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Capt. EarthMan-Dragan Effect

I came across Capt Earthman at the Spring Training game this past weekend. Initially I thought "just another crazy vendor". It wasn't until I got home and started looking at the photos that I discovered all this amazing detail on capt. Earth..I mean study the image for a bit.

 

It was then that I decided that no mere processing would do for Capt. Earthman. For this i would attempt the Dragan effect. The Dragan effect is made famous by photographer Andrzej Dragan andrzejdragan.com/

 

Truly amazing images and I didn't come close. It sort of worked but I need to spend to much more time on dodging and burning and I see why people say it takes hours to do it properly.

 

Special thanks to Hanekam for the great tutorial at www.youtube.com/user/TheHanekam#p/u/7/v33vqWpnnVM

 

In my view it works best on faces of character..I couldn't really see applying this to a younger woman's face. Sorry Capt EarthMan that I didn't do you justice..but I have a few more images of you.

 

Lots of post in CS5, some detail pop in additional plugins and final in Aperture 3.

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Taken on March 7, 2011