Turning The Uninteresting Into A Distinction | Mining Industrial Photographer

A few weeks ago I had a session with Signature Group‘s client Schauenburg Industries to create images for their newest marketing materials on their new line of Fiber Glass Ducting.  It can be a bit challenging to create images with impact for certain products at times but it’s never as hard as photographing Bricks for a brick catalog (The most boring thing I have ever had the pleasure of photographing lol).  Signature Group did a great job with a fast turnaround time for Shauenburg and I just received this email.  Always nice to see the finished product.   

“Hey James – just wanted to send a quick note of thanks for your outstanding work on the Schauenburg shoot. I know it isn’t the sexiest thing to take photos of, but the client loved how everything turned out.”

Andrés Rodriguez | Creative Director 
Signature Group | Showpro | CUBE – Credit Union Brand Engineering

One Custom Photography session with Mining Industrial Photographer James Hodgins accompanied by a Professional Marketing Firm can give you results that speak volumes above your competitors marketing materials.  Can you get photography cheaper?  of course you can, you can get everything cheaper…………..but it’s cheap for a reason.  

    

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How Dirty Is It? | Mining Industrial Photographer James Hodgins

I often get asked how dirty is it working underground. It’s Dirty.  Very Dirty.  In fact,  it’s the dirtiest environment I work in.  I mean, you are surrounded by dirt, all around you, above and below.  You touch something, you get dirt on you.  Dust particles are flying around everywhere, water could be dripping and sometimes the air is so humid you sweat just thinking about it.    The camera gear takes a beating (never remove a lens from the camera when underground), my light stands get caked with gunk, my ThinkTank Bag has gone through multiple wheels and let’s not mention what happens if something falls into what I like to call “The pancake batter puddle” LOL.    In the end though you learn to deal with the situations that arise while on the job and while 200ft below the surface is no different than 2000 ft, each shoot is exciting and challenging at the same time.

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It’s Always A Joy To Photograph Another Jumbo | Mining Industrial Photographer James Hodgins

Again I found myself face to face with my favorite piece of mining machinery to date………….the Jumbo.  I don’t know what it is about this drill that get’s me excited.  I think it’s because out of the countless times I have photographed it I have yet to run out of ideas on how to position it.  I would love to have a day of just placing and photographing a jumbo.  No shot list, no testing, just me and the Jumbo (and operator) and anything goes.


www.joyglobal.com

The DR-1SB hydraulic jumbo drill, a single-boom hydraulic rig, is designed for drilling vertical, horizontal and angled holes in underground production or development headings. The DR-1SB has boom coverage of 5.46 m by 5.46 m (17’11” by 17’11”) and inner and outer turning radius’ of 4.19 m (13’9”) and 6.48 m (21’3”), respectively.

The DR-1SB features the Intelsense drilling control system, which includes the following features:

  • Collaring
  • Anti-jamming
  • Automatic water monitoring with feed return if low pressure is encountered
  • Auto return to start position after hole completion
  • Control levers for operating percussion, rotation, and feed

The DR-1SB also includes robust drilling and carrier hydraulics that feature variable displacement piston pumps; specifically:

  • Jumbo hydraulics: load-sensing, closed-circuit design for percussion, rotation, feed, and boom movements
  • General hydraulics: load-sensing, closed center circuit design for optimal efficiency
  • Steering hydraulics: load-sensing, closed center circuit design; stick steering with direct-acting control valve and two double-acting steer cylinders

 

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Quiet Times Underground When Going Electric | Mining Industrial Photographer James Hodgins

Yesterday I had a quick chance to photograph Sandvik’s LH514E Electric Loader  at Goldcorps Hoyle Pond Mine in Timmins Ontario.  Noise levels are significantly reduced when comparing Electric to Diesel. 

This image was created by Mining Industrial Photographer James Hodgins

If you have a product that you require “Custom High Impact Professional Photography” contact James Hodgins Mining Industrial Photographer

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Underground! My Mining Adventure Childrens Book | Mining Industrial Photographer

While I was at #pdac2017 I got the chance to meet up with Theresa Nyabeze who created a new Childrens Book about Maiya’s Mining Adventure.  It’s a great book with beautiful illustrations and images (a few of my own) throughout.  I personally believe Theresa’s book will do great things on educating our children about the Mining Industry and bring more diversity into the field.  You can read more about it in this Sudbury Star article published last week.  Keep a close eye on Theresa Nyabeze and her business www.diversitystem.ca as I am sure we will see more great things from them both in the near future. Congratulations again Theresa.

 

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From Print To PDAC | Mining Industrial Photographer

High quality photography is a key component to any visual marketing material.  I often do not get to see my images in the final products used by my clients so as I was walking the trade show at #PDAC2017 I made sure to grab some snapshots of some of my clients marketing materials that featured images I created for them.   There were some amazing booths at the show with some that were very eye catching, especially when the images were large, professional and had visual impact.  I look forward to creating more images for new clients this Summer so that they will have a unique booth at PDAC2018.

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I Have Mined A Lot Of Clients Over The Years | Mining Industrial Photographer James Hodgins

As I was looking over the guest lists for the upcoming PDAC Tradeshow I noticed a lot of familiar names that have now become my clients.  I would like to take this opportunity with this post to thank all of you for your business and support.    I have had a plan all along when I made the transition to Mining/Industrial/Commercial photography but it would not have been a success without all of you and your continued support and promotion of Mining Industrial Photographer.   It has taken me across oceans, above the ground, below the surface and in some unique and challenging environments. It is never a dull moment.   Thank You!

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In The Shop | Mining Industrial Photographer James Hodgins

You have read my posts before about “shop people” and you know I love photographing individuals at their stations.   No matter what you do in life you should take pride in your work,  and the shop people I have met around the world certainly do. Whether it’s a big project or a small fabrication when you are good at your trade and take pride in your work the finished project will speak for itself.

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Almost Like A Second Home At Norcat | Mining Industrial Photographer James Hodgins

Had a great photo shoot yesterday at the Norcat Facility in Levack photographing some new product shots for Signature Groups client Schauenberg Industries.  I always love photographing at the Norcat site as the staff are always welcoming and I feel like Norm from Cheers when I walk into the office.  Thanks again everyone for another great shoot.

If you require custom high impact images of your products for your website and marketing materials, hire a professional photographer.

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Hey, I saw that same photo on 3 other booths today | Mining Industrial Photographer James Hodgins

I know that stock photography is readily available and it could be useful when in a tight deadline (unless you create your marketing material a year in a advance) but why would a company want another companies image on their marketing material?  On several occasions walking through industry trade shows I have  seen the same image on several different booths.   Shouldn’t the images in your marketing material be of your company? Your employees?  Your products and services?  The cost of stock photography to cover the companies branding usually ends up costing more than hiring a professional photographer to create custom images of the company. Your company!  I always wondered if the people working the trade show booth get embarrassed when someone asks them who the person is in the picture and they reply “Oh.  That’s just a stock photo”.  Now I know not all marketing material requires custom images and most of the time advertising companies are on a tight deadline and need something fast, but, if time is available I do encourage to seek out a professional photographer for their photography needs.

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