I was underground at Vale’s Coleman Mine just outside of Sudbury Ontario to update their photography for their marketing materials and photo library.
Once the shotcrete sprayer is in operation I have a few seconds to capture the image before the location fills up with particles covering the whole scene in airborn dust. With a slower shutter speed I removed my camp lamp so it would not add any ambient light to my scene which caused a single ray of light to be captured in front of the operator.
When we arrived on location to photograph Serge operating the MacLean Boom Truck we had limited communication due to our language differences (He spoke French, I didn’t lol) but with what little words we both knew of each others native tongue and the enthusiasm we both had to create some great images we formulated a plan and created some outstanding images. In the end as usual, I created this portrait of him as a “thank you” and we both left with the memory of a great working experience.
I photographed Miller Technology’s Mine Truck “Relay” on the shop floor just after fabrication and knocked out the background so they could use the image on their site to promote the vehicle (Screenshot) www.millertechnology.com
With just a couple of quick visits to the Pure Gold Mining Madsen Project I created a wide variety of images that they have used (and using) in their marketing materials as well as their social media platforms like Linkedin and Instagram. With such a wide variety of images (underground mining, core shack, exploration, environmental) they now have high impact images to accompany any editorial materials where a good photographic image is needed. It’s been great to see these images accompanying write ups on sites like Canadian Mining Journal, Northern Ontario Business, and The Drift.
I look forward to visiting their site again to create new images but with the abundance of custom images they already have it might be awhile lol.
The 2019 Extended Wheel Base Mine Runner got a glamour photo shoot recently just outside of Sudbury, Ontario Canada. The spacious front cab had loads of room for me to get some of my equipment front and center. Its not an easy capture but I liked how the final image turned out for my client www.rockbreaker.com where it is already used in their current marketing campaign.
As I got walked closer to the next shooting location I could see the illumination of the area getting brighter and brighter and I thought to myself “This is beginning to look a lot like X-Glo, awesome!”
Not only can I incorporate the extra ambient light from the X-Glo strips into my images but more importantly I can walk around the area more safely and efficiently.
Here is a quick image before we brought the machines into place.
When I am faced with a tight working environment I need to strategically place my lights to illuminate the areas that are dark or in shadow like this image I created for www.puregoldmining.ca Madsen Project in Red Lake Ontario. Just like bright over exposed areas, dark empty spaces bring attention to the viewers eye and away from the subject so illuminating specific key areas to highlight subjects and leading lines is always my goal for standard operator images.
There are always unique photo opportunities when I am setting up my equipment for a creative shoot and I am always aware of things that are happening around me, not only for safety reasons but for those candid “quick snap” images that can tell a story.
When I am on site working I try to capture as much as I can in the amount of time I have available. Not only do I capture images of the equipment where I have to setup lighting, but during that time I also capture the scenery, people, conversations and whatever else I think my client can use in their marketing materials. These images all add to the big picture – variety.
You can see the diversity of images I capture during my visits by viewing my International Mining Photography Galleries
These images showcase just a small fraction of images I created for them.