Most days I am photographing in dark, damp underground environments to the complete opposite at Health Sciences North in Sudbury, Ontario photographing some of the Dr’s and staff. Recently I had the quick opportunity to photograph Dr. Antonio Caycedo.
Reshared from Health Sciences North Foundation Facebook
” Dr. Antonio Caycedo, a colorectal surgeon at HSN, and the colorectal surgical team at HSN are among a handful of hospital teams in Canada that perform the transanal total mesorectal excision (taTME) procedure.
This minimally invasive surgery leads to better results, minimal incisions, less pain and less time spent in hospital. Thanks to Dr. Caycedo’s leadership, HSN was one of the first centers to adopt this revolutionary technique and, as a result, the colorectal team has become a leader in the country in the management of colorectal cancer using minimally invasive approaches.
This Holiday Season, consider making a gift of $100, $200 or $500 to support innovative and advanced equipment needs at HSN.”
To donate, visit linktr.ee/hsnfoundation
I have been to a lot of places and photographed a lot of people over the years within several industries. There is a persona that I come across often and luckily I see it more often than not, “professionalism”.
They take pride in their career and the connections they make with the people working along side them. When I ask them about their career they have an enthusiastic tone that resonates in their words as they describe in detail the mechanics of what they are doing that you can visualize it without seeing it.
My goal is to create an image of these individuals that exemplifies their persona within their work environment.
Images I created for Vale Canada LTD have been showcased throughout their 2018/2019 Integrated Community Report.
The Front/Back images were photographed at Totten Mine in the Summer month of July. In addition a feedback card was mailed out to the community which I just received in the post.
I rarely get to capture images of surveyors underground so it was a pleasure to job shadow Kayla and photograph while she was working.
#mining #surveyor #vale #photography
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.
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.
In his book “Think and Grow Rich“, Hill described the Mastermind principle as, “The coordination of knowledge and effort between two or more people who work towards a definite purpose in a spirit of harmony…no two minds ever come together without thereby creating a third, invisible intangible force, which may be likened to a third mind”, also known as, the Mastermind.
I find surrounding yourself with goal oriented, like minded individuals a powerful tool. I have been lucky enough over the years to draw upon (and still do) the knowledge of my mentor Robert Provencher and over the past few years my good friend Victor CEO of www.Pendaproductions.com
I have had the privileged to work with Victor on sites in Canada, the US and Greece and with the completion of each project I gain more knowledge and understanding within my business. To be able to call someone with questions in relation to your business and know that you will get honesty and insight from a different view and perspective is an invaluable resource.
Within any business or industry look for those individuals that exceed the norm, work hard and are willing to pass on their knowledge because in the end you will both be closer to achieving your goals no matter what they are.
Here is a throw back session from 2008 creating images for the Cambrian College Dental Program here in Sudbury Ontario. I have created hundreds of images for their program guide and view book over the years and each session is always fun with the friends I have made there.
Most people that I know of especially in the mining industrial industry do NOT like having their image taken. I can see it in their eyes within seconds of them realizing why we are there to begin with. This “photo fear” is also multiplied when they have no prior notification that I was coming and so I must quickly gain their confidence within a few minutes…….an elevator pitch if you will. Luckily, I have been doing this for years and have confidence in my communication skills as well as my photographic skills but my subjects don’t know that. I need to convey to them that I will make them look good, that I will make them look good doing their job and that I can create a portrait of them better than any cellphone snap they have had in the past.
Within those few minutes we need to come up with a game plan for the scenario, I need to see the “what where when” of the environment and formulate my plan of attack to get the images. Of course there is a lot more talking in between frames and setups but the one thing I learned is to always be the first to open the dialogue and listen to what they tell you when you ask your questions.
It took me many years and many modifications to my communication technique and I am still modifying it today. Practice your elevator pitch, practice your communication skills because we utilize our customer service skills before we even touch our equipment. At the end of the session, when it is time to create the “looking at the camera” portrait, they have 100% confidence with what I am doing and I know I can create an image that they will have confidence in.
Keeping it green in the on site greenhouse at the Alamos Gold Mulatos Mine. Not only do I enjoy photographing the environmental images for corporate presentations I also enjoy getting to know the greenthumbs behind the process. Photographed in Mexico with www.pendaproductions.com