© Michael Evans Photographer 2016

Specialised Melbourne Industrial Photographer…

As a commercial photographer based in Melbourne I have always enjoyed specialising in industrial work; certainly it is a challenging field, which definitely requires a solid technical capability combined with an adaptable approach to the visual problem solving inherent in every assignment. Whereas many photographers working today in fields such as wedding and portrait photography can simply work with available light, most industrial situations are in my opinion much more demanding of additional light sources. By their very nature, most factories, mines or industrial plants are mostly equipped with dull, flat, and in many cases inadequate (for photography at least) lighting. As such I will often deliberately overuse flash in order to achieve a dramatic and interesting effect, and then on the same day paint with the barest kiss of flash to rim light anything from a person at work through to an industrial machine or product.

All of the images from this recent shoot were of course captured and delivered to the client in colour, but I wanted to take them a little further into the gritty industrial feel with a black and white treatment. I have processed these on my Mac Book Pro while working in the UK, so I have not been able to judge them properly on my usual monitor, but they are just for fun after all…

As would be rather obvious from the following images, my client Rocla makes concrete piping and other related building products, hence the circular ‘theme’ tying the images together…

© Michael Evans Photographer 2016
This image uses 2 flash units in order to bring some light and drama to an otherwise dark and flat light inside the factory… © Michael Evans Photographer 2016
© Michael Evans Photographer 2016
Again two flash units here added some light to my subject, while making the steam from the pipe ovens visible… © Michael Evans Photographer 2016
© Michael Evans Photographer 2016
Loading the wire cage manufacturing machine… © Michael Evans Photographer 2016
© Michael Evans Photographer 2016
Simple flash as a rim light… © Michael Evans Photographer 2016
© Michael Evans Photographer 2016
A single subtle flash can make all the difference… © Michael Evans Photographer 2016
© Michael Evans Photographer 2016
Flash to overpower the daylight and maintain detail outside… © Michael Evans Photographer 2016
© Michael Evans Photographer 2016
The operator was working in a very dark area, so I simply could not have achieved this without some directional flash… © Michael Evans Photographer 2016
© Michael Evans Photographer 2016
A deliberate dose of powerful flash for that dramatic gritty feel, very different to the previous portrait of this gentleman… © Michael Evans Photographer 2016
© Michael Evans Photographer 2016
© Michael Evans Photographer 2016
© Michael Evans Photographer 2016
© Michael Evans Photographer 2016

I cannot really explain why I enjoy this type of work so much (certainly I could make more money photographing weddings!), other than precisely because it is so challenging to produce both technically proficient and interesting images in often dirty, loud and stressful environments (for both the equipment and photographer!). All of the above images were taken with my workhorse Canon 5D Mk III, rather than my new 5DSR, as I simply did not need the increased resolution in this instance. As with most shoots of this type, it is necessary to keep in mind that the gear will need regular (and expensive) cleaning and maintenance.

 

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