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.
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.
Impact goes far beyond the photo. In fact, the impact of a photo can be influenced by the experience of the photography session. Anyone can create great images, it’s really not that hard. Impact however is something that needs to be obtained from the very beginning of the photography session and in some instances it starts with the phone call, how you communicate with your clients, how you educate them on the process, how carry yourself on site and how you prepare/present your images to your client. The impact of the image can be amplified to your clients when they consider all these factors and not just the image alone. Like any business, you need to behave, think, and respond like a professional. Take the below image. It’s not the prettiest to some, but to me I see an opportunity to create something that has visual impact by spending just a little time add the elements it needs to become a worthy image. The difference is obvious.
When the Grader comes around the bend you make way. This piece of machinery (and it’s operator) are a key component to an efficient operation. We have all complained about the potholes in our city roads and the heavy equipment that do the damage. Well multiply that 50+ as heavy machinery constantly bombards the road while they travel up and down the mine hauling out pay dirt. The Grader is the one machine that quickly and efficiently smooths out the surface of the road throughout the day causing less wear and tear on the heavy equipment and also maintains a safe working environment.
When you have total darkness and I mean where there is no light at all so when you hold your hand 2 inches from your face you still don’t see jack you really don’t need all that much light to illuminate things. I find a lot of photographers (and other people in the photography/industrial industry) have a misconception when it comes to equipment needed vs equipment ego. Learned many moons ago after testing, reviewing and practicing that light is light. One flash or strobe does the same thing as any other light source, it illuminates. I get many emails and messages from other people asking which equipment they should buy and I tell them all the same thing………….”it’s not about the equipment, but how you use it.” If you ask me how much each of my flashes cost I will tell you under $50. Yup. Oh I have expensive lights that I have bought years ago that costs thousands of dollars but over the years I have noticed 1 key factor with them and that is they do the exact same thing as my $50 flashes. The only difference is the googaws. Googaws – the little bells & whistles that come with newer equipment that do nothing different if you know what you are doing. Just like my $50 flashes, they do exactly what is needed, they flash.
When looking at Professional photography one should look for the end product result, the experience the photographer created while on site, the professionalism and lastly the cost.
Another thing I consider working in these harsh environments is just that……………..the environment. My equipment takes a beating and I do go through flashes on a regular basis, not because they die on me, but because the environment quickly does away with them.
Even if I can’t show their faces I still take the same amount of time and professionalism to capture a portrait that is more than a quick snapshot. It’s in the eyes. A lot of times it’s the only thing that needs to be visible to lock the viewer in place on the portrait. You move across the image into the subject and directly into the gaze of the eyes and you stay there. Sometimes it’s all that is needed.
Although I have not been photographing the mine as long as it’s been around I am however happy that I was at least a small part of documenting some of the people, procedures and facilities of Stobie Mine here in Sudbury Ontario for the past 6 years. Watching the last skip on the big screen with the head frame just outside the tent was a bitter sweet moment for a lot of people who have called this mine home, and although a time capsule was created with various items commemorating the past, present, and hopefully future of Stobie mine, the memories of this place will be held dear to most peoples hearts who worked there. Thanks again Stobie, it was a pleasure.
Please watch this video created by Ryan Kosiki and Over The Atlantic of the people, memories and “The Last Skip”
All photographs © Mining Industrial Photographer James Hodgins
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
Install of Acid Flue Duct takes timing, precision and a non fear of heights. On site with Lopes LTD documenting the projects and employees during shutdown at the Vale Sudbury Complex this week. Genie lifts, Grove Cranes and other heavy equipment were used to drop the duct strategically into place hundreds of feet above the ground. #mining #vale #lopesltd #safety #shutdownmaintenance
If your company requires professional Mining Industrial Photography to archive your projects and people I do have a few openings left for new clients for the 2017 season.