Wanna hitch a ride to the galaxy? by Sylvain Dumas

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The hitchhiker’s guide to the galaxy featured a character named Ford Prefect. It just happened that I am a big fan of the book and I happened to find in Canada a Ford Prefect (1938-1949), in a rusty junkyard kind of condition, but nonetheless a magnificent car. I have been tinkering with this picture for over 2 years. The original picture featured an ugly building in the background. Unfortunately it was also a building with similar colours of the car, making it very difficult to mask. I finally find a way to do it and this is my first attempt at masking. I used a picture of a Las Vegas Red Rock Canyon road that I took about a year ago as the background. The car itself was photographed in Calabogie Ontario.

Here is it – the backgroung image has been HDR with 5 pictures +/- 2EV with Photomatix. The foreground image is a single picture taken with a Tamron super wide angle 10-24 at 10mm.

The Prefect: Nikon D40x – f4, 1/2000th, ISO200, Tamron 10-24mm at 10mm.
Background: Nikon D300s – 5 picture +/- 2EV, F11, ISO200, Tamron 10-24mm at 10mm.

Processed with CS5, Photomatix, OnOne Perfect Mask and Topaz Adjust.

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old car, ford, prefect, rusty


  • Medeu
    Medeualmost 3 years ago

    Great work!

  • Thanks Medeu!

    – Sylvain Dumas

  • shanghaiwu
    shanghaiwualmost 3 years ago


  • Shamelessly thank you! LOL!

    – Sylvain Dumas

  • Diane Johnson-Mosley
    Diane Johnson-...almost 3 years ago

    Farout, I’m a huge fan of Hithhikers Guide also, this is just perfect!

  • You meant – it’s just “prefect”, LOL! – Thanks!

    – Sylvain Dumas

  • Eden R. Knizacky
    Eden R. Knizackyalmost 3 years ago

    Brilliant work!

  • Thanks Eden!

    – Sylvain Dumas

  • James Zickmantel
    James Zickmantelalmost 3 years ago

    Congratulation on your Feature in HDRI (No Holds Barred)!

  • Great – thanks for the feature!!!!!

    – Sylvain Dumas

  • Den McKervey
    Den McKerveyalmost 3 years ago

    Really cool image Sylvain, love discovering a new technique and revisiting old photos that had potential, great job!!

  • It’s really cool to discover new techniques. I still need to work on this (you never finish learning anyway… LOL). Hopefully I’ll go back in my older pictures and find something deserving to be worked on!

    – Sylvain Dumas

  • fancifulflowers
    fancifulflowersalmost 3 years ago

    exciting photo, can’t imagine how you did this.

  • Thank you!. I tried many different techniques before and I always ended up with pieces of the car missing, or the backgroung not fitting or colours being wrong. It took me a little while, but it was fun to play around.

    – Sylvain Dumas

  • LoneAngel
    LoneAngelover 2 years ago


    many many congrats on been in the top ten of the challenge

  • Cool – it’s great to be among the top ten!!!! Thanks!

    – Sylvain Dumas

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