12 Rigs of Christmas 2015: Day 8: Vortex Rig 1

2 12 2015

I will always have a soft spot in my heart for Vortex Drilling Ltd. This was the very first drilling rig I ever photographed commercially, outside the paper. It was brand new, on its first hole, for a brand new company. The weather in June was absolutely spectacular. I’ve only had a few days of doing this sort of photography when the weather cooperated so well.

The album this photoshoot produced set the bar for everything to follow over the next several years. It was the model for how I’ve shot all other rigs since. Usually that entails a full day out on the rig, crawling all over, taking pictures of every little detail. I stayed until sunset and got some spectacular shots, two of which ended up on my business cards and also as canvases in the lobbies of local hotels. Keep your eye out for them and you might see one of these, seen below.


I haven’t had the opportunity to shoot Rigs 2 or 3 yet (someone asked the other day if I’d come out to his rig). Maybe some day.

For the next three days (Dec. 2-4) I am running a sale: 15% off all Vortex Drilling prints. Expires Dec. 4, 2015. (Discount does not include shipping). You can order canvases, metal prints (which are AWESOME, I just ordered one for a client) or even a coffee mug. The coupon code is: Vortex

Do you have a rig you’d like me to profile in my 12 days of Christmas? Put your requests in the comments on my Facebook page. Don’t forget to share.



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