Oilfield Art Gallery - Stock & Original Photos

This is a selection of my most popular Oilfield Images for Fine Art. Each image is available in both fine art paper prints which can be framed out as well as fine art canvas gallery wraps. We now have a contemporary in-house framing option for canvas prints which can help you avoid the high cost of custom framing especially if you live in the Permian Basin. Sizes range from 12x18” to 40x60” or 40”x80”

Drilling rig, Midland County Texas, evening tour, evening tower, oil drilling, sunset, oil and gas photography, Permian Basin, H&P Drilling, photo

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.

New Mexico, High Plains of Eastern New Mexico, pumpjack, pumpjack art, pump jack, Oil and Gas Photography, Fine Art,  pumping unit, oilfield art, photo

Two Booms Back II (2011)

A long abandoned pump jack stands frozen in stride on the High Plains of Eastern New Mexico. "Two Booms Back" has always been a favorite image.  A wide angle perspective control or tilt shift lens gives this image near perfect focus in all areas.  The strong three dimensional feel in the image is enhanced by shifting the lens up while keeping the camera and sensor level.  In late 2013 the image was added to the fine art collection of British Petroleum in London.  Oil and Gas Photography for Fine Art By Robert D. Flaherty. Photo © copyright by Robert D. Flaherty.

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Two Booms Back I (2011)

 A long abandoned pumpjack stands frozen in stride  on the Eastern Plains of Lea County New Mexico. Photo © copyright by Robert D. Flaherty.

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Edge Of The Day 2 (2010)

Over the course of only four hours,  a small very well defined wave of atmospheric energy moves from Salt Lake City to Southeastern New Mexico providing a brilliant sunset.  Oil and Gas Photography for Fine Art By Robert D. Flaherty. Photo © copyright by Robert D. Flaherty.

Permian Basin, Delaware Basin, New Mexico, Malaga New Mexico, drilling rig, Marathon Oil, sunset, Guadalupe Pass, Mountains, October, Panorama , photo

Golden October Standard (2018)

Golden October was photographed South of Malaga New Mexico in October 2018. While this image is the standard size, the photograph is also available as a high resolution 3:1 and 2:1 panorama as well. The image features a three well Marathon Oil location just South of Malaga New Mexico. The Mountains of Guadalupe Pass can be seen at sunset West of the location. Photo © copyright by Robert D. Flaherty.

Permian Basin, Delaware Basin, New Mexico, Malaga New Mexico, drilling rig, Marathon Oil, sunset, Guadalupe Pass, Mountains, October, Panorama , photo

Golden October 2:1 Panorama (2018)

Golden October was photographed South of Malaga New Mexico in October 2018. While this image is a 2:1 panorama, the photograph is also available as a high resolution 3:1 panorama and a standard size image as well. The image features a three well Marathon Oil location just South of Malaga New Mexico. The Mountains of Guadalupe Pass can be seen at sunset West of the location. Photo © copyright by Robert D. Flaherty.

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Beneath A Broken Sky Sepia 2:1 Panorama (2019)

Beneath A Broken Sky is a high resolution 2:1 panorama featuring Precision Drilling Corp. rig 555 on a lateral location Northeast of Ft. Stockton Texas. An early Spring servere thunderstorm and lightning provide the backdrop for the image. The panorama is produced in sepia toned black & white. Seven different light levels were blended together to hold back the brightness of the clouds while pulling up darker details in the foreground and subject areas. The image was originally commissioned by Contango Oil & Gas in April 2019.

fine art oil & gas photography by Robert D. Flaherty. Photo © copyright by Robert D. Flaherty.

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Splendid Isolation 2:1 Panorama (2018)

Early Fall is the the setting for Splendid Isolation.  The image is a 2:1 high resolution panorama featuring a Chevron pad drilling operation spread out before the mountains of Guadalupe Pass in Western Texas. The location straddles the Texas/New Mexico border Northwest of Orla Texas.  The panorama is composited from 63 high resolution images. The finished image is suitable for an extremely detailed fine art mural 12x24 feet. Fine art prints are available from 12x24" to 40x80".

