Glacier Hike - created by MossyB


Glacier Hike
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avatar pearlie
pearlie says:

Where's the Dragan effect in this? Sorry, not seeing it even in hi-res. There are several tuts out there, though some are better than others. Many ways to achieve the contest effect, author.

author says:

Sorry you don't see the effect. Perhaps your monitor needs calibrating, or a visit to your optometrist is in order.

The basic adjustments for a "Dragan effect," which is actually more of a "pseudo-HDR" effect achieved with Photoshop, are there. I suppose I could have just put a layer of generated noise on top and color tinted it green, but that really would not have achieved the definition and enhancement of features that a "Dragan" accomplishes.

Thanks for taking the time to comment, tho'!

avatar zambrottix

in my opinion the dragan style, is not simply a sum of filters and adjustments, I think the choice of image is important to achieve a dramatic image and hard, and I think it is the case with his work

author says:

Good point, Zambrottix, but there are at least a couple of entries so far that don't really come close in quality or technical effect to a Dragan. That is just the way contests work...

But I must disagree, as Dragan himself has clearly stated that his effect is a result of adjustment layers for hue and saturation, along with selective sharpening, blurring, burn and dodge. The key is to start with a good quality photo, but in the end, it IS a sum of filters and adjustments. Dragan himself has admitted as much in several interviews, some of which are no longer available on the web, but which I have archived.

Here is one still available in which he discusses some of his attitudes:
http://www.bakmagazine.com/interviews/13/andrzej-dragan

avatar k5683
k5683 says:

I agree with the others on this one. It doesn't look like you did hardly anything to the photo.

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