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Bob Jones Band again; road ride

Sunday, January 7th, 2007

Sarah and I went to see Bob Jones Band again last night at the Pine Room Tavern in Nashville, IN. We went to CVS beforehand so I could get some prints made of some of the photos I took of the band. I brought my camera, but ended up leaving it in the car because the lighting was pretty crappy in there, and I didn’t really want another round of lame flash photos.

Bob Jones saw us come in and waved. The band sounded good, although their pedal steel player was missing. I’m not sure whether he’s usually part of the band or not. I figured they’d take a break after a while, since they did last time, and sure enough, they did.  I went over to talk to Bob Jones and give him copies of the photos.

Bob Jones said he was glad we came, and opened the envelope to see the photos. I explained that there was a CD in there as well, and tried to explain that my camera is a digital one, so there was no film, just the CD, and he had no idea what to do with it. That’s OK. That’s what prints are for. He had a lot of fun looking through the photos and at several points made exclamations to the other band members about various shots. They all seemed pretty impressed.

Actually, I was quite flattered. The guys in the band and their ladyfriends seemed damned impressed with my shots. I really didn’t think they were that great; I’m not good at flash photography, and all I have is the flash that’s built into my camera, so there are lots of hard shadows and other problems. But they didn’t seem to mind any of that. I guess I did get some good shots of their facial expressions and playing, which is what is most important, but I really feel like the flash just sucks most of the atmosphere and character out of the shots.

If anything, maybe they were too impressed. Dean (?), the bassist, apparently has a son who is getting married soon, and they asked if I’d ever done wedding photography. I explained that this is just a hobby for me, but they told me I’m way too talented just to do it as a hobby. It seems like they want to hire me take photos at Dean’s son’s wedding. Which is really cool in theory, but I have no idea how to do that sort of thing, never having done it before. I really don’t know if I think it would be awesome or if I’d just feel terribly out of my element.

This is something I need to think about, because Bob has my phone number — he had put the paper I wrote it on inside his guitar the last time I gave it to him, and I wrote it on the envelope these photos were in; I believe Dean’s girlfriend/wife/whatever copied it down, too. So I expect a call from them, and I have no idea what to say. I might be willing to do it, but only if they are completely clear about the fact that I have no idea what I’m doing in that context, and the results may or may not be great.

Dave and I did another road ride yesterday. We did a bit of a different route from what we’ve done before, going from his house and along State Road 45, but not taking Lanam Ridge Road. Instead, we stayed on 45, which took us down some great hills, reaching a top speed of 35.5 mph. Then, instead of taking South Shore Dr. back, we turned onto County Line Road, which is actually a gravel road.

There were a couple of tough climbs on County Line Road, but nothing as hard as the last climb we usually do back up to Dave’s house. It was pretty cool to circumvent that killer climb, and instead do the last portion of the ride downhill. We only went about 12.7 miles overall, but it was a fun ride. Sometime I’d like to do the Lanam Ridge route, but then take County Line from there to avoid the climb back to Dave’s house. This would also add a few miles to our usual ride, probably putting it around the 18-20 mile mark. That’d be a pretty good ride.

I really kicked some ass, doing very well on the climbs and keeping my speed up overall. I think Dave was pretty impressed. Somehow, I’m better at road riding than mountain biking. I guess it’s just because I’ve done more of it. This really makes me want to get a road bike soon.

2 Responses to “Bob Jones Band again; road ride”

  1. furiousBall Says:

    35.5 MPH! That’s crazy fast, I did a 9 mile ride today and my bike computer said my max speed was 29 MPH and yes there was a hill involved. I love gravity …well I like it most when I’m going downhill.

  2. Bud Buckley Says:

    When somebody asks me to teach them some style of guitar that I don’t know that well, I tell them that. I tell them exactly how far I can take them and that I’ll help them find the next teacher to take them further. I think if you’re honest with them, you’ll have no regrets about what ever pics you provide them with. My guess is they don’t know much about photography anyway. Give them a lower price than a pro and make that point with them. It’ll be a good experience for you. You can probably do a little research on how to shoot a wedding and you’ll learn something useful.

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