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Safety Involves Everyone On The Job, Including The Photographer | Mining Industrial Photographer James Hodgins

When I am on a job site the first thing on my mind is safety.   I have to be just as safe as everyone else that works there.  Not only do I have safety on my mind while creating the images (ensuring everyone has proper PPE for the location and job) but I also have to be safe as well.  My wife is counting on my coming home, I like my health the way it is, and at the present moment I have s 100% safety record which I plan to uphold as long as my career will allow it.  Also know your surrounds, who is in it, what obstacles there are and what safety precautions need to take place for a successful day on the job.  I deal with a lot of moving vehicles on site, including the forklift.  This thing can zip in and out of everywhere and turn on a dime.  I have met some skilled operators in my time, and unfortunately I have witnessed some that are not so skilled.  Here is a great blog post for “Tips On Operating A Forklift Safely”

 

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The AC Scooptram BEST7 | Mining Industrial Photographer James Hodgins

The underground mining industry is moving forward to create energy efficient heavy equipment that can do more, run longer and emit less heat while underground.  Atlas Copco’s  Battery Electric Scoop Tram does all this and more.  I had the pleasure of watching this tram in action and listening to the hum of the electric motor as it was pushed through the paces of it’s daily expectations. 

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The Globe & Mail Report On Business | Mining Industrial Photographer James Hodgins

I was contacted by the Globe and Mail last month to create a few images for articles on Mining Automation along with testing at Sudbury’s Northern Centre for Advanced Technology (Norcat).  For images used in featured articles and cover photos there is always some planning involved on how the image should look and feel while placed within the layout of the accompanied text. Just as important as the Title of the article a strong image will peak the viewers interest to read the subject matter.  

A professional photographer with experience in the mining industry will get the job done with as much efficiency as possible while underground while still maintaining all safety standards required/expected while on location.  It’s not about the equipment the photographer uses (even wedding photographers have great equipment) but how well they know the industry, the environment and the needs of the client. They will research the company, the product and past articles on the subject to ensure the images created will have symmetry with the text and view point the author is trying to convey. 



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Shooting The Shotcrete Sprayer | Mining Industrial Photographer James Hodgins

My second favorite underground equipment to photograph is the Shotcrete Sprayer.  Along the same lines as the Jumbo I think it has to do with all the different angles we can position the machine to create interesting images with leading lines and with different compositions.  “It can be a messy job at times.” David laughed as I was photographing his portrait, “but I love it” he said.

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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.


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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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