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”

Precision Drilling Corp., drilling rig, sunrise, cold, dry, December, directional well, Pecos Texas, Delaware Basin, Permian Basin, long exposure, Precision Drilling Rig 612, 2018, photo

December Gold

December Gold was photographed at sunrise in Mid December 2018 right before moving to a new location. The image features Precision Drilling Corp. Rig 612 drilling a directional well 20 miles Southwest of Pecos Texas. The still cold dry air contributes to image quality captured in a single long exposure.

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

Alpine High, Delaware Basin, Completion, double completion, high resolution, panorama, Western Texas, Permian Basin, Southern Delaware Basin, December, silhouette, photo

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.

midstream, SWD, saltwater, saltwater disposal, high resolution, panorama, September, sunset, mural, Pecos Texas, Delaware Basin, Permian Basin, networked SWD, photo

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.

Delaware Basin, Permian Basin, drilling rig, directional well, Lea County New Mexico , New Mexico, sunrise, high resolution, panorama, XTO Energy, Frontier Drilling, Frontier drilling rig 26, jackrabb, photo

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.

Delaware Basin, Permian Basin, November, sunset, pad drilling, Patterson UTI, Patterson Drilling, drilling rigs, crude oil, crude oil gathering, separator, directional well, high resolution, photograp, photo

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.

Pecos Texas, Delaware Basin, SWD, salt water disposal, sunrise, photo

Delaware SWD at Sunrise 2:1 Panorama (2018)

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

pumpjack, pump jack, wind turbine, grain, grain field, harvest, Dodge City Kansas, Fall, October, 2018, panorama, composite panorama , photo

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.

Patterson UTI, Patterson Drilling, drilling rig, panorama, high resolution, sunset, direction well, New Mexico, Delaware Basin, Permian Basin, Malaga New Mexico, September, Matador Resources , photo

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.

Patterson UTI, Patterson Drilling, drilling rig, panorama, high resolution, sunset, direction well, New Mexico, Delaware Basin, Permian Basin, Malaga New Mexico, September, Matador Resources, photo

The Dying Daylight 2:1 Panorama (2018)

The Dying Daylight features Patterson Rig 810 drilling a directional well for Matador Resources near Malaga New Mexico in September 2018. The image is a 2:1 high resolution composite panorama. 

Fine art oil & gas photography by Robert D. Flaherty

. Photo © copyright by Robert D. Flaherty.

separator battery, oil production, San Andres, Permian Basin, Autumn, sunset, Midland Texas, Seminole Texas, produced water, panorama, high resolution, 
, photo

Separator Battery And Autumn Sunset (2017)

Separator Battery And Autumn Sunset was photographed in The San Andres near Seminole Texas. The image is a 3:1 high resolution panorama in the highest detail. Large separator batteries are common in this area due to the volume of produced water associated with oil production.  

Fine art oil & gas photography by Robert D. Flaherty


Photo © copyright by Robert D. Flaherty.

panorama, Texas, Orla Texas, Delaware Basin, drilling rig, sunrise, Patterson UTI Drilling, Chevron, pad drilling, sunrise, November , photo

In Darkness We Shine 3:1 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 3:1 panorama is composite using 98 high resolution photographs blended to one 6.24 billion pixel image. 

 Fine art oil & gas photography by Robert D. Flaherty


Photo © copyright by Robert D. Flaherty.

drilling rig, fall, Marathon Petroleum, Malaga New Mexico, Delaware Basin, Precision Drilling Corp., sunset, photo

Reconciling Seasons ( 2018 )

Reconciling Seasons features a Precision Corp. drilling rig on a Marathon petroleum location near Malaga New Mexico.  The setting is sunset in early fall 2018.  The image is a 4:3 ratio vertical photograph. 

Fine art oil & gas photography by Robert D. Flaherty


Photo © copyright by Robert D. Flaherty.

sunset, Frontier Rig 25, Winter, mural, fine art mural, Lea County New Mexico,  XTO Energy, Hobbs New Mexico, drilling rig, photo

The Golden Moment (2018) Panorama

The Golden Moment features an extraordinary sunset on Frontier rig 25 drilling for XTO Energy West of Hobbs New Mexico in Winter 2018. The print is a 2:1 panorama composed from 63 images shot with the worlds sharpest 85mm lens. The image is suitable for a fine art mural up to 36 feet wide or fine art prints on canvas or fine art paper up to 80 inches wide.

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

drilling rig, New Mexico, Delaware Basin, solids control, Eddy County New Mexico, sunrise, Frontier Drilling, Frontier Drilling Rig 17, photo

Solids Control At Sunrise (2018) Standard Size

Solids Control At Sunrise the standard size print featuring the solids control operation on Frontier rig 17 drilling in Southern Eddy County New Mexico in the Northern Delaware Basin. 

