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Nov 21, 2016 08:39 |  #1

So, I am not sure where to put this in the "Photo Sharing" forum. This seemed to be the closest one. Maybe we should get a business photo section?

Anyway, my neighbor has(had) this 100 year old maple in his yard. I bought the house 3 years ago and there was a branch hanging from his yard over my garage. I nagged him for 3 years to do something about it and he was just too ignorant to care. The tree was obviously dangerous and rotted too. There was already a large broken branch stuck in the tree from years passed. He has a family with kids renting/living with him too. Basically, he has more to lose from the tree falling than I did. WELL, a few months ago, a 50ft BRANCH came down and did $4,000.00 damage to my garage and fence. It was 3 branches in one. One piece was 24" thick, another was 18", and the 3rd was 10". We got that fixed... then ANOTHER branch came down 2 weeks later and damaged the fence panels right next to the new ones we just replaced.

I said to myself, "That's enough I am taking that damn tree down!" There were still several branches that could fall and take out my garage AND part of my house. Luckily, I remember shooting a wedding a month prior and one of the groomsman had approached me asking about some action business photos. So, I called him and asked him if he was still interested bc I had the perfect tree for him to cut down and showcase what they can do. So, we worked out a deal between us 3 to get the tree cut down cheap. All I paid was my time and some business photos, and the neighbor paid a small amount, and the tree guys got some cool business photos!

For you tree guys here, this was a very dangerous tree. The tree service kept commenting on all of the rot and pointing out the dangerous structure of it. It looked like 4 trees in one. It was split down to the base and grew in a ton of directions. Many of the branches weren't connected to each other. It was odd because a lot of it was hollow with bark growing on the inside. The base was over 48" across. While notching it, there was water leaking out. And 1 week after taking it down, we had 35mph winds 2 days in a row! whew!

So, I have never done these types of photos before but it was pretty fun. I was up in the bucket, which was an old Consumer's Energy truck. We were about 65ft up in some shots!
Anyway, here are a few of the photos. We set some up but they mostly just wanted to work while I took shots bc they were still on a schedule. I had a guy in the bucket with me moving the bucket around. I got a little motion sickness at one point from all the swaying while looking through the lens!
I will say, though, these guys are VERY good at their jobs and maybe a little crazy.

In the photos, my house is the one with the bucket truck parked in teh drivewaye and the tree is in my neighbor's yard.

The full gallery can be viewed here. http://blakecpics.com/​bcbusinesssolutions/ (external link)

IF YOU WOULD LIKE ME TO POST MORE, JUST ASK. I can only post 8 at a time, I have had my posts deleted for posting 9 photos before. There are a ton of photos of the process.

Here is a link to my facebook post about it. The video is here as well >>> https://www.facebook.c​om …394656178/?type​=3&theater (external link)


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Nov 21, 2016 08:44 |  #2

Super cool! Glad it worked out too for everyone, that can be a total bear to socially work out with someone.

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Nov 21, 2016 08:49 |  #3

MalVeauX wrote in post #18190562 (external link)
Super cool! Glad it worked out too for everyone, that can be a total bear to socially work out with someone.

Very best,

Yea, I just tried to stay calm and civil about it. I also didn't really give him an option and, after seeing what it did to my property, I don't think he was going to argue. I just went over there after the 2nd branch came down and said ,"Ok, this thing HAS to come down. I'm going to get a quote and we can go from there." Luckily we worked out a good enough deal that he was more than happy to pay his share.


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Nov 21, 2016 21:56 |  #4

Great shots man. Nice job, particularly with the boom arm with the company's name on it.


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Nov 21, 2016 22:05 |  #5

I believe number three might be the first upside-down high-five photo I've seen on this forum.


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Nov 22, 2016 06:41 |  #6

Tiger_993 wrote in post #18191181 (external link)
Great shots man. Nice job, particularly with the boom arm with the company's name on it.

Thanks! That was my first time looking down. My dog was barking so I turned around to calm him. If you look closely in the photos, he is laying down by the wooden spool/table. Got a little vertigo for a sec but then I saw their logo and figured it'd be a cool shot!


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Nov 22, 2016 06:43 |  #7

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I believe number three might be the first upside-down high-five photo I've seen on this forum.

He didn't even warn us that he was going to do that. We thought he was falling at first! Luckily I was already watching through the lens and got a photo. I yelled at him to tell us before he's going to do something so we can be in position for a photo! lol


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Nov 22, 2016 20:13 |  #8

That one is like Cirque du Soleil with chainsaws.

BlakeC wrote in post #18191425 (external link)
...I yelled at him to tell us before he's going to do something so we can be in position for a photo! lol

He ought to at least say, "Hey, y'all! Watch this!"

Seriously, I've toyed with the idea of shooting a series of photos in which someone performed a task, even a mundane one, and then culling to four or five that illustrated the process. You've pretty well covered this event, although I was expecting a final shot of the stump.


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Nov 23, 2016 09:12 |  #9

Tedder wrote in post #18192095 (external link)
That one is like Cirque du Soleil with chainsaws.

He ought to at least say, "Hey, y'all! Watch this!"

Seriously, I've toyed with the idea of shooting a series of photos in which someone performed a task, even a mundane one, and then culling to four or five that illustrated the process. You've pretty well covered this event, although I was expecting a final shot of the stump.

The stump wasn't really visible. the ground grew up high on the stump and it was just logs all around it from what they already cut. plus i can only post 8 photos at a time unless you ask for more. the mods are pretty strict about that. these photos are cooler than a stump photo ;-)a


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Nov 23, 2016 17:00 as a reply to  @ BlakeC's post |  #10

Post more!


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Nov 23, 2016 17:27 |  #11

I really like #6. Great action shot.


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Nov 29, 2016 07:38 |  #12

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I really like #6. Great action shot.

Thanks!
I got COVERED in shavings trying to do these shots!


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Nov 29, 2016 08:01 |  #13

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As requested, a few more of the tree coming down...

#1 ground cleanup to prepare for the final cut

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#2 Bugs me a little bit that this one is crooked, but it looked worse when I straightened it. Just an odd angle I guess.

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#3 Sharpening one last time to get ready for the final notch!

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#4 Working on the HUGE final notch

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#7 The tree was rotted down the center all the way to the ground. They said the 2 halves weren't even connected! It's beginning to split in 2 on impact. When they started pulling with the truck, the back half started coming off the stump before the front half even moved.

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#8 The strap holding the 2 halves together ripped in half from the impact!

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Nov 30, 2016 08:04 |  #14

Nice Pictures.


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Nov 30, 2016 11:46 |  #15

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Nice Pictures.

Thanks! they were fun too!


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