Back again, the Jumbo Drill, one of my favorite machines to photograph. This image was captured this past fall deep underground at Island Gold Mine just outside of Wawa Ontario Canada and was recently used displayed in Social Media. https://www.northernontariobusiness.com/industry-news/mining/wawa-area-mine-plans-for-expansion-2024459
It’s back to the grind, nose to the ground, full steam ahead, give it all you got kind of day. It’s back to work creating and showcasing mining images from around the world. Where will I go in 2020? I can’t let the cat out of the bag yet but if all goes according to plan I should be out and about to a few different countries this year so stay tuned to my blog, social media or subscribe to my email list and receive my posts once a week.
I have been to a lot of places and photographed a lot of people over the years within several industries. There is a persona that I come across often and luckily I see it more often than not, “professionalism”.
They take pride in their career and the connections they make with the people working along side them. When I ask them about their career they have an enthusiastic tone that resonates in their words as they describe in detail the mechanics of what they are doing that you can visualize it without seeing it.
My goal is to create an image of these individuals that exemplifies their persona within their work environment.
Images I created for Vale Canada LTD have been showcased throughout their 2018/2019 Integrated Community Report.
The Front/Back images were photographed at Totten Mine in the Summer month of July. In addition a feedback card was mailed out to the community which I just received in the post.
I rarely get to capture images of surveyors underground so it was a pleasure to job shadow Kayla and photograph while she was working.
#mining #surveyor #vale #photography
The touch screen display inside the Relay (www.millertechnology.com) is large and instantly showcases relevant EV information. hashtag#miningphotog hashtag#evunderground hashtag#electricvehicle hashtag#millertechnology www.miningphotog.com
Just like the mining industrial industry I am constantly learning and testing new technology within my business. It could be monitoring a content post (just like this one) to see if it gets a higher reach to prospective clients or it could be a new app to increase post production efficiency. You should be constantly trying new things within your environment to see if it can be improved by any marginal percentage.
I have a saying “It’s not that I am smart, I just try things until I get it right.”
You learn from failures as well as success but only if you try new things.
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.
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