12 Rigs of Christmas: Day 7: Betts Drilling Rig 2

10 12 2014

Betts Drilling Rig 2 is the Day 7 rig of the 12 Rigs of Christmas. It was a beautiful summer day shortly after the then-new rig first went to work. I got some of Betts Rig 3 a few days later.

This was also the first rig where I tried out some unique perspectives.

Photos of this rig can be found here and here.

My other drilling rigs can be found here.

The photo lab suggested that all orders to Canada should be in by Dec. 8, or Monday. So if you would like a print of one of these pictures, please contact me directly at brian.zinchuk@sasktel.net. With a giant Epson 9900 printer the size of a love seat and weighing 340 lbs., I have the ability to do paper prints up to 16×20 ($75, need to be framed) or 16×32 here in Estevan, or canvas prints from 18×24 ($240), 24×36 ($500) to 36×96 ($1900). Canvas prints cost about $80 per square foot. Canvas prints especially take a fair bit of work, so you need to order early.

I also may be able to order other sizes of prints from my Canadian lab, but those would need to be ordered quickly.

Merry Christmas!

12 Rigs of Christmas: Day 1: Betts Drilling Rig 1

6 12 2014

Got a rig hand on your Christmas list and you have no clue what to buy them?

How about a gorgeous wall print of their favorite rig? Over the past several years, I have photographed most of the locally owned rigs in southeast Saskatchewan, including rigs from Betts Drilling, Red Dog Drilling, Panther Drilling, Stampede Drilling and Vortex Drilling. There’s even an occasional Savannah, CanElson and Precision, too!

Until Dec. 8, there is a 15% coupon on all Betts Drilling prints. This includes Rig 1, 2, 3 and 4. Enter Coupon Code: Betts

I was reminded today that you can indeed order prints off my website, perfect for delivery for Christmas.They can be printed as gallery wrap canvases, metal prints, or even on coffee cups. The turnaround for almost all these orders in 1-3 business days. Allow for shipping from California, where the lab is located, so I wouldn’t wait to order after Dec. 16 or so, otherwise you’re taking your chances.

In that vein, I am presenting the 12 rigs of Christmas. First up: Betts Drilling Rig 1, which was photographed on its first hole near Northgate, Sask. Just click here to be taken to the gallery. To order find a picture just right for you, click here.

But don’t wait for your particular rig to come up. They can all be found here.

Merry Christmas!


Betts Drilling Rig 1 Complete

12 02 2012

It took two visits to the field, several visits to the rig up site in Estevan, and well over 30 hours of editting, but I think the results are worth it. This is Betts Drilling Ltd. Rig 1, the first of two rigs this new drilling company has put together in short order. It went to work in southeast Saskatchewan on Nov. 29. Rig 2 is just about complete, and is expected to go to work this week.

The first day I was there just after sun-up, but there was no real nice sunrise to shoot. I stayed the entire day to get the sunset, only to find it, too, was not too great. That necessitated a second trip to the rig at the tail end of my day when I was in the area later in the week. I got there literally three minutes before the sun went down, and got the shots I wanted.

In this shoot I tried to get the scenic nature of the skies, since there aren’t many mountains near where they are drilling. I also focused a lot on the details, from the mud leaping up in little balls on the shaker, to the effort the roughnecks put into removed drill pipe caps.

I also did three 360 degree panoramas, one inside the doghouse, one on the drill floor, and one on the roof of the doghouse. Unfortunately the hoarding around the drill floor limited the view, but perhaps that can be revisitted in the future. These panoramas were the result of using the new Acratech GP ballhead and nodal rail, combined with a Really Right Stuff L-Bracket for the D700. It’s about $1,000 of kit, but I think the results speak for themselves. Stitching of something like 18 photos for each was done in Photoshop, with final adjustment in Lightroom.

Click on the photo to be taken to the gallery. You will be able to see these photos later on Betts Drilling’s website.

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