Canon 5D Mark 2, 24-105mm 1:4 lens. Photoshop CS5

SHE GAVE ME THE WILLYS a drive by poem by Flyrod

When my marriage broke down and I got “the big D”
I worried how we’d split up all the property

It’s the thing that keeps those lawyers fully staffed
Their purpose in life is to give a man the shaft

She took the house and everything in it
She raided the bank and ruined all my credit

She sent me a note saying “How does it feel?”
But she gave me the Willys, and that was quite a deal

She smeared my name in the local paper
Making up lies, Oh, it was such a caper

She said I cheated but she had no proof
She took my cloths and through ‘em on the roof

Furniture and clothes meant nothing to me
A six pack of Bud and a little TV

That’s all I needed and one other thing
She was a liar, I never had a fling

I was in love with a motorized machine
It purred like a kitten, if you know what I mean

A slick hot rod all shiny and black
It’s over now and there’s no turning back

We divided up the holdings but I really had to laugh
As far as I could see it, I got the better half

When we walked out of court she yelled, “how does it feel?’
But she gave me the Willys, and that’s my kind of deal

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 2 years ago

    Composite image made from a car show photo combined with a landscape from Death Valley California. Radial blur and Zoom Blur were added to the wheels and ground to simulate movement. Painting and cloning removed unwanted reflections from the car. Color was saturated to increase the emotional response.

  • John Schneider
    John Schneiderover 2 years ago

    Phenomenal work, sir!

  • Thanks as always John.

    – flyrod

  • Nigel Bangert
    Nigel Bangertover 2 years ago

    Stunning car and as usual a well produced piece.

  • Thanks Nigel. I lived with this on for months before deciding what to do with it.

    – flyrod

  • Steven  Agius
    Steven Agiusover 2 years ago

    Brillant work !

  • Thanks so much Steven

    – flyrod

  • barkeypf
    barkeypfover 2 years ago

    Wow! You did a bunch of work on that Willys. Sometimes getting the Willys is all you need.

  • That’s right Paul. It seems like the only time I see one of these is when it’s been turned into a dragster. I think the body of this car is one of my alltime favorites. That big blower might enhance power but it ruins the look of a supurbly designed car.

    – flyrod

  • Jadon
    Jadonover 2 years ago

    Wow, that is some amazing work you have created out of 2 very average shots..

  • Thanks Jason. The good thing about the car shot is that it was a clear blue sky day. That presents an opportunity to bring out some nice reflected color.

    – flyrod

  • Mike Capone
    Mike Caponeover 2 years ago

    As usual – beautifully done!

  • Thanks so much Mike.

    – flyrod

  • WildBillPho
    WildBillPhoover 2 years ago

    Aw sum!! Thanks for sharing your process steps again too.

  • I think this one might give those Corvettes you like so much the Willys.

    – flyrod

  • Keith Hawley
    Keith Hawleyover 2 years ago

    Sweeeet! Nice work mate… I would be happy if someone gave me the Willys too…

  • I hear you man, but don’t go through what this guy did to get it. Thanks my friend.

    – flyrod

  • Stuart Row
    Stuart Rowover 2 years ago

    So much work! Showing the originals really gives an appreciation of the amount of work you have put into this. Simply outstanding!

  • Well Stuart, I look at it this way, no matter how much time I put into an image, it’s nothing compared to what it took to restore the car. Cheaper too. Thanks my friend.

    – flyrod

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