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

1950 Mercury with modified Cadillac front end and wheels

It’s always nice to start with a nice clean shot of the foreground image. I used a zoom blur to create the movement in the road. I enlarged a section from the background image and stretched it wider. The headlights are masked and duplicated on a separate layer, brightness is added along with a outer glow. The light beams are created from a white airbrushed dot that is stretched very wide, rotated to the proper angle with the center over the headlight. then the area of the beam to the left of the headlights is erased away.


mercury, chopped, car, automobile, classic, sled, moonrise, highway, cruising, ride

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
    flyrodalmost 2 years ago

    Original background
    Original car image

  • Revenant
    Revenantover 1 year ago

    Very impressive post-processing.

  • Thanks Stefan.

    – flyrod

  • John Schneider
    John Schneiderover 1 year ago

    Outstanding work!!

  • Thanks John.

    – flyrod

  • barkeypf
    barkeypfover 1 year ago

    Sure looks to be in motion. Once again, thanks of sharing some of your methods. I’m not sure I can do the headlight thing with PSE9. I will try.

  • Thanks a lot Paul. Glad you like the how to info.

    – flyrod

  • WildBillPho
    WildBillPhoover 1 year ago

    Beautiful, powerful, smooth image! You do know how to work the magic flyrod!

  • Thanks bill. As you know, the magic takes a lot of practice.

    – flyrod

  • Vince Russell
    Vince Russellover 1 year ago

    Wow, wonderful editing with the results being truly classical.

  • Thanks so much Vince

    – flyrod

  • Steven  Agius
    Steven Agiusover 1 year ago

    Excellent work !

  • Thanks very much Steven

    – flyrod

  • Keith Hawley
    Keith Hawleyover 1 year ago

    Flyrod my friend, you always impress… This is just amazing.. The attention to detail is second to none… Excellent work…

  • A most generous comment Keith. Thanks.

    – flyrod

  • armine12n
    armine12nover 1 year ago

    brilliant work!

  • Thanks armine

    – flyrod

  • BigD
    BigDover 1 year ago

  • Thanks a million Big D

    – flyrod

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