Who’s stupid idea was this?!

By: Tenna Merchent on June 19th, 2012

Looking into the 2nd green

Today’s post was supposed to be a video of a staff member playing one of the holes on the course, but due to internet connectivity issues, I’m lucky I can even load a photo, I am instead sharing this new photo of the 2nd green.

Two weeks ago we rented a bucket truck, better known as a cherry picker. It’s the kind of truck you see by the road working on power lines. The idea was for me to get in this bucket, go up in the air, and get some killer photos of the golf course, you know, the kind you can’t get from the ground. Before I went up, James taught me trucker hand signals because they wouldn’t be able to hear me from so far up. So I climbed in the bucket with all my gear at 5:40 in the morning, and they hoisted me up. I looked around, gulped, and yelled down, “Who’s stupid s___ idea was this?!” Well, of course it was my bright idea. So I stuck it out.

My set up

Here you can see my set up. Yes, believe it or not, I got that shot of two green from way up here with this camera. The production shot you see here is taken with my iPhone.

shade

In this shot looking down 4 fairway you can see the shadow of the bucket truck. We held off the maintenance crew, and closed the course until 9:00 that morning so that I could shoot unhampered. And we went around and shot the whole time. I’m still editing photos.

The funny thing was, we were finally finished at right about 9:00, and I yelled “Guys, I’m ready to come down!” They went to start the engine, and it wouldn’t turn over. I yelled “That’s a bad joke, right?” Well, it wasn’t. It was out of gas. Luckily it only took about 5 minutes for them to get gas and I was down.

I got some amazing shots, ones I couldn’t have gotten from the ground, but I’m in no hurry to do that any time again soon!

Looking down

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