No matter what Country I am in or what type of mine it is (Gold, Zinc, Diamond, Silver, Copper ) I always come across the same product, an integral part of any miners personal possessions, the red thermos.
This was Henry’s last shift in the warehouse at Musselwhite Mine in Northern Ontario. At the end of the day he was officially retired so I took a bit of time to create a quick portrait of him on the job.
As I was waiting to be taken to the next underground location I took a few minutes to capture this MacLean Bolter with an 8 second exposure and a small LED light that I used to illuminate the back end.
They come and go one after another hauling the payload from the bottom pit in the mountains of British Columbia.
Alex from www.provincialdoors.com measuring up the next piece for an underground high pressure industrial door. We all walk and drive through them when we are underground and some of those door systems are manufactured right here in Sudbury Ontario.
A quick image before we headed out. We were done our shoot, and packing up when the little John Deere Excavator came in to do it’s job.
Another very quick portrait after finishing a shoot for Hatch
I used a bit of the lighting from the side by side that was available for lugging my gear around to add extra ambient light to the scene.
I received a few messages in regards to my last post in regards to candid images while on site. Do I use lighting, do I stage them am I stopping production?. The answers are yes, no and no. Photographing weddings over the years (I stopped 6 years ago) hones ones skill in anticipating a moment. You look at the current scenario and visualize where the next moment will happen, so while on site if I do have lighting with me, I place my lighting where I think the “scene” is heading and anticipate the moment I wish to capture. Just a little bit of extra light can help fill in some shadows and draw the focus to the subject of the image.
Routine on site rail & track inspections reduces maintenance costs, improves reliability and increases productivity and safety. I recently created this image for my client BM Metals a division of Milman Industries Inc as they are updating their photo archive and marketing stock for their new website and social media content. Not all company images need to be “professional” for social media but at least every week your company should be showcasing/promoting your company with an image that will draw your viewer’s attention to read the accompanying text or message you are trying to convey. If not, then your media stream could become routine and the message you attach to it will be assumed mundane. When your viewers see information in text format they will only retain a small percentage but if a High Impact Relevant image is associated with that same information the increase in memory retention of that text increases dramatically. #miningphotog