sees it" attributed to Confucius. Shot with my Nikon D90, processed in Lightroom and Photoshop.

July 21, 2015

Two Up

Pearls. David Hayes, 2015.

Easy. That's what I thought when I read the prompt: "utilize two sides of a square...allow for room to breathe....shoot top down..." Easy...not! Maybe I was overthinking this hold concept but I could not put anything together that made me happy. Pearls is one of my images I put together for this prompt. I shot this with my iPhone6 and processed it using the app Laminar Pro.

Invitation. David Hayes, 2015.

Same set-up but this time I shot it with my Nikon D90 and processed it in Lightroom and Photoshop. Comparing the two, I prefer Pearls.

Quiet. David Hayes, 2015.

My thoughts in putting Quiet together was to utilize the sides of the bowl to define my two sides...and to leave lots of open or breathing space. (I shot this one using my Nikon and processed it in Lightroom and Photoshop. I do like this one...)

Eggs. David Hayes, 2015.

Eggs is inspired by Amy Duncan of FourCornersDesign. Her work is always amazing! (Shot with my Nikon and processed using Lightroom and Photoshop.)

Clamped Eggs. David Hayes, 2015.

This is my last attempt. Thought I'd play with some "hard" images. Yeah...I like this one the best! (Shot with my Nikon and processed using Lightroom and Photoshop.)

July 20, 2015


According to the Urban Dictionary, one of the many definitions of faffing is "...to muck around, wasting time doing something not necessary." Another way to look at it is to just play around with objects to see what comes about...without any preconceived notion as to the end results. At least that's how I take it.

July found me without much focus for my photography...nothing seemed to interest me. So I decided to faff around! And it's been much fun as I spend a little bit of time every day fiddling around with this and that and then take a shot with my iPhone6. Cropped square and processed using an app of choice, the image is then wrapped in a border and dated using the Polamatic app. I used the Formulas app to create July 19, 2015.

Four pair of scissors against a white background and processed using PS Express gave me July 7, 2015.

We were visiting my sister-in-law and brother-in-law when I shot this image. She had just unpacked her weekly CSA share and took a moment to quickly grab the shot. I used VSCOcam to process this one.

Another simple set-up...a bowl on a black background, a linen napkin and some paper-wrapped eggs. I used PS Express to process July 6, 2015 as well.

July 14, 2015 wasn't what I started out with...which is the beauty of faffing! The cherries are in a white bowl which is sitting on a white background. So...talk about a total overexposed image! I could have "brought it back" but instead just left it the way it was! Sometimes things are best that way!!

Not all my faffs have been top-down set-ups. This vase of flowers was sitting on a table on my sister-in-laws back porch. Perfect for a faff! I used PS Express to crop and basic toning then PaintFX to blur out the background.

There you have it...a taste of my July faffing. If you'd like to see more than check out my Instagram stream @clearerreflections. Here's to Happy Faffing!!

July 17, 2015

Of Cabbages and Sunflowers

Of Cabbages and Sunflowers. David Hayes, 2015

I had the pleasure last week to visit my sister-in-law and her husband who live on Torch Lake...which in close to Bellaire, MI. It was a peaceful two days of perfect weather, enjoying the lake, and taking in the goodness of a Michigan summer...including the local fruit and vegetables! The cabbage and sunflowers were purchased at a local market and I just had to do a quick set-up and shoot on their back porch as the light was perfect! (The wine I was drinking probably also helped!)

Blueberries. David Hayes, 2015.

Whilst I didn't shoot this image during this visit, the blueberries are from the same markets. I did this soon after returning home...both my wife and I were eating them by the handful so I had to work quick!!

Both images were shot using my Nikon D90 and processed using Lightroom and Photoshop.

July 16, 2015

Butter and Eggs...

Butter and Eggs. David Hayes, 2015.

I haven't been blogging a lot lately...saving this time for what I come up using the Be Still_52 prompts. (Come follow me over on Instagram: @clearerreflections) In any case...Week 26's prompt involved butter and eggs. Simple I thought. Simple...not! Could not come up with any clever ideas on how to set these two basic items up! In the end, I bought a block of butter and a dozen brown eggs...and after a quick moment looking for inspiration on Pinterest...went into my studio!

Soft Boiled. David Hayes, 2015.

Looking at the images after my shoot, I wasn't all that impressed. It wasn't until I started playing with the these two in Lightroom and Photoshop that I found what I was looking for! (And yes, I did eat the soft boiled eggs afterwards...they were yummy!!)

July 5, 2015

Two Things

Two Things - Take 1. David Hayes, 2015.

Just two things - fruit and a bowl. So I decided upon green grapes and a white bowl. Backlit. Tight focus on the bowl. Going for "simply elegant".....

Two Things - Take 2. David Hayes, 2015.

Take 1 has minimal processing...Take 2 a bit more. One is from the side. Two is from the top...with a touch of Photoshop texturing...

July 2, 2015


Kipling. David Hayes, 2015.

"Be inspired by a still life painting..." That's how part of the prompt read. Hmmm... So I dug out all my old art history texts, and Googled "old masters still life paintings"...things like that. Decided to go with the all dark look, light from the left, Dutch masters sort-of-look....

Problem was that this type of set-up proved to be a devil to photograph! Too many contrasts between "whites" and "blacks". It took four separate tries and a reset before I had an image I was happy with! A true learning experience indeed. All good!!