Oilfield Art Gallery - Stock & Original Photos

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.

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, 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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.

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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 (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.

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Holding On To Summer (2017)

Holding On To Summer features an SWD photographed against a beautiful turbulent sunset in the central Delaware Basin of Western Texas. My favorite time of year to photograph the Delaware is during the rainy season from June through October. With the right light an ordinary oilfield asset such as this one can be turned into a work of art. This image is actually a composite of 63 high resolution images into one panorama that is up to 16 times the resolution of traditional professional photography. The bump in resolution and detail allows the image to be used as a fine art wall mural as large as 20x40 feet.  The image can also be reproduced as a fine art print with a sense of depth and detail that few people will ever see. Fine art prints on canvas or smooth water color paper are available from 12x24" to 40x80".  Going into 2018 I will be photographing  water infrastructure and Midstream oil & gas assets throughout the Delaware Basin. Commissioned projects are available.

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

Drilling rig, Delaware Basin, Rain, Thunderstorm, evening, New Mexico, Carlsbad, Artesia, Silver Oak, Rig 1, panorama, high resolution, mural, fine art mural, October, monsoon, black & white, sepia , photo

An Evening To Remember Sepia Version (2017)

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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An Evening To Remember (2017)

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.

Delaware Basin, Permian Basin, drilling rig, lightning, night, monsoon, Orla Texas, shale exploration, thunderstorm, Texas, fine art, oil & gas, composite photography, lightning photography, composite, photo

The End Of Tranquility (2017)

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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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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Stabilizer Unit At Sunrise (2017)

10,000 barrel stabilizer at sunrise near Sunray Texas.  This image contains approximately 8 billion pixels and is engineered to be a fine art wall mural up to 60 feet wide. Large format fine art prints are available from 36 to 96 inches long.  . Photo © copyright by Robert D. Flaherty.

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Slam Valves At Blackjack Fed (2015)

Slam Valves At Blackjack Fed

This is an asset detail image featuring slam valves on a produced water storage tank in Western Oklahoma.  The image is actually four 50 megapixel images composited into one very high resolution image.  

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

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I stood Beneath An Orange Sky (2017)

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Eagle Ford Pad Drilling Detail I In Sepia


Eagle Ford Pad Drilling Detail I In Sepia

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.