Fungus Just Got More Interesting
Today I got excited about Fungus!
If you happen to come across something strange growing wild, chances are it’s a Fungi. This strange group includes, mushrooms, toadstools and mould.
They come in all shapes, sizes and colours and are quite beautiful. Some are brown and slimy, while others are tall and white. There are pretty red and white fungi or others can be shaped like a parasol.
Some Fungi are good to eat, for example the Mushroom or mold which is used to flavour Blue Stilton cheese. We also use a Fungi to make yeast to produce bread and beer.
Some Fungi can cure human diseases such as penicillin and is used to kill harmful bacteria.
There is also the Fungi which are deadly poisonous.
While taking a stroll over the meadow armed of course with my camera I spotted something in the grass. On closer inspection I realised it was some type of Fungi, my knowledge of them is somewhat limited.
I knew not to touch them in case they were poisonous but that wasn’t going to stop me taking photos of them, their colours and shapes were so enticing they deserved closer inspection.
I got down on my hands and knees, it had rained earlier and the grass was wet, I could ignore the damp seeping into my trousers because the dewdrops on the fungi was just beautiful.
Although I was pleased with the photos I took, the colours weren’t very exciting, unfortunately I didn’t find any wonderful red toadstools!
I decided to have a play with them in Adobe Photoshop.
I made the photos black and white, then inserted some colour.
What little colour was in the fungi was lost in the background colour.
By making the background black and white and reintroducing the colour in the fungi, it made it more pronounced.
How to make a background black & white and introduce colour into a photo in Photoshop
This is so easy to do and you can have lots of fun using this method to improve and change the look of your photos.
In Photoshop open your image.
Click on layers at the top of the screen, then click on new adjustment layer, then click on option, Channel Mixer.
Click on ok in the small window box.
In the new window, click on Monochrome in the bottom left hand corner, then click on ok.
Your image is transferred to black and white.
Click on the Eraser tool and adjust the size to use, zoom in on your picture and use the eraser tool where you want the colour introduced back into your picture.
Save image as a JPEG.
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