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Calgary, Alberta
Husky Energy Rejuvenation
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Husky Oil Operations Ltd.
I were to become an engineer again, an office like this would suit me just fine.  A lot of glass and ambient lighting.  Even lighting which was artificial was white balanced to match what is coming in through the windows.  As a result the photos had no mixed white balance which is so common in a lot of corporate offices.
Calgary, Alberta
Husky HQ meeting room
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Husky Oil Operations Ltd.
Again, the first thing I noticed was the quality of the lighting.  It made shooting super easy and I was able to leave the strobes behind.  I especially like the opaque privacy treatment on the glass and the lack of a defined edge of where it starts.  A very cool effect.  The General Contractor on the renovation was CANA Construction.
University of Calgary, Alberta
Aurora Hall Lounge
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NORR Architects Engineers Planners
This was a very unique shape for a living space.  Aurora Hall, a UofC residence building is triangular with lounges throughout the building which span two stories.  The floor to ceiling windows actually protrude out of the building and flood the space with natural light.  The shape of the room looks a bit odd as the camera vantage point is at the apex of a triangle, so the side walls are not parallel.
Calgary, Alberta
Enmax Place
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PCL Construction
This was my first commercial photo shoot for PCL.  I was surprised to find out how much PCL Construction is involved in creating a brand for their clients.  The entire decor of the Enmax headquarters in Calgary is designed by PCL.  This is another example of a building which has fantastic ambient lighting via the sky lights.
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Calgary, Alberta
Maison Senior Living
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Milliken Development Group
Construction photography for progress documentation.  This beautiful lobby, of the Maison Senior Living community in Calgary, was a field of grass only 18 months earlier.  It’s the longest continuous photography project I’ve been involved with.
Calgary, Alberta
The Ensuite
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Concert Real Estate Corp.
This was a shoot for a large real estate management company.  Out of a dozen locations across Calgary and Edmonton I enjoyed this one the most.  I really like the bright atmosphere and the interior design of the show room.
West Kelowna, British Columbia
The Heritage Residence
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Seko Construction Ltd.
The best time for a photo shoot is immediately after construction is finished but the space is not yet occupied.  Everything always looks great and is clean.
West Kelowna, British Columbia
The Heritage Staircase
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Seko Construction Ltd.
Calgary, Alberta
Enmax Place - lunch room
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PCL Construction
One more look at the Enmax headquarters in Calgary, this time at the lunch room area.  Very interesting interior design.
Drumheller Penitentiary, Alberta
Drumheller Institution
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CANA Construction
This is a 96 bed medium security housing facility.  The photo shoot was quite unique as it first started with my background check.  I have never seen the inside of a prison before, and I must say this one looks ... awesome.  Most things do when they are new and vacant.
Calgary, Alberta
The Dome Theatre
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CANA Construction
Calgary, Alberta
The AIC
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CANA Construction
This is the large hockey rink at the Markin MacPhail Athletic and Ice Complex.  Right behind me are the offices of Hockey Canada.  What excites me more however, are the beams which support the entire roof.  The product is called glulam, a structural engineered wood.  Concrete or steel beams tend to be straight, while these glulam beams can be curved which allows for flowing architecture.  Very pleasing to the eye and it also has a back country cabin feel to top it off.
Calgary, Alberta
The NMC Staircase
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Walters Group Inc.
The two symmetrical staircases at the National Music Centre were specifically designed to fit in with the architecture of the building, which has almost no straight lines.  The steel construction of the beautifully flowing stairs was a big deal for Walters and a key feature of the project.  Having seen the construction phase of the staircase I was very much looking forward to seeing them finished.  The workmanship shows a lot of attention to detail.
Bearspaw, Alberta
Water Treatment Plant
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AWI
The photo shoot was not of the Bearspaw WTP, which was very interesting on its own.  AWI specializes in water filtration.  They just finished installing a new filter and wanted to showcase it before it is buried under a couple of feet of sand.  Dirty water is pumped from the white pipe and into the stainless steel filter on the floor.  
