I was contacted to by Bicycling Magazine to do the cover of their September issue. This was to be the first cover in their new redesign which more prominently features photography. When briefed on the phone I was told they wanted a shot that showed either the city or a notable landmark in the background on a sunny day. Anyone who knows San Francisco in the summer knows this is sometimes easier said than done. But the fact was that we had actually gone through a long period of clear very hot non-typical San Francisco summer weather. Of course that all changed once the shoot was schedule and the weather turned grey. We even got rain the day before the shoot with more predicted for shoot day. The fog was so bad while I was scouting the day before the shoot, I could not see the Golden Gate Bridge 50 yards in front of me. At one location I couldn't even be certain which direction the city was facing. Thankfully everything cleared up the day of the shoot. I decided on doing the shoot on Treasure Island with the Bay Bridge and city in the background.
Another thing to be thankful for... no spandex. If you look at the cover of pretty much any cycling magazine you're going to see someone in spandex that would make David Lee Roth's sock proud. One of the features on the cover this month was more casual non-spandex cycling clothing.
After the cover shot I wanted to grab a portrait of the cyclist Austin Horse for myself.