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

drilling rig, New Mexico, Delaware Basin, solids control, Eddy County New Mexico, sunrise, Frontier Drilling, Frontier Drilling Rig 17, photo

Solids Control At Sunrise (2018) 3:1 Panorama

Solids Control At Sunrise is a 3:1 panorama featuring the solids control operation on Frontier rig 17 drilling in Southern Eddy County New Mexico in the Northern Delaware Basin. 

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

Panorama, high resolution, Wyoming, Pinedale, Pinedale Anticline, Spring, green, drilling rig, pad drilling, natural gas, lateral gas well, Wind River Mountains, prairie, directional gas well, photo

Anticline Prairie Panorama (2018)

Anticline Prairie Panorama is a high resolution 4:1 panorama composited from 112 images. The image was taken in early June on the Pinedale  Anticline at the base of the Wind River Mountains near Pinedale Wyoming. Unit Drillng Rig 125 is featured pad drilling one of 16 directional gas wells from this 10 acre location. At nearly 8000 feet Spring comes in early June in this area.  Rig 125 has drilled directional gas wells on the Anticline for the past 8 years. Prints are available on fine art canvas and fine art paper from 12x48" to as large as 24x96". At 12 billion pixels, the image is especially well suited for a very large wall mural up to 60 feet. 

 Fine art oil & gas photography by Robert D. Flaherty

 . Photo © copyright by Robert D. Flaherty.

drilling rig, sepia, black & white photography, fine art black & white photography, Lea County New Mexico, Delaware Basin, Permian Basin, photo

The Grand Design In Sepia (2018)

The Grand Design was photographed in Western Lea County New Mexico at the edge of the Northern boundary of the Delaware Basin. Fine Art Oil & Gas Photography By Robert D. Flaherty. Photo © copyright by Robert D. Flaherty.

Andrews Texas, Permian Basin, drilling rig, sunset, fine art oil & gas photography , photo

A Day Concluded (2017)

A Day Concluded was photographed in the Central Permian Basin near Andrews Texas in the Fall of 2017.

The image is a 2:1 ratio panorama combining 98 images. Available sizes range from 12x24" to 40x80". 

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

panorama, Delaware Basin, Permian Basin, fine art oil & gas photography, New Mexico, Lea County, drilling rig, high resolution, detail, Spring, thunderstorm, rain, wet , photo

A Corroboration of Elements (2017)

A Corroboration of Elements was photographed in Western Lea County New Mexico in the Spring of 2017. 

The 3:1 panorama consists  of 98 separate images rendering 7 levels of light. The image was captured right after the passage of an early Spring severe thunderstorm. The characteristic lime green can be seen in the new Spring leaves of the Mesquite ground cover wet from 2 inches of rain. 2017 turned out to be a stormy Summer for the Permian Basin and especially the Western Delaware Basin. The process of combining 98 high resolution images together to make the panorama creates an image that is 20 times the resolution of conventional commercial photography. The result is a level of detail that very few people have seen in a photograph.   Fine art oil & gas photography by Robert D. Flaherty. Photo © copyright by Robert D. Flaherty.

pumpjack, pump jack, lea County New Mexico, Square Lake, stripper well ,fine art photography of oilfield production assets, photo

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.

oilfield separator, battery, panorama, sunset, San Andres, Permian Basin, mural, fine art mural, oil & gas gathering, midstream oil & gas art, midstream oilfield art, fine art oil & gas photography, photo

Separators And Battery At Sunset (2018)

Separators And Battery At Sunset  was photographed in the central Permian Basin on a Battery and separator complex gathering oil & gas from several San Andres horizontal wells.  The image is a 2:1 panorama composited from 63 high resolution images taken with the world's sharpest 55mm lens. The image is suitable for a large fine art mural or extraordinarily detailed fine art prints from 12x24' to 40x80".  Fine art oil & gas photography of production and midstream assets by Robert D. Flaherty. Photo © copyright by Robert D. Flaherty.

SWD, salt water disposal well, Texas, Delaware Basin, Permian Basin, high resolution, black & white photography, sepia, leather, decor, composite panorama, Baker Hughes, injection pumps, rain, midstre, photo

Baker Downhole Pumps In Sepia (2017)

Baker Downhole Pumps In Sepia features an SWD photographed in the Delaware Basin after a heavy rain storm. This is an extraordinarily detailed image consisting of 63 high resolution images composited together. The sepia or brown toning in this black & white image matches dark wood or leather in an office decor perfectly.  See the Midstream or Sepia Collection gallery for other examples of oil & gas assets photographed with this sepia toning.  Fine art oil & gas photography by Robert D. Flaherty. Photo © copyright by Robert D. Flaherty.

Delaware Basin, Permian Basin, drilling rig, sunset, Frontier Drilling, 
Frontier Drilling Rig 26, Lea County New Mexico, New Mexico, Zeiss Otus 85mm, high resolution, fine art, Guadalupe Mountains, , photo

The Golden Moment (2018)

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.