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 is a recent image I created for www.manroc.com in their industrial shop where I couldn’t position myself behind the camera due obstacles like walls. I try not to photograph my subjects in front of them as its hard to get any depth of field in the image. This is where a remote trigger comes in handy and in this instance I used my wifi connection from the camera to the phone and live view which allowed me to get the camera angle I desired as well as trip the shutter to capture the image.
It was a race against mother nature to get this dragline excavator back up and running. The morning clouds were rolling in fast and our available light got darker and darker as the minutes passed.
Well I am on the road to Quebec to go underground with MacLean Engineering again to visit the Eldorado Gold Lamaque site. The last time I visited Val’dor Quebec we were at the Bracemac-Mcleod mine where I photographed this LR3 Boom Lift.
I have photographed many welders over the years and although the images tend to be similar in fashion I still enjoy the look of the process. Sometimes its tricky to obtain an overall exposure of the entire image due to the arc flash and if you expose for this specific light source the rest of the image will be extremely dark. The flash does throw some great light and dynamic shadows and it is easily enhanced with a little extra lighting illuminating the rest of the subject and shop environment like I did with this image I recently photographed for Provincial Doors in Sudbury www.provincialdoors.com
Bringing two of my passions together into one, photography and fish. Recently I captured images for Vale while they release over 3000 Brook Trout into one of our local freshwater lakes. This is part of Vale’s Biodiversity Enhancement Strategy that also includes Beekeeping, and planting Milkweed.
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.
Did you know that www.norcat.org has an underground center located in Sudbury Ontario? Since the majority of my clients contract me to create images of their equipment in an underground scenario, the Norcat Underground Training Facility is an ideal location for this type of application. From heavy equipment to software logistics there is always a spot on site to create/test a variety of scenarios. I have photographed everything from scoops, lighting, software, surveying and PPE for a variety of clients over the years.
If you or your company is looking for an underground environment that can fit your time schedules without having the difficulty of navigating a full operating mine site, then the Norcat Underground Training Facility is a perfect fit. You can reach them at Phone 705-521-8324 or email email@example.com. Ask to speak to Greg Major – Mine Manager, he and all the staff at the Norcat Facilty are amazing to work with and their professionalism and knowledge of the facility will ensure that your visit will be productive and safe.
We are almost done our first month of 2018 and most of us are back in the Captains chair restructuring, organizing and implementing new business strategies for the year. These next few months are filled with industry trade shows and conventions where companies will showcase their products, processes and fabrications to wide eyed prospectors and investors. This is where I come in. A well executed image in your trade show booth and marketing materials can increase engagement from your prospects. Just google “why you should include images in your marketing materials” and browse a few websites. My clients know the value of custom photography. Photographing their employees and equipment instead of using stock images solidifies the confidence that the company believes in their products and people which is why I do what I do. Like the below image I created while on assignment for www.macleanengineering.com . It was a great day underground where I got the chance to create some great portraits and high impact images which Maclean still uses in their marketing force including their website, twitter and linkedin media.