April 29, 2015

Ponytail

Ponytail Plant 1. David Hayes, 2015.

I have this love-hate relationship with houseplants. I go through "phases" when I can't get enough of them...particularly the more unusual ones...and then we end up with a house full. Then...I want to get rid of them. Usually when they've reached an almost unmanageable size...

Ponytail Plant 2. David Hayes, 2015.
I did this before we moved a year and a half ago. Got rid of all our house plants. Now...I want new ones. Much to my wife's amusement and eye-rolling. I'm starting with succulents...just purchased a bunch of these. Had to have this Ponytail Plant when I saw it! It's a nice size now...hopefully it will get bigger. Much bigger!! Don't know where I'll put it if it does. Cross that bridge when I come to it.

Over the week-end I put the plant in front of a backdrop and did a couple quick shots with my Nikon. While I wish I had used a wider backdrop so I could have captured the entire plant, I thought some of the shots were worth further work. Both of these images were processed in Lightroom...different approaches...different presets. You'll be seeing more of this plant in the future...

April 22, 2015

White on White

Cutting #1. David Hayes, 2015

The latest prompt from Be Still_52 had us taking a walk in nature...enjoying the Stillness and all that. We were also asked to either/and do a still shot "on location" or bring something back to work with later. Pressed for time...and lack of cooperative weather...I elected to take a small cutting from a tree growing in a nearby vacate lot. After getting this home, I realized that there wasn't much to work with...more leaves vs. flowers. Giving this some thought I decided to cut back as much as I could and challenge myself to work with "white on white"...white flowers against a white background.

Cutting #2. David Hayes, 2015.

In the end, this challenge was quite frustrating for me. I couldn't get the light "just right" or my camera focus where I wanted it...and you know what I mean. So I just shot and hoped I that I would end up with something I could work with in Lightroom.

Cutting #3. David Hayes, 2015.

I tried several different backgrounds during this shoot. The first two images were against a backlit fabric drop. Cutting #3 was a side lit shot against a stuccoed board. Cutting #4 was against a rose backboard.

Cutting #4. David Hayes, 2015.

Once I started work in Lightroom...and picked these four shots to edit...I first did some cropping...more in some cases than others! I left Cutting #1 pretty much alone after that...just a quick tune-up and one of Kim Klassen's presets. Cutting #2 and #3 I converted to black and white...I do like the shadows in #3. The prettiest of the group is Cutting #4...I did have some fun with the color gradient from left to right in the background.

So there you are. Not the easiest group of images to edit...sometimes that happens!

April 15, 2015

Walking the Streets of Milford

Storefront. David Hayes, 2015.


Sometimes all one has to do is to look to their own backyard for great images. Or in my case, downtown "Old" Milford, Ohio which is only a block or so from our row house. I see these sights almost everyday...it's part of the route my dog and I take on our morning walks. Even still I'm always amassed when I do I grab a quick shot here and there to find out what I've been missing! 

Storefront was shot with my iPhone6 native camera app and processed with the app, Enlight.

Mirror Mirror. David Hayes, 2015.

Very close to where I shot Storefront, is a store window that is always filled with the greatest stuff! The problem shooting this  through this window...or through any window...is dealing with the window reflections. I've several different tricks that I might use depending on the image...in Mirror Mirror I decided that these reflections just added to the image particularly after processing it with the app, Distressed FX. 

April 10, 2015

A Tea Party!

Morning. David Hayes, 2015.

There are times when I hit a creative block...like everyone does. I've learned to try not to fret about this and to be patient. Most times this works. As of late I've had one of those blocks which is why I've not been posting as much as I usually do. So I waited...then I saw a challenge on Instagram that tickled my fancy and away I went. The challenge was issued by @adianbert and titled #theteacupseries. Tea cups. Me? Yeah right. On the other hand...why not! 

After looking at some of the earlier postings I realized I was up against some of the still life greats of Instagram. Which meant I had to take a different tack to get my images noticed. Perfect! In the end, I have come up with five different images that I'd like to share with you in this post. The first, Morning, was shot with my iPhone6 and processed in Snapseed.

The Cup Ran Away With The Spoon. David Hayes, 2015.

The Cup Ran Away With The Spoon was also shot with my iPhone and processed in Snapseed.

Green. David Hayes, 2015.

Green also shot with my iPhone and processed in Snapseed.

Yesterday. David Hayes, 2015.

Yesterday was shot using the Hipstamatic app with a bit of touch-up in Snapseed.

Go Ask Alice. David Hayes, 2015.

And what's a tea party without a little madness? Go Ask Alice was also done in Hipstamatic and Snapseed.

I might not win the #theteacupseries...but I did have fun and my creative block is gone. Now that's my cup of tea!

April 7, 2015

Pretty Pastels...

Three Roses. David Hayes, 2015.

Not my usual thing...pretty pastels. But sometimes a guy just has to step out of the box and given such a thing a try. Pretty pastels...with a dreamy backlight look. That's what the latest Be Still 52 prompt asked us to take on. So here are my images...

Three Roses was shot with my DSLR and processed in Lightroom. After doing my usual adjustments, I applied a Kim Klassen preset called "pastelhaze". 

Roses and Eggs. David Hayes, 2015.

A similar workflow with this image with an added step of opening it in Photoshop and applying a Kim Klassen texture called "Simple 1". 

Don't know how much of "pretty pastels" I can take...even still, I am pleased with my results. Hallmark Cards...are you looking for some new images? Give me a call!