Sudbury Ontario

Shooting The Shotcrete Sprayer | Professional Mining Industrial Photographer James Hodgins

The Shotcrete Sprayer is another interesting piece of machinery to photograph.  Like a boom arm of the jumbo the sprayer arm can articulate in a wide range of motion to cover the maximum amount of space in which it is working in.  This Maclean Shotcrete Sprayer was just in transition to moving to another area of the mine so I didn’t capture it in action during this project but I am sure I will come across an opportunity to see it in action above or below the surface.

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Blasting My Bucket List | Professional Mining Industrial Photographer James Hodgins

While I was on my latest project I had the chance to scratch off a few things from my photo bucket list.  Yes I have one of those and I am constantly adding stuff to it as the years go on.  Recently I had the chance to watch a controlled blast at the Copper Mountain Mine just outside of Princeton British Columbia.  We had a great vantage point high up on the opposite side of the pit where we had a birds eye view of the whole event.  I have photographed many things in the explosive industry but this was the first time I was able to witness the finished explosion.  I hope in the future I can get the opportunity to create some unique visuals using the blast as a sub focal point.  Yes, the brain was ticking immediately after this event.  


The Sting Of The Scorpion | Sudbury Mining Photographer James Hodgins

The Scorpion bulk explosives loader can efficiently pump the emulsion to heights over 28ft from the ground.  This was the first client of mine in the “Explosive” sector of the mining industrial industry where I photographed the Scorpion  doing what it does best.   The operator would control the boom and loading nose that can pivot and turn to a precise angle which in motion looks like a Stinger from a scorpion. It’s an impressive piece of equipment to photograph  and I hope I come across another and push some creative images into my mix.


Sudbury Mining Industrial Photographer James Hodgins

I love capturing the industrial scene after the sun goes down.  It takes on a whole new vibe that rarely gets the attention it deserves.  Sure it’s hard to capture things on the fly with minimal ambient light that “might” be available but that is part of the challenge of creating an image with impact.  You might have to capture the image at a different angle depending on what light source is already available or bring in another truck and flick on the headlights to light up the remaining part of the scene.


Surveyors and Geologists that get the least amount of camera time.

With all the years I have been photographing sites across North America it’s the Surveyors and Geologists that get the least amount of camera time.  I plan on changing that.

Surveyors for Cementation setup their precision equipment at Gowest Golds Bradshaw site.  During a site visit I strategically plan out the operations that are happening that day so the photography can overlap each of the different departments that make up the companies team.    By the end of the day the company will have a variety of custom images of the project along with social media “fillers” of the day to day operations.  Photography on your website gallery or corporate presentations should be eye catching, slightly dramatic and though provoking.  Specific images are created for the marketing materials needed while  background components, composition and lighting  are pre-planned depending on the final media output.  Contact to start your custom photography portfolio.  The struggling to find high impact images for your marketing materials is a real thing.


Sometimes It’s A Glorified Snapshot. | James Hodgins Mining Industrial Photographer

While I am on site creating images that my clients require for their proposals, financial reports, websites or whatever the media is, I will also keep my eyes pealed for those “instagram” type scenarios.  These images are not the bread and butter images used to showcase the full potential of the company but instead are used as “fillers” throughout their social media spectrum.  To me, the proper photography term for these photos is “snapshot”.  They are created on the fly where all you do is lift the camera and capture the moment you see it because after a few seconds the scenario is gone.  These scenes are things we photographers see day in and day out and there are hundreds of them happening every day on the site that most people would not even consider a second look or thought.  So the next time I am on site for your company, ask me to grab a few dozen of these “snapshots” for you to use in the upcoming months.  No they do not have the same impact as my regular concept photography but they do serve a purpose with your companies social media branding.


The Sherp Sneak Peak | James Hodgins Mining Industrial Photographer

IT’S SHERP FEVER!!!!  Yup, I have Sherp Fever after  a test drive to see what the Sherp can do!.  Let’s just say it can do A LOT! ANYWHERE!.   Coniston Industrial Park is now the Northern Ontario Dealer where you will be able inspect, test drive, rent and purchase this Titan of an ATV.  That’s all I can say for now but I did grab a quick shot before I left. Stay tuned for more images with some upcoming Sherp capability shoots for Coniston Industrial Park.

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Constructing A Relationship With Your Client | Mining Industrial Photographer James Hodgins

I just got back from a little road trip just outside of Haileybury Ontario where I had the chance to have an on site consultation with my new client CXS LTD (Canadian Exploration Services LTD).   On site photography consultations give me the chance to look over the operations, talk to the key people in regards to the photography requirements,  start a rapport with the companies owners and CEO’s,  and discuss upcoming photoshoot opportunities.  It also gives the chance for my client to understand the dynamics of the photography and how we work together to create the images they require.  

For CXS we will be creating images of their exploration and construction services for their new website, social media, brochures and other marketing materials to showcase their services, fleet and work quality.  I am also looking forward to photographing some heavy equipment in the construction industry like the CASE excavator below that I grabbed a quick photo of while I was there.


Having a “BLAST” with Recycled Tires | Mining Industrial Photographer James Hodgins

Last week I was on location for a half day shoot in Sturgeon Falls Ontario photographing the process and crew of .  Old tires of any size are sorted, cut and utilized to create those large black blasting mats you see lying around most construction areas that require these mats for blasting rock.  I was extremely impressed with the organization, physical requirements and the process from start to finish to create each custom blasting mat.  These 2 images are the beginning stages to creating these mats.  Tires from all over the area are collected and delivered to the A1 Factory.  Next stage is “cutting” the tire into a more usable  material.  

Have a product, process or company that you need to market?  Contact me to discuss your custom photography requirements and see if my photography can increase the impact of your printed and social media marketing materials.

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