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This portrait was captured in an underground hard rock mine. The Jack-leg is used for drilling holes for rock bolt ground support....
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This portrait was captured in an underground hard rock mine. The Jack-leg is used for drilling holes for rock bolt ground support.
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16 Comments |
johnhoughton
 
johnhoughton June 25, 2017
Fantastic. Really like that shot
Mspradlin
 
Mspradlin July 05, 2017
Love this photo
PSD9253
 
PSD9253 July 06, 2017
Great Photo!
beamphoto PRO
 
beamphoto September 11, 2017
This is fantastic. Love the framing and the light. Very well done.
jboe
 
jboe January 17, 2018
This is a great shot. I worked in the base metal industry for twenty-five years. Great memories.
patrickhouse
 
patrickhouse January 31, 2018
Great work in an unforgiving environment. I was that guy for many years. Did you like absolute darkness when all the lights were off?
LizardEyePhotography
 
LizardEyePhotography February 01, 2018
This is magnificent. (And PatrickHouse—I got to experience absolute darkness once—it was horrifying. You guys are amazing...).
iamjam
 
iamjam February 11, 2018
I keep coming back to this photo. I like everything about it
anirbanbiswas
 
anirbanbiswas March 01, 2018
This is a remarkable shot, driver of our civilized society.
Djacqu
 
Djacqu March 01, 2018
Timeless!
sdnewton
 
sdnewton March 01, 2018
Very National Geographic, love it!
oldhippy
 
oldhippy March 04, 2018
Amazing, I felt if I was standing facing him rather than looking at a photo. Very envious.
travlndon
 
travlndon March 07, 2018
Thank you, for the reminder of my growing up. My father was a hard rock gold mining contractor and later a supervisor/manager at now closed Homestake Mining Company, Lead, SD.
Flexpix
 
Flexpix March 08, 2018
Fantastic shot! Love this photo.
Sharna_Grahame
 
Sharna_Grahame March 10, 2018
Brave work, well done
marcbaechtold
 
marcbaechtold May 13, 2018
great composition with nice colors and good contrast, keep shooting!
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Behind The Lens

Location

This photo was captured at Stillwater Mining CO. In SouthWest Montana.

Time

This was the taken during the day shift, but obviously time of day is irrelevant when taken underground.

Lighting

The most difficult challenge is keeping your gear dry and clean.

Equipment

I shoot a Nikon D800, 85mm F1.8 Sb910 speed light and Prophoto triggers.

Inspiration

The miners who work narrow vein underground mines are among the hardest working people I’ve ever crossed paths with. I was inspired to capture a portrait that displayed their work environment.

Editing

I did very little post editing. I only boost a little contrast in Lightroom.

In my camera bag

50mm 1.8, 85mm 1.8, 70-200 2.8, 24-70 2.8, 3 x SB910 flashes.

Feedback

If you try and underground mining shoot, plan on tons of water seeping from above and dust/dirt everywhere. Make sure you keep your equipment covered and bring lens cleaning supplies.

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