Stand there, point the camera and shoot. That’s how simple it is to capture a haul truck when you stand there and wait for them to motor on by.
It truly is a simple enough capture but there are a few factors that can effect the “quality” of the image. Time of day and weather is a key factor. Is the sun out? How high is it in the sky? Is the haul truck moving in a direction that the sun is in front or behind the truck? Where is the best place to position myself? If I am lower than the truck then I get the sky in the background and if it is a clear day then it is just empty space, if it is overcast then the backround is just a dull lifeless haze.
Then you have to think about the end product for the client. Where to position the haul truck for graphic and design layout, how much negative space to include and which orientation would work best (usually both)
Sometimes we can coordinate the right time of day and the best possible location to capture haul trucks, sometimes we have to settle for a specific time and location due to time constraints and weather.
Each environment has all the same challenges to consider before you simply press the shutter button.
“There are 2 distinct subjects within the image and both compliment each other within the environment. When there is too much going on within the image we (photographers) call it “clutter” and if it is hard to distinguish what the image is trying to showcase then the purpose of the image is lost.” ~ James Hodgins
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Some factors I consider when creating these profile portraits:
– I tend to capture them horizontal to show the surrounding environment if used in other media besides a profile
– I leave enough space so the image can be cropped vertical for profile templates
– use lighting from background equipment (when possible) &drag the shutter for the exposure.
– Capture the smiling, serious and in between facial expressions (all have their uses).
This is what I call my “standard portrait” and after setup will only take a few seconds to capture a few portraits like this.
Thanks Don and the rest of the crew at RockMass for that opportunity to create.
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From the skies to below ground is where I can be found. A scenario I photographed last May for Sudbury’s Health Sciences North Foundation (www.hsnfoundation.com) Calendar published this past year.
This was the first time I photographed Air Ornge which was such a great personal experience to meet and talk to the crew.
It was bright and sunny with a lot of wind which made the shoot challenging but we were happy with the end result of the final image chosen.
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.