This is my entry four week 4 of Robyn’s One-Four Challenge, which asks that you edit the same picture in four different ways over four weeks.
For this final edit I wanted to create a more psychedelic image, drawing on the slightly more esoteric role of mushrooms (though ink caps do not have any hallucinogenic properties!). I initially edited on the online photo-editor site Sumo Paint, where I equalized the colours and tones. I then transferred into Photoshop Elements where I added a slight diffuse glow before shifting the hue to green and increasing the saturation. Finally I opened the image in PicMonkey where I increased the temperature and added a slight blue edge and some faint radiance beams.
Now, with this final post of the month, a poll – which of the four is your favourite edit?
As an accompaniment to this final post I thought I’d share a few facts about the folklore, mythology and history of mushrooms and toadstools:
- A circle of toadstools is generally known as a fairy circle or ring. They have also been called elf rings, pixie rings, sorcerer’s rings an witches rings.
- Western European folklore states that fairy or elf rings were caused by fairies or elves dancing.
- Superstition warns against entering a fairy circle as it can bring bad luck. It can sometimes allow you to see the elves dancing but can cause the interloper to be caught in thrall to elven illusion.
- Conversely, having a fairy ring in your garden is sometimes said to bring good luck.
- It has been thought that ingestion of fly agaric, (amanita muscaria) the iconic red capped toadstool, was used by the vikings to induce the beserker state, but this is unsubstantiated.
- In ancient Mexico mushrooms were considered the food of the gods – they were called teonanacatyl which translates as ‘flesh of the gods’.