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Fungus Just Got More Interesting

Updated on May 6, 2013
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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi Mike, many thanks for stopping by and your great comments - where would we be without photoshop!!!

      Have a wonderful day and see you soon, best wishes Lesley

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      IAmForbidden 5 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      hi Lesley, i love to eat mushromms especially with malunggay leaves. very delcious. Eatable mushrooms grow on the roots of banana tree and bamboo.

      Amazing editing of photos. Used to edit my hair and eye color using photoshop too :)

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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi Peggy, thank you - I hope you are enjoying playing with Photo shop!

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Lesley,

      Thanks for the link and am going to link this hub back to mine on mushrooms. They certainly DO make for great subjects in photography!

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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hello Kris, I agree the different shapes and texture of the fungi makes it quite fascinating!

      Thank you for visiting and your comments, they are much appreciated, best wishes Lesley

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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi sgbrown, it wasn't until I got up close to the fungi that I realised how interesting they are - now I seem to be forever scouring the countryside to find more!

      Many thanks for your comments and votes, enjoy your day best wishes Lesley

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      Kris Heeter 5 years ago from Indiana

      I am always fascinated by the different shapes, size and texture of fungi! There is a whole semester undergraduate course devoted to fungi at Indiana University. Very nice photos and nice tutorial on how to manipulate them in photoshop.

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      Sheila Brown 5 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

      I love mushrooms and other fungi. We haven't had enough rain around here yet to have any. :( Hopefully soon! Great pictures, voted up and interesting! Have a great day! :)

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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hello Ben my fellow fungi lover! thank you for visiting and your comments, they are much appreciated.

      Best wishes Lesley

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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi Peggy, I hope you enjoy using photoshop, I think that's a really neat effect, taking the colour out of a picture and then putting some colour back in, I could play with it all day!

      Thank you for your comments, votes, sharing and the link, it's much appreciated.

      I have found your fungi hub, I recognised it straight away as I had visited it before and will add a link here.

      Thanks again Peggy, take care and see you soon.

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      Ben Zoltak 5 years ago from Lake Mills, Jefferson County, Wisconsin USA

      I've been so busy lately with art and camera/imaging things not much time to read hp lately but I had to stop and peek at this one, well done. Great read and images, fun topic, I love's me some fungi!

      Ben

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Lesley,

      I also love taking photos of fungi and mushrooms (even have a hub about them) but what excited me most was your photoshop tips. I purchased it and have yet to use it. Bookmarking this and will have to give it a try. Loved your examples of the mushrooms before and after using photoshop to make the mushroom really pop from the black and white background. Up, interesting and beautiful votes + sharing. Will link this hub to mine, with your permission.

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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hello mljdgulley, they are a whole lot more interesting when you get up close, I thought their shapes were beautiful, I am constantly on the look-out for Fungi now!

      Thank you so much for your lovely comments, they are much appreciated, best wishes MM

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      mljdgulley354 5 years ago

      We have the white mushroom growing in our yard and it is amazing to see them poking up in the green grass. I never thought of photographing them. Your work in photoshop is awesome.

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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi Audrey, it would have been so easy just to have walked by these fungi, it was only on closer inspection I thought how beautiful they were!

      Thank you for dropping by and your comments, best wishes MM

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Pretty cool write about fungi! They are beautiful!!

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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi Freya, I think Fungi have a special beauty all of their own, thank you for visiting and your comments, take care MM

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      Freya Cesare 5 years ago from Borneo Island, Indonesia

      I never know fungi are beautiful! Thank you for showing me. ^^

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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi Sue, photo editing software is getting better all the time, I love experimenting!

      Many thanks for your comments, take care MM

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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi Sharyn, I really enjoyed your fabulous hub on Picnik, I had a go with it yesterday, it's amazing and I can't wait to play with it some more!

      Glad you enjoyed this and many thanks for your comments.

      Merry Christmas, best wishes MM

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      Sueswan 5 years ago

      Hi MM

      I love mushrooms and I loved what you did with the pictures of the various fungi. Stunning!

      Best wishes SS

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      Sharon Smith 5 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      You are right MM, fungus did just get more interesting thanks to you. The pics are great. I've been using Picnik editing and it is so much fun. Hope you are enjoying the holiday season!

      Sharyn

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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi anginwu, I enjoyed taking these photos and making them look a bit more interesting!

