A few months ago, we got a call from Bicycling Magazine to shoot a Raleigh Record Ace bike for the cover of their August issue. Usually when we shoot for Bicycling, there are riders involved, but we knew this would be a great cover even if our subject was just steel and rubber. Perfect spring weather, beautiful sunshine, and a day out in the country making photos of bikes – does it get any better? Keep reading for a few more behind the scenes from our shoot…
We started out early in the morning, cruising around the back-roads of Pennsylvania with our editors – searching for the perfect road that would compliment the bike just right.
Once we found that spot, we got our bike setup, generators cranked up and running and Chris started to shoot some frames. You might have noticed there’s no kickstand on that bike, and after a bit of tinkering and a well placed superclamp it was no problem for us – just a tiny bit of Photoshop and you’d never know.
Our assistant Tye was taking advantage of the warm weather and late spring sunshine and working on getting a tan while holding up our lights.
After wrapping up our first option, we cruised around for a bit longer in search of another perfect stretch of road, ending up in a shady spot that was far enough off the beaten path, I certainly can’t remember how to get back there.
Chris and our editors from Bicycling made sure to check each frame and finesse every detail of the bike, from the angle of the seat, to the position of the pedals. The resulting photo might look straightforward, but as with everything in this industry, there’s more than meets the eye.
And of course I couldn’t wrap up this blog post without showing a frame Chris had to take of yours truly while I was adjusting the bike. Too bad this shot didn’t make it onto the cover.