Fine art oil & gas photography by Robert D. Flaherty

. Photo © copyright by Robert D. Flaherty.

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Dawning of a New Day (2019)

Dawning of a New Day features a Winter sunrise on a large Chevron pad drilling operation South of Pecos Texas. Winter stillness and high visibility combine to make a very a highly detailed photograph capable of a 12x24 foot vertical mural. Fine art prints art available up to 40x60".

fine art oil & gas photography by Robert D. Flaherty

. Photo © copyright by Robert D. Flaherty.

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Contango Sunrise 2:1 panorama (2019)

Contango Sunrise features Precision Drilling Corp. rig 555 drilling a deep lateral well for Contango Oil & Gas near Ft. Stockton Texas. The image is a 2:1 high resolution panorama taken just before sunrise. Left over remnants from thunderstorms the night before contribute to a brilliant sunrise. 

Fine art oil & gas photography by Robert D. Flaherty. Photo © copyright by Robert D. Flaherty.

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San Andres Sunset and Surface Casing 2:1 Panorama (2017)

San Andres Sunset and Surface Casing features Robinson rig 6 drilling a shallow directional well in the San Andres near Seminole Texas. The rig is shown at sunset running surface casing while flanked by Robinson rig 3 several miles to the West. The image is a high resolution 2:1 panorama. Due to the lens and photographic process used, all areas of the panorama are perfectly focussed from near to far. 

Fine art oil & gas photography by Robert D. Flaherty

. Photo © copyright by Robert D. Flaherty.

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Delaware Compressor Sunset II (2016)

Delaware Compressor Sunset II features a newly completed compressor battery in the central Delaware Basin of Western Texas. The image is a 2:1 high resolution panorama compossited from 63 images. Resolution is suitable for a 30x60 foot fine art mural. Prints on fine art paper or canvas are available as large as 40x80 inches. This amount of resolution would allow the date on a dime to be read anywhere on the compressor battery.

Fine art oil & gas photography by Robert D. Flaherty. Photo © copyright by Robert D. Flaherty.

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Delaware Compressor Sunset I (2016)

Delaware Compressor Sunset I features a newly completed compressor battery in the central Delaware Basin of Western Texas. The image is a 2:1 high resolution panorama compossited from 63 images. Resolution is suitable for a 30x60 foot fine art mural. Prints on fine art paper or canvas are available as large as 40x80 inches. This amount of resolution would allow the date on a dime to be read anywhere on the compressor battery. 

Fine art oil & gas photography by Robert D. Flaherty. Photo © copyright by Robert D. Flaherty.

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Day Into Night 3:1 Panorama In Sepia (2016)

Day Into Night features a Precision Corp. drilling rig on a directional well 30 miles West of Jal New Mexico during an extraordinary severe thunderstorm. An F3 tornado with a base a quarter mile wide is passing just Southwest of the location. The drill site received baseball sized hail shortly after the image was taken. The image is a 3:1 ratio panorama captured in sepia toned black & white.  98 separate images where combined into one high resolution panorama. 

Fine art oil & gas photography by Robert D. Flaherty. Photo © copyright by Robert D. Flaherty.

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In Darkness We Shine 2:1 Panorama (2018)

In Darkness We Shine was photographed during an extraordinary sunrise 20 miles Northwest of Orla Texas in Mid November 2018. The image features Chevron's advanced horizontal pad drilling operations Northwest of Orla Texas. The three Patterson UTI drilling rigs will spend up to a year on each pad drilling multiple wells. The image is available as a 3:1 or 2:1 panorama as well as a standard sized image featuring the lead drilling rig. The 2:1 panorama is composite using 63 high resolution photographs blended to one 4 billion pixel image. 

 Fine art oil & gas photography by Robert D. Flaherty. Photo © copyright by Robert D. Flaherty.

