Industrial photography in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane…

These images are from a shoot which I undertook for a major manufacturer of concrete piping, culverts, precast bridges and railway sleepers at the very end of last year. Rocla is a part of the Fletcher building group, and has offices and operations all over Australia; as such the lovely Erin from Rocla and I spent more than a few hours in the car and on planes visiting the manufacturing plants, as well as installations in Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland over a two week period.

Naturally this is just a selection of the images that I took, and predominately of the actual manufacturing process and storage plants, as opposed to the many installed products (bridges, walkways etc.) that I photographed. I have mentioned before that this is really the type of photography that I enjoy; I have always loved trying to creatively document the industrial workplace. It is quite demanding in that it is not always possible to set up the shots or interrupt the manufacturing process, while also often working in dark, hot, noisy and potentially hazardous locations. Of course I am always accompanied by the client on site to ensure my safety, and it really just becomes an exercise in quickly reading the available light for each shot and deciding how, or indeed if, I need to supplement it.

Industrial photography for Rocla concrete products by Michael Evans Photographer - © Michael Evans Photographer 2014 - www.michaelevansphotographer.com
This sort of image (or more precisely the processing) normally sends a shiver down my spine; it always reminds me of the very dated wedding shot whereby the bouquet is red and everything else is black and white (which I personally can’t stand!). In this instance however I could not resist, although I definitely did not supply this version to the client! © Michael Evans Photographer 2014
Industrial photography for Rocla concrete products by Michael Evans Photographer - © Michael Evans Photographer 2014 - www.michaelevansphotographer.com
A beautiful (and hot!) day at the Rocla Brisbane plant © Michael Evans Photographer 2014
Industrial photography for Rocla concrete products by Michael Evans Photographer - © Michael Evans Photographer 2014 - www.michaelevansphotographer.com
Counting stock on a rainy day in Melbourne – © Michael Evans Photographer 2014
Industrial photography for Rocla concrete products by Michael Evans Photographer - © Michael Evans Photographer 2014 - www.michaelevansphotographer.com
Cutting a concrete pipe – © Michael Evans Photographer 2014
Industrial photography for Rocla concrete products by Michael Evans Photographer - © Michael Evans Photographer 2014 - www.michaelevansphotographer.com
Pipe patterns – © Michael Evans Photographer 2014
Industrial photography for Rocla concrete products by Michael Evans Photographer - © Michael Evans Photographer 2014 - www.michaelevansphotographer.com
A burst of flash to freeze the workman, while dragging the shutter to allow the sparks to register – © Michael Evans Photographer 2014
Industrial photography for Rocla concrete products by Michael Evans Photographer - © Michael Evans Photographer 2014 - www.michaelevansphotographer.com
Moving the pipes around – © Michael Evans Photographer 2014
Industrial photography for Rocla concrete products by Michael Evans Photographer - © Michael Evans Photographer 2014 - www.michaelevansphotographer.com
For this image I have used a burst of flash (off camera) to provide the subtle illumination inside the pipe – © Michael Evans Photographer 2014
Industrial photography for Rocla concrete products by Michael Evans Photographer - © Michael Evans Photographer 2014 - www.michaelevansphotographer.com
The pipe’s skeleton being prepared – © Michael Evans Photographer 2014
Industrial photography for Rocla concrete products by Michael Evans Photographer - © Michael Evans Photographer 2014 - www.michaelevansphotographer.com
Huge steam kilns whereby the pipes are baked (or cured?) – © Michael Evans Photographer 2014
Industrial photography for Rocla concrete products by Michael Evans Photographer - © Michael Evans Photographer 2014 - www.michaelevansphotographer.com
© Michael Evans Photographer 2014
Industrial photography for Rocla concrete products by Michael Evans Photographer - © Michael Evans Photographer 2014 - www.michaelevansphotographer.com
The concrete pouring stations – © Michael Evans Photographer 2014
Industrial photography for Rocla concrete products by Michael Evans Photographer - © Michael Evans Photographer 2014 - www.michaelevansphotographer.com
The ongoing quality control process – © Michael Evans Photographer 2014
Industrial photography for Rocla concrete products by Michael Evans Photographer - © Michael Evans Photographer 2014 - www.michaelevansphotographer.com
A huge horseshoe shaped crane for lifting the completed piping – © Michael Evans Photographer 2014
Industrial photography for Rocla concrete products by Michael Evans Photographer - © Michael Evans Photographer 2014 - www.michaelevansphotographer.com
Spot welding – © Michael Evans Photographer 2014

This shoot was so much fun, with a really great client! As usual I used most of my favourite lenses (17mm TSE, 70-200 2.8 L IS, 85 1.2) as well as pushing the Canon ST-E3-RT transmitter to it’s limits in triggering my flashes. On one occasion I simply could not get the flash to fire, and resorted to my trusty Pocket Wizards to get the job done. It turned out to be a faulty battery in the flash, but it also reminded me of the value of having back-up gear.

My thanks again Erin, and Rocla!

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