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photoblog image Getting the Lay of the Land

Getting the Lay of the Land


In the process of selling our house,
we've had to get all our ducks in a row!

We hired this man to cut down 5 dead oak trees.
Half the job was clearly knowing WHERE to cut!

Getting the Lay of the Land


In the process of selling our house,
we've had to get all our ducks in a row!

We hired this man to cut down 5 dead oak trees.
Half the job was clearly knowing WHERE to cut!

comments (46)

  • namaki
  • France
  • 26 Aug 2009, 01:04
such a sharp shot ... all details are there !
Ginnie Hart: He definitely had everything he needed for his job, Namaki. Merci.
  • Elaine-
  • Canada
  • 26 Aug 2009, 01:18
ooooooh, i think i need to get some trees cut down by THAT guy lolol niiiiiiiice pic!!
Ginnie Hart: HAHAHAHAHA! I think your comment is the hit of the day, Elaine! grin
Love the processing as usual smile
Ginnie Hart: You're a sweetheart, Debola. Thank you. smile
Once saw a documentary on tree loggers, very brave folk with what they do. Superb shot with bags of details.
Ginnie Hart: You are so right, Fotografa. It's a very dangerous job, for sure, but it's clear they love what they do. He was able to down 4 trees in 4 hours. The last tree (not this one) took him 6 hours!
  • Mroy
  • United States
  • 26 Aug 2009, 02:43
Great shot. I really really love this processing technique smile
Ginnie Hart: You're a sweetheart, Maria! Thanks.
Definitely a logging man, great boots. Certainly not a job for the weak at heart. Excellent shot, amazing all the gear he uses. Great processing and tones as always Ginnie.
Ginnie Hart: Those boots have spikes on them, John, which enable him to climb the tree. It was most fascinating! Thanks.
  • Thomas
  • India
  • 26 Aug 2009, 03:18
I like the way you have given space in this image. Nice composition Ginnie.

Given today's tough economic conditions, I hope you get a good price for your place.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Thomas, for your "good price" wishes. It's been a tough road. The house has been on the market for almost 7 months without any real bites. But we are hopeful something will happen soon! I appreciate your support.
good catch Ginnie--this is the kind of thing I wouldn't think to shoot, but should.
Ginnie Hart: That day I had my camera out the entire time, Dawn, grabbing whatever I could. I really got my education. smile Thanks and welcome back.
  • Kay
  • United States
  • 26 Aug 2009, 04:19
Excellent processing, Ginnie! Also, I am laughing at Elaine's comment smile

