We also see the high-vis workwear of miners and industrial trades people but we rarely see the lab coats. Just as important as getting the payload out of the ground further laboratory testing can determine plant performance, grade quality as well as toxic contents in waste materials. As our science and technology industry is constantly expanding these processes will only become more “refined” to maintain a sustainable medium between all our global industries.
If you are at the American Exploration And Mining Association Convention #aema17 at the moment, please take the time visit my friend Don at Booth 750. Xglo led striplighting in my opinion is a great product for any mine especially in high traffic areas. I have photographed the before/after and installation of these lights and the results are “night and day”. When there is high visibility at the workplace safety issues decline but don’t take my word for it, visit Don and see for yourself. Tell him I said hi.
I always come across images from past shoots that I like to resurrect again with a little modification. It could be from Vertical to Horizontal, a different angle/composition of the same scene or maybe even a slight change to the facial expression of my subject. The last time I was in Popular River Saskatchewan I photographed the PRMX 6973 Locomotive which at the time was carrying coal from Popular River to SaskPower’s power plant 19 KM away.
A quick setup underground for a recent photoshoot with only a few minutes to spare before production ramps back up. My job is to get the image with the least amount of disruption so there is never a time where I am just “standing around” unless I am using myself as the test subject.
Another example of how motion in a still image can add impact.
When I photographed the Sherp a few months ago I had been tinkering with the idea of photomotion and incorporating it into my images. During this photoshoot, I intentionally wanted to place the Sherp in water so that I could show some motion in this image later on. Well I finally had some free time to play around with it and I think this is one of those features that you will see more from me as time goes on. Stay tuned for more motion images from @miningphotog
Every now and then I get requested to photograph images of sustainability, land reclamation and corporate social responsibility for my clients. I do enjoy these shoots as I get to talk to the land owners and locals about the changes that have been made over the years. Here are a few images I created for one of my clients while I was visiting Cuba for a tour of the community gardens where a large variety of vegetables were being tended to by local farmers.
Awhile back I wrote about my shoot with Schauenburg (via www.signaturegroupofcompanies.com) creating images for their products, branding and marketing materials. Ever since that shoot I find myself looking up more often than not while I am underground. Vent tubing is one thing I really didn’t notice before hand, but now I notice all the different styles, materials and locations of each system at the various mines I am working in.
Inspecting the installation before closing the gap.
Professional images help your companies website retain traffic and viewers interest.
Last week I had a great discussion with Trevor Hall of Clear Creek Digital about the mining industry, and how companies big and small are harnessing the power of social media to get their name/brand out in the open for everyone to see. In case you missed it check out this link POWERFUL IMAGES FROM THE MINING INDUSTRY and have a listen to the audio download of our conversation.
As with everything in the camera industry, mobile/robotic inspection camera’s are becoming more popular in those hard to reach areas of the world. Confined spaces and toxic environments can now be inspected without any risk to the human operator. As the technology advances, automation, battery power and the data network will soon do away with power chords and tethering for these camera robots.