Post Process: The Old 1937 Chevy Coupe

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I’ve a had a quite a few requests to post before and after images of my famous 1937 Chevrolet Coupe that I snapped out at Bodie State Historic Park. It’s no secret that besides being a passionate photographer I also dabble in the world of advanced Photoshop Editing and Post Processing among other media outlets. For this reason, I can take a vanilla flavored photograph and turn it into a triple chocolate blast rocky mountain fudge sundae to put it one way. So without further delay, I would like to present my image before the big transformation.

The RAW Image:

This is the original untouched RAW file from my Canon 5D MKII.
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Original Cloud Image:

Sky replacement can be a bit tricky, but if you work at it enough, you’ll be able to insert any sky you like as long as you consider the light source and resulting shadows such as the clouds that I used in this shot. the photo of the clouds were taken the day before at Mono Lake facing the same direction at approximately the same time of day. The difference was that one day had a spectacular thunderstorm and the following day was virtually clear skies.

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I wanted the clouds from the day before, so I knew what I had to do to make this image happen. I took into consideration the direction of the capture, time of day and lighting, then at a later time when I had the chance, I spent a few hours in photoshop making the initial composition and then spent days tweaking all the little details and making very fine adjustments until I felt I was finished and “Viola!”, An image worthy of a Metal Print.

The Final Product:

This is the final image with a sky replacement and a heavy amount of post processing.
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