Bear Week 2015 By Drone

Interesting dig at the Boatslip at the end.

UPDATE: The video has been pulled already. Hmm.

UPDATE II: And it’s back.

  • BostonBud

    Stunning filming. I’m not one for drones taking pictures (imagine if everyone had a drone and they were flying in the sky hitting each other and knocking each other out of the sky) With that said, the filming is amazing and truly a new (and cheaper) way to get amazing video without helicopters or cranes.
    I saw the Photographer outside the Boastslip preparing to film on Friday when the Boatslip manager came over and “had words” with him. It appeared she didn’t want the drone flying over during T.

    • friendlynerd

      I can actually see both sides of that argument. It’s not likely to happen, but if something goes wrong that drone’s going to hurt if it came down during tea. There’s no blank space on that deck – if it falls it’s hitting people.

      • D. Gray

        and, if it captures illegal activity, law enforfcement can subpoena the footage. I like to party without an eye in the sky over me.

        • Lumpy Gaga

          My moobs during Bear Week: OK.

          My moobs on YouTube: not OK.

    • BostonBud

      Actually, I guess I didn’t see the photographer of this video but another person/photographer on the beach with a drone preparing to video when the Boatslip manager came down the side the Boatslip and was having words with him.

  • Six Pins Delores

    Love the footage. I was there last Thursday and Friday. Wish I had bumped into Blog Daddy. 🙁

  • friendlynerd

    This was my first time in Provincetown and first Bear Week – I already miss it. I hope to return as often as possible!

  • TheManicMechanic

    This year the Boatslip had specific signage on entering that there was to be no specific forms of photography, including “no drones.” I have no idea what is prompting this all of a sudden compared to last year, I can only assume something was photographed that got them in trouble. It might be a capacity issue, since successful teas will pack the deck until one is not able to move. The sign hasn’t been up since Bear Week ended.

    • BostonBud

      Interesting. I’ve never seen the sign, I wonder if it was only up during Bear Week because it wasn’t up the week before during July fourth week.

      The do have a “resident” photographer Dan who takes great pictures (you can find him on Facebook at the Boatslip site). I still saw many people taking photos with their phones so this must have been unevenly enforced.

      • TheManicMechanic

        I wanted to take a pic of that sign later in the evening but it wasn’t there when tea had ended either. I think it was rolled out and set up just for the teas.

        ETA: I saw the sign up again on Wednesday afternoon. Mostly the usual admonishments for no one under 21, no outside food or drink, shoes must be worn on deck, etc, but also “No cameras, videos, or drones.” Rather broad exclusions of all photography. Too bad nearly everyone is carrying a camera in the form of a smartphone these days, it puts everyone in violation.

    • Cousin Bleh

      Isn’t the Boatslip outside? I wouldn’t think they have the authority to control the surrounding airspace.

      • TheManicMechanic

        The deck and pool area are outside and in full view, yes. Someone can walk up on the beach and snap photos as can someone from a boat, but you’d only get a side-on view. You can also take pictures from many balconies on the resort rooms and get the whole picture, as it were. People were shooting photos and video from the balconies almost continuously, and those shots were pouring into social media. If I were to venture a guess, the problems were more likely to arise during the big circuit party week that takes place before Bear Week. The only visible no-no I could say was taking place during Bear Week was possibly overloading the deck. Kudos to the engineers and builders of that structure for withstanding all these dancing bears over the years. 😉

        • Mister Don

          The deck was totally rebuilt a few years ago.

          • Remember when the far corner used to slope drastically downward, until they had to close that area off?

          • TheManicMechanic

            I had forgotten about that. That was some time ago. The deck now is very solid.

          • I’ve been going to Provincetown for many many years!

        • Cousin Bleh

          This is probably a legal grey area since drone technology is fairly new, though I suspect he is within his legal rights to fly a drone over the Boatslip.

          But who wants to go to the trouble to challenge that?

          • Lumpy Gaga

            “I don’t want any trouble. I just want a drink.”

          • Cousin Bleh

            “We don’t serve their kind here.”

            My guess is Boatslip management would have banned him if he hadn’t complied. And is that footage really worth missing afternoon T?

    • TheManicMechanic

      I had my drone up for a short time yesterday just for taking stills. Here is one I only had to touch up a tad to really make to blue sky and water pop. As you can see, I was quite the distance away from Commercial Street.

