Industrial photography in Melbourne for Ducon…

I was recently contacted by Melbourne based construction company Ducon who were in the process of updating their website, and as such were looking to capture some images of their staff in action.

Employing over 70 staff, this highly regarded company offers three distinct service areas; Construction, Maintenance and Bespoke for complex and unique projects. My brief was to capture the staff at work with minimal disruption in order to showcase the human face of the organisation. This made good sense since ultimately people ‘buy’ people when selecting a company to work with, assuming that the company provides the relevant services that are being sought, and to the standard required.

I began by shooting the staff in the office on the first day, both as formal and ‘at work’ style portraits; I then ventured out onto various sites around Melbourne to capture the crew in action. I did use a variety of flash set-ups in capturing these images, generally setting up and working around the schedule of the staff which is why I did not use my Elinchrom Ranger Quadra’s in the field but stuck with Canon Speedlites. The Quadra’s are very portable and designed with use in the field in mind, however in this case I did not need the extra light output, but instead needed a self contained flash that I could easily climb onto the roof with…

Ducon staff, industrial photography Melbourne - © Michael Evans Photographer 2014 - www.michaelevansphotographer.com
I loved the light coming in behind Site Manager Danny; a burst of flash ensured that he was not silhouetted against the hoarding…© Michael Evans Photographer 2014
Ducon staff, industrial photography Melbourne - © Michael Evans Photographer 2014 - www.michaelevansphotographer.com
© Michael Evans Photographer 2014
Ducon staff, industrial photography Melbourne - © Michael Evans Photographer 2014 - www.michaelevansphotographer.com
© Michael Evans Photographer 2014
Ducon staff, industrial photography Melbourne - © Michael Evans Photographer 2014 - www.michaelevansphotographer.com
© Michael Evans Photographer 2014
Ducon staff, industrial photography Melbourne - © Michael Evans Photographer 2014 - www.michaelevansphotographer.com
Fighting the sun with a burst of flash…© Michael Evans Photographer 2014
Ducon staff, industrial photography Melbourne - © Michael Evans Photographer 2014 - www.michaelevansphotographer.com
Jeff the carpenter, who also kindly gave his time to pose for me © Michael Evans Photographer 2014
Ducon staff, industrial photography Melbourne - © Michael Evans Photographer 2014 - www.michaelevansphotographer.com
© Michael Evans Photographer 2014

Most of the staff that I photographed have been with Ducon for quite a number of years, due in my opinion in no small way to the Managing Director, Peter Mason.

Peter is obviously highly regarded by his staff, and upon meeting and working with him it is easy to see why. I found him to be one of those people that you immediately click with, having a good sense of humour and fairly obviously a very clever business brain. I genuinely enjoy meeting new people, which naturally is very important in my chosen field, but it is always such a pleasure to be able to strike an instant rapport with your subject.

I captured several different scenarios with Peter throughout the morning, yet found that the image I ended up personally preferring is the final casual shot taken using available light only as below.

Ducon staff, industrial photography Melbourne - © Michael Evans Photographer 2014 - www.michaelevansphotographer.com
I took several different portraits of Peter throughout the morning, and although this is fairly casual it is my preferred image…© Michael Evans Photographer 2014
Ducon staff, industrial photography Melbourne - © Michael Evans Photographer 2014 - www.michaelevansphotographer.com
© Michael Evans Photographer 2014
Ducon staff, industrial photography Melbourne - © Michael Evans Photographer 2014 - www.michaelevansphotographer.com
Ducon MD Peter Mason at work – the obligatory ‘over the shoulder’ shot that always seems to work © Michael Evans Photographer 2014
Ducon staff, industrial photography Melbourne - © Michael Evans Photographer 2014 - www.michaelevansphotographer.com
© Michael Evans Photographer 2014

Sometimes I will set up a group or series of portraits, and sometimes it is simply more beneficial to work at distance while using a longer lens such as the excellent 70-200mm f2.8 L. Again, I really appreciate the value of the small Canon Speedlites  for this type of work. The image directly below is lit with flash, which I was able to conceal around the office and then simply stand back and pick my subjects as they went about their day.

