This is my entry for January week 3 of Robyn G’s One-Four Challenge, which asks that you edit the same picture in four different ways over four weeks.
To begin with this picture was again edited on PicMonkey. First I increased the shadows, highlights and contrast and added a faint green cross-process. I then slightly darkened the edges and added a touch of radiance. I then opened it in Photoshop Elements where I brightened it and shifted the hue very slightly.
I’ve actually been unsure whether or not to use this edit, mainly because it’s so very dark. There were several times when I nearly scrapped it completely and started again from scratch. But I really wanted the ink caps to shine against the background, so darkening it was kind of necessary… In the end I thought I’d go with it, but I’d love to know what everyone thinks.
For comparison, here is my original photograph and the two previous edits:
A couple more facts about the common ink cap:
- Its Latin name is Coprinopsis atramentaria – not to be confused with Coprinus comatus, the shaggy ink cap, or Coprinus micaceus, the glistening ink cap.
- In Britain and Ireland they grow from May to November and can be found in a variety of habitats, including: grassland, meadows and open terrain. It is also particularly common in vacant lots due to its liking of disturbed ground.
- It gets its name because when the gills of the ink cap turn black they deliquesce, turning into a black liquid that can be used as ink.
- To create ink from ink cap mushrooms leave the picked mushrooms in a jar for a few days until they are completely liquefied. This can be a smelly process.