Bearspaw, Alberta
AWI Filter
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AWI
Calgary, Alberta
Flooring Product
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Dayton Superior Corporation
Dayton makes a compound which is sprayed onto the concrete floors of warehouses.   It hardens the porous surface of the concrete and keeps it from generating dust.  It also makes the floor nice and shiny.
Calgary, Alberta
Bottling plant
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Big Rock Brewery
Calgary, Alberta
FedEx Distribution Centre
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Concert Real Estate Corp.
Edmonton, Alberta
DNow Distribution Centre
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Concert Real Estate Corp.
Edmonton, Alberta
Jacobs Fabrication facility
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Concert Real Estate Corp.
Elkford, British Columbia
Big Trucks = Big Garage
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Seko Construction Ltd.
Gainesville, Florida
Boiler room commercial
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Cleaver Brooks
I flew with all of my studio equipment to the University of Florida for a very unique shoot. It was unique in so many ways. It was a very clean location and it was the first time I got to work with a professional model, David Noss. David didn’t have to do much, but his presence in the photos gave a sense of scale to the boilers.
Gainesville, Florida
Boiler room commercial
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Cleaver Brooks
The marketing firm who directed the shoot did a fantastic job managing two distinct goals. When I was setting up, the film crew was shooting a commercial; when I took photos, they would setup for the next shot. We had to alternate our use of the set as photos and video have very different lighting requirements and couldn’t be done simultaneously.
Gainesville, Florida
It all boils down to organization ...
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Cleaver Brooks
Not only did we have two crews working at the same time, but we covered two separate locations in a single day. The second location was the boiler room at the Baptist Hospital, substantially larger and definitely noisier. I was glad to be used to working with earplugs.
Gainesville, Florida
Boiler room commercial
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Cleaver Brooks
Lighting such a large space is sometimes problematic, which is made even more so when the subject is shiny. I was quite happy with the results in the end.
Heartland Substation, Alberta
Corona Ring
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CANA High Voltage
Having been an electrical engineer for many years, the opportunity of taking photos of the new 500kV Heartand Substation near Edmonton was a treat. It was like being back in the classroom, and you could touch anything you wanted as the transmission lines were de-energized. I focused on taking a lot of aerial photos as doing so after the line is energized would not be possible. The image shows a corona ring on an expansion joint, supported by an insulator.
Heartland Substation, Alberta
Powering Alberta
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CANA High Voltage
The two workers in the shot give a sense of scale to this photo. The dead-end structures and every other component of this project is absolutely massive. The CANA High Voltage project involved the construction of an overhead double circuit 500 kV transmission line, which connected the new Greenfield 500 kV/240 kV substation to the existing Ellerslie Substation.
Athabasca Oil Corp. Fort McMurray, AB.
Lineman
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CANA Utilities
This has to be one of my favorite photos simply because of the beautiful natural lighting and the clear sky. It does help that Fort McMurray has a longer sunrise.
Red Deer, Alberta
Timberland Substation
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CANA Utilities
It's hard to hide the fact that I really enjoy taking photos from a manlift. Being at the same level as the construction workers gives the viewer the feeling of the moment which you don't achieve while shooting from below. The green piping is there to confirm the correct length of electrical cable which will have to be cut for the final installation.
Calgary, Alberta
Traffic light installation
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CANA Utilities
Airdrie, Alberta
Buried Utilities
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CANA Utilities
I picked a high vantage point for this shot as the aerial view shows a lot of context which disappears at ground level.
Bonnyville, Alberta
Proving Electricity
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CANA Utilities
Calgary, Alberta
Gas-line Upgrade
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CANA Utilities
A joint effort by ATCO Gas and CANA Utilities to replace the aging gas pipelines with larger ones. While a view from above is always nice, I chose a lower angle to bring focus to the valve being tested for leaks.
