Having a “BLAST” with Recycled Tires | Mining Industrial Photographer James Hodgins

Last week I was on location for a half day shoot in Sturgeon Falls Ontario photographing the process and crew of www.a1blastingmats.net .  Old tires of any size are sorted, cut and utilized to create those large black blasting mats you see lying around most construction areas that require these mats for blasting rock.  I was extremely impressed with the organization, physical requirements and the process from start to finish to create each custom blasting mat.  These 2 images are the beginning stages to creating these mats.  Tires from all over the area are collected and delivered to the A1 Factory.  Next stage is “cutting” the tire into a more usable  material.  

Have a product, process or company that you need to market?  Contact me www.miningindustrialphotographer.com to discuss your custom photography requirements and see if my photography can increase the impact of your printed and social media marketing materials.


Ramping Up The Social Media | Mining Industrial Photographer James Hodgins

Instead of Throw Back Thursdays on Social Media for me it’s been a Throw Back Month.  I don’t think I have had to dig through my archives this much in years but since most of my clients are now ramping up their social media content I have been taken down  a memory lane of my images these past few weeks.  The image below I captured in 2014 while on my way to the bottom of the pit where I was to begin my shoot.     The haul trucks were coming up one after another and as the fog was lifting I thought it was a great opportunity to capture a few as they were making their way around the bend.

Contact Mining Industrial Photographer James Hodgins for more information on how custom created photography can enhance your companies marketing materials and social media footprint.


One From The Archives | Mining Industrial Photographer James Hodgins

I tend to get distracted while doing the most mundane task like digging an image out of my archives.  I usually spend a copious amount of time looking through my other images of past clients that I have long forgotten about.  Like the image below that I created for Pioneer Construction in 2012.  So as I am looking for an image for one client, I tend to get distracted by my other clients images and time tends to spiral out of control.  What I do like about this situation is that I get to see which images can stand the test of time and still be used today.  


Boss of the Undrouground | Mining Industrial Photographer James Hodgins

I always like to see my clients use the images I create for them.  Why wouldn’t’ they?  There is a reason why companies hire professional photographers to create images for their marketing materials, websites and trade shows.  Like BTI www.rockbreaker.com where I photographed their Scaleboss 3d scaler at the Norcat Underground Training Facility here in Sudbury, Ontario.  When your company has a new product, procedure, personnel or heavy machinery (possibly even “ground breaking” no pun intended” You need to get it into the public’s eye and in order to do that you need imagery that is visually pleasing, has that eye catching element that gives your marketing materials “IMPACT”.  

The majority of my clients are surprised how versatile my images can be used across a variety of platforms throughout their marketing campaign.  In the end the cost for high quality professional mining industrial photography pays for itself within a single image used.  Don’t believe me?  Just ask any of my clients.


Having professional images always increase the “quality” of information presented to any website, blog or ezine article.

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Drilling Forward | Mining Industrial Photographer James Hodgins

If you have been following my posts for a few years now you know one of my favorite things to photograph is the Jumbo Drill, especially when it’s a make/model that I have not yet photographed like this Terex CS-8328 I came across while on location a few weeks ago.  I think it’s because there are so many different combinations of scenarios you can setup with the Jumbo and watching the articulating arms dance around the face with a skilled operator at the controls can be impressive.  Even though most Jumbos are equipped with numerous LED lights I always like to  highlight a few key areas in the scene to draw your attention to other elements of the photo that tell a story.  A quality image should be used to showcase a procedure, company, equipment, personnel or message all at the same time depending on the final marketing output and presentation the client chooses.

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The Miner | Mining Industrial Photographer James Hodgins

I was finished my shoot and heading back to the vehicle when I spotted this miner about to cross my path.  “Would you like a portrait?” I asked.  “Of me?” she replied.  “You can try taking a portrait of me but there is a reason why I am behind the camera LOL” I said.  That immediately got a smile from her and I knew I had to capture it.


The Miner | Mining Industrial Photographer James Hodgins

After creating some portrait and machine work underground last week  I headed up to the mouth of the portal to finish off the session with a few more scoop images.  While Ron (the scoop operator) was waiting for me to direct the next image I looked over to see him standing/leaning against his scoop where I quickly asked him to simply move a bit more forward so I could get a better composition with the scene.  It’s a very simple image I will admit, but it works on a few different levels which makes it one of my favorites to date.

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I wouldn’t make you look bad | Mining Industrial Photographer

Last week I had the opportunity of starting the photo archive for my new client Gowest Gold  along with the pleasure of having Chief Mine Geologist Rochelle as my tour guide.  As usual I always like to create an image of the people on site and especially those who are taking the time to show me around.  I hear a lot of the same responses when I ask if they would like their portrait taken and the most popular are “I hope you have a good camera”, “I have never taken a good picture” and my favorite “ugh”.  Over the years I have heard them all and I have learned to quickly squash any doubts or nervousness about the portrait. I have my ways, but the key ingredients are professionalism and personality.  I always tell them “I will never keep a bad image of you and I guarantee you will like your photo or YOU can hit the delete button on the back of the camera.” In the end, they love their images.

If your company is looking to start a Professional Photo Archive of images to be used to promote, market, record, archive and showcase your company, then contact me, James Hodgins, Professional Mining Industrial Photographer


Tuff Built for BM Metals | Mining Industrial Photographer James Hodgins

Adding to their BM Metals fleet is the Tuff Built Exosphere Highway Tow able Fall Protection Anchor System which I had the chance to photograph last week while it was still parked on site.  This baby can extend to 40+ feet with multiple simultaneous  users.    Photographing mid afternoon with the sun high can be a bit of a challenge but with proper lighting and using the harsh sun to your advantage can make your subject “pop”.    Check out www.milman.ca for all their divisions, services and products.


Planes Trains & Automobiles | Mining Industrial Photographer James Hodgins

Well it’s official, I have now photographed Planes, Trains and Automobiles.  I think I fared a bit better than John Candy and Steve Martin during the course of the shoots though LOL.  Working with www.milman.ca  to create images for their website and separate companies lead me to the train yard located in Downtown Sudbury in the Diesel Electric Services bay where I could get up close and personal the the locomotives located there.   Although I only had a specific image to create, I look forward to photographing each of the services Diesel Electric provides like mounting/demounting wheels for locomotives.

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