Pictured below is the world’s first fully autonomous SmartROC D65 Drill rig that I photographed for www.epiroc.com at the Hollinger Pit in Timmins Ontario. You can read more here Epiroc SmartRoc D65
Waiting for the MT42 to show up and me not being one to lollygag I figured it was a the perfect time to create my customary group photo with the Epiroc and Hudbay Lalor team that I accompanied to Flin Flon and Snow Lake Manitoba. It was a great collaboration to bounce ideas and obtain information in regards to the working mine and equipment.
I remember watching the slag being poured at this very spot when I was younger. It was a big mountain of black rock called slag but is now covered with lush green grass, wild flowers and large milkweed patches that Vale has transformed throughout their reclamation process. The milkweed plant is crucial to the Monarch butterflies survival as they use the plant to lay their eggs. It’s also a great habitat for the Black-and-Yellow Argiope (spider) seen below which you can find hanging around every step you take but don’t worry, they are harmless and if you look closely you can see just how beautiful their markings are.
Note: They are harmless to us, but to the common grasshopper…………..not so much.
“Try catching something with this!” my friend said as he handed me a fishing lure that he received during one of Vale’s Family Day Events. Well me being me I decided to create an image that involved 2 of my passions, mining photography and fishing. The lure had a great color combination that is perfect for Northern Pike and it didn’t take long for the Gator to come chomping at it. I fished a little water system just before my cottage that has the Vale Totten Mine Head Frame in the background using the Vale lure. It was great to see the amount of wildlife in the water system including turtles, water snakes, minnows, frogs………….and pike.
While I did spend a week in Greece photographing Eldorado Gold’s Kassandra Mines for www.pendaproductions.com the Penda team were simultaneously recording all aspects of the project as well. Check out the Penda video Eldorado Gold just published to their youtube channel highlighting the sites and operations. Its a trip down memory lane for me as I photographed each of the scenes within the video capturing stills to coincide with their marketing materials. Check out the images below then look for the locations within the video while you watch. It was one of my favorite trips and to be able to work with Penda Productions again in another Country has been a highlight in my career.
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