Quarter Million Views for A Year on a Saskatchewan Farm video

25 05 2018

Around 1 p.m. on May 25, this video hit a quarter million views in the seven months since it was posted. It is still getting about 800 views per day. It has been very popular in the United States, Germany and Poland, in addition to Canada.

Interestingly, in many of the countries where it has been watched, 100 per cent of the viewship was male. That includes Poland, France, UK, Brazil, Denmark, Ukraine, Czechia, Romania, Switzerland, Sweden, Italy, Latvia and India.

The comments are interesting, because it gets a lot of comparisons to Farm Simulator.

I haven’t posted on here for quite a while because I was swamped with a few massive projects. This video, the additional videos in the series, and the photography accompanying it, was one of those reasons.

While it continues to do great, it has a ways to go to catch up to the related snow clearing video, which is closing in on 600,000 views. Viewership on it has been worldwide, but dropped off quite a bit when the summer came. It’s still getting 310 views per day. On Oct. 21, 2017, it had 54,302 views in one day, which totally blew me away.

Thanks again to Jason and Sherrill LeBlanc for bringing me in to do this.





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.

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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.





Cyber Monday Sale Nov.30 Only!

30 11 2015

Kisbey_0862-EditToday is Cyber Monday! So for today only (ending midnight) I am offering 25% discount on all prints on my site Zinchuk.ca . This is the best discount I am offering all year. It is only for prints ordered through the website. This includes canvases, metal prints and conventional paper prints. Taxes and shipping are not included in the discount. The coupon code is : cyber





12 Rigs of Christmas 2015: Day 6: Panther Rig 3

30 11 2015


On the sixth day of Christmas, the toolpush gave to me…  Panther Drilling Rig 3.

 

Panther Drilling Rig 3 spent a lot of time working near the U.S. border over the years. That’s where these pictures were taken, not far from Oungre.

The Panther Drilling Rig 3 gallery can be found here at Panther Rig 3.

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

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For the next four days (Nov. 30-Dec. 3) I am running a sale: 15% off all Panther Drilling prints. This includes Rigs 1, 2, 3 and 4. (Discount does not include shipping). You can order normal photo prints, canvases, metal prints (which are AWESOME) or even a coffee mug. The coupon code is: Panther

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, and scroll down to see the other Rigs of Christmas. If you recognize any of your buddies, please share.





12 Rigs of Christmas 2015: Day 5: Stampede Rig 3

29 11 2015

 

On the fifth day of Christmas, the toolpush gave to me…  Stampede Drilling Rig 3.

Stampede Rig 3 was working close to the U.S. border at the time. Indeed, I think it has spent most of its career drilling withing a few miles of Mackenzie Meats, which made for a good snack when I was out there.

I believe Stampede 3 is the newest rig in the Saskatchewan drilling fleet at this time.

While some of the other rigs you may have seen before, this is the first time I have put photos of Stampede Rig 3 out “in the wild.” There are some really good sunset shots. Also, I went out an extra day to get photos of Stampede 2 and 3 working close enough together that you could get both in the same photo. It’s rare to have two rigs from the same company working so close to each other.

For the video slideshow I had to pick a country song for Bill and Jackie, the crew that runs Stampede in Estevan.

The Stampede Drilling Rig 3 gallery can be found here at Stampede Rig 3.

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

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For the next three days (Nov. 29-Dec. 2) I am running a sale: 15% off all Stampede Drilling prints. This includes Rigs 1, 2 and 3. (Discount does not include shipping). You can order normal photo prints, canvases, metal prints (which are AWESOME) or even a coffee mug. The coupon code is: Stampede

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, and scroll down to see the other Rigs of Christmas. If you recognize any of your buddies, please share.





12 Rigs of Christmas 2015: Day 4:Panther Rig 2

28 11 2015

On the fourth day of Christmas, the toolpush gave to me…  Panther Drilling Rig 2.

This rig was working really close to the U.S. border at the time. The pictures with the numerous pumpjacks are significant. That’s because that one rig, Panther Rig 2, punched all those holes.

The Panther Drilling Rig 2 gallery can be found here.

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

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For the next three days (Nov. 28-Dec. 1) I am running a sale: 15% off all Panther Drilling prints. This includes Rigs 1, 3 and 4. (Discount does not include shipping). You can order normal photo prints, canvases, metal prints (which are AWESOME) or even a coffee mug. The coupon code is: Panther

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, and scroll down to see the other Rigs of Christmas. If you recognize any of your buddies, please share.





