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Tuff Built for BM Metals | Mining Industrial Photographer James Hodgins

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.

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Planes Trains & Automobiles | Mining Industrial Photographer James Hodgins

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.

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“Impact” is the end goal! – Mining Industrial Photographer James Hodgins

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.

(Instagram Snap)


“IMPACT”

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Making Sure The Roads Are Smooth | Mining Industrial Photographer

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.

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Light Is Light Even In The Underbelly Of The World.

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.

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Industrial Portraits by James Hodgins Mining Industrial Photographer

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.

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Coleman Mine Family Fun Festivities | 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.  

Have a Mining Industrial Company Event?  Contact me if you wish to have it documented.

Here is just a sneak peak of hundreds of opportunities I photographed



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Here a Crane, There a Crane Everywhere a Crane Crane | Mining Industrial Photographer James Hodgins

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.  

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Like The “I” in iPhone the “E” is New Biggest Thing in Mining

It’s popping up everywhere on the scene. You read about it in the trade magazines, you see it on the marketing brochures and you read it on the side of the equipment at the trade shows.  Electric (E) has hit the mining scene in full force.    With technology advancing at a higher rate day by day the mining industry can now dig deeper than years before but with that comes a cost with ventilation and fuel for diesel machines.  With most major brands in the Mining Industry now turning to the “E” the costs are lowered for the overall long term duration of the mining projects, not to mention they run cooler, quieter and cleaner.  

Below is the Sandvik LH514E that I recently photographed. I was impressed with the maneuverability of the tethered  tram in close quarters while at the same time I was able to communicate with my assistants while it was in production.  The images I created on the shoot will be used for marketing materials and promotional products  as the Iphone “snapshots” don’t belong in the realm of Professional photography.

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