It seems to me on days that my time for photography is limited I end up doing some of my more creative work. The past few days I have had personal time to do some photography but I just couldn’t seem to get the creative juices flowing. I don’t know, maybe my brain just needs a little down time or something.
After the rain of the first part of the month, I finally got around to cutting my grass today. But before I did, I found a number of mushrooms growing in the shady part of my yard. They were pretty big and I thought I would grab a few shots of them before tearing them out. Again I was trying to shoot at awkward angles since the ‘shrooms were, of course, at ground level. I took a few shots with my Super-Takumar 50mm using the live view of my camera since I needed to see in order to manual focus. It wasn’t ideal but it worked, somehow. When I used my DA17-70, I just held the camera and relied on the autofocus, checking the compositions on the LCD afterwards. I seem to put myself in these funky shooting positions often enough to make me realize what features I really need in a camera. Whenever I upgrade my gear in the future I should know exactly what I want, after all of the different shooting situations I put myself through!
The mushroom shots aren’t anything spectacular but I did like my choice for the 365 photo because it looks like some kind of alien mothership hovering above my yard. I went with a sort of retro look processing for this series because mushrooms make me think of the 70’s for some reason. Pentax K20D, DA 17-70, Super-Takumar 50mm (last two shots).
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