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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.

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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.

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, 
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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.