12 Rigs of Christmas 2015: Day 12: Saskatchewan Oil & Gas Show Album

12 12 2015

Early in 2015 I was contacted by the Saskatchewan Oil and Gas Show (a.k.a. Weyburn Oil Show) board to  prepare an album for them to present to some VIPs at the upcoming oil show. They wanted something that was representative of the industry, something that would be a “best of” sort of collection.

Wow, I was pretty honoured by that.

This is the album, as it was printed, minus the logo on the cover. Many of these have been printed as canvases up to five feet wide. My intention was for several of these to be included with a now-on-hold project that would have seen three of these printed as 10-foot canvases for a massive art installation.

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Album cover. Red Dog Drilling Rig 3, Northgate

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Vortex Drilling Rig 1, first hole, near Lake Alma

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Stampede Drilling Rig 2, near North Portal

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Red Dog Drilling Rig 1 (insert: hammer – Stampede Drilling Rig 1, cable – Red Dog Rig 2)

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Stampede Drilling Rig 2 near Bienfait

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Independent Well Servicing, south of Oungre, (insert, left: Gilliss Casing Services, same location). Right, Excel Well Servicing, Stoughton)

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Left, Betts Drilling Rig 1, first hole, near Northgate. Right, Red Dog Drilling, Rig 4, first hole, near Kisbey

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Pumpjacks near Glen Ewen

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Left: Fast Trucking Service moving Red Dog Drilling Rig 2, Estevan. Right, clockwise from top right: Betts Drilling Rig 1, first hole, Northgate; Vortex Drilling Rig 1, first hole, Lake Alma; Panther Drilling Rig 4, first hole, north of Estevan; Precision Drilling Rig 120, Macoun

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Left, top to bottom: Vortex Drilling Rig 1, Panther Drilling Rig 4, Stampede Drilling Rig 1. Right: Red Dog Drilling Rig 4.

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United Centrifuge, south of Weyburn

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Red Dog Drilling Rig 4, first hole, Kisbey, 360 degree panorama

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Stampede Drilling Rig 2, North Portal

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Red Dog Drilling Rig 4, first hole, Kisbey

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Left: Stampede Drilling Rig 1, Browning. Right: Vortex Drilling Rig 1, first hole, Lake Alma

 

And this is what it looks like in book form.

I tried to spread the love around as much as I could, as well as include other aspects of the industry beyond drilling. However, since the vast majority of my work has been on drilling, that was the key ingredient.

It took quite a while to pick the best out of several years of work. I had about 240 files in my selects folder, and had to whittle it down from there. This video shows the selects that were considered.


 

The six albums were printed in Venice, Italy, as are all my albums. They had 3/16 aluminum covers and leather bindings. That’s my usual album design. In this case, the albums were 1/2 my usual size.

I had thought they would end up as keepsakes for the oilman of the year and hall of fame recipients. It turns out they had other plans. Imagine my surprise when Premier Brad Wall and Minister of Economy Bill Boyd were presented with these albums.

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Premier Brad Wall, Minister of Economy Bill Boyd, Oil Show chair Del Mondor

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Minister of Finance Kevin Doherty, left, Minister of Economy Bill Boyd

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Other recipients included Deputy Premier Don McMorris and Minister of Health (and Weyburn MLA) Dustin Duncan. I believe Weyburn Mayor Deb Button got one as well.

 

Long-time oil show volunteer Ron Jeffery was also presented with one. After all his years of service, he deserved it.

After it was all over, I sat down with Ron and his wife and explained what each picture in the album was. They were quite happy, as was I. I was beaming ear-to-ear. It was definitely a highlight of my year.

 

If anyone is interested in a copy (minus the oil show logo), please contact me at brian.zinchuk@sasktel.net. This album had 30 pages, but I would likely add another 10 pages in a second edition.

These are not inexpensive items. They are made by one of the best album-makers in the world, and priced accordingly. But they are something you will cherish for a long time to come.

If you find yourself in these albums, be proud. There’s one sitting in the office of most of the power brokers in Regina.

 

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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.





12 Rigs of Christmas 2015: Day 9: Betts Rig 4

3 12 2015

On the ninth day of Christmas, the toolpush gave to me… Betts Drilling Rig 4.

Last year I posted 12 Rigs of Christmas, and it was a big hit. So here’s the 2015 version.

Betts Drilling Rig 4 was brand new, waiting to go out on its first hole at the time.

The Betts Rig 4 gallery can be found here

If you’re looking for more rigs, check out the master drilling gallery here. You can find Betts Rig 1, 2,3 and 4 there as well.

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For the next three days (Dec. 3-5) I am running a sale: 15% off all Betts Drilling prints. This includes Betts 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: Betts

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. Please share!





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.





12 Rigs of Christmas 2015: Day 7: Red Dog Rig 1

1 12 2015

On the first day of Christmas, the toolpush gave to me… Red Dog Drilling Rig 1.

Last year I posted 12 Rigs of Christmas, and it was a big hit. So here’s the 2015 version.

This rig was shot in 2013.

There’s something interesting about this rig – it’s the only one that I’ve shot that is no longer in operation. Well, to a point. You see, Red Dog rebuilt their initial rig, using certain components, into Rig 5. I like to think of it as the mythical phoenix, the bird that is reborn out of its own ashes (although no ashes were involved to my knowledge.)  I haven’t had the opportunity to shoot it as Rig 5 yet, but maybe some day.

The Red Dog Rig 1 gallery can be found here – Red Dog Rig 1.

If you’re looking for more rigs, check out the master drilling gallery here. You can find Red Dog Rig 3, Rig 3 and Rig 4 there as well.

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For the next three days (Dec. 1-3 I am running a sale: 15% off all Red Dog Drilling prints. Includes Red Dog Rigs 1, 2, 3 and 4. Expires Dec. 3, 2015. (Discount does not include shipping). You can order canvases, metal prints (which are AWESOME) or even a coffee mug. The coupon code is: RedDog

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.








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