      I also like the shitake mushroom, it's so tasty!

      Thank you for your great comments and votes, take care, best wishes MM

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      anglnwu 5 years ago

      Wow, you made the fungi/mushroom come alive. I love the subtle introduction of colors. I love mushroom too--the one I love most is the shitake mushroom--we use them in our cooking. Thanks for sharing your amazing photo shop skill and rated up.

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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi Jackie, I thought the pink one was so lovely - it deserved to be in a vase!

      I can recommend home made mushroom soup it's so easy and quick to do and delicous, a must for us mushroom lovers!

      Thank you for your comments, take care MM

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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi 2uesday, I agree wouldn't it be great to be knowledgeable enough to pick the right ones with confidence.

      The photo shop feature is great fun, I hope you get to try it out!

      Many thanks for your comments, take care MM

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      Jackie Lynnley 5 years ago from The Beautiful South

      So love the one that looks like a beautiful flower. Your pictures are fantastic as always. I buy fresh mushrooms all the time and never once has it occurred to me to make soup, now I will do that, thanks!

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      2uesday 5 years ago

      This year I have spotted more fungi growing than in previous years, as I am not an expert I leave them where they are. It would be nice to be knowledgeable enough to know which were edible,I am not willing to risk identifying them by a book. Someone once told me that in France you can take mushrooms/fungi to the local police station to be identified as to whether they are edible or not. Interesting photos and useful info on how to use the photo shop feature.

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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi carol, I would love to take a walk over the fields with a fungi expert who could point out which ones to pick and which ones to avoid!

      Thank you for dropping by and your comments, have a wonderful day, best wishes MM

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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi katyzzz, it's sad to think that even fungi aren't safe these days...

      I agree they do have fascinating characteristics, a great subject to photograph!

      Many thanks for visiting and your comments, they are much appreciated, best wishes MM

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      Carolina 5 years ago from Switzerland

      Very nice pictures, great creations. I love fungis...they are part of my menus. There are lots of fungis here to gather, but i really don't know which one is poisonous...maybe i should learn more to enjoy collecting mushrooms. Thanks.

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      katyzzz 5 years ago from Sydney, Australia

      It took me so long to get here I forgot completely what this was all about (just kidding) but these exotic little fungi have fascinating characteristics and according to a well known and well informed ecologist mushrooms have the ability to save the world from where they lie in the ground, unfortunately we are fast destroying their natural habitat. The news just get worse every day.

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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi Eddy, many thanks for dropping by, your comments and votes, they are much appreciated.

      I hope the sun is shining for you today, have a good one, best wishes MM

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      Eiddwen 5 years ago from Wales

      A beautiful hub and thank you for sharing.

      An up up and away for this one.

      Take care and enjoy your day.

      Eddy.

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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi Ricky, It was fun searching in the undergrowth for fungi!!

      Hope all is well with you and you are feeling better now.

      Many thanks for the votes take care and see you soon.

      Best wishes MM

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      Richard Ricky Hale 5 years ago from West Virginia

      Up and all across MM, well deserved I may add. I love your pics. Those fungi looked wild, especially the first one. Very well written and interesting. Hope all is well. Take care.

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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi kamalesh, I so value your visits, and you are so generous with your compliments! thank you.

      I hope all is well with you, have a great weekend, many thanks for the votes and see you soon, best wishes MM

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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi Gail, I wish I could find some really colourful fungi, but the texture and shapes are pretty interesting and Photoshop livened them up!

      Many thanks as always for dropping by and your comments, they mean a lot to me, best wishes MM

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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi Paddy, I hadn't heard of that old saying before, it made me smile....

      Always good to see you, many thanks for your comments, take care MM

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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi Ruby, this is so easy in photoshop and lots of fun, let me know how you get on!

      Many thanks for your comments, have a great weekend, best wishes MM

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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi Nottootall, how I would love to find some nice orange ones! I am on a mission....

      As these fungi were quite boring colours, adding the black and white background seemed to enhance the colours!

      Many thanks for your comments, enjoy your day, best wishes MM

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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi Derdriu, I am always on the look-out for something different to photograph when I am out on a walk! glad you enjoyed reading and your comments are much appreciated, have a wonderful weekend, best wishes MM

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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi writer20, fungi are so interesting to photograph because of their wonderful shapes and colours, I would love to learn more about them so I would know what would be safe to pick!

