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Lincolnshire Industrial photography for The Sunday Times

Some Lincolnshire industrial photography for The Sunday Times here from the British Steel works at Scunthorpe. One of the pleasures of working for newspapers is the sheer diversity of places and people I encounter. A steelworks is of course a potentially very dangerous place to work so it’s not often that non-employees are allowed in. This was the third time I have taken pictures in a steelworks so knew some of the difficulties I’d encounter. Following a health and safety induction one has to change into protective clothing that includes a wool high-vis non-flammable overall, thick socks, protective boots, ear defenders, hard hat, gloves and glasses. Not the easiest of gear to wear when carrying camera equipment never mind actually take photographs. Sunday Times writer, John Collingridge and I were given a guided tour through the steel making process from the ore blending beds to the rod mill via the blast furnaces, basic oxygen steelmaking plant (BOS) and concast plant where ‘blooms’ or slabs are created by a casting machine. Steel from Scunthorpe is used for railway tracks around the world (including its own internal railway which is the longest in Britain), major construction projects such as the Petronas Towers in Kuala Lumpur, The Shard, Olympic Stadium and Crossrail in London right down to the smallest of safety pins. It was fascinating and the blast furnaces where iron ore is produced by blasting oxygen-enriched air can, for once, accurately be described as awesome (no pun intended). The noise, heat, sparks and river of ore gushing past was staggering and the whole process was of particular interest to me as my grandfather was himself a Scunthorpe steelworker many decades ago on a site demolished during the 1980s recession. Following Greybull’s acquisition from Tata for just £1 last year, the renamed British Steel plant at Scunthorpe has turned a profit, vital to the steel town’s employment and local economy, though I would have liked to see more Hondas and Suzukis in the staff car park given my family are the marques’ dealer and have traded in Scunthorpe since 1933.

 

All photographs ©copyright Michael Powell 2017 / michaelpowell.com

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British Steel, Scunthorpe. Robert Fox waiting to ‘dip’ in the Annie blast furnace.

 

Lincolnshire Industrial photography,British Steel,Scunthorpe,Michael Powell

British Steel, Scunthorpe. Robert Fox about to ‘dip’ in the Annie blast furnace.

 

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British Steel, Scunthorpe. Blooms emerge in Caster 4.

 

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British Steel, Scunthorpe. The blast furnaces are named after British queens, Vickie (Victoria), Annie (Anne), Bess (Elizabeth) and Mary.

 

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British Steel, Scunthorpe. Inside the rod mill.

 

Lincolnshire Industrial photography,British Steel,Scunthorpe,Michael Powell

British Steel, Scunthorpe. Blooms emerge in Caster 4.

 

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British Steel, Scunthorpe. The ore blending beds. Behind are the blast furnaces named after British queens, Vickie (Victoria), Annie (Anne), Bess (Elizabeth) and Mary.

 

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British Steel, Scunthorpe. ‘Dipping’ taking place in the Victoria blast furnace.

 

Lincolnshire Industrial photography,British Steel,Scunthorpe,Michael Powell

British Steel, Scunthorpe. The control room that overooks the Rod Mill The whole procedure is also monitored by cameras including within the blast furnace itself.

 

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A panoramic view of the British Steel site at Scunthorpe.

 

The finished article published in The Sunday Times Dec 24 2017

Nottingham Commercial Photography for Second Element

Nottingham commercial photography here from a recent commission for Second Element who are specialists in Legionella control and plumbing as well providing their self explanatory Drain Rescue service. Director, Richard Danielson took some ‘behind the scenes’ shots as we illustrated the team at work in various scenarios. The employee in the shot below even found himself company poster-boy (literally) when featured over Nottingham’s buses as part of their advertising campaign. Find more on Second Element here and more Michael Powell commercial photography here. Scroll down to see some environmental and editorial style portraits using some of the off-camera lighting techniques I sometimes employ when shooting for magazines and newspapers, such as this of Leicester City striker Shinji Okazaki for The Sunday Times.

 

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Nottingham commercial photography on Nottingham bus

Nottingham commercial photography on Nottingham bus
Lincoln,Nottingham commercial photography

Lincoln,Nottingham commercial photography
Lincoln,Nottingham commercial photography

Lincoln,Nottingham commercial photography

Lincoln,Nottingham commercial photography
Lincoln,Nottingham commercial photography
Lincoln,Nottingham commercial photography

Di & Andy’s RAF Cranwell Wedding

Congratulations Di & Andy. Unusually, this was a day off from being the official photographer as I was a guest but I still took a camera along to this superb RAF Cranwell wedding in Lincolnshire followed by the reception at Charlotte House in Lincoln. Working with just one camera and one prime lens, a Canon 85mm f1.8 is an interesting discipline. If you call discipline taking a few pictures between drinks, chatting, eating and dancing. Most of these were shot ‘wide-open’ to keep the depth of field very shallow. Normally with quite heavy, overcast light like this I’d be filling-in the shadows with flash, particularly under hats but didn’t want to carry one so just continued with available light including Andy’s star turn with the band later in the evening.

All photographs ©copyright Michael Powell / michaelpowell.com. No unauthorised downloading or reproduction.

 

 

Lincolnshire Garden Marquee Wedding Photography

Lincolnshire Garden Marquee Wedding Photography Here are a few photographs from Alice and Alistair’s stunning wedding starting with the getting ready and finishing with some impressive dance moves. The flowers by Poppy Vincent were magnificent as was food by Winteringham Fields which even featured an outside cookery demonstration area and oyster bar. Alice & Alistair’s wedding broke the previous record for most pictures I have shot at a wedding, a staggering 2743 frames and in doing so took the honour from the legendary wedding in Curitiba, Brazil of Ricardo & Paula (which I left at 5am with party still in full flow).

 

Music For Life exhibition extended

Very pleased that my exhibition ‘Music For Life’ at Caistor Arts & Heritage Centre has been extended until the end of September. Admission is free and the centre has a wonderful cafe. There are 27 framed portraits of musicians from all walks of life. Please visit, have a coffee, peruse my portraits and spread the news. You can visit the centre here: http://28ploughhill.co.uk