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.
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.