      • David Walker

        I’ve seen a couple of videos using drones and I’m truly impressed by its possibilities. I’m sure it can be used for evil purposes (the drone crashing in the White House lawn comes to mind), but for stills (that’s a beautiful picture and I’d love to see more) and movies and videos, the drone is great. OK, so it’s not a good thing for helicopter pilots, but there’s also no rotor wash on the ground. Now the competition of how to use it and to see what it can do begins.

        • David Walker

          This was the first time I saw a drone in action. At first, I assumed it was a Steadi-Cam on a crane. Well that idea was shot to hell fairly quickly, but how do you get a helicopter indoors? So I figured the videographer got on a helicopter at some point outside, but when there wasn’t any wind wash, I was stumped. And then someone in the comments mentioned drone. Ah-HA!

          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u1ZB_rGFyeU

          • TheManicMechanic

            This was such a fun video. For the indoor and ground level shots, the drone was sitting on a cart, being maneuvered by the camera man. Once outside the drone took off and the grips took the cart out of view. I love OK Go, they have made the creative music video a must-see, like in the original heyday of video.

      • bdsmjack

        GAW-JESS pic, MM!

    • Mister Don

      It wasn’t up the Friday just at the beginning of Bear Week as I shot extensively on the deck in full view of many staff.

      • TheManicMechanic

        I noticed the sign during the week, I had only gone to the actual tea dance on Thursday. I can only take a crush of a crowd in very small doses.

    • redevil

      Apparently the boatslip was only allowing the one photographer to photograph there. I had a friend who every year always brought his big camera in to Tea to photograph people and this year was not allowed to. I have a feeling it has to do with making money.

      • TheManicMechanic

        That’s a good possibility as well.

  • Lumpy Gaga

    “Removed from the video” kind of implies they shot some material first and asked permission later.

    Not cool.

    Speaking for myself, I don’t go to a place like that to have the drone/iPhone/Instapix mindset overhead – literally or figuratively.

  • Lumpy Gaga

    “Consent” != “Going outside”

    • Cousin Bleh

      Well, yeh, when you put it that way, it sounds kinda shitty. But it is perfectly legal to take photo or video of anything or anyone in public.

      • Lumpy Gaga

        Perfectly legal and more than a little douchey.

        • Cousin Bleh

          Totally agree.

        • Drew2u

          I don’t think drone jamming technology has gone anywhere significantly in the past few years.

          http://news.discovery.com/tech/robotics/get-ready-to-drone-proof-your-house-130321.htm

          • Lumpy Gaga

            You clearly welcome our drone-piloting overlords.

          • TheManicMechanic

            Jamming of any sort is mostly illegal anyway. Jamming the radio signal controlling a drone generally can cause more trouble and accidents versus leaving them alone. Some drones, like mine, when the radio signal is lost or jammed, the drone simply flies back to the launch point and lands itself (this is where such craft possess autonomous flight capability and can truly be called “drones” and not mere remote controlled model aircraft). There is current precedent being used against those advocating and actually shooting down drones because the drones are considered “aircraft” and the law considered shooting at any aircraft a punishable felony. Shooting at your neighbor’s drone is considered no different (for now) than shooting at an airliner.

  • friedpikmin

    This was my first bear week and I had a blast! This video just makes me want to go back. I left with such a euphoria!

    • friendlynerd

      One of those rare vacations where I wasn’t ready to go home after a week.

  • BearEyes

    Love the drone/aerial shots. Gives a whole other perspective on things. I did see a drone flying over the desk at the boatslip during T dance. Don’t know if it’s part of this effort or another.

  • Lumpy Gaga

    Might as well mention at this point that it was already a handful of years ago (mid-aughts?) that helicopters filming overhead at less-trafficked beaches like Longnook resulted in nudity summonses (sp?)

    • Craig Howell

      Where is Longnook?

      • Lumpy Gaga

        Out of town a bit. You can catch (the Flex?) shuttle bus and ask to be dropped off there on route 6, then walk the ~mile to the shore. (Or thumb a ride like John Waters).

        But in 2010 or 2011, a pretty bad storm condemned their parking lot. No idea if its back in business. For 1 year at least, the commonly used entrance was off limits.

        • BostonBud

          I never heard of Longnook, I wonder if it’s in Turo? The beaches in Provincetown are Herringcove and Race point which is serviced by the Flex shuttle.

          • Lumpy Gaga

            Longnook and Truro are neighbors. (And there’s both Truro and Truro Beach. Whose residents are testy and unfriendly.)

            Longnook’s reputation as a secluded, wild place to be nekkid outlasted the reality.

