ITH Longhole driller
After capturing this pullback image showcasing the driller, area and equipment. I then captured more specific images of each element within the environment (stay tuned).
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Why do companies hire James Hodgins ~ https://lnkd.in/eCUeJKa
This is one portrait I have been looking forward to for years. The name Greg Major always puts a smile on my face when I hear it, especially when I see him face to face greeting him with the words “Mr. Major, how are you?”.
Greg Major is the Director of Norcat’s Underground Center where I have photographed dozens of times over the years. The Norcat Crew have always been a staple of professionalism, courtesy and organization. Over the years I have tried to get him in front of my camera for a few minutes when I was on site, but when you have a mine to run, you are a busy person, or maybe he just doesn’t like having his picture taken………lol. When Greg finally called and asked if I had some time to update his portrait I replied “Finally!” & “Anything for you my friend.”
I knew the portrait would be simple, one of my “Hodgins Signature Portraits” as some of you have come to call them. Get him in front of the camera, have him smile his smile and you will easily see his personality. For those of you that know him, you know what I mean. I tip my hard hat to you Mr. Major.
Greg has a long list of credibility under his hardhat along with the Norcat staff you can be assured that your experience at the facility will be efficient, productive and safe. You can read more of Greg’s accomplishments off the Norcat.org/team.html page.
What’s the Buzz.
Recently I had the opportunity to see Matt Mackinnon of Unmanned Aerial Services Inc and his drones in action while I created some images for UAS. I was blown away with the Laser CMS Mapping and the speed it rendered preliminary results. The places and speed these drones can get into is very impressive.
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Lighting The Mines
Had a great morning creating some content images for x-Glo North America with Don Bertrand 🍁at the Norcat Underground Center. From left to right: Don Bertrand 🍁,(x-Glo), Jason Hope (Norcat), Shannon Barbeau (O.C.P) , James Hodgins (Miningphotog
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The upward climb to the surface after a long day in the warm humid environment of the underground.
Sometimes you wake up and go to work in the dark hours of the morning, work all day in the underground with the minimal light your equipment provide and at the end of the shift when you exit the portal, the sunshine slaps your face and your eyes protest for the briefest moment as they adjust to the ambience of the surface world.
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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Another great opportunity to photograph the Pure Gold Geological Team underground during my last visit. I had a great time with this crew and I tried to create a different series of images since my last visit. This is another aspect of my job that I love, creating something different than the last shoot with the same scenarios.
Using the lighting from the mine truck in the background to highlight the team and add a bit of separation to their faces and clothing did the trick for this capture. A good image should not leave questions, you know who the subject (s) is, what they are doing and where they are doing it. It tells a story and you can “feel” like you are there……………unless you have never been underground………….because there really isn’t any other place like it.
The first time I was at Pure Gold’s www.puregoldmining.com site I had the opportunity to capture some great underground images like this one below. I don’t get that many opportunities to photograph the jackleg now a days but I wish I did as I have many creative ideas on how to photograph it differently than in the past.
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New Grounds With Normet
I found myself underground again but this time within a different scenario, one of Canada’s largest transit expansion. This was the first time I have been introduced to the tunneling environment and I felt right at home from the get go. I had a few hours to capture the equipment and processes for my client Normet www.normet.com and I was eager to capture as much as I could while I had this opportunity.
Concrete sprayers, transmixers and dumper trucks where busy pushing forward with the expansion and as I looked around I discovered a whole new “city” alive with the hustle and bustle of people and machines.
I have been photographing industry for over 20 years and each time I discover something new it’s like the first time all over again. Even though it’s very similar to the underground mining environment I frequent, new challenges always emerge to overcome when trying to create those images that stand out and that’s the challenge I love to accept and tackle.
Thanks to Jason Huck for bringing me on board to capture the story images.
You can read more on Normet & the Toronto transit expansion at https://lnkd.in/eapeBZW