Once I am at the location to be photographed I will setup my equipment and then discuss the different scenarios that are needed to be photographed for my client. For each scenario I will have to formulate a shooting angle and then light that specific scene to draw attention to the specified areas. In some cases I will have to create multiple images with different lighting to be merged into one final image due to limitations to the area we are shooting and safety protocols .
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Switching gears a bit in my social media feed to share with you an image I created recently for Health Sciences North Foundation here in Sudbury, Ontario to raise awareness. You can see it parked on a billboard at the corner of Walford and Paris St and each time I pick my Grandmother up for ice cream and we are at the corner lights she looks over and mentions it and thus our conversation starts on how the image was created. Sudbury has been great to me and my photography business and volunteering to create images like these for the foundation is a personal way I can give back and say thank you as well as show my support.
Thanks to Debra Dawe, Sally Dunton, Mary Lou Hussak and to all the staff that were involved and continue to work hard for our benefits.
Note: did you know that minerals that are mined such as copper are used in MRI Technology?
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Last week I had the opportunity to travel to Manitouwadge Ontario to create images for Manroc Developments. We covered their undreground operations including their Alimak Raise Climber at Barrick Gold’s Williams Mine as well as some fabrication processes at their multiple industrial shops in the town of Manitouwadge. The Alimak is an interesting piece of equipment (from Manroc’s Site) The Alimak method raises between levels in a safe and effective manner. Drilling, loading and blasting are all performed from the platform of the Raise Climber, which is adapted to fit the precise dimensions and shape of the raise. Furthermore, the Alimak Raise Climber implements a rack and pinion rail, designed to carry air and water for increased ventilation.
I always enjoy photographing the Alimak and this time was no different. It can be a challenge in some locations especially if it’s over an open area but this time I got to get up close and personal at ground level.
Here is a different image from past shoot of the Alimak
Alimak Raise Climber 1
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I had the opportunity to photograph some new Rock Bolt technology from the National Research Council of Canada. Pictured here is the monitoring station used to collect the data from the advanced rock bolts. The rock bolts are equipped with senors that can detect the slightest movement of the rock they are placed in. What does this mean? It means safety. Being able to detect seismic activity at an early stage can increase the response time to addressing the issue. For more information check out these articles in CIM Magazine – (Smarter, cheaper, faster) & (Smart support)
As I was working on this image this morning for a client I decided to strip away the color to get a better look at the details and grain structure. When you remove the color all that is left to view is the dominant subject of the image and that is where your eyes are drawn too.
At Vale’s central tailings facility here in Sudbury straw is used for dust & odor control. Along with the use of biosolids the transformation of this once barren landscape has now been transformed into fields of swaying stalks of hay with areas of green vegetable growing vegetation.