      Many thanks for your comments, best wishes MM

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      Kamalesh050 5 years ago from Sahaganj, Dist. Hooghly, West Bengal, India

      Splendid hub with so much information and the photos are all Superb!. You do a wonderful job always my friend and I deeply admire you for the quality of hubs that you produce. All the Best Wishes to you, Kamalesh

      Voted UP & Awesome.

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      Gail Sobotkin 5 years ago from South Carolina

      Fascinating hub with great photos and info. Loved how the pink coloring made some of the fungi look as beautiful as flowers.

      Great job. Voted up across the board except for funny.

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      PADDYBOY60 5 years ago from Centreville Michigan

      When I walk into a room, where there are a bunch of young people, I always think of the old saying, ' There is a fungus among us.' The pictures are gorgeous, and a great story. Thanks.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 5 years ago from Southern Illinois

      What you can do with your camera is amazing. I want to try doing this. I will print out your instructions. I think fungi mushrooms are pretty, but i'm allergic to mold so they are a no no for me. One of my past favorites was a mushroom burger..Yummy..Thank you..

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      NotTooTall 5 years ago from The Land of Pleasant Living

      Hi Movie Master,

      I enjoyed reading your Hub. I have photographed fungi that grow in the mountains of western Maryland ~ really pretty bright orange ones! I like your photoshop creativity!

      N T T

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      Derdriu 5 years ago

      Movie Master: What charming, informative and unusual photos and topics you find when you go for your walks! You do a beautiful job of coordinating what you write with what you photograph. In addition, I really love your playtime in Adobe Photoshop!

      Thank you for sharing, etc.,

      Derdriu

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      Joyce Haragsim 5 years ago from Southern Nevada

      Great hub, my Grandma taught me what not to pick because some are poisonous.

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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi Seeker7, I enjoyed playing with the photos in photoshop, I agree the black and white background seemed to make the beauty of the fungi more pronounced - I'm easily amused....

      Many thanks for your comments and votes, hope you have a wonderful weekend, take care MM

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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi b.Malin, I love the different shapes of fungi, once I started looking out for them on my walk, I was surprised how many different ones I found!

      Many thanks for your comments, best wishes MM

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      Helen Murphy Howell 5 years ago from Fife, Scotland

      A fascinating hub and like yourself MM I find Fungi really interesting. I loved what you did with the photographs. The black and white background makes such a huge difference to bringing out the colour, but I think it also enhances the wonderful shapes that fungi produce.

      Great hub + voted up awesome!!

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      b. Malin 5 years ago

      Such Interesting Information on Fungus Movie Master. So much I really didn't know. We sometimes have these Big White Mushrooms growing on the side of our Lawn...Don't know if they are Editable, because we pull them out ,or when the gardener comes by, they get rid of them. I'll have to find out. Thanks for sharing.

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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi Will, I wouldn't know one fungi from another, but it must be great to know what you're picking and to fry them freshly picked, the thought makes my mouth water!

      Many thanks for your comments, enjoy your weekend, best wishes MM

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      WillStarr 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      My aunt and my mother used to gather mushrooms on the Iowa farm and fry them for supper. I wouldn't know one from another.

      Great pics!

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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi Hyphenbird, fungi are great fun to photo, I like the first one too, I didn't realise how pink it was until I took the colour out and put it back in with the black and white background.

      Thank you for your great comments, take care MM

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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi kschimmel, so glad the title enticed you in:-) many thanks for your comments, best wishes MM

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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi Sunnie, I'm a mushroom person as well, I love 'em! I made some creamy mushroom soup the other day - it was soooo good!

      Many thanks for your comments, enjoy your day, best wishes MM

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      Brenda Barnes 5 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

      Mushrooms are amazing and really are lovely. That first one looks like a seashell. It was nice of you to add the Photoshop tutorial. Your Hubs are always attractive and interesting. I am never disappointed when I open one.

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      Kimberly Schimmel 5 years ago from North Carolina, USA

      The title drew me in! Great pictures.

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      Sunnie Day 5 years ago

      Hi MM...when I saw your pictures of fungi I got all excited..lol..I am a mushroom loving person..I can not eat enough of them..of course the good kind..I would not no the difference so I stick to the store bought ones of course..wonderful pictures and very intersting how you did this..great hub too..

      Thank you,

      Sunnie