While covering the 2013 Lone Star Showdown for Rides Magazine last month, I came across a mean looking Dodge Challenger R/T that was standing out in the crowd. After snapping this front-on shot of it and moving on to cover the rest of the show, I decided that I would like to do a special edit for the Challenger.

I had taken a bunch of backplates while in New Mexico in mid-February, and I thought that this would be the perfect opportunity to use one of them in a new edit.

Back at home, I went through my files and found a suitable background, taken from when I was helping out Joshua from Lunchbox Photo Works. The lonely country road with mountains rising up in the distance worked perfectly for the image I had in my head.

I wanted to make it a gritty, edgy edit to match the Challenger’s personality. Because of this, I converted the road shot to black and white so that it would look darker and have more grunge at the final edit. I made a video of my layer-to-layer workflow in Photoshop which describes the edit step-by-step. Make sure to watch it in HD!

Here is a Before/After slider so you can swipe back and forth to see the changes:

I think the edit came out very nicely and really gives the car the “attitude” that it had in person. I have the first prints coming in for the shot and they look really great. Hope you guys enjoy seeing the workflow!