Back again, the Jumbo Drill, one of my favorite machines to photograph. This image was captured this past fall deep underground at Island Gold Mine just outside of Wawa Ontario Canada and was recently used displayed in Social Media. https://www.northernontariobusiness.com/industry-news/mining/wawa-area-mine-plans-for-expansion-2024459
The term “Visible Gold – VG” is used throughout the mining industry and on most occasions I am photographing the end product in a solid brick form or within core samples from the exploration drillers but recently I photographed some VG that just shined like the yellow brick road.
That’s my goal when I create my images. I want to capture your attention for a split second at most. I want you to look at the image and have your brain say to you “well this is nice, let’s look at it a bit longer and appreciate the quality of it.”
There are so many factors that go into the images that need to be addressed in order to pull it off, especially underground. Is the shutter speed slow enough to capture ambient light? If so, is it fast enough so that the people are not blurred if they move slightly? Is the light direction at the proper angle to properly light the subjects? Composition so that the subjects are defined within the image. These are just a few out of a dozen factors I need to address in order to create the image………..usually within minutes. The end goal is to create an image that still looks natural, even though the natural image could never be captured.
It’s back to the grind, nose to the ground, full steam ahead, give it all you got kind of day. It’s back to work creating and showcasing mining images from around the world. Where will I go in 2020? I can’t let the cat out of the bag yet but if all goes according to plan I should be out and about to a few different countries this year so stay tuned to my blog, social media or subscribe to my email list and receive my posts once a week.
When it comes to using images for marketing materials just any o’l image wont do. There needs to be some balance between the image and the copy. Negative space is required to add text and graphics and if the composition of the image doesn’t work then the marketing material will not reach it’s full potential.
Having an end goal when creating images is always in my mind when I am looking through my viewfinder and creating the space needed within the frame is just one of many goals for each image.
On the outskirts of Veradero using an echometer to acquire data analysis. I was assigned to photograph specific locations of the Oil & Gas Industry in Cuba where we started in Havana and made our way West across the landscape of Cuba.
Before I went underground I photographed this Epiroc MT42 minel truck coming out of the Island Gold Mine portal. It’s a bit of a tricky image as the sun was just starting to rise over the horizon and the entrance to the portal was still dark in shade. I have my ways.
#miningphotog #epiroc #MT42 #haultruck #islandgold
There is a difference between capturing movement and movement that was captured. The latter is usually unexpected and due to improper exposure, settings and more than likely user error. I remembered recently for one lesson during my dark room class (a few decades ago lol) we had to capture motion using panning and slow shutter speeds. Combined with a recent facebook post from a friend who was showcasing some amazing motion blur images of the Portland International Raceway, I decided to add more motion to my mining images on my next shoot.
As I saw the haul truck slowly coming towards us I quickly changed my camera settings to a slower shutter speed and politely asked Asteria and Brian to stay very still as it crept by. I wanted to capture the movement of the vehicle behind them and with this shot I got exactly that.