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Drilling the Barnett Shale
Drilling the Barnett Shale

Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Geology (Basic Editing)
Collection: 2009
Camera: Canon EOS-350D Rebel XT
Lens: Tamron AF 28-300mm f/3.5-6.3 XR Di LD Aspherical IF for Canon
Location: Hurst, Texas
Date: Jul 13, 2009
Aperture: F9.0
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/50
Galleries: Science and Technology
Date Uploaded: Jul 14, 2009

The Barnett Shale underlies the city of Fort Worth. Recent technological advancements in horizontal drilling have allowed natural gas to be extracted from this rock that was previously inaccessible. I usually pass a couple of these exploratory rigs on my way to work. They get moved around pretty regularly.

This isn't the shot I had envisioned. I was not able to get the rising sun striking the rig as I wanted. The result looked oddly colored and I felt it worked better in sepia. There was a rig in the field where I shot my ribbon winning tree about a year ago. Too bad it was not still there. I get some stupendous sunrises across that field. I shot this one about a year back in that location:
Gas rig (by Yo Spiff)

Pre-challenge notes:
Not expecting too much from this one, but you never know. I've gone to the trouble, I might as well toss it in and see how it does.

Anticipated critiques:
-I expect a few people to not see any relevance of a drilling rig to geology. This is the practical application of the science. I am certain the gas company that operates this rig keeps many geologists employed.
-Not expecting a lot of other critiques, just a whole lot of 5's without comments.

Post-challenge notes:
Did as hoped for and better than anticipated, coming in just over my site average. This was one of the few entries that did not feature rocks or a landscape to illustrate the topic. Judging from the handful of comments, everyone saw the relevance.

Place: 50 out of 86
Avg (all users): 5.3425
Avg (commenters): 7.0000
Avg (participants): 4.6129
Avg (non-participants): 5.4933
Views since voting: 614
Views during voting: 295
Votes: 181
Comments: 5
Favorites: 0

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07/22/2009 12:20:22 AM
Steve, this is great...I thought it looked alot like Texas...hmmm
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07/22/2009 12:10:50 AM
this one was in my top 5. i gave it a 9. i like how you processed it from the original
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
07/21/2009 11:27:07 PM
I like the sepia processing of this shot, which really suits the image composition really well
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07/19/2009 06:11:36 PM
this shot has an old feel to it.
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07/19/2009 07:50:27 AM
Nice sepia tones
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