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Taken at Disney World, and photoshopped to look like this.

Any suggestions on how to improve it further or other ways of making it look greatly appreciated.

Camera:Canon PowerShot A640
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Title:The Mad Hatter
Username:pete146uk pete146uk
Uploaded:9 Feb 2013 - 6:44 PM
Tags:Digital art, Digitally manipulated, Portraits / people, Specialist / abstract
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paulbroad
paulbroad  789 forum posts United Kingdom880 Constructive Critique Points
9 Feb 2013 - 8:50 PM

Not sure what you have done. It is actually quite difficult to sort out with a lot of detail lost in deep shadow. You need to explain the technique and what you are trying to achieve. Not sure the composition is going to work, though.

Paul

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pete146uk
pete146uk  225 forum posts United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
9 Feb 2013 - 10:05 PM

Sorry - This was a photo of a room with many framed photographs on a wall - this was one of the photos (I didn't even realise until I saw it on screen) so it's a crop from a much larger photo that I've had to do a lot of cloning, correcting on. Also brought out the detail in the background, on the hat, brightened it up (believe it or not), removed the flash highlights etc.

I must admit though, it does lose quite a lot viewing it in such a small size on here.

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paulbroad
paulbroad  789 forum posts United Kingdom880 Constructive Critique Points
10 Feb 2013 - 9:39 AM

So this is a photo of a photo? Do you mean this is a heavy crop of one of your own images or a heavy crop of a shot taken by someone else and hung on a wall? A bit confusing.

Paul

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pete146uk
pete146uk  225 forum posts United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
10 Feb 2013 - 10:07 AM

Sorry - not explaining myself very well.

I took a photo of a shop with a gallery wall full of photos and paintings. When I zoomed in back at home, I noticed one picture that I really liked and cropped into it (see the modification I've uploaded.

Unfortunately it was a terrible image! The version on here is what I managed to do with it in PS.

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devlin
devlin  4651 forum posts India39 Constructive Critique Points
10 Feb 2013 - 10:27 AMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

pete - you dont want to be taking pictures of pictures Smile, though this particular one is extremely interesting but it would have better served you as a context to a larger story, or as one element in a shot...for example visualize a person staring up into the mad hatter pic with your shot taken from behind from a lower perspective....in a setting like that it would have worked well...if you get my drift Smile

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pete146uk
pete146uk  225 forum posts United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
10 Feb 2013 - 11:33 AM

I do - thanks for the suggestion, I think that would have made an excellent picture.

This was more a mini project for me - taking one element from an awful photo and seeing what I could do with it on the computer

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Focus_Man
Focus_Man  4481 forum posts United Kingdom631 Constructive Critique Points
10 Feb 2013 - 11:59 AM

So this is a photograph of a picture (it may be a photograph hanging on a wall?) which was cropped from another picture? OK

I feel it is all a little dark for me and I would have loved to see the face of the guy in the picture, rather than the top of his hat. where there are colours they are vibrant which is good but the overall effect I am not so sure about.

Frank

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pamelajean Critique Team 8829 forum postspamelajean vcard United Kingdom1638 Constructive Critique Points
10 Feb 2013 - 4:36 PM

Looking at the original of this, Pete, I think you have worked wonders with it. As an editing exercise, it has come out well.
Moving on from there, the question is....what can you do with it now? It's someone else's work, so you can't put it into a competition or sell it. However, if you wanted it on your own wall, there is no reason why not. And it hasn't cost you an arm and a leg!
Pamela.

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pete146uk
pete146uk  225 forum posts United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
10 Feb 2013 - 4:39 PM

I don't sell anything anyway - this is just a hobby Smile The idea really was just that I liked the picture and wanted to learn some new editing skills

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