September 27, 2015

Open To Your Interpretation

Vignette #1. David Hayes, 2015.

Now don't get me wrong...I do like's just that the catalog spread I was asked to use as inspiration did nothing for me. Nothing at all. So...I went looking for other images that I could use for inspirational interpretations...

I did find several images had a wall size graphic design image...lots of large type in a fun font. The other image had a large minimalistic painting hanging over a chest. That sort of vignette. Taking a cue from the large type image, I created my own version of an vision chart using one of my iOS apps on my iPad. I printed that out and then proceeded to create several vignettes using that as my focus point.  Vignette #1 is my first interpretation.

Vignette #2. David Hayes, 2015.

Same chart and set...took away the boxes and the squirrel. Used a column and a potted ivy. And a different angle...

Vignette #3. David Hayes, 2015.

Brought back a couple of the boxes...added a glass bottle and some dried flower heads. Added a hand. Thought this one needed a bit a Lightroom "magic" so I used a pinhole camera effect preset that I have. Not perfect but I do like this one!

All images were shot using my Nikon D90 DSLR and processed in Lightroom.

September 18, 2015


Side Chop. David Hayes, 2015.

Photograph my breakfast? Sorry...not all that very interesting. Perhaps I could do a set-up with waffles, eggs, and all that sort of thing. A real foodie set. Looked at a bunch of images just like that and decided to do something different...cause that's what I do. Took a bowl, put some Cheerios into it and a little milk. The dregs at the bottom of the bowl....

Side Chop was my first effort at "style". No, I don't use chopsticks and besides at this point I usually just pick up the bowl and drink the dregs down...

Over Spoon. David Hayes, 2015.

A different perspective...a bit of arranging of the Cheerios...and an old wooden spoon....

Over Chop. David Hayes, 2015.

Take away the spoon, shift to the left a bit, and add the chopsticks. I like this take on the set better...

All images were shot with my Nikon D90 and processed using Lightroom and Photoshop. Not a strong set but I did learn a few things so all is good. And yes...I did pick up the bowl when I was done...

September 15, 2015

On Spoons

Black on Black. David Hayes, 2015.

One of the biggest challenges I have whilst shooting still life set-ups are those where I do a black on black styling...and throw in whites! With each session I learn a bit more so I go away both frustrated and happy.

The prompt this time was to do a "on spoons" set-up. I went with coarse white sea salt in a black bowl and a silver spoon...and yes against a black background. Black on Black is the image I was most happy with after many, many tries. Shot using my Nikon D90 and processed in Lightroom and Photoshop.

White - On the Side. David Hayes, 2015.

Taking a different tact, I used a white background and less salt in my set-up. A little easier to shoot and with the help of a Lightroom preset and a Photoshop texture I had White - On the Side.

White - Over the Top. David Hayes, 2015.

Same set-up...different perspective, Lightroom preset and Photoshop texture.