PCL Construction
University of Calgary, Alberta
Aurora Hall
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NORR Architects Engineers Planners
Calgary, Alberta
10th Street Bridge
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Dayton Superior Corporation
Calgary, Alberta
Tunnel under Thomas Riley
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PCL Construction
Crowsnest, British Columbia
Crowsnest Compressor No. 1
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Atlas Copco
Calgary, Alberta
Athletic and Ice Complex
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CANA Construction
Calgary, Alberta
Maison Senior Living
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Milliken Development Group
University of Calgary, Alberta
Crowsnest Hall
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CANA Construction
Calgary, Alberta
Centre Street LRT Station
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CH2M
Calgary, Alberta
3rd Street SW Station
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CHM2
Calgary, Alberta
The Ironmen
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Walters Group Inc.
Calgary, Alberta
The Ironmen
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Walters Group Inc.
Calgary, Alberta
Final beam ceremony
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Walters Group Inc.
Calgary, Alberta
Brookfield Place crown
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Walters Group Inc.
Calgary, Alberta
Corner Element
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Walters Group Inc.
Calgary, Alberta
Candy Canes
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Walters Group Inc.
Calgary, Alberta
The Ironmen
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Walters Group Inc.
Calgary, Alberta
Installing Bracing
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Walters Group Inc.
Calgary, Alberta
The Crown
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Walters Group Inc.
Calgary Airport Expansion
What goes DOWN before it goes UP ...
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Doublestar Drilling
At the Calgary airport, Double Star Drilling is one of the construction contractors.   Amongst other things, they deal with pilings, shoring and excavation.   They are very good at it and want to show it off.   They asked me to provide the photography for their new advertising campaign.   Mud, dirt and lots of cool machinery, just the way I like it.   Before a building goes up, pilings have to go down, or in this case a manhole installation.   That’s a 12 foot drill bit. Once the drilling is done, to a depth of some 70 feet for this shoring, a beam is inserted and the void is filled with stillcrete.   That’s a mixture similar to concrete but not as solid once it sets, so that it may be excavated away later.
Calgary Airport Expansion
Tunnel Construction
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Doublestar Drilling
With two rows in the ground of side by side beams, and once the earth is removed between the two rows, we have the beginnings of a tunnel.   The beams keep the tunnel walls from caving in.
Calgary Airport Expansion
Bracing
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Doublestar Drilling
This is the tunnel which will go under the road at the arrivals level at the Calgary airport.   Temporary braces are welded in to provide further structural support.
Calgary Airport Expansion
Vibro
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Doublestar Drilling
In the foreground, a tunnel is finished and the beams can be removed.   Vibrated and pulled out of the stillcrete.   A process which sometimes requires a bit of patience.   In the background, the new airport terminal on the left and support columns for a road deck on the right.
Calgary Airport Expansion
Lift Station
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Doublestar Drilling
And now for the pièce de résistance, the lift station, aka. sewage pit.   This will be the lowest point at the airport to which all drains, street runoff and yes, toilets, will free flow under gravity.   From here a pumping unit will push the sewage to the treatment plant.   The pit is large enough to hold the full size excavator at the bottom.   A fisheye lens is the only way to photograph a subject this enormous. This shoot was by far my coolest of the entire season.   A huge challenge to light and compose in a way which shows the scale of the project.   A fisheye is a lens which sits patiently in the bag waiting for just the right time.   This was it.
Calgary Airport Expansion
Lift Station
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Doublestar Drilling
To top it all off a crane was available for an aerial photo of the site.   I chose to stick with the fisheye to capture the context around the site.   The two excavators help to show off how deep the pit really is.
Regina, Saskatchewan
Mosaic Stadium
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Walters Group Inc.
Regina, Saskatchewan
Mosaic Stadium
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Walters Group Inc.
Regina, Saskatchewan
Mosaic Stadium
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Walters Group Inc.
Regina, Saskatchewan
Mosaic Stadium
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Walters Group Inc.
Regina, Saskatchewan
The Bowsprit
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Walters Group Inc.
