Just like my last post where I mentioned where I just let my subjects be themselves while I circle around in the distance capturing candids while they work. This is much easier with open air facilities like this gas plant I photographed in Cuba.
Most of the time I have to see my subjects do their job before I can formulate an image in my head to photograph. I simply ask them to do their job while I observe. Some images “look” posed while others are on the fly but you would be surprised on how many images I do not pose, but simply let my subjects pose themselves without them even knowing it. I will just tell them “just keep doing what you are doing” and when they position themselves in a way I like I simply change the camera position to create a more flattering composition. Of course in some instances I will have to add an additional light source to illuminate the overall scene, especially underground where in some cases the only light is the cap lamp which has a very narrow spread of illumination (like I did for the image below.)
Images like this take less than a minute, “don’t move and continue doing what you are doing”, move camera, add a light and snap the photo.
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.