I spent a good hour photographing Alicia and her grader while visiting Goldcorp’s Red Lake Mine all the while asking her about her job, background and the mining life she is now a part of. When people love their jobs, the company they work for, and the people they are working with the results show through in the images I create for them.
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.
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.
The Scorpion bulk explosives loader can efficiently pump the emulsion to heights over 28ft from the ground. This was the first client of mine in the “Explosive” sector of the mining industrial industry where I photographed the Scorpion doing what it does best. The operator would control the boom and loading nose that can pivot and turn to a precise angle which in motion looks like a Stinger from a scorpion. It’s an impressive piece of equipment to photograph and I hope I come across another and push some creative images into my mix.
With all the years I have been photographing sites across North America it’s the Surveyors and Geologists that get the least amount of camera time. I plan on changing that.
Surveyors for Cementation setup their precision equipment at Gowest Golds Bradshaw site. During a site visit I strategically plan out the operations that are happening that day so the photography can overlap each of the different departments that make up the companies team. By the end of the day the company will have a variety of custom images of the project along with social media “fillers” of the day to day operations. Photography on your website gallery or corporate presentations should be eye catching, slightly dramatic and though provoking. Specific images are created for the marketing materials needed while background components, composition and lighting are pre-planned depending on the final media output. Contact www.miningindustrialphotographer.com to start your custom photography portfolio. The struggling to find high impact images for your marketing materials is a real thing.
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.