It takes a lot of man power and heavy equipment to successfully move dirt from one area to another. Like an assembly line these machines work around the clock to strip material down to the pay dirt and then efficiently get that material to the plant.
As I was working on this image this morning for a client I decided to strip away the color to get a better look at the details and grain structure. When you remove the color all that is left to view is the dominant subject of the image and that is where your eyes are drawn too.
I love capturing the industrial scene after the sun goes down. It takes on a whole new vibe that rarely gets the attention it deserves. Sure it’s hard to capture things on the fly with minimal ambient light that “might” be available but that is part of the challenge of creating an image with impact. You might have to capture the image at a different angle depending on what light source is already available or bring in another truck and flick on the headlights to light up the remaining part of the scene.
While I am on site creating images that my clients require for their proposals, financial reports, websites or whatever the media is, I will also keep my eyes pealed for those “instagram” type scenarios. These images are not the bread and butter images used to showcase the full potential of the company but instead are used as “fillers” throughout their social media spectrum. To me, the proper photography term for these photos is “snapshot”. They are created on the fly where all you do is lift the camera and capture the moment you see it because after a few seconds the scenario is gone. These scenes are things we photographers see day in and day out and there are hundreds of them happening every day on the site that most people would not even consider a second look or thought. So the next time I am on site for your company, ask me to grab a few dozen of these “snapshots” for you to use in the upcoming months. No they do not have the same impact as my regular concept photography but they do serve a purpose with your companies social media branding.
Instead of Throw Back Thursdays on Social Media for me it’s been a Throw Back Month. I don’t think I have had to dig through my archives this much in years but since most of my clients are now ramping up their social media content I have been taken down a memory lane of my images these past few weeks. The image below I captured in 2014 while on my way to the bottom of the pit where I was to begin my shoot. The haul trucks were coming up one after another and as the fog was lifting I thought it was a great opportunity to capture a few as they were making their way around the bend.
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I tend to get distracted while doing the most mundane task like digging an image out of my archives. I usually spend a copious amount of time looking through my other images of past clients that I have long forgotten about. Like the image below that I created for Pioneer Construction in 2012. So as I am looking for an image for one client, I tend to get distracted by my other clients images and time tends to spiral out of control. What I do like about this situation is that I get to see which images can stand the test of time and still be used today.