An afternoon watching and photographing an experienced scrap burner at work on a disused turbine

Project: Burner at EMR Kingsbury
Client: European Metal Recycling Ltd.
When: October 2018

In late 2018 I was asked to conduct a photo shoot at EMR's Kingsbury depot in the West Midlands, as they'd recently installed a dedicated burning area, safely positioned away from other site operations.

BMRA Photo of The Year 2020

Over the years working for them as their in-house Graphic Designer, I'd used my passion for photography to develop a library of images for marketing purposes, so was well placed to make further use of my skills behind the camera.

... Tackling the low hanging fruit first
Yul gerruh bad back doin' that
Miniature molten metal volcano

On the day of the shoot, the sun was shining and the sky was mostly clear, so I relied on natural light to capture the burning process, with post-production in Adobe Camera Raw to develop the original raw files and highlight areas of interest.

I carry a number of items for these jobs, including:

  • 2 x Canon 6D bodies
  • 24-105 f/4L
  • 70-300 f/4-5.6L
... Like a hot knife through butter
... One arm behind his back. Just showing off now.

Dressed head to toe in Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), taking shots can be tricky with a hard hat bumping into the camera (I used to spin it around so that the peak was at the back of my head) and whilst donning protective eyewear, but it can be done safely, especially with long lenses to get close from a distance.

Below: Wayne Kelsall the burner, with decades of experience, getting up close and personal with the turbine at EMR Kingsbury

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