The following are commissioned projects from the last year.
Time And Experience was photographed in the mountains of the far Western Delaware Basin of Western Texas. Noram rig 24 is shown drilling a directional well for Cimarex and Chevron in the Triple Crown field during the 2015 summer monsoon season. This is a high resolution instant composite panorama made by photographing the left, center and rights quadrants simultaneously with 3 separate but matching camera systems. The three cameras were attached to a 48" nodal bar and calibrated to capture all three parts of the image at the precise instant the lightning struck. The result is a image that is twice the resolution of a single frame. Only a few photographers world wide use this technique to instantly capture lighting in high resolution. Photo © copyright by Robert D. Flaherty.
Sunday Morning At Yellow Rose is set on a University Lands lease in Martin County Texas. This is a 6.24 billion pixel
composition composed of 63 medium format images blended into one 2:1 panorama. At 20 times the resolution of a normal fine art photograph, the image was originally engineered to be a fine art mural up to 20x40 feet. Fine art images in sepia toned black & white printed at this resolution take on a unique pencil drawing look with the finest of details present. The image was made with a 50mm Tilt Shift lens which allows all points in the image to be in perfect focus near to far. Fine art Oil & Gas Photography by Robert D. Flaherty. Photo © copyright by Robert D. Flaherty.
Cactus 148 At Guadalupe Pass features the 16,000 foot horizontal State Street well drilled for Cimarex and Chevron in the Delaware Basin of far Western Texas. Fine Art Oil & Gas Photography By Robert D. flaherty. Photo © copyright by Robert D. Flaherty.
"Tall Cotton" features Sendero rig 6 drilling a short vertical well for Pioneer Natural Resources near the small farming comunity of Tarzan Texas. The emphasis here is the detail in some of the best looking cotton you will ever see. The camera was mounted in a vacuum enclosure 110 inches above ground level. The use of a perspective control lens means that each bowel of cotton is perfectly in focus from foreground to horizon as well the drilling rig and spectacular late November sunset. The image is composed of 4.24 billion pixels and is engineered to be a 12x24 foot fine art mural.
Fine Art Oil & Gas Photography By Robert D. Flaherty. Photo © copyright by Robert D. Flaherty.
A new Shores pump Jack stands before an early fall thunderstorm on a Sandridge Energy lease in Western Andrews County Texas. The location is flanked by Lariat Rig 11 drilling the last of eight in line directional wells on University Land. Fine Art Oil & Gas Photography by Robert D. Flaherty. Photo © copyright by Robert D. Flaherty.
Natural gas gathering assets and cows on a high mesa compressed against The Wind River Range in early Summer 2014. This image was photographed to be used as a very large scale mural up to 20x60 feet. The high level of detail also makes for an incredible fine art print. The image is composed of 1.24 billion pixels and was photographed at 600mm with a camera mounted in an enclosure to isolate it from the wind. Oil & Gas Photography for fine art by Robert D. Flaherty. Photo © copyright by Robert D. Flaherty.
The Triple Crown Gas plant beneath Guadalupe Pass in far West Texas. The image is part of a year long project commissioned by Cimarex Energy of Colorado. Photo © copyright by Robert D. Flaherty.
This is the vertical version of the popular print Sunset At Squire Ranch. The image features Basic Energy Drilling Rig 45 drilling for Apache Corp. just north of Garden City Texas in September 2012. The print is also on the cover of The American Oil & Gas Reporter for October 2013 along with the associated article on drilling fluids. The print was taken from 20 feet above ground level utilizing a wide angle tilt shift lens to ensure the highest image quality. Oil & Gas Photography By Robert D. Flaherty. Photo © copyright by Robert D. Flaherty.
Rig Works Odessa Texas
This is a high resolution multi image panoramic photograph of a new well Servicing Unit built by Rig Works of Odessa Texas. The image is a composite of eight vertical images giving the final image the detail needed to print up to 40x120" Focus was set manually viewing the face of a dime setting on the fuel tank. A 24mm tilt shift lens allows all points in the photograph to be near perfectly focused from front to rear. The image was taken from a hight of 14 feet. Photo © copyright by Robert D. Flaherty.
A standard format image composed of six high resolution images. Photo © copyright by Robert D. Flaherty.