Probably the three most common words on a shoot that just wrapped yesterday were ‘pipes, tanks, and vessels.’ I shot a lot of photos of each of those on a two-day shoot at the manufacturing facility of Abilene, TX-based Petrosmith. The sparks- they were a-flyin’ - as we moved throughout the plant shooting various production processes that go into making the, well, pipes, tanks, and vessels, that are used in the oil and gas industry.
My Nikon D4 was really put thru the paces on this shoot. The environment was what you’d expect at a steel fabrication facility: dirty. And it wasn’t much better when shooting outdoors, as 40 mph winds blew dust across the landscape. Much of the shoot was done natural light, but I also employed my Profoto B1s on numerous set-ups. Above, assistant Adam Stewart mans a B1 on a pole as we shot sandblasting. My Nikon 14-24mm saw a lot of action on the shoot, but other lenses that fought for camera time were my 16mm fisheye, 24-70mm, 70-200mm, 105mm macro and a few shots with my 24mm f1.4 prime. In addition to shooting manufacturing operations, I created a studio in the corporate offices and we did headshots of a dozen or so executives.
The shoot was done for Oklahoma City agency Saxum, as part of ongoing marketing and branding strategies for Petrosmith.
Great team effort by a lot of players on this one. Hope to do it again somewhere down the line.