Cherry Pickers…are not just for picking cherries!

Late last year, my team and I were commissioned to photograph the new completed phase for Arcos Gardens Golf Club and Country Estate.  The Club, located in the picturesque countryside of the town Arcos de la Frontera, had recently completed construction of their magnificent new Clubhouse and required new images of the building as well as their new luxury villas for use in their various advertisement campaigns.

As that I have years of experience in shooting  golf clubs and have previously shot this particular one, I was aware of the challenges awaiting us.  The terrain through which this course runs through is quite flat.  There are no significant natural land elevations from which I could obtain sufficient height in order to capture anything monumental in terms of the landscape.

Outside of using a helicopter, I decided that  a crane of sufficient size would do the job.  For a reasonable daily rate, Arcos Gardens hired for me a 20 meter articulated mobile crane, a.k.a. a cherry picker, that is quite easily operated by your average photographer or better yet your technical assistant.  Over our 5-day shoot schedule, we certainly took advantage of having this piece of heavy machinery at our disposal…and what fun we had!  Check out our video clip to get an idea of what I’m talking about!


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