The Core Shack
Images from the core shack have been seen and used in publications for years throughout every media form available. People looking at core samples, logging core samples, closeups of core samples as well as visible gold are key images from the shack. I LOVE photographing these types of images. I know I know I say I love everything I shoot and I do, but with the core shack comes an added challenge because these types of images have been seen and used everywhere, so the challenge for me is “how do you make these types of images better?” For me it’s quality of sharpness and readability. Visible gold should be visible and stand out using shadow placement. Geologists should not blend in with the background and closeups of visible gold should be crisp and clutter free.
It does take a little bit more time and effort to capture these images but in the end the effort and time is worth it. These were a few images we created at Alamos gold Mulatos & Island Gold Sites
Have a great Friday & weekend everyone. ~ James
Even in total darkness a flicker of light is bright. There is a method of madness to the images I try to create and capture in the industry. There are few fundamentals that I always need to address before the capture. If it’s a new scenario that I have not photographed in the past I will ask to see the process 1 or 2 times if possible. I watch where my subjects stand/sit/walk or move to. I look at the light that is already available, what direction it comes from, where it is going and how it casts shadows on the environment. I have created images across the lighting spectrum from the darkest of the dark to the brightest of day and throughout the years there is one simple rule to follow. The viewers attention is always drawn to the brightest part of an image. Anywhere else in the image should be secondary and it should not compete with the main subject but compliment the overall scene.
I love what I do.
Another great opportunity to photograph the Pure Gold Geological Team underground during my last visit. I had a great time with this crew and I tried to create a different series of images since my last visit. This is another aspect of my job that I love, creating something different than the last shoot with the same scenarios.
Using the lighting from the mine truck in the background to highlight the team and add a bit of separation to their faces and clothing did the trick for this capture. A good image should not leave questions, you know who the subject (s) is, what they are doing and where they are doing it. It tells a story and you can “feel” like you are there……………unless you have never been underground………….because there really isn’t any other place like it.
Driving to the next location on site we passed by this Hitachi front shovel excavator that was in the process of getting refueled. It was the perfect opportunity to capture a few images without disrupting production. We drove past this area a few times during the last few days but when the shovel is in operation I could only capture images from an outer perimeter but I wanted to show something up front and personal.
If you can give me 5 (maybe 10) minutes of your time I can capture a portrait of you to show your family and friends as well as create an image that can be an asset to the company’s image library. I LOVE creating images of people at work. It’s one of my favorite aspects of my career. A lot of the times the people I photograph have never had their image captured at work except for cell phone snapshots.
In my 25+ years experience I know that if you capture a great portrait of someone, they will cherish it, talk about it, and show it. I get excited when I am the “first” to create a work portrait of someone, especially if they have been in the industry longer than I have. When people are proud of what they do and where they do it, share it and talk about it, you just can’t go wrong.
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It’s a momentous occasion and one that should be documented for any company, the gold pour. It’s fast, it’s hot and in order to get an ideal image some planning needs to be done in regards to when what where and how.
There is a process to the pour and specific steps need to be completed before we proceed with the capture. When and where is the technician going to be and how do you successfully capture the composition while remaining safe and out of the way during the whole process? How do you frame the image for marketable use and how do you coordinate the ambient lighting as well as the intensive glow during the pour?
We go through “practice pours” and I note what movements the technician takes within the operating space so we can safely capture the image. There is a lot of movement in close quarters so safe positioning of equipment and personnel are though through. It’s fast, and over in a few seconds and if you don’t have all your measures in place before hand you can easily miss the “money shot”.
It felt good to be back behind my camera creating images for my clients. This week I found myself at the MacLean Engineering Underground Research & Demonstration Facility here in Sudbury, Ontario. The goal? Create an image that showcases the tele-remote package for MacLean’s Ore Flow Suite. Composition was critical for this specific image to get all the necessary elements into the frame.
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Happy Monday everyone, I hope you all had a great weekend. Here is throwback shotcrete image from April 2018 with DMC Mining Services (check out their updated website www.dmcmining.com)
The shotcrete process is a hard one to photograph when the crew is working and I can only manage a few quick captures but I did get them to pose for a crew shot.