Happy Monday everyone, I hope you all had a great weekend. Here is throwback shotcrete image from April 2018 with DMC Mining Services (check out their updated website www.dmcmining.com)
The shotcrete process is a hard one to photograph when the crew is working and I can only manage a few quick captures but I did get them to pose for a crew shot.
I am seeing the power switch from diesel to electric everywhere I photograph now from surface to thousands of feet underground. With remote scoops, haul trucks and drills coming to the forefront of innovation EV’s are right behind them filling in the gaps of efficiency and safety. I created this image at Agnico Eagles Laronde Site in Northern Quebec for MacLean Engineering and it is now featured on their mainpage of their website www.macleanengineering.com
It’s that time of year again when I hit the road and explore the industry in other countries. I love visiting other Countries and exploring the industry around the world. Although there are challenges creating images in other countries like travel logistics, language barriers, environments as well as safety procedures I do enjoy creating images for people that don’t necessarily have professional photographs on a regular basis.
It all comes down to time, the one thing creates the most complication when creating a portfolio of images for my clients. Some days it’s a run & gun session with only a limited amount of time to get to several locations to photograph each operation. There are scenarios where I would LOVE to spend a few hours just to create a few amazing images but the clock is ticking and I need to get the money shot the best I can and then set off to the next spot.
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From a distance they don’t seem intimidating at all but as you get closer you realize that distance has a way of skewing perspective and ratio. Dragline excavators are giants in the mining industry. Simply look at the staircase and door on the side of this titan, you could easily fit my whole house inside of this mammoth.
He took a quick break in the action so that I could create his portrait which was used recently for Ascendant’s social media and trade show booth. I’ll say it again, my favourite aspect of being a Mining Photographer is photographing the people in their working environment.
Recently I found myself at Glencore’s Nickel Rim South Mine photographing another of Maclean Engineering’s Electric Fleet. I am always thrilled to create images for Macleans and I was even more thrilled to finally find my way underground at Nickel Rim where I was pleasantly surprised by the organization and cleanliness of the mine (yes, I notice everything). While electric vehicles are starting to become more and more popular in the mining industry, testing all the applications and variables for maximum efficiency is still the key factors in R & D. For more information check out Stuart Listers (Director of Marketing & Communications) recently published Linkedin post “UX Meets EV”
I recently found myself in Northern Quebec this past week photographing another unit from the Maclean Engineering lineup in the depths of the Bracemac mine in Matagami. We had some familiar faces with us again (always a pleasure) and some new ones like Don here pictured below. We had a good chuckle when I casually asked what Don did at the company while spreading my creton on my toast Thursday morning at breakfast. Turns out he’s the Founder/owner/big cheese/head honcho…………you get the picture. Don founded the company in 1973 and has been in the industry since the early 1970’s. He was also recently inducted into the International Mining Hall Of Fame for his contributions to underground mining. Of course, we couldn’t leave without me getting a quick portrait of Don in his glory in the depths of Bracemac Mine.
Thanks again for a great shoot and all the wonderful stories we shared over last few days.