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The Honorable Senator from Florida by flyrod

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This 1950 Oldsmobile Rocket 88 is dressed to the nines and so is it’s owner. The honorable Senator Claude Cullpepper has a meeting with a group of developers who want to erect a new hotel on South Beach. That blue searsucker suit he’s wearing has deep pockets, and we suspect they will be a bit fuller after this deal goes down. Surely he can persuade Washington to subsidize the project in the name of tourism and job creation. Is that a new Rolex he’s wearing?

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Modified in Photoshop CS5

This is a composite of two images. The ground was enhanced with radial-zoom blur. Color in the car was inverted so the sky reflections in the chrome would marry to the yellow clouds. The wheel rims were enlarged to create a more contemporary styling.

The name’s Flyrod. American car culture is my thing. If it rolls, roars, or rumbles I’m into it. Statistics and facts aren’t my gig. My mission is to track down and capture the infamous rides that make up pop culture, and to tell their stories.

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  • flyrod
    flyrodover 3 years ago

    How do you make a car that was shot at 1:00 p.m. in bright sunlight marry to a Miami Beach sunset background? The camera image was of a beige color car with blue sky reflections in the bumpers and chrome. By moving the Hue setting to it’s opposite, the car becomes blue gray and the blue sky refections become orange. Because the car was shot on gray asphalt, the ground surface stays mostly neutral. Pretty cool huh? I put my own styling touches on the car by chopping and lowering the roof. I made the wheel rims larger and lowered the car. I like to shoot low to the ground with a wide angle lens to exaggerate perspective. I put a new license plate on to help build the story.

  • barkeypf
    barkeypfover 3 years ago

    Yoiu are a master with PS. Excellent flyrod.

  • barkeypf, You’ve been very supportive, I appreciate that.

    – flyrod

  • WildBillPho
    WildBillPhoover 3 years ago

    Great image and story! Thanks for sharing your editing tips too, I love to learn new editing techniques…

  • Allan Hamilton
    Allan Hamiltonover 3 years ago


  • Mike Capone
    Mike Caponeover 3 years ago

    Wow – beautiful work!

  • resin8n
    resin8nover 3 years ago

    Stunning capture and processing!

  • Daniel Sawyer
    Daniel Sawyerover 3 years ago

    Excellent work here!

  • Thanks Danial. Looks like we both like those old cars.

    – flyrod

  • Steven  Agius
    Steven Agiusover 3 years ago

    Brillant work !

  • Thanks Steven

    – flyrod

  • Joy Watson
    Joy Watsonover 3 years ago

    Fantastic work.

  • Thanks Bubbleblue

    – flyrod

  • dlhedberg
    dlhedbergover 3 years ago

    Great work! Like the story as well.

  • Thanks.dlhedberg

    – flyrod

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