Shooting a DeLorean, and Going Back To The Future

1 07 2015

DeLorean-1262-EditA few months ago I got a call from a long-time client. “Brian, come out to the shop. We got something you want to take a look at.”

Okay, this was interesting. I had done photos for the Gilliss family several times. I made a video for Gilliss Oil Tools and did still photos for the patriach, Dean Gilliss, a while back. I spent the better part of a year getting photos in -52 C windchill and +29 C summer to get photos for Gilliss Casing Services, which the sons Dylan and Logan (and their buddy, Wally) took over and now own and operate. So what could this be?

“Can you take pictures of Dad’s DeLorean?” Logan asked.

Which had me react something like this:

You made a time machine out of a Delorean

 

I think the actual words were something like, “You have a DeLorean? Here? In Estevan???”

Sure enough, they had a DeLorean, taken out of storage. Dean wanted me to take some nice photos of it to list it on eBay, after having owned it for many years but not really having done much with it.

Now, this is like asking a photographer to take photos of a supermodel with their cellphone and say, “Okay, good enough.” Not gonna happen. If I was going to do this, I was going to do it right. And I wanted a chance to drive the car.

I actually remember seeing the car on the Price is Right when I was 6-year-old. Here’s the clip. Go to 1:11.

 

It was spring time, the ground was brown, there was nothing green or nice around.

“Let’s wait until things green up,” I suggested. Very well, that’s what we would do.

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Dr. Emmett Brown: “The way I see it, if you’re gonna build a time machine into a car, why not do it with some *style?*”

Before we would take the photos, the car would need to go in for a good detailing, to be taken care of by Dean’s good friend in town. He would look after the car.

I tracked down a DVD from HMV of Back to the Future, and watched it three times to psych myself up for this shoot. I also watched several hours of documentaries about the car, the company, and its founder/designer, John DeLorean.

The gull wing doors, rear-mount engine and stainless steel body make this one of the most distinctive cars of all time, and that was before the movie made it cool.

The car was made in Northern Ireland during the worst time of “The Troubles.” It was only in production for 21 months, over three model years. Total production was 8,583. It’s body is made of stainless steel, long before all of our kitchen appliances were.

That number is very close to the mileage on this particular car – 8,593, the miles on the odometer when it was in my garage. (Note I said miles, not kilometres. This was built for American consumption).

Then I had to find somewhere to photograph this car. It’s been the driest spring and summer in recent memory. Where would we find someplace nice and green?

Then I remembered that the Gilliss clan has supported the local TS&M Woodlawn Golf Course for many years, so I called them up and they were kind enough to let us bring the car out there.

That photo shoot ended up being very abbreviated because I had a story for the newspaper I had to cover that morning (which I thought started at 1 p.m.) We would have to get together another day to finish the rest. The car went back in a garage.

A little later the car was dropped off at my place, where, with the help of my wife, I had set up a 30 foot backdrop allowing for interior shots with my new massive strobe umbrellas for soft, even lighting. But first we ran out a few blocks to the newest piece of pavement I could find, a newly-constructed but empty bay just behind the hospital. During this evening shoot we had one guy on a motorbike and two guys in a pickup pull up, get out and stare in awe at this car while they took pictures with their cellphones. My patient wife and kids fed the mosquitoes and helped out, too.

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The kids were thrilled to get to sit in it for a bit. It was worth the mosquito bites.

This was a full out, use every technique I could think of shoot. I’m talking 5-shot brackets, high-dynamic range editing, wireless flash triggering around and inside the car, compositing flames from a flare picture I took several years ago, the works.

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Back at home, I was up till 1 a.m. fussing over the detail shots in the garage.

The next morning, it was another two hours of taking the last set of photos for the eBay listing, showing all the details car auctions need.

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Sorry, no flux capacitor

Does it go 88 miles per hour? If you want to know, put in a bid on eBay and find out.

All told, 1,886 photos, 13 video clips (to be edited later), three shooting locations, three days, and editing until 4 a.m. But it was worth it. This was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. When the eBay listing is posted, I will post it here. Check it out.

The full gallery can be viewed here: http://galleries.zinchuk.ca/Cars/DeLorean/

 

 

 

 








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