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Horizontal drilling: Fuel for the new century
Horizontal drilling: Fuel for the new century

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Challenge: National Geographic II (Advanced Editing VII)
Collection: 2011
Camera: Canon EOS-50D
Lens: Tamron SP AF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 Di VC USD for Canon
Date: Jun 28, 2011
Aperture: F8.0
ISO: 250
Shutter: 1/640
Date Uploaded: Jun 28, 2011

Not the first challenge entry I have done illustrating a drilling rig. Hopefully, this will do better than the prior efforts. The subject does not seem to be a popular one, though I find it very interesting. Entering this anyway, since I don't have any exotic tribes near me for the stereotypical NG shot.

It was fascinating watching what they were doing. This worker was placing drilling pipes (from the vertical stack on the left) into the head, then the men at the bottom would connect the lower end, he's step back and they would get pushed down into the ground, and the head would raise up to receive another pipe.

Anticipated critiques:
-Expecting someone to take issue with the details visible in the rig near the bottom, suggesting I should have silhouetted the entire thing.

[Jul. 4th, 2011 04:46:11 PM]

This is an interesting one. The average is only mid pack, but it's pulled in a fair number of very positive comments.

[Jul. 5th, 2011 08:59:34 AM]

For those that are interested, Here's a very good video explaining and illustrating this type of drilling.

Post-challenge notes:
Thought this would do better on the average score, but having pulled in 9 positive comments and a commenter's average of 7.6, I know I nailed this one. Without any negative feedback, I am left to assume that my subject simply didn't grab the interest of a lot of the others, or they didn't find it to be an NG type of image.

Place: 70 out of 117
Avg (all users): 5.6484
Avg (commenters): 7.6000
Avg (participants): 5.5000
Avg (non-participants): 5.7375
Views since voting: 381
Views during voting: 276
Votes: 128
Comments: 10
Favorites: 1 (view)

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07/08/2011 08:21:27 AM
Gutsy Steve. Pity more folk didn't make the time to explore a Nat Geo Mag or the remarkably diverse subjects they cover. They are but a click away.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
07/06/2011 01:41:29 AM
Great work. The sky gradation is just gorgeous, it leads my eye down into the main subject, oddly the blue above down to the polluted brown below...maybe you didn't read it like this at the time but coming back to the image it just struck me. The human element inside the cage of wiring, reaching higher, his head seemingly connected by a wire like a puppet, is a lovely story telling silhouette, trying to get out of the pollution whilst reaching for new heights...romantic no doubt. NG has done work about oil/gas and the impact on us, so your image is relevant and really well photographed. I'm not familiar with horizontal drilling but I'm sure to go find out more now thanks to you. Bumped +1 to 10. I'll take a flier and say this is Texas and its a 21.gif Yo_Spiff?
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07/05/2011 09:01:55 PM
Wonderful silhouette!
I may or may not be voting, so please do not equate my comment with any score.
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07/04/2011 03:43:43 PM
Nice one, love the soft colors and the silhouette. I say this could be a winner.
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07/03/2011 03:39:31 AM
A good photograph that I could easily imagine accompanying an article on fuel provision.
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07/02/2011 12:17:09 AM
The lines are so lovely, like he's puting up a circus tent.
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07/01/2011 01:01:15 PM
Nice silhouette and colours in the background.
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07/01/2011 11:36:22 AM
I love photos like this so much!
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07/01/2011 09:40:45 AM
Nice capture
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07/01/2011 01:03:23 AM
for an oil drilling rig this is a very pretty shot!!
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