Sometimes all the elements of a great photograph show up without being invited. This is what I call a pleasant surprise in the mining industrial sectors and when it happens I take full advantage of it.
I do enjoy photographing underground any chance I can get but I am looking forward to working with a few new clients this Summer in some unique locations. Each location brings it’s own challenges whether it’s lighting, accessibility, or even the subject I am shooting, but that is all part of the job. As a professional it’s not about “rolling with the punches” but rather “been there done that” which only comes with experience.
I still remember how amazed I was at just how small things can look in the distance. It wasn’t until I was standing beside this beast (and within it) just how big it actually was. Of course, I know that this Dragline is small in comparison to other mining machines around the world, but it’s still a beast in my books.
A couple of months ago I had the opportunity to create images for HomeSafe ( a new safety program Vale recently launched in the Ontario Operations). It was amazing to see so many people come together to help create the final video and marketing materials for this one of kind safety program. Hats off to my buddy Ryan for some great cinematography and www.overtheatlantic.com and Conway Fraser www.frasertorosay.com for bringing it all together. Also, let’s not forget Amanda Brosseau for keeping us all inline throughout this whole experience. I enjoyed photographing each participant and spending time with each of their families. This video really hit home.
I invite you to watch it and see for yourselves. Click here and watch the first video on the page
It’s Monday morning and even though the sun was out all weekend I still daydream of warmer weather. When I captured this image in Puerto Escondido Cuba it was a cool 32 degrees and about 80% humidity. I was thankful for auto focus because the sweat kept dripping into my eyes blurring my vision.
While on location in Cuba James Hodgins a Sudbury Photographer created images for an international Oil & Gas company to be used for their Annual Reports and Investor Relations materials
While on location last week James Hodgins (Mining Industrial Photographer) took a few seconds to quickly capture this Selfie while no one was looking. When later asked “why” he took the image his reply was “To see how the Halo lights would illuminate the scene”. Sources close to him revealed that the Sudbury based photographer will use himself as the subject for his test shots but some skeptics think he takes these selfies so that he can post shameless plugs on his Mining Industrial Website. Either way, the lighting is flattering.
Yesterday I was on location with Donald Bertrand of HALO CANADA to photograph the installation of Halo Led Lights (#halocanada) in the Norcat Facility here in Sudbury Ontario. The LED lighting increases illumination which makes the working area more safe, reduces energy costs, increases worker moral and is easy to install. I was very impressed with how much this product illuminated the area we were working in as you can see by the photos below. For more information on this product please email my friend Donald Bertrand – OCP Canadian distributor for Halo Lighting Solution email@example.com
James Hodgins is a Sudbury based professional Mining Industrial Photographer