I've still got a backlog of covers to catch up with, so here's another. This one's a summery two rider setup with a very British backdrop - the kind of image that potentially sells to a much wider market than just the bike publishing industry. It was taken in August 2009 on the Long Mynd - which, in case you're not familar with it, is a small but stunningly beautiful range of hills jutting out of the surrounding arable farmland in Shropshire. The day in question was beautiful - warm but not too hot and with clear views towards Wales and beyond. Just perfect.
ironically, I didn't take this picture with a cover in mind. Here's the original:
Nikon D3, 17-35mm f/2.8, 1/200sec f/11 @ ISO200, single radio slave
As you can see, the cover crop uses less than half the original image area. It's still pin sharp, which is testament as much as anything to the quality of the original. If I'd had my wits about me, I probably should have shot an extra version in portrait format with a slightly closer crop, but - as is often the case - it didn't occur to me. I'd already taken a handful of slightly different options, time was pressing on and we still had a fair distance to ride that day. Sometimes you just can't cover all the bases.