December 23, 2015

....and Change

Coffee. David Hayes, 2015.

Coffee or tea...some change...shot top down. Fun prompt. Here's my interpretations...

Rubaiyat. David Hayes, 2015.

Tea and Biscuits. David Hayes, 2015.

Postcard. David Hayes, 2015.

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

December 16, 2015


Container 1. David Hayes, 2015.

I've been on a bit of a minimalistic bent as of late when it comes to my still lives...perhaps as a reaction to all the Christmas glitter and glow that surrounds us all this time of year. 

Week 48's Be Still_52 prompt suggested the use of "unique vessels". Considering several, I settled on a concrete bowl I made over the summer. I then went on another "gathering" trip and came back with some dried seed pods, a bit of mossy bark, and some trimmings from a cedar tree.

Container 1 was shot using my Nikon D90 DSLR and processed in Lightroom.

Container 2. David Hayes, 2015

Container 2 is another take on this idea...a bit more minimal than the first. Also shot with my Nikon and processed in Lightroom.

December 11, 2015

The Letter "S"

Santa! David Hayes, 2015

Hmmm.... Use Typography in a still-life. Not words...a single letter...but not "typed" in. A letter. Hmmm....

It's December so of course I picked the letter "S" for Santa! Gotta keep the big guy happy!!

Image shot with my Nikon D90 and processed using Lightroom and Photoshop.

December 8, 2015


Hoarfrost I, David Hayes, 2015

Most mornings I take my Brittany, Kaylee, out for a walk at the near by park. The Little Miami River runs through this section so I am always on the lookout for happenings on the water. This particular morning it wasn't what was on the water that caught my attention...instead it was the hoarfrost that was forming on all the dried weeds that lined our path. Needless-to-say, Kaylee didn't get much of a walk that morning as I was forever stopping, pulling out my iPhone and grabbing yet another shot! I thought I'd like share this series with you. Enjoy!

 Hoarfrost II, David Hayes, 2015.

Hoarfrost III, David Hayes, 2015.

Hoarfrost IV, David Hayes, 2015.

Hoarfrost V, David Hayes, 2015.

For those of you who like to know these things: all images were captured using my iPhone6 native camera app. Hoarfrost I was processed using the app VSCO, Hoarfrost II - Snapseed and Paintfx, Hoarfrost III - Stackables, Hoarfrost IV - Mextures, and Hoarfrost V - Stackables.

December 5, 2015

Dried Weeds

Dried Weeds. David Hayes, 2015

My wife and I are owned by a 2 year old adorable Brittany Spaniel. Now this Brittany demands attention pretty much 24/7...unless she's asleep. Which fortunately is often. She also needs several long walks each day which can be both a pleasure and a pain...if you know what I mean. So when the latest Be Still_52 prompt asked us to go for a "nature walk" and forage...and then create a nature-centered vignette...I thought, "no problem" I'll just take my shears with me when I next walk the dog. Yeah right. I spent more time keeping her out of the weeds then foraging! 

The long and short of it all is that I took my foraging walk...alone...and managed to come up with a nice selection of dried weeds from along the river bank. All of which went into my composition, Dried Weeds. Shot with my Nikon D90, processed in Lightroom and Photoshop.