Most people will never see the true scale of innovation, technology, safety and sustainability the mining industry encompasses. I have been fortunate enough to create images that showcase the mining world above and below the earth as well as the people whose lives are dedicated to it’s success. There is so much of this industry I have yet to see and photograph as it is continuously evolving and this is what pushes me to get to the next level of creativity.
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.
From afar mining equipment look smaller than they really are and it’s not until you get up close to them that you see the enormity of these machines. I always try to get some human interaction between the equipment and the environment so you can see the difference in size. Using smaller vehicles that everyone is familiar with like trucks and cars or placing an operator within the frame can easily give the viewer the reference needed to visualize the overall size of the heavy equipment.
“When you light a candle, you also cast a shadow.”
― Ursula K. Le Guin
Creating shadows is one of my favorite pastimes while I am at work. This was a tricky image to create as I was very limited on where I could maneuver as well as providing extra illumination for the proper exposure. In the end I like how simple the image is as well as the storytelling.
The Drift is a new mining publication from Northern Ontario Business and features an image I created for my wonderful client www.purgoldmining.ca
We all will be able to get a first hand look at it at the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada (PDAC) Being held March 3-6, 2019 in Toronto. You can read more information on the Northern Ontario Business Website.
I come from a well rounded background in photography. I learned lighting and camera skills early on from my Mentor Robert Provencher and had lots of photography googaw gadgets in my arsenal but I still get some of the most visual satisfaction from the simplest portraits I create, like this one.
If you wish to see my other portraits in the mining industrial industry please check out my “People Portraits” page.
They are easy to create and for most it’s as basic as pressing one button and voila, you have an image of the scene you wanted to capture. We scroll through hundreds of images on our social media feeds and only stop on the ones that catch our eye or our interests. Sometimes, that is all that is needed to grab someones attention. Sure it could be the title or even some of the copy associated with the image, but mostly it’s because of the picture. Eye catching images compliment content. It’s as simple as that. Yes, sometimes the images is used once and only once and then it is forgotten, but that is what all social media is comprised of so it is important in your marketing, branding, and social media to have images that stand out, catch your customers eyes and intrigue them to take the next step and read what you have to say about your company. Does it work? Yes it does. How do I know? Because I have built a career creating images for your industry.