May 23rd, 2008

Desert Sage, Photography

Project 365, Day 48: Shitake Mushrooms

Shitake Mushrooms, originally uploaded by Here Be Dragons.

Day 48 is a photo of some shitake mushrooms which we are cultivating at home. At the Maker Faire, when we saw that there was a booth selling "grow mushrooms at home" kits, I knew Connor would love that. (Actually, Joy and Amy were the ones who first spotted the mushrooms, and knew that they'd be a hit with Connor). So, we bought a couple of kits - these shitake mushrooms, and also some oyster mushrooms. The oysters haven't quite sprouted yet, but when they do, I'll take some pictures of them, too.

There are a few more photos of these mushrooms here:

Desert Sage, Photography

Project 365, Day 49 - Difficult Shot

Day 49 - Difficult Shot, originally uploaded by Here Be Dragons.

This week's Photo Friday challenge is "Difficult Shot," and that seemed like a good excuse to pull out my DIY high-speed flash unit and play around with water.

This shot was taken by manually triggering the flash unit; next time, I might try and rig a laser pointer to act as a motion sensor, and see what sort of results I get with that. I'm really happy with the way this shot came out, and there are many others I liked, as well. You can see them in this Flickr photo set.

ETA: I've decided to use a different photo, taken later in the day, as my official Project 365 for the day. The focus is just a bit clearer on this one: