12 Rigs of Christmas: Day 10: Stampede Rig 2

10 12 2015

On the tenth day of Christmas, the toolpush gave to me…  Stampede Drilling Rig 2.

I apologize for taking a few days hiatus on this 12 rigs project. I had to get a few things done over the past few days. It might be another couple days before I’m able to get the last two days posted.

Stampede Rig 2 has spent most of its career to date was working close to the U.S. border. Indeed, I think it has spent most of its career drilling withing a few miles of Mackenzie Meats.

For the video slideshow I had to pick a country song for Bill and Jackie, the crew that runs Stampede in Estevan. Turns out Bill would have liked some heavy metal. Oh well. Jackie’s still a cowgirl, as far as I know.

The Stampede Drilling Rig 2 gallery can be found here at Stampede Rig 2. This gallery has some of the most spectacular sunsets I’ve been able to get with a drilling rig. I read somewhere that when shooting sunsets, just when you think you’ve got your shot and are about to pack up, wait another 10-15 minutes. It’s true.

This series is special because some of them are when Rig 2 was working within just a few hundred metres of a working dragline. You might never see a rig and dragline so close again. It really says a lot about the Energy City.

If you’re looking for more rigs, check out the master drilling gallery here.

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The time has passed for orders directly from the website, as they might not get her in time for Christmas. If you would like to order a print, please contact me directly at brian.zinchuk@sasktel.net. The prices will be similar to what you see listed. I can do paper prints and canvases here in Estevan, but the time is running out for Canvases.  a 14×18 (A common-sized frame you can get for a good price at Wal-Mart is $74 plus tax. It makes a nice, easy give for the oilpatch person in the family.

In case you’re wondering, I do a lot more than just drilling rigs. I’ve done a substantial amount of hotel and real estate photography, as well as general oilfield commercial photography. I’m one of the few, if not only, professional photographers in the area that has all their safety tickets and PPE to go on lease as required. As well, I also offer photobooth service complete with green screen.

What do you think of my 12 Rigs of Christmas? Put your thoughts in the comments on my Facebook page. Don’t forget to share, and scroll down to see the other Rigs of Christmas. If you recognize any of your buddies, please share.




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