Peter Elliston  

The White Rabbit and the Mad Hatter by Peter Elliston

August 2019 - The White Rabbit and the Mad Hatter

About the Image(s)

These two characters were actually on stilts and so were about 12 feet tall if not more. I met them at an agricultural show last month and have no idea why they were there given their Alice in Wonderland theme.. But they just had to be photographed. The heightened colour on their faces is actually as it was although it looks to have a HDR effect but i have actually tried to tone that down somewhat.

Camera was a Fuji XT1 with 18-55mm lens 1/60 f16 ISO 200

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10 comments posted

Joe Kennedy   Joe Kennedy
Down the Rabbit Hole, Peter! Very whimsical characters here and very colorful as well. I do like the enlarged eye through the magnifying glass as it added to the story being told. i did find the overall look to be a little too much toward the comic book appearance. I would have guessed over-processing with HDR but that was not the case.   Posted: 08/04/2019 10:21:25

Sheldon Wecker   Sheldon Wecker
Great subject and composition. I love how they are isolated from any background clutter. To me, it feels like the midtone exposure is a little high and saturation is a little low. I tried a quick edit in LR, attached.   Posted: 08/05/2019 13:24:45
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Peter Elliston   Peter Elliston
Thanks for your comments and reply and you suggested alterations which are very helpful. Exactly which Photoshop tools did you use to do this? Was it just in Levels and then overall Saturation tool? Or did you do this using Raw Filter options>
Peter   Posted: 08/05/2019 13:53:39
Sheldon Wecker   Sheldon Wecker
In the basic module, I used mostly shadows, but a little bit of black/white levels and highlights. In the HSL module, I decreased blue luminance. I used a local adjustment brush to increase clarity in the magnifying glass.   Posted: 08/05/2019 16:14:53
Peter Elliston   Peter Elliston
Many thanks for that advice. Do you know that although I have been using the Raw filter for some time, I have never tried the HSL module!! I f I use that I can reduce the cartoonish appearance of the Mad Hatter's face which is the main problem with this image for me. His makeup was deliberately extreme but it did make the image look very over-processed. This is one of the very good reasons for being in a critique group. Thanks again
Peter   Posted: 08/06/2019 03:23:01
Sheldon Wecker   Sheldon Wecker
Glad the comment was useful.   Posted: 08/07/2019 09:32:34

Dick Perkins   Dick Perkins
Lots of fun here. The results, for me, is a little over-processed in that it looks more cartoonish (the hatter's face, mostly) than photographic to me, and the mirror image is disturbed. But sharing the fun is well offered.   Posted: 08/05/2019 17:21:11
Peter Elliston   Peter Elliston
Thanks for your comments. I have since made the hatter's face less dramatic and cleaned up the eye in the magnifying glass. All useful suggestions
Peter   Posted: 08/06/2019 08:43:14

John Hackett   John Hackett
A couple of very photogenic characters. I like your choice of a low viewpoint created by them being on stilts, it kind of looks as if we are seeing it with the eyes of a child. It is very well taken.   Posted: 08/11/2019 08:02:38

Glenn Rudd   Glenn Rudd
As others have noted, a very good composition and the low angle eliminates any background issues. Sheldon's re-work was right on and eliminated most of the "over-processed" look.   Posted: 08/11/2019 12:51:41