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Remnant At Square Lake (2018)

Remnant At Square Lake  was photographed in the Permian Basin near the sand hills of Square Lake in Northwestern Lea County New Mexico. The location is an old stripper well originally drilled around 1980.  The Pump Jack was photographed at a close upward angle using a tilt shift or perspective control lens.  The use of this lens renders perfect focus thought the image. The lens also provides a strong three dimensional feel when used in this way.


Fine art photography of oilfield production assets by Robert D. Flaherty. Photo © copyright by Robert D. Flaherty.

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Alpine High Double Completion 2:1 Panorama (2018)

Alpine High Double Completion features two completion crews silhouetted against a December sunset in late 2018. The Northern Davis Mountains of Western Texas provide the backdrop as the sun strikes the horizon. 

Fine art oil & gas photography by Robert D. Flaherty. Photo © copyright by Robert D. Flaherty.

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Silent Elegance 3:1 Panorama (2018)

Silent Elegance features a networked SWD at sunset in late September 2018. The image is a high resolution 3:1 panorama exposed over a 6 minute period. The image captures the very last rays of light in very clear dry air near Pecos Texas. The SWD is part of a network of over 20 SWDs linked together for midstream salt water deposal.  At 16 billion pixels, the image is the highest resolution I have taken. Prints are available up to 160 inches wide and murals up 90 feet. 


Photo © copyright by Robert D. Flaherty.

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Illusionary Warmth 2:1 Panorama (2017)

Illusionary Warmth was photographed during the dead of Winter January 2018 in the sand hills of Western Lea County New Mexico. The image features Frontier rig 26 drilling a directional well for XTO Energy. At first glance the sunrise imparts warmth. In reality the temperature was 13 degrees. Not bad for the Bakken or Boulder Wyoming. Definitely cool for the far Northern Delaware Basin. Look closely and you can see a jackrabbit looking over his shoulder. He stood there for 10 minutes one eyed locked on me hoping not to move. The image is a 2:1 high resolution panorama composited from 63 images made over three minutes time. The lens used was the sharpest yet made by the hand of man. Seven light levels were captured within the 63 images allowing all parts of the image to be recorded in perfect detail.  

Fine art oil & gas photography by Robert D. Flaherty. Photo © copyright by Robert D. Flaherty.

Patterson Drilling, Patterson Rig 562, Delaware Basin, Permian Basin, West Texas, drilling rig, sunset, directional well, September, Fall, Chevron , photo

Color Burst (2018)

Color Burst was photographed in late September 2018 in the Central Delaware Basin just below the New Mexico border. By the end of September drier air begins moving into the Delaware Basin allowing for high visibility and brilliant sunsets each evening. The image features Patterson UTI Rig 562 drilling a directional well for Chevron. Photo © copyright by Robert D. Flaherty.

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The Delaware Experience 2:1 Panorama (2018)

The Delaware Experience features a crude oil gathering battery and associated separator with three Patterson drilling rigs pad drilling directional wells in the background. The image is a 2:1 high resolution panorama taken in the last light of sunset in November 2018. 

Fine art oil & gas photography by Robert D. Flaherty. Photo © copyright by Robert D. Flaherty.

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Delaware SWD at Sunrise 2:1 Panorama (2018)

Delaware SWD at Sunrise. Photo © copyright by Robert D. Flaherty.

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Dodge City Fall Panorama 3:1 (2018)

Dodge City Fall Panorama was photographed South of Dodge City Kansas in late October 2018.The image features a pump jack on a stripper well set in a grain field at harvest time.  Three wind turbines can be seen in the background. The image is a 3:1 high resolution composite panorama made from 98 exposures. The image is available in 3:1, 2:1 and standard 2:3 format. 

Fine art oil & gas photography by Robert D. Flaherty


Photo © copyright by Robert D. Flaherty.

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The Dying Daylight 3:1 Panorama (2018)

The Dying Daylight 3:1 Panorama features Patterson Rig 810 drilling a directional well for Matador Resources near Malaga New Mexico in September 2018. The image is a 3:1 high resolution composite panorama. 

Fine art oil & gas photography by Robert D. Flaherty. Photo © copyright by Robert D. Flaherty.