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After driving around in the Relay from www.millertechnology.com this looked like a great spot to capture a few more images before we finished for the day . #miningphotog #relay #millertechnology
If your going to be in writing have the quality of images worthy of a cover. This months issue of Diesel Progress Magazine (www.dieselprogress.com) features the innovative Relay BEV from Miller Technology with electric drive systems lead developer Paul Summers behind the wheel.
I photographed the Relay in the Miller Industrial shop a few years back and then recently again in it’s working environment underground at the Young Davidson mine here in Northern Ontario. We created a good variety of key marketable images during that session with some of them featured within the issue’s write up.
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.
Looking forward to creating new images for my clients but for the next little while I will be working from home and showcasing past images for your viewing pleasure lol. Here are some images I have created over the years for MacLean Engineering. A shoutout to Stuart Lister for trusting me with creating some equipment visuals. www.miningphotog.com
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.
A familiar image popped up in my “memories” feed today so I revisited this session that took place way back in October 2008 when I started to photograph more underground sessions around Sudbury, Ontario. I created some underground work environment images as well as a “Family Portrait” for one proud father as both his daughters are involved in the Mining Industry and still are today. We were fortunate to have all three on site during this shoot so of course I create a keepsake memento for them.
This image was created for MacLean Engineering at the Agnico Eagle Laronde Mine in Quebec. I used a balance of ambiant lighting from the machine as well as 2 external strobes to add a bit of shadows where needed to draw your attention to the operator
Came across an article I wrote in 2012 in regards to quality vs expectations.
A quality photograph is much more than a click of the shutter, but today’s society is programmed to think otherwise in my opinion. Just look at the cellphone cameras with all the photo manipulation apps. Photographing in the Mining/Industrial fields I am constantly faced with educating my clients about what it takes to create an Eye Popping High Impact image.
On the job site my subjects really don’t have the time to wait around for the photographer to get things setup and the longer it takes, the more impatient they become. I always get the “Can’t you just take a quick snap?”
The mining/industrial employers that hire me know the difference (that’s why they hire me) but the employees always need more convincing since the information very rarely get’s passed down the chain of command. Don’t be shy to SHOW your clients the difference between a good photograph and a bad one. Include this in your marketing materials, on your website and even during the shoot. This has a HUGE impact on their expectations. Once they SEE the difference, they are more inclined to give you the time you need to create the quality of image you are known for.
I quickly took a snapshot with my point and shoot camera so that I could show them the difference at the shoot. I still see a lot of professional companies using point and shoot snapshots for their marketing materials so don’t be shy to educate your clients about the process of creating your high impact images.
Note: This image was created using 3 Lumopro flashes with Pocket Wizards, A Canon 5dMarkII with a 24-105 lens.
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