The first image was taken in May 2010 at Black Creek Pioneer Village in Toronto, Ontario. They had an "Alice in Wonderland" theme going on that day. I was especially fond of the Queen of Hearts roaming the village and entertaining the children and adult visitors alike. I pondered over this picture for awhile liking the outcome of the queen itself but not caring for the background nor surroundings much. So I figured to play with it a bit more excessively, thinking composite, merging two or more images together.
The first step is to post-process the original Queen of Hearts, fixing exposure and finetuning contrast, saturation and fine detail. Next I opened the image in OnOne Perfect Layers 5.2 to remove unwanted background, leaving just the Queen. Then adding a new background layer, in this case I choose a gothic church image that came with the software, overlaying both, keeping the Queen in the foreground. The queen image had to be resized and repositioned to keep a natural size-to-size ratio. After happy with the outcome, the two images need to be merged and the composite version saved.
Pretty good thus far, but I wanted a more sinister overall feel, opening it next with NIK Analog Efex Pro, playing with the wet-plate presets. Reducing saturation, adding texture and blemishes until satisfied.