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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


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


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