As a Sports Commercial Photographer in New Jersey, I had an opportunity to create a Composite Photo of a road racing cyclist.
A full service sports specialist in Philadelphia was interested in showcasing the new racing jerseys for their competitive title-sponsored Masters Team. Together with the clothing designer, the concept was to create a high-energy environmental portrait of a competitive cyclist. It had to look fast, dynamic, and exciting!
In the studio, a fitness resister stand was attached to the back wheel of the bike. This helped the rider balance and stay on his pedals. After the images were made in a certain spot, the bike was carefully removed from the stand, and just the bike was photographed, in the same spot. This made cloning out the stand a lot easier in PhotoShop.
To make the composite believable, the angle, height, and focal length of the camera had to match the created background plate. Full studio lights and modifiers were used to sculpt and color the light to match the background. And the invented flares were then added using a PhotoShop plugin from the Knoll Light Factory.