Another forgotten image I created years ago in an open pit mine site. I watched this Caterpillar skid loader zooming around here and there with precision so when he stopped and got out to check something I took the opportunity to capture a few images.
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.
“I see you there walking around my personal space, chasing the equipment, people and light as it fades into my horizon. Many have come before you, many have succeeded in capturing my good side but many have also failed. Show me respect and walk safely within my domain and I will reward you with captured glimpses that will stay true to the end of time.” ~ The Open Pit
When it comes to using images for marketing materials just any o’l image wont do. There needs to be some balance between the image and the copy. Negative space is required to add text and graphics and if the composition of the image doesn’t work then the marketing material will not reach it’s full potential.
Having an end goal when creating images is always in my mind when I am looking through my viewfinder and creating the space needed within the frame is just one of many goals for each image.
Sometimes when I setup my shots others want to get in on the captures. The morning fog was going to lift when the sun got high but I wanted to capture the fog before it did. A few others wanted a quick pic to document the moment as well so why not grab that image too I thought.
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 received a few messages in regards to my last post in regards to candid images while on site. Do I use lighting, do I stage them am I stopping production?. The answers are yes, no and no. Photographing weddings over the years (I stopped 6 years ago) hones ones skill in anticipating a moment. You look at the current scenario and visualize where the next moment will happen, so while on site if I do have lighting with me, I place my lighting where I think the “scene” is heading and anticipate the moment I wish to capture. Just a little bit of extra light can help fill in some shadows and draw the focus to the subject of the image.
As the sun was high over the rim emphasizing the shadows of the clouds I thought it was the perfect opportunity to create a portrait of our lead rep on the project. It was the least I could do since he was at our sides the whole time, organizing location, people and procedures for us while we were on and off site. All the ingredients were there for something visual in what most might deem a very mundane environment but to me I see “impact” all around me. I stole a few minutes to find the right angle for a background that wasn’t too distracting but added to the story of the main subject even though I knew the green of Brads jacket will always bring the viewers attention back to him.