I have photographed many welders over the years and although the images tend to be similar in fashion I still enjoy the look of the process. Sometimes its tricky to obtain an overall exposure of the entire image due to the arc flash and if you expose for this specific light source the rest of the image will be extremely dark. The flash does throw some great light and dynamic shadows and it is easily enhanced with a little extra lighting illuminating the rest of the subject and shop environment like I did with this image I recently photographed for Provincial Doors in Sudbury www.provincialdoors.com
It’s almost that time of year again when I start getting calls and emails regarding outdoor shoots in October/November that should have actually taken place during the Summer months when the environment was green and warm. Start thinking ahead now to decide which outdoor environmental images you will require during the Fall and Winter months. It’s much easier to make it look like Summer when it actually IS Summer and digitally removing backgrounds and installing Summer scenes is very time consuming and costly.
It was in the high 20’s during the day with sun beating down on us, keeping us warm while the crew worked the diamond drill but as the day turned to evening the temps dropped, your skin cooled and the warm glow of the sunset faded into the crests of the outline mountains.
I thought I would post a gallery of some of the images I created (and were sent to me by others) while on location in Greece with www.pendaproductions.com documenting www.hellas-gold.com for www.eldoradogold.com
It was an amazing assignment where I made some great friends, experienced high quality professionalism from the crew, devastating humidity (from my clothes point of view) , spectacular food and exceptional people.
There is always something going on when you are on site. The hustle and bustle of a mine is everywhere around you and it’s sort of like a small town city that is always moving. Everyone has their job to do and every job is an integral part of the operation no matter how big or small. I enjoy walking around the site capturing the daily activities as they unfold and I am constantly scanning the area for an interesting image capture like this image where miners are using the the rails to bring equipment and supplies in and out of the mine.
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
After touring around the #PDAC2108 tradeshow this past Monday I realized that I have been photographing some of my industrial clients for over 15 years now. My very first glimpse into the Exploration Industry was with Atlas Copco & Brenda Hamilton photographing a line of Hobic ITH Diamond Drilling Bits. Over the years Brenda kept calling me back for new images in different locations and I am still creating images for her and her team at Epiroc today. It’s relationships like this that make my career a choice that I do not regret. Brenda, thanks for being a great client and more importantly a great friend.
One aspect of my job that I enjoy is the challenge of new locations. I can picture the finished image in my head with what information I have on hand but the plan usually changes once I am on site and see what we have to work with. Each location is different and hosts challenges different from the last shoot but that is what gets my creative juices flowing. A few weeks ago I was out on location in Kirkland Lake with Epiroc to create some new images while working beside Clark Marketing Communications who were creating their latest video. When you have that much creative talent in one area it’s hard not to feed off each others energy as we circled around each other bouncing ideas back and forth. Check out the latest video showcasing Epiroc’s latest line of Diamond Tools with a few images I created during the shoot that are incorporated throughout the video.
Here you can see how I used the edge of the canister for my setup while using the large doors to manipulate the amount of light casting onto the bits.