Inside The ROD MILL – Mine Photographer

It's not everyday you get to see the inside of a Rod Mill, so I quickly captured this image while I was passing through.  The available light was just enough to give me the dramatic effect I wanted while still illuminating the inside details.

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Mining Photos by James Hodgins

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The Forklift Operator

On my recent assignment I had the opportunity to photograph all sorts of Industrial Mining operations including this forklift operator.   I wanted to focus on the person and not necesarily on the forklift where as by zooming out to get the whole vehicle you would lose sight of who was operating it.

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Maybe you should hire a Mine Photographer

Oh sure, you can do your own photography, but would you let a photographer run your scoop?  A Jackleg?  Maybe weld something?  No?  Then why do you "think" you can take  high impact photos?  Because of photoshop?  Your expensive camera?  Instagram?  The app on your iphone does some cool stuff?    A scoop has a gas, brake and steering wheel right?  Well I know how to drive, but there are loads of factors that also go into the process of operating a scoop, just like there are loads of factors that are involved in creating high impact images for you company.

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Premier Bulk Systems On Delivery

While on the jobsite today I had the chance to photograph a bit outside while a Permier Delivery Driver was offloading some cargo.  This was the perfect opportunity to not only get the employee engaging with the contractor, but to also showcase the drivers truck and business relationship with his clients.   Premier Bulk Systems is a specialized bulk highway carrier of finished chemicals, performance products and other liquid commodities.

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Industrial Safety

Safety is always the main focus during any job in the mining/industrial field.  It's VERY important when photographing subject matter like this that all elements of safety are met.  Here is an image from todays shoot.  Steel cable is a MUST when suspended high above the ground.

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Industrial Photos That Have IMPACT!

Don't be caught using images that you or your employess take with their blackberry or Iphone.  Your companies images should have that eye catching quality that represents the professionalism of your company.

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Mining Photos

More and more of my industrial clients are realzing that having an expensive camera will still not give them the high impact images that a Professional Photographer can create.  The camera is pretty well the smallest peice of the pie.  Lighting, composition, exposure, subject matter and even the personality of the photographer play some key roles in creating those knock out images.  Another thing to consider is the time it takes to create the image.  Most think that images like this are a "snapshot" away.  I always get something like "Oh, here's Frank working on the flux capacitor, take a quick shot of him."  I then have to explain about lighting setup and some quick planning. 

After they see the finished image they then understand the difference between a "snapshot" and a "planned portrait".

"The snapshot"


"Planned Portrait"

(These take me roughly 15 minutes to knock out depending on the situation)

There is a reason why you should leave the photography to the professionals.

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