Ducon staff, industrial photography Melbourne - © Michael Evans Photographer 2014 - www.michaelevansphotographer.com
© Michael Evans Photographer 2014
Ducon staff, industrial photography Melbourne - © Michael Evans Photographer 2014 - www.michaelevansphotographer.com
A few of the Maintenance Crew; clearly this is a set-up shot taken using the 16-35mm f2.8L – © Michael Evans Photographer 2014
Ducon staff, industrial photography Melbourne - © Michael Evans Photographer 2014 - www.michaelevansphotographer.com
A ‘grab’ portrait after I had set up my lighting © Michael Evans Photographer 2014
Ducon staff, industrial photography Melbourne - © Michael Evans Photographer 2014 - www.michaelevansphotographer.com
© Michael Evans Photographer 2014
Ducon staff, industrial photography Melbourne - © Michael Evans Photographer 2014 - www.michaelevansphotographer.com
I love shooting backlit subjects…© Michael Evans Photographer 2014
Ducon staff, industrial photography Melbourne - © Michael Evans Photographer 2014 - www.michaelevansphotographer.com
I am always looking for new angles, particularly when the background does not work…© Michael Evans Photographer 2014

The following images are from the second day of photography at sites throughout the Melbourne metro area; again as I hope will be apparent this was a lot of fun to do!

Ducon staff, industrial photography Melbourne - © Michael Evans Photographer 2014 - www.michaelevansphotographer.com
© Michael Evans Photographer 2014
Ducon staff, industrial photography Melbourne - © Michael Evans Photographer 2014 - www.michaelevansphotographer.com
Danny and Mick discussing the plans for the day…© Michael Evans Photographer 2014
Ducon staff, industrial photography Melbourne - © Michael Evans Photographer 2014 - www.michaelevansphotographer.com
© Michael Evans Photographer 2014
Ducon staff, industrial photography Melbourne - © Michael Evans Photographer 2014 - www.michaelevansphotographer.com
The excellent 17mm TS-E lens even lends itself to portraiture! © Michael Evans Photographer 2014
Ducon staff, industrial photography Melbourne - © Michael Evans Photographer 2014 - www.michaelevansphotographer.com
Jacqui, Peter’s brilliant EA, joins the boys in posing for a planning session shot – © Michael Evans Photographer 2014
Ducon staff, industrial photography Melbourne - © Michael Evans Photographer 2014 - www.michaelevansphotographer.com
Installing solar panels on the roof…© Michael Evans Photographer 2014
Ducon staff, industrial photography Melbourne - © Michael Evans Photographer 2014 - www.michaelevansphotographer.com
© Michael Evans Photographer 2014
Ducon staff, industrial photography Melbourne - © Michael Evans Photographer 2014 - www.michaelevansphotographer.com
This amazing house in South Yarra is by Fiona Winzar Architects, and from what I could see promises to be a very unique and interesting construction © Michael Evans Photographer 2014
Ducon staff, industrial photography Melbourne - © Michael Evans Photographer 2014 - www.michaelevansphotographer.com
Thank you to Mick and Danny for their patience! © Michael Evans Photographer 2014
Ducon staff, industrial photography Melbourne - © Michael Evans Photographer 2014 - www.michaelevansphotographer.com
Tools down for the day – © Michael Evans Photographer 2014

A number of the images captured during this shoot are now visible on the new Ducon website which can be found here: http://www.ducon.com.au

As usual, I really enjoyed this shoot and am certainly delighted to have had the opportunity to work with Peter and his talented crew – thank you to all involved, particularly Jacqui for arranging everyone and posing for me over many shots!

 

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2 thoughts on “Industrial photography in Melbourne for Ducon…

  1. These people centric photos captures everything about the business they offer.

    The perspectives you have used and the clarity of images, just incredible.

    As you mentioned, there is something about the MD of the firm which you have perfectly captured, the positive spirit…

    Great work, Michael 🙂

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