Sometimes if the background environment is cluttered and distracts from the subject, I will change my camera angle. Always check your surroundings first before you press the shutter button to make sure the environment is competing with the subject matter.
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I had a field day touring the MacLean Engineering facility in Barrie Ontario capturing the different work stations throughout the day. The industrial side of fabrication is just as fascinating to me as the environment the mining equipment is used in.
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Measure twice cut once. We have all heard that saying before. It implies that double checking your work along the way ensures that you will not have to go back and “fix” it afterwards. I apply this same mindset to all my mining, industrial and commercial shoots no matter how simple the image may be.
I don’t want to have to go into photoshop and “fix” any mistakes like exposure, composition, color and sharpness. These are all things that are checked and rechecked throughout the shoot before I press that shutter button. This ensures quality, efficiency and professionalism.
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Industrial fabrication shops have so many opportunities to create “artistic” images and Lopes Ltd didn’t disappoint.
I took a walk around the industrial shop to capture the busy fabrication of many different projects. Welding, grinding, cutting, measuring were all taking place at once. I could easily spend hours at each step of the process capturing a multitude of different images of the same process but the truth is I really need to capture 2 or 3 to be used within the companies marketing materials and social media. Rule of thumb for me is this, start the capture in close, then pull back a bit, then look for the “scenic” shot.
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Last week I had the pleasure of photographing this young professional for some upcoming articles. Kendra Liinamaa, a Millwright Apprentice at Vale Copper Cliff Nickel Refinery was being featured on the online magazine MOXY: The Voice of Women in Infrastructure and we wanted to create a few images that would showcase her personality and professionalism. At 5 foot 2 inches she tackles this physically demanding job with a mindset of determination and confidence, something I feel she has done with everything she puts her mind to.
She was also recently featured at the Jill of all Trades Event this past October to encourage more young women to consider a career in the trade ~ Watch The Video https://lnkd.in/eFgGX5VT
It was a very enjoyable photography session and I wish her the best on her successful career.
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I have an immediate 3 part processes when I create images for my clients.
1. Let me see what you do
2. Let me find a camera angle to capture it
3. Let me light it for maximum realistic effect.
Watching my subject work gives me an immediate opportunity to formulate a game plan for the image. I need to see where/how they position themselves, where they are looking and what they are doing. As well, I also take a glimpse into step 2.
The camera angle/position is a MAJOR factor in creating eye catching images. Looking at the surrounding environment to see if there are any elements that might distract the eye to view that part of the image first rather than the main subject. The goal is to have one distinct subject viewed first, then complimentary elements viewed second. What I mean is, I want your eyes to go to the my subject first, then notice stuff in the background and sidelines.
There is no one lighting setup for everything. Every image requires specific lighting in relation to the subject and environment. My goal is to accent the lighting that is already there without it looking like I have added more. This is the biggest challenge with mining industrial environments.
I have gotten the whole process down to a few minutes now but that comes with a few years of repetition & practice. Some creations can take a minute, and some can take longer but that is the challenge with creating impactful images.
A throwback from a series of images I created years ago. A very similar image to this one was the first image used on my new website www.miningphotog.com , why? It’s an attention grabber, just like it is right here right now. #mininingphotog #professionalminingphotography
My One Click Wonders.
Sometimes “I get lucky” (I use this term loosely)
A few months ago I created a few images of Melynda (Welder at Vale’s Creighton Mine) for a Canada Skills Publication. As she was moving into position I clicked the shutter button for my test shot to make sure everything was firing and this was the end result of the capture.
It’s dark and I adjusted my lighting for the task at hand but with low contrast and muted colors it has impact. It was my favorite image from the series and if I settled on it I would have been done the session in 1/13th of second lol.
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I warmed things up getting back into the grind and creating new images.
Salto Heat Treating (www.saltoheattreating.ca) is open for business and I got a first hand look at the facilities, processes and the people that are making it happen. Chris Mehanna (pictured here) the Operational Lead Hand for Salto took the time to explain to me the different services that this facility can offer using state of the art equipment and robotics.
It felt good to be back in the image creating saddle again and sharing the images we recently created.