As I was driving out my driveway today I noticed a whole bunch of overnight mushrooms/toadstools/whatever had grown amongst the dead leaves on the side of the drive. Unfortunately, upon my return it appeared someone had driven over 95% of them. I did get this one survivor however.

There are several things I like about this shot. With the DOF, the head of the mushroom seems to almost float. There is a weird lens effect causing some sort of focus diffraction around the edges of the leaves, like a linear bokeh.

Nikon 50mm f/1.8D AF Nikkor

Velvia Vision (set as a layer, overlay blend at 45% opacity), Unsharp Mask, Noise Reduction.

It’s getting pretty touch and go at the moment whether I will be able to store any new images on my current computer. I have used up 55Gb in images alone, taking up 99% of one partition, the other used for OS. I have a backup drive (160Gb), but that already has a duplicate of all my images.

The good news is that very soon (this week?) I should be taking delivery of a brand spanking Macbook Pro and a 500gb LaCie network storage drive. That will alleviate things somewhat I hope.


  • Aperture: ƒ/1.8
  • Camera: NIKON D2X
  • Taken: 3 April, 2006
  • Focal length: 50mm
  • ISO: 100
  • Shutter speed: 1/800s

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I’ve been wondering if anyone ever clicked that thing, now I know – thanks!

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