Sudbury Ontario

Safety Is Not Just About Yourself | Mining Industrial Photographer James Hodgins

Safety is not just about yourself, but involves everyone and everything in your working environment.  Always take a moment to stop, look around and listen to what is immediately around you and inspect your surroundings top to bottom.   For one shoot I had to capture a few images from a tower overlooking the facility at night.  As I got to the top of the tower and was looking around I quickly noticed some movement at my feet.   Trying to be as stealthy as possible and not causing any more stress to the occupants of the balcony I quickly and silently descended back to the ground to locate another vantage point to shoot from.  Happily momma bird arrived back on scene shortly after I reached the bottom.  By then it was time to go for the night, but I did manage to  capture some images throughout the night and above (on the opposite tower).  No matter how big or small be safe for all.

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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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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.


www.joyglobal.com

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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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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From Print To PDAC | Mining Industrial Photographer

High quality photography is a key component to any visual marketing material.  I often do not get to see my images in the final products used by my clients so as I was walking the trade show at #PDAC2017 I made sure to grab some snapshots of some of my clients marketing materials that featured images I created for them.   There were some amazing booths at the show with some that were very eye catching, especially when the images were large, professional and had visual impact.  I look forward to creating more images for new clients this Summer so that they will have a unique booth at PDAC2018.

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I Have Mined A Lot Of Clients Over The Years | Mining Industrial Photographer James Hodgins

As I was looking over the guest lists for the upcoming PDAC Tradeshow I noticed a lot of familiar names that have now become my clients.  I would like to take this opportunity with this post to thank all of you for your business and support.    I have had a plan all along when I made the transition to Mining/Industrial/Commercial photography but it would not have been a success without all of you and your continued support and promotion of Mining Industrial Photographer.   It has taken me across oceans, above the ground, below the surface and in some unique and challenging environments. It is never a dull moment.   Thank You!

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