Calgary, Alberta
New Central Library
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Doublestar Drilling
Calgary, Alberta
Shoring Beam
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Doublestar Drilling
Calgary, Alberta
Shoring
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Doublestar Drilling
Calgary, Alberta
Shoring
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Doublestar Drilling
Regina, Saskatchewan
Pile Drilling
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Doublestar Drilling
Calgary, Alberta
Anchor Drill Extraction
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Doublestar Drilling
Calgary, Alberta
Anchor Drill Extraction
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Doublestar Drilling
Calgary, Alberta
Shoring Anchors
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Doublestar Drilling
Calgary, Alberta
Quality Control
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Doublestar Drilling
Calgary, Alberta
Anchor Drill
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Doublestar Drilling
Calgary, Alberta
Anchor Drill
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Doublestar Drilling
Edmonton, Alberta
Anchor Drill
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Doublestar Drilling
Calgary, Alberta
Cementing Compounds
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MAPEI Inc.
This is the new helicopter pad on the roof of the Foothills Hospital.   It is also the only shot where the client’s product is clearly visible, the self leveling compound which makes up the entire surface of the landing area.  This was one of the more unique commercial projects I’ve ever had.   For the most part, the product was not visible.   Mapei makes sealants, self leveling adhesives and other products which stick tiles to the floor.   The entire shoot was about taking photos of floors in various stages of constructions or maintenance.   In the span of two days we covered several malls, parkades, office buildings and the new McCaig Tower under construction at the Foothills Hospital.
Calgary Foothills Hospital
Adhesives
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MAPEI Inc.
I even got a sneak peak at the brand new, state of the art, operating rooms.   Yes, behind the white backsplash and under the tiles, is a Mapei adhesive.
Calgary, Alberta
National Music Centre
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CANA Construction
Calgary, Alberta
National Music Centre
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Walters Group Inc.
Calgary, Alberta
National Music Centre
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Walters Group Inc.
In a description of glulam I mentioned how steel beams can not be curved.  That does not mean they can not support curved surfaces.  This is the most beautiful building I have ever seen.  The architecture is such that every line flows and each wall is a curved surface covered in ceramic tiles.  With the light bouncing around, the NMC looks like a stack of gold bricks.
Calgary, Alberta
National Music Centre
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CANA Construction
Calgary, Alberta
New Central Library
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Doublestar Drilling
Edmonton, Alberta
Underground Parking - Aerial
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Shearwall Triforce
Edmonton, Alberta
Rebar ties
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Shearwall Triforce
Edmonton, Alberta
Floor Pour
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Shearwall Triforce
Edmonton, Alberta
Floor Pour - Aerial
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Shearwall Triforce
Calgary, Alberta
The Double-T
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Armtec
Calgary, Alberta
The Double-T
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Armtec
Calgary, Alberta
CANA Team
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CANA Construction
Calgary, Alberta
Gas Pipeline
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CANA Utilities
Calgary, Alberta
The Foreman
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CANA Construction
Calgary, Alberta
The Worker
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CANA Construction
Calgary, Alberta
R & D
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Cathedral Energy Services Ltd.
Calgary, Alberta
Gas Detectors
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Pason Systems Corp.
Crossfield, Alberta
H2S Training
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TAQA North
Strathmore, Alberta
Driller
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Pason Systems Corp.
Calgary, Alberta
Documenting the Manufacturing Process
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CanDyne Pump Services Inc.
This is industrial photography.   It is everything that fashion photography is not, except for the use of studio lights.   CanDyne Pumps in Calgary manufactures custom skids, this means that each section of pipe is individually measured and welded by skilled craftsmen.   This style of photography is very journalistic.   Without stopping any of the manufacturing the goal is to advertise “this is how we build our skids”.   Check out the following gallery set to see the finished product.
Calgary, Alberta
Welder
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CanDyne Pump Services Inc.
Welding is always fun to shoot.   The arc is so bright that it’s very hard to see the subject.   I always try and anticipate what will happen and check the results, make adjustments and repeat.
Calgary, Alberta
Skid Fabrication
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CanDyne Pump Services Inc.
As each piece is completed, it is fitted onto the final skid.   Every element must fit perfectly.   Again, lots of strategically placed lights allow me to move around the pump skid and photograph in almost any direction while hand-holding the camera.   Once the exposure is set, I simply concentrate on the framing of the shot.
Calgary, Alberta
Skid Fabrication
