12 Rigs of Christmas: Day 9: Red Dog Drilling Rig 4

12 12 2014

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

This rig was shot on its first hole in July of 2013. It was nice and shiny. People often ask how I get pictures of rigs so shiny. Well, there’s the secret. I try to get them right out of the gate. I’ve been able to do that for Vortex 1, Panther 4 and Red Dog 4.

The day was, in a word, perfect. Remember those sunflowers along the north side of Highway 13 near Kisbey a few years ago? It was just north of there. The sky was blue, there were just a few clouds to give the sky some definition, and the sunset was awesome.

Getting shots of the sunset involved shooting from one angle, booting ‘er with the tripod to the other berm on the opposite side of the lease, then jumping in my wife’s truck and shooting several angles while using a tripod in the bed of the truck from the road just off the lease as the sky changed colour.

These pictures ended up getting noticed by the directional drillers, and led to a subsequent shoot for them in 2014.

The 360 panorama from the drill floor required about 130 pictures, of which about 36 were chosen and merged into one enormous image.

The Red Dog Rig 4 gallery can be found here.

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

I’ve pretty running out of time to take additional canvas orders to have them ready for Christmas. However, I can still do paper prints up to 16×20 ($100+tax) easily enough.

With only three days left in my 12 days of Christmas, who should I do next? Put your requests in the comments below!

12 Rigs of Christmas: Day 3: Red Dog 3

7 12 2014

Got a rig hand or someone else who works in the patch 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!

I am presenting the 12 rigs of Christmas. Next up: Red Dog Drilling Rig 3, which was photographed near Northgate. 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.
You can order any size, from tiny up to 40×60 inches, so there’s something for every budget.

My intention was to post these one day at a time, but due to shipping deadlines, I am pushing out the first 5 rigs on a quicker schedule. The lab recommends orders be submitted by Dec. 8.

Until Dec. 11, there is a 15% coupon on all Red Dog Drilling prints. This includes Rig 1, 2, 3 and 4. Enter coupon code: RedDog

You can indeed order prints off my website, perfect for delivery for Christmas. Just click on the green “Buy Photos” 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. I just checked and they recommended ordering by Dec. 8., otherwise you’re taking your chances. Otherwise you might have to do rush shipping, which costs a premium. If you have any questions, contact me directly.

Merry Christmas!

Here’s a look at Red Dog Rig 3

28 06 2014

Here’s Red Dog Rig 3. It was working near Northgate at the time, just a couple miles north of the U.S. border. I got some of my favourite sunset shots on this rig, including a stellar orange silhouette of the drilling floor. Watch for it in the video slideshow.

Red Dog Drilling Rig 2 Video Slideshow

27 06 2014

Here is the video slideshow for Red Dog Drilling Rig 2.

Red Dog 1 Video Slideshow

27 06 2014

This is a video slideshow for Red Dog Drilling of Rig 1. I prepared slideshows for all four rigs, but they were not posted until the crews got to see them at the spring breakup party. I’ll post the other rigs’ videos soon.

I just realized I haven’t posted anything on here for nearly four months. That’s not because I haven’t been busy. Rather, I haven’t had much time to post! Over the next little while I will post some more recent projects.

Pacesetter Directional

23 02 2014

Some days when the phone rings, an unexpected call just works out. That was the case with Pacesetter Directional, a Calgary-based directional drilling company. They were looking for current drilling rig pictures in southeast Saskatchewan, and pictures of their tools in action. As it turns out, they were present on several of the rigs I shot in 2013, in particular, Red Dog Drilling 3 and 4. When I do a rig shoot, it can often take 12 or more hours, because I shoot EVERYTHING. You never know what the client might find useful. In this case, it paid off. The drilling company likely won’t have much use for pictures of the downhole tools that were on the racks, but Pacesetter sure did. I was able to supply them with a number of usable pictures from my existing library of their equipment and people in the field.

What was even more interesting was the fact that I knew one of their field hands from when I was a kid. I was taking pictures on the drill floor of Red Dog 3 last fall when a guy in grey coveralls says, “Brian?”

This is not surprising since I’ve been writing for Pipeline News for going nearly six years now. People see me with a camera all over the place. But then he identified himself as Chris. We went to church together as kids, and his older brother was my age. We spent a lot of time together in our younger days, and now, probably 20 years later, he recognized me. Our moms are still best friends, but we’ve all gone our separate ways. Now here Chris was, a directional hand with Pacesetter, and here I was, taking photos, of him, on a drill floor.

It turns out the pictures I got of him turned out beautifully. The lighting was just perfect, the colours jumped out. It was a perfect day.

Several of those photos can now be found on Pacesetter’s website, which was recently revamped with the library of photos I provided. About 3/4 of the photos I found on their site at this time were mine. Two of these are now part of my canvas print collection for sale, and indeed, I coated them yesterday. They should be mounted Monday.

Plans are to do more work with Pacesetter later this year when time allows.

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