The leading lines created by the boom brings your eyes directly to the heart of the image as well as the heart of the equipment…………the operator. I think this is why I find the jumbo so appealing to photograph. The ambient light from the deck throws just enough illumination to light the booms without overpowering the surrounding environment where you might lose the line of sight due to the business of the whole scene.
Of course this is purely a photographers point of view but there is an essence of “art” within specific images created in the underground world.
While I am on site creating images that my clients require for their proposals, financial reports, websites or whatever the media is, I will also keep my eyes pealed for those “instagram” type scenarios. These images are not the bread and butter images used to showcase the full potential of the company but instead are used as “fillers” throughout their social media spectrum. To me, the proper photography term for these photos is “snapshot”. They are created on the fly where all you do is lift the camera and capture the moment you see it because after a few seconds the scenario is gone. These scenes are things we photographers see day in and day out and there are hundreds of them happening every day on the site that most people would not even consider a second look or thought. So the next time I am on site for your company, ask me to grab a few dozen of these “snapshots” for you to use in the upcoming months. No they do not have the same impact as my regular concept photography but they do serve a purpose with your companies social media branding.
IT’S SHERP FEVER!!!! Yup, I have Sherp Fever after a test drive to see what the Sherp can do!. Let’s just say it can do A LOT! ANYWHERE!. Coniston Industrial Park is now the Northern Ontario Dealer where you will be able inspect, test drive, rent and purchase this Titan of an ATV. That’s all I can say for now but I did grab a quick shot before I left. Stay tuned for more images with some upcoming Sherp capability shoots for Coniston Industrial Park.
I just got back from a little road trip just outside of Haileybury Ontario where I had the chance to have an on site consultation with my new client CXS LTD (Canadian Exploration Services LTD). On site photography consultations give me the chance to look over the operations, talk to the key people in regards to the photography requirements, start a rapport with the companies owners and CEO’s, and discuss upcoming photoshoot opportunities. It also gives the chance for my client to understand the dynamics of the photography and how we work together to create the images they require.
For CXS we will be creating images of their exploration and construction services for their new website, social media, brochures and other marketing materials to showcase their services, fleet and work quality. I am also looking forward to photographing some heavy equipment in the construction industry like the CASE excavator below that I grabbed a quick photo of while I was there.
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.
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.
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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
Recently I was on site to photograph Coleman Mines Family Day event. This is where I get to stand back and let the magic unfold over and over while kids, parents, staff and volunteers create laughter and memories. I go back into wedding photographer mode, trying to anticipate action as it comes while I constantly scan the area over and over looking for that scenario to present itself. Even though the day spouted out some rain here and there, the day IMO (in my opinion) was a MASSIVE success. There were so many things for the kids to do like pony rides, face painting, arts and crafts, bouncy castles, underground tours, dunk tanks, candy bars and more equipment to climb on that I thought they put their whole fleet out for display. Family Day is one event every company should have annually as it’s a time and place where everyone can come together, have a great time and educate our future little miners in a fun and playful atmosphere. Hats off to you Coleman Mine.
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Here is just a sneak peak of hundreds of opportunities I photographed
So you have your mining equipment out in your yard and you grab a few quick snaps with your cellphone to showcase your beautiful creation to the world but it doesn’t have the “impact” you were hoping for? I wonder why.
One reason is because your surroundings are really not relevant to the equipment or the background is so distracting that your product is lost in the overall image. When I photograph Manufacturers equipment for their social media and marketing materials I try to get the equipment in the environment it was made for so that potential clients can “SEE” and relate to the product. If that can’t take place, the next best thing is to not have a background at all, like placing the equipment on a white background (or any color of your choice). Sounds simple but it is a tedious task as factors in lighting, composition and exposures are influential not to mention the post production on the image to extract the product. I know for a fact your cellphone can’t do most of those things and why would you want to? It’s not your job, it’s not your profession. You have skilled employees that specialize in their trades (welding, electrical and diagnostics} to get the job done right so why does that aspect not carry over into the photography, the most important “visual” component that your potential clients ALWAYS look at?
You would be surprised at the amount of time it takes to create the below images and how cost effective it is to hire a professional Mining Industrial Photographer to create your marketing images for you. Leave this job to me, so that you can focus on the more important things in your company.