82 Degrees in late October…we used to call that “a gift” when we lived in Ohio! It was a day meant to go out and enjoy your bike before the long, non-riding months of winter set in. We had a list of things we needed to get done, and if we did we were going riding. The list was done by noon and we were on the bike by 12:30!
Tom and Barb Gibbons are two of our dearest friends in Nashville! They are the first people we met at Hermitage Hills Baptist (our church home). They introduced us to Faith Riders, our Sunday School class and the people we love to ride with. They live here in “The Webb” just a few streets away. We have laughed and cried with them, these are great people who love the Lord with all their heart, soul, mind and strength.
First stop was Watertown, a quaint little village we’ve ridden to several times before. Right across the street is a pretty good Mexican restaurant, when we were there before I thought this old service station might be a fun place to photograph bikes. I think it worked out pretty nicely.
Our goal however was a beautiful fall scene, and we looked all around but couldn’t find anything that would work. Barb suggested a route called, “the Old 96″ heading East toward the mountains. It is about a hundred mile loop, and it was beautiful. As we started to gain altitude we finally started to see some color from the Maple trees, just what I was hoping for!
Tom let me take the lead in case something jumped out to me, Marlene tapped me on the shoulder and pointed to these tree tops. Just what I was looking for! We found a spot to locate the bike for the picture, in retrospect we could have moved a little farther off the road. But, it worked out well for what we wanted and we got the shot! This will be a portrait for their living room that we are excited to see hanging there when we go over for coffee. (if you ever visit them and Barb offers you coffee, make sure it isn’t the “Mr. Coffee” that just isn’t good) Trust me.
Photographer Stuff: Simple equipment, it had to fit in Tom’s trunk. Nikon D700 with 70-200 f2.8 VRII lens. That’s it! Wish I had room for more, but I think it worked out pretty nice with what I had. Post processing, a little Nik Software Color Efx 4.