Oil And Gas Exploration

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Prelude To Darkness

Prelude To Darkness is set in the rolling hills of the Thunder Basin National Grassland in Northeastern Wyoming. Early fall means cool crisp evenings with 200 mile visibility. Perfect weather for high resolution photography.  An alpine wind break was used here to shelter the camera from a 15 mile per hour wind thus insuring absolute image sharpness. The image consists of 3 vertical 50 megapixel exposures combined to make one 120 megapixel image. The Zeiss Otus 85mm 1.2 was used to capture the image. The Zeiss 85mm Otus is currently the worlds sharpest 85mm lens.  Prelude To Darkness is a featured print for the month of October in my studio gallery at Topside overlooking Ruidoso New Mexico. Photo © copyright by Robert D. Flaherty.

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Frontier Drilling Rig 26, Lea County New Mexico, New Mexico, Zeiss Otus 85mm, high resolution, fine art, Guadalupe Mountains, , photo

The Golden Moment

The Golden Moment features Frontier Rig 26 drilling a deep directional well in the Northern Delaware Basin. Wether on fine art paper or fine art canvas,  The image looks best spot lit with 4000K led lighting.  The image was taken at sunset in Western Lea County New Mexico during the dry Winter of 2018. The clouds above the rig were caused by high winds aloft passing over the Guadalupe Mountains of Western Texas and New Mexico.  This cloud type is often referred to as a lens cloud. The image is a non HDR composite of 16 levels of light ranging from white to total black. This allows the sun to be held back completely to its original shape while rendering all details in the foreground and drilling rig down to the finest details. Conventional photography would only allow the drilling rig and foreground to be displayed as a black silhouette.  The image is an 85mm capture made with the Zeiss Otus 85mm 1.4.  The lens has the distinction of being the highest performing lens ever made. The type of lens I choose and the resolution I photograph in are a large part of the very fine detail that my work is known for.  

Fine art Oil & Gas Photography by Robert D. Flaherty


. Photo © copyright by Robert D. Flaherty.

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Last Light

 Drilling Rig and cold January sunset before an impending winter storm near Midland Texas.  Oil and Gas Photography for Fine Art By Robert D. Flaherty. Photo © copyright by Robert D. Flaherty.

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An Evening To Remember

An Evening to Remember is set in the Northern Delaware Basin of Eastern New Mexico. The image features Silver Oak Rig 1 drilling between Carlsbad and Artesia New Mexico just after an evening thunderstorm. The image was taken at the end of a late monsoon season in October 2017. The panorama consist of 63 high resolution images rendering 7 levels of light. The final panorama has a ratio of 2:1 and suitable resolution for a 12x24 foot fine art mural. Fine art prints with extraordinary detail are available up to 40x80".  Fine art oil & gas photography by Robert D. Flaherty. Photo © copyright by Robert D. Flaherty.

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The End Of Tranquility

The End Of Tranquility was shot during the 2017 Summer Monsoon in the Western Delaware Basin near Orla Texas. The image was made using three high resolution cameras calibrated together and aimed each at a third of the location.  The three images are then composited together to make one very high resolution image. The use of three cameras is necessary when photographing lightning due to its unpredictable and transitory nature.  The end result is the highest quality image possible.  This is especially important when producing very large scale fine art photography such as a fine art mural.  The resolution in this print would support a mural up to 16 feet wide. The boost in resolution also makes for very finely detailed fine art prints on canvas or water color paper.

Fine Art Oil & Gas Photography By Robert D. Flaherty. Photo © copyright by Robert D. Flaherty.

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Autumn In Susquehanna County (Vertical)

"Autumn In Susquehanna County"  features a brand new Nomac drilling rig in the mountains of Northeastern Pennsylvania.  This is a lateral gas well in the Marcellus Shale in mid October 2014. The image is a 2:1 panorama available in sizes up to 40x80" on fine art water color paper or fine art canvas.  Murals are available up to 12x24 feet.  Fine art oil & gas photography by Robert D. Flaherty.

 
. Photo © copyright by Robert D. Flaherty.

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Autumn In Susquehanna County

"Autumn In Susquehanna County"  features a brand new Nomac drilling rig in the mountains of Northeastern Pennsylvania.  This is a lateral gas well in the Marcellus Shale in mid October 2014. The image is a 2:1 panorama available in sizes up to 40x80" on fine art water color paper or fine art canvas.  Murals are availble up to 12x24 feet.  Fine art oil & gas photography by Robert D. Flaherty. Photo © copyright by Robert D. Flaherty.

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Above And Beyond

"Above and Beyond" features a Patterson UTI drilling rig and double frac job in the Jona field below the Wind River Range of Northwestern Wyoming. The photograph was taken in early June 2014 in the first two weeks of warm weather.  This is a high resolution composite panoramic photograph engineered to be printed as a wall mural up to 30 feet in length. This resolution also makes for an a highly detailed fine art piece in standard 2:1 sizes.  Oil & Gas Photography for fine art by Robert D. Flaherty. Photo © copyright by Robert D. Flaherty.

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Evening Tour

 The Evening tour or "evening  tower" in oilfield terms begin on two rigs drilling for Chevron in far Northwestern Midland County Texas. The fully automated H&P Flex rig 355 is flanked by Savana's rig 610.  Oil and Gas Photography for Fine Art. 

Photo © copyright by Robert D. Flaherty.

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Sunset at Squire Ranch Vertical

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.

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Gato Del Sol Standard Size

Gato Del Sol features a long lateral gas well drilled by Catus Drilling.  The setting is the desolent landscape of the Western Delaware Basin in far Western Texas. This is a very sharp high resolution image capable supporting a sixty foot mural in panoramic format. Fine art prints are available from 8x12" to 40x60" for standard format prints. Photo © copyright by Robert D. Flaherty.

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Eagle Ford Pad Drilling Detail I

"Eagle Ford Pad Drilling Detail I" features H&P Drilling rig 498 pad drilling three deep directional wells in the Western Eagle Ford near Carrizo Springs Texas. The image was made from 1200 feet with a medium format camera stabilized by a Kenyon 8x8 gyro system.  The gyro system stabilizes vibration on all three axis allowing highly detailed photographs to be taken from a helicopter. Photo © copyright by Robert D. Flaherty.