            At least out at Herring Cove, you can see the troopers making their way through, penis to penis, as they approach. Can’t do much about overhead surveillance.

    • Drew2u

      Private homeowners are allowed to control up to 500 ft above their property. 501 ft and the space becomes public property.
      Therefore, all you need is a drone to fly above that marker with, say, a powerful enough zoom and a polarized filter to film through windows or possibly even an infrared recorder.

      • Lumpy Gaga

        all you “need” for what, exactly?

        • Drew2u

          nefarious, TMZ-quality activities, of course!
          The FAA’s trying to catch up on drone regulation, but we’ve already seen a weaponized quadcopter, drone crashes, and illicit drug shipments. Not to mention hummingbird-sized drones featured in Scientific American along with related surveillance technology.

          • Cousin Bleh

            My brother talked about using his quad copter to smuggle party favors into TomorrowWorld. I think he was joking. I hope.

          • Drew2u

            Enough party favors, just make an aerial drop and let the drone just keep flying on.
            Or drop napalm on a crowd, whatevs. FAA’s unclear.

        • Drew2u
      • Cousin Bleh

        That’s exactly the information I was wondering about. 500 feet is more generous than I thought it would be.

    • BostonBud

      I think you might mean “Long Point” which is the very tip that curls back into the harbor which has the lighthouse on it. There is also Herringcove where there is the boy beach (but it’s a long walk in the sand or through the water). Finally, there’s Race Point Beach which faces the ocean. There is the Flex shuttle which goes to Race Point and Herringcove and back into town.

      • Lumpy Gaga

        This incident was not P-Town proper: Longnook or Truro. The Flex hits points in town, but is the only shuttle choice (of 3) for long trips down (up?) Route 6 away from the tip of the cape.

        It was 2 lesbians, and they were identified (IIRC) by a vehicle that was believed to be theirs.

  • shellback

    Them there drones is good for shootin’ at.

    • barracks9

      Remember – ya gotta cook what ya kill…

      • Lumpy Gaga

        “I’m just thinning the herd!”

  • John T

    Well, that didn’t last long.

  • Octavio

    “Video has been removed by the owner.” 🙁

  • Captain Jack

    Apparently they don’t want shown

  • TheManicMechanic

    Interesting… video has been removed by the user… A Facebook version of the video did say this was “potentially the final version,” whatever that implied.

  • RJ Tremor

    It was the music track no doubt. I started watching but didn’t finish, bet it was my fault there. =oP

    • Lumpy Gaga

      No permission for the music sync, either, eh?

      Picture’s getting clearer.

      • RJ Tremor

        Corporate folks scour Youtube for content used in videos often and love to yank their stuff off just because they’re greedy.

        • Cousin Bleh

          it’s a different message on Youtube when that happens. It says content removed at the request of the copyright owner.

          This appears to be a case of the owner of the video removing it.

          • RJ Tremor

            True. For all we know, it might’ve just not been ready yet.

    • TheManicMechanic

      This same photographer put together a really nice video last year during Carnival Week, and he used to same music track for it. I am assuming he has permission to use the track. There’s something “going on” with this particular video, either there is some personal issue with it or the photographer is posing several different edits.

      • RJ Tremor

        Hmmm, well I guess we’ll see what happens.

  • I missed this. What is the concern / drama regarding this video?

    • Lumpy Gaga

      The end-title included an aside to the Boatslip, advising that all footage of their property had been removed. Some comments indicate that overhead-drone filming was a touchy subject for Boatslip management during Bear Week, but not earlier in the season.

      • Hirsute drama?

        “Look! You want to see? See! Feast your eyes, glut your soul on my cursed hairiness!”

        • Lumpy Gaga

          They’re moving… they’re like … thousands of tiny.. SNAKES! OMG! Don’t Look!

    • BostonBud

      It’s still available at the Towleroad link:

      http://www.towleroad.com/2015/07/provincetown-bear-week/

      • People4Humanity

        “All footage from The Boatslip has been removed.” [end credits]

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    • People4Humanity

      You kids and your iPad™s!

  • chrisinphx

    That was really cool. What a beautiful place.

  • Frommer_Gast

    “This video contains content from SME. This partner has blocked the video in your country for reasons of copyright.” 🙁

  • honesthardworkinghipsters

    Yay for the awesome drone footage! Boo on the Boatslip!

  • ChadSF

    That looks beautiful. The views, the weather and most of all, the people. I’m not a bear, but is married to one and I’d like to go here one of these days.. 🙂 #bucketlistofexperiences