Your picture should be in a magazine or trade publication.
Ginnie Hart: I think Elaine made quite a hit today, Kay. grin And once again, your own words humble me. Thank you.
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 26 Aug 2009, 05:26
Geweldige foto MLS, great tones and composition, love that piece of rope with that buckle at the end on the wood.
grin maybe you can give Elaine his phonenumber..... wink
Sharp and spot on picture, je kan trots zijn op jezelf, KSK
Ginnie Hart: You would have been watching his every move, MLMA...I know you! It was most educational from beginning to end. And yes, that Elaine has made quite a hit today. grin Ik ben zo trots op JOU!
  • zed
  • Australia
  • 26 Aug 2009, 06:36
Fantastic processing Ginnie, if he doesn't get it right the tree could become part of your living room sad
Ginnie Hart: The 5 trees that needed felling, Tony, were all ones that could have damaged part of our investment somewhere, so we HAD to fell them. So you are more right than you realize! Thanks.
  • Chris
  • England
  • 26 Aug 2009, 06:54
Fine shot Ginnie
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, kind sir.
Great shot. Like the procesing
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Pernilla.
I can't help thinking of Monty Python's lumberjack song.
Ginnie Hart: I don't think I know that song, Chad, but I can just imagine! smile
Thanks for the link you sent to me privately. Here it is (I love it!):
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5zey8567bcg
This logging man seems exhausted! Superb treatment Ginnie.
Ginnie Hart: Actually, that day he quickly felled 4 trees in 4 hours. The next day it took him 6 hours to cut down ONE tree! I really got my education! Thanks, Richard.
Do I detect a touch of HDR? Great detail Ginnie
Ginnie Hart: Yes, Bill...a bit of fake HDR. grin Thanks for noticing. You'll see some better examples later on.
  • Frida
  • Sweden
  • 26 Aug 2009, 08:05
Not as easy as one might think smile I like the processing applied here.
Ginnie Hart: You are so right, Frida. I really got my education. If ever you have to hire one, make sure he's licensed and insured!! Thanks.
  • Alan Rolfe
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 26 Aug 2009, 08:13
Well good luck with that, Ginnie. I can imagine that the tree surgeon does not come cheap. Great editing as usual.
Ginnie Hart: I got a good deal, Alan, at $800 for the 5 trees. One tree alone, the biggest one (taking 6 hours to fell), was half the price at $400. But totally worth it. Thanks.
Some profession! You caught him in a characteristic pose!
Ginnie Hart: It is definitely a precarious profession, Wim. I really got my education that day.
A fine shot Ginnie ,love the pping.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, kind sir. One day I will learn how to do your HDR work. I'm such a fan!
  • anniedog
  • United Kingdom
  • 26 Aug 2009, 09:20
I thought it was a lady till I saw the hairy arms! Definitely a job for the experts! Wonderful tones here to suit the natural subject matter.
Ingrid
Ginnie Hart: HA! It was definitely a man, Ingrid, and very nice. He loves his job and must thrive on the danger of it...a high for him, I'm sure, in more ways than one. smile Thanks.
  • E Etomi
  • Nigeria
  • 26 Aug 2009, 09:37
Nicely processed Ginnie! Whats the secret?
Ginnie Hart: I have PS CS3, Etomi, and put the image through the Multiply layer and then through B&W and sepia, with contrast and shadow adjustments. A bit of color still comes through, which is what I like. I just happened upon it one day and have been doing it a lot ever since. smile
how do you process this sepia like images? I love the way they look
Ginnie Hart: As I just told Etomi, Chantal, I have PS CS3 and put the image through the Multiply layer and then through B&W and sepia, with contrast and shadow adjustments. A bit of color still comes through, which is what I like. Thanks.
  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 26 Aug 2009, 10:15
Looks all tuckered out from the effort of carrying around all that specialist equipment, Ginnie.

Its a wonderful image of the tree holding him up.


Ooops! And his chainsaw has lost its bar and chain! [grin]
Ginnie Hart: It's all very deceiving, Ray, because this was his easy day, felling 4 trees in 4 hours. The next day it took him 6 hours to fell the biggest tree. That last tree was the only one he had to climb to lop off the limbs from the top. This tree in the image he did climb but when he got to the top, he realized he didn't have to...came down and just felled it! It was most educational. Trust me, the bar and chain were there. smile
  • vintage
  • Brisbane Australia
  • 26 Aug 2009, 11:17
I love this tone you will have to tell me what you do
Ginnie Hart: As I have told others, Vintage, I have PS CS3 and put the image through the Multiply layer and then through B&W and sepia, with contrast and shadow adjustments. A bit of color still comes through, which is what I like. Once you get the hang of it, it's quite easy. smile Thanks.
Ditto Bill, I detect a touch of HDR Ginnie, knowing that is something you want to try. A very interesting shot apart from the processing.
Ginnie Hart: Yes, a bit of fake HDR, Brian. I have been trying a different fake process which I will be showing later. I'm sure you'll be able to spot the images next week. Thanks.
  • blackdog
  • United Kingdom
  • 26 Aug 2009, 13:12
LOL looks like a diet coke moment (assuming you have the same ads as us).

Joking aside, if he had got it wrong it could have landed on your house and that would have made any sale problematic ;o)

Good photo too!
Ginnie Hart: Bingo, Mike. If we hadn't felled the trees, we would be worrying about our property investments! Besides, at home inspection time, we would have been told to cut them down anyway! Thanks.
  • Marcie
  • United States
  • 26 Aug 2009, 13:15
Love the processing. Reminds me of an ol' time cowboy image.
Ginnie Hart: You're so right, Marcie. Sometimes the good ol' days never change! Maybe only the chainsaws get better. smile Thanks.
  • rian
  • United States
  • 26 Aug 2009, 13:29
he does look like a real pro.. great capture! grin
Ginnie Hart: He is definitely a pro, Rian. grin Thanks.
The processing makes him look like an integral part of the forest - like a wood nymph. Puck, with a purpose!
Ginnie Hart: The thought did cross my mind, Linda, that he is one with Nature! smile Thanks.
Cool shot Ginnie, and I really like the post processing and colours!
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, BC, for stopping by again!
  • Aussie
  • Australia
  • 26 Aug 2009, 14:25
Love this, superb processing Ginnie.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, dear Aussie.
Great tones...colour but not saturated. Great shot of the logger..so natural looking. I love it Ginnie..I have one in tomorrow with similar processing.
Ginnie Hart: He seemed to blend in with Nature, Ron. One with his job! Thanks.
  • Mia
  • United States
  • 26 Aug 2009, 15:31
Judging from behind, HE can cut down my trees, heck, my vegetables too smile Very nice processing and hope the selling everything process is going smoothly so far!
Ginnie Hart: HA! You and Elaine are on the same page today, Mia. grin I love it. Thanks for your wishes on the house selling. It's been almost 7 months...so I'm getting antsy!
  • Bandoras
  • United States
  • 26 Aug 2009, 15:33
Love this and thanx for sharing the pp secret wink !!
Ginnie Hart: Awwww. You're more than welcome, Bandoras. Thanks for stopping by. smile
  • MARIANA
  • United States
  • 26 Aug 2009, 15:56
Super !!! Love this shot . Funny to say - but his shirt looks fantastic on his sweating body smile)
Ginnie Hart: HA! You and Elaine and Mia. You three oughta get together and hire this guy for yourselves. grin Gotta love it. Thanks, Mariana.
  • Tonitones
  • united Kingdom
  • 26 Aug 2009, 16:14
looks like something from a storybook...love it
Ginnie Hart: I can see that, Toni! Thanks. smile
beautiful!
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, Heather.
  • martie
  • United States
  • 27 Aug 2009, 02:29
Superb shot Ginnie! And the processing is stunning. You need to share your tips with us - this is hanging in a gallery quality as far as I'm concerned!
Ginnie Hart: As I have told others, Martie, I have PS CS3 and put the image through the Multiply layer and then through B&W and sepia, with contrast and shadow adjustments. A bit of color still comes through, which is what I like. Once you get the hang of it, it's quite easy. You are very kind. Thank you.
Its all been said, Great processing of a top shot!It too looks like a painting. Cheers, HC
Ginnie Hart: You're a sweetheart, HC. Thank you.
I'm jealous... of the photo and the adulation he's receiving! wink
Ginnie Hart: You're very kind, Larry. smile
Look at those wrinkles on his Denims Ginnie - they are so crystal clear and sharp - your style of PP works for me.
Ginnie Hart: You're a sweetheart, Thomas. Thank you!
  • Andy
  • USA
  • 28 Aug 2009, 23:20
What a cool candid shot of this man at work! Really well done!
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, Andy. He was fun to watch! smile
Nicely done ! Bravo !
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Zeb!
  • Marie
  • France
  • 29 Aug 2009, 18:56
très belles couleurs dans cette composition.
Ginnie Hart: Merci, dear Marie.
  • P.J.
  • United States
  • 9 Sep 2009, 17:07
Good capture! Always nice to get someone in their work element!
Ginnie Hart: Exactly, PJ. That's how we learn what it is exactly that they do! grin Thanks.

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