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The Eyes...

The Eyes...
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Copyright: David Jessop (WhiteKnight) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1199 W: 130 N: 2138] (12018)
Genre: People
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-08-15
Categories: Experimental
Camera: Nikon D200 Digital SLR, Nikkor 85mm f/1.4D IF
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2010-10-04 4:27
Viewed: 2439
Points: 14
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Having been reading about the 'Dragan Effect' recently so thought I'd give it a go! A pic of my son Christopher to start with then;

Mask the eyes, seperate layer, desat the main pic by 25% and increase saturation on the eyes by 20%, merge layers then HDR/tonemapping on the whole image followed by dodging the eyes and slightly burning the BG...

Does it work?

JPEG image to start at 1/250sec, f2.2 and ISO 200.

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  • KBE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 571 W: 132 N: 805] (3839)
  • [2010-10-04 4:46]

Nice attempt David :)

Andrzej Dragan is one of his kind and all of his photos has some mystery and curiosity. I've noticed from his work that he keeps max DOF and low saturated photos
U might like to visit his web site http://andrzejdragan.com/

I like the saturated eyes and darks under his eyes :)

Good attempt.


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  • fransx Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2938 W: 134 N: 7397] (41704)
  • [2010-10-04 4:57]

Hi David,
Yes, the title says it all "The Eyes" - very outstanding! Great clarity and perfect details.
Marvelous reflection in them!
Good use of lighting and splendid shallow focusing.
Well done.

Francis Xavier

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  • AndroK Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2110 W: 41 N: 0] (15189)
  • [2010-10-04 5:24]

Hi David...
Beautiful portrait...
Beautiful eyes and so nice use light...

Sorry, doesn't work for me at all. The skin texture is unnatural, the eyes have a menacing look which could be caused by the red line in each eye lash line above the pupil. His hair between his ear and eye is also red, looks like excessive mascara. Phil.

Hi David,
I admire all who dare to experiment. I don't know about "Dragan Effect", so I appreciate your note.
For me, the result isn't totally conclusive. Your lovely boy seems to have many sooty spots on his face, especially on his front and under his eyes, and an another red's on in the left side of his head.
However, the programm works nicely for his clear blue eyes, this is superbly done.

  • pozaru Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3627 W: 881 N: 2607] (21386)
  • [2010-10-04 23:08]
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I like the effect on the eyes but not on the skin

Bonjour David
En dehors de quelques détails qui pourraient être amélioré par une meilleure maîtrise de la technique,l'impact de la photo est indéniablement plus fort sur cette photo travaillée.Bravo David pour cet essai qui me parait concluant.Catherine

stop this type of plasticky effect photoshop. it looks stupid!

Hi David,
I have never heard of the 'Dragan effect' but it doesn't work for me. The whites of the eyes are 'too white' I would like to see the original to compare - anyway, its a nice portrait of the young lad and well done for experimenting, we need more on TL

  • Teresat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3410 W: 96 N: 3821] (15934)
  • [2010-10-05 19:54]

Olá david
I didn´t know about this Dragant effect...any way your handsome son became too pink in the tonality of skin...with very beautiful eyes.
The close up is very good but the skin look a little strange.
Maybe it is the effect you wanted...
He is too handsome so I like the real tonality.
Um abraço

I always wonder what's behind a smile like that. Great capture and good framing. Well done, tfs.

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  • RSK Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1089 W: 589 N: 1943] (14753)
  • [2010-10-06 23:00]
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Hi David,
it works,whether your son agrees, or disagrees, is the real question :-)
I like this effect & need to find out a bit more about it,I'm sure you can play with it depending on the type of image you want to end up with,I find in this case perhaps the skin tone is a little to reddish as well as a part of your sons hair left side.The bright eyes sure go with the cheeky grin:-)
I don't understand the part where you used HDR Tone mapping on a single image I can't get it to work using photomatix,with a single image that is? Could you explain please.

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