If you are going to take the time to take a picture why not spend a few extra minutes and create a portrait? Portrait lighting doesn’t have to be complicated. You can even create stunning images with just one light. Once you have the basic fundamentals of portrait lighting, stunning portraits can take no more than 3 minutes to create (Not including equipment setup). I created the below portrait of Mike as a Thank You for helping me out during my shoot yesterday and I also showed him the difference between good lighting and “snapshot” lighting. Can you get a nice image with on camera lighting? Sure you can, but why settle for nice? Create something unique, hone your skills and give your clients something they will enjoy to look at and share with others.
Mining industrial photographer James Hodgins is based out of the mining Province of Ontario Canada.
I had the opportunity to photograph another Jumbo last month. Always reminds me of something out of the movie Aliens. I hope in the future I can photograph these badboys on surface to see just how creative we can get.
Mining industrial photographer is based out of the mining Province of Ontario Canada
A few weeks ago Vale had “Take Your Kids To Work Day” so I followed them around for a few hours capturing images of their experience. I thought wedding receptions were fast paced (when I used to photograph them) but shooting on the fly underground can be tricky as the lighting is constantly changing. All in all I thought the kids had a great experience learning the process of underground mining and smelting. First impressions are huge as these kids will be our future in this industry.
It was hard to pick a few images out of hundreds for this post.
Sometimes when we are in the coreshack I get lucky with the direction of the sunlight. We had the top covers open for this shot to show the blue sky and clouds outside and also the backdoors open to bring in a bit of light for a “backlight” to fill in the shadows on the right side. Using the big white overhead door as a light panel the sun bounced off it onto my subject.
Last week I had a very successful shoot with the Dumas staff at Hoyle Pond Mine in Timmins Ontario. I want to use this post to personally thank them all again for their professionalism and safety awareness while I was on site. It was also a pleasure to finally meet Angela (pictured below) who orchestrated the shoot and also helped as my assistant when I needed one.