Steve Wessing  

Mushrooms by Steve Wessing

May 2022 - Mushrooms

May 2022 - Steve Wessing


About the Image(s)

Just like I remember it (reality is subjective).

First I zoomed into the fisheye image, and cropped. Next, I adjusted brightness, contrast, and color saturation. I selected the sky, and removed it. I created a duplicate layer, rotated it about 3 degrees clockwise, and set the transparency to 50%. To eliminate the ghosted parts of the tree and streetlamp I selected the sky from the left side of the top layer, and deleted it from the second layer, then selected the right side of the sky on the second layer, and deleted the selection from the top layer. Next I duplicated the bottom layer, moved the copy to the top, and set its layer value to 'soft light'. I then adjusted the saturation and hue of the new top layer to equalize the layers. At this point I applied 'unsharp mask' on all the layers.
For the sky, I again used several layers of various gradients, all set to 'difference' layer value.
The last step was to create a new layer from all visible layers, and adjust the brightness and contrast one more time before exporting..

6 comments posted

Mike Fernandez
It is creative for sure.... The colors seem to work.
In my taste the clear view of the mushrooms is missing. As I would have kept them without the double or triple imaging.
Looks like a great deal of work went here.

  Posted: 05/09/2022 07:38:55

Hazel Price   Hazel Price
This is truly very creative and changes the very ordinary into something magical. Definitely magic mushrooms. Have you been sampling?   Posted: 05/15/2022 03:40:09

Brian Swinyard   Brian Swinyard
Steve, This is a true labour of love. You have produced an image that is not only creative but also has immediate impact. The colour palette across the whole picture is good and the circular/rotational effect that you have produced, draws me in and holds me in. I am particularly drawn to the clump of mushrooms at the bottom right of the tree and for me, that is where the picture is. There is quite a visual contrast between the natural colours of the mushrooms and the saturated almost unreal blotches of colours in the sky. I find that the sky to the left of the tree is well blended with its surroundings but the sky on the right of the tree looks a bit cut out and stuck on.   Posted: 05/15/2022 11:26:53

Joan Field   Joan Field
The use of the fisheye lens is quite marvelous, giving the curvature to the whole image. It sounds like you went through a lot of work to achieve the outcome I am curious how you have found rainbow-like gradients to use for the skies you have been showing us. I find that the newer versions of Photoshop do not have them any more and now it is almost impossible to make a rainbow in the program, whereas earlier it was easy. Now, having said that, I think I would like to not see so much rainbow, maybe just substituting some other sky. I suspect that the Sky Selection tool in the new Photoshop might help you get a fantastic selection of the sky, allowing you to put In any sky you want. How about one with cumulus clouds?   Posted: 05/20/2022 15:43:30
Steve Wessing   Steve Wessing
Cumulus clouds are possible, and therefore not desirable for this group.
I used gimp. Rainbows are easily available in gimp, but I used various gradients, not just rainbows.   Posted: 05/20/2022 16:18:48
Joan Field   Joan Field
I've never used Gimp, but I should look into it. Thanks for the heads up.   Posted: 05/24/2022 16:24:01


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