The Skeleton Bike Todd Liebenauer

Todd Liebenauer encountered the motorcycle-riding skeleton at the Cleveland Autorama and grabbed a shot with his Canon Digital Rebel XT using the camera's 18-55 kit lens. The built-in flash caused the eyes to glow, which was the photographer's inspiration to transform the image into something right out of the movie "Ghost Rider."

"A lot of processing in Photoshop was done to create this image," he says in a masterpiece of understatement. "The first thing I did was remove items from the background by cloning them out. To make the background all black, I created a new layer, reversed the image, and used parts of the left side to create a new right."

Once the background was all black, he realized that the reflections in the right mirror caused it to be almost all black and blend into the background too much. "To fix this, I cloned the color from the left mirror into the right. The builder of the motorcycle had painted the bones their natural color," he continues. "For a stronger statement, I used color adjustment to create the redness on the bones as if the flesh had just been removed."

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