One-Four Challenge: January Week 4

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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’.

To find out more you can go herehere or here.


27 Comments on “One-Four Challenge: January Week 4

  1. Great work again this week! These are magic mushrooms, might give us hallucinations! I like this edit, but my preference goes for the B&W version.

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  2. LOL when I first saw the colours I was a bit YUCK but then when I saw your explanation it made perfect sense 🙂

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    • It’s rather bright, isn’t it! They’re not colours that I’d usually go for at all but with it being a toadstool picture I just had to go down the psychedelic route with one of the edits! Thanks for commenting. 🙂


      • It was a bit startling certainly but your reasoning behind it was inspired really 🙂


  3. Sorry I am a little late in commenting. Your choices this month were great! I appreciate what you were trying to do this week, the colors are right in line with your vision! My favorite of the bunch is week 2, I am really partial to black and white and this image really sits well in monochrome.

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      • You kidding! These look like a pro (atleast to my untrained eyes.) 🙂
        I also love photography but I don’t think I can do anything like this!
        Looking forwars to see more pics from you 🙂

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      • You ought to try joining in with a challenge like this, Heena. Most people say what edits they’ve done to get their picture looking how they want it to (and what program they used – there are several free ones online). I’ve learnt loads just from reading their explanations! I mainly just play, though I’m now getting a few things that I actually know how to do! Thank you for your very flattering comments. 🙂

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  4. Thanks for the idea Louise! I’ll surely check it out. I really wanna participate though, but all the writing and workouts and diets are starting to take a toll on me… not to forget- reading like crazy! lol!
    I’ll try my best to participate in it or atleast to follow all the discussions and posts related to this 🙂
    Have a great day dear! ❤

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