This is what industrial photography looks like – me at work in a gravel loading facility

 Rick McEvoy - Industrial Photographer
Rick McEvoy – Industrial Photographer

I got a call from a previous client about a shoot the next day, which I was able to accommodate. And this is what it looked like. 

I have my own PPE, which gets me on most construction sites. I did not have high vis trousers.  I had to get the trousers that afternoon.

On to the next day. 

A baking hot day in Poole, wearing a high vis coat and trousers. Boots, gloves, glasses and hard hat. 

I can remember the heat to this day. 

And the trousers.

Lets just say they were a generous fit, I had to pull them virtually up to my elbows to get them to stay put.  Meaning a double layer of material around my midriff to make things even more uncomfortable. And too much material around my ankles – I must have looked like a clown in yellow!

Enough about the clothing – what about the shoot? 

The problem was this, they wanted me to photograph the gravel being off-loaded from the rail cars you can’t see from this level, which was the problem.  From ground level you cant see the rail cars.

And the other problem – they only had a limited time slot to offload the gravel before the train was off.

There was no waiting for me to take some nice photos – I just had to get on with photographing what was going on in front of me before they finished their work.

  • I could not climb up to the back. Not allowed.
  • All I could do was go to an adjacent gravel bay, giving me a concrete wall as safety segregation from the large machine and the live rail siding.

I was happy with that.

But how do I take the photos they want?

Bring on the painters pole. 

I attached my Canon 6D, with Canon 17-40mm lens attached, to a Harris painters pole using a special adaptor. I connected my Canon 6D to my iPhone 6 Plus via WiFi, which I used as a remote release, and then did this technical image capture. 

Poke the pole up as high as I could, point my camera in the general direction of the machine, focus and take photos.

It was so hot my glasses were steaming up, and so bright that I could not really see what i was photographing, so I just took lots and lots of photos. 

The client was happy, and all was good. 

The moral of this story – be prepared as you never know what you are going to encounter on a commercial shoot. 

The brief as presented was impossible to achieve, but happily with some ingenuity and unusual gear I got the job done. 

And this was one of those jobs where I downloaded the images to my PC and then transferred all the RAW files to my client to sort and edit. 

I love jobs where i do this!  And I love unusual jobs like this in unusual environments and unique circumstances.

Rick McEvoy Photography – Industrial Photographer

Rick McEvoy

I am Rick McEvoy, an architectural and construction photographer living and working in the South of England. I create high quality architectural photography and construction photography imagery of the built environment for architects and commercial clients. I do not photograph weddings, families, small people or pets - anything that is alive, moves or might not do as I ask!! I am also the creator of the Photography Explained Podcast, available on all major podcast providers. I have a blog on my website where I write about my work and photography stuff. Rick McEvoy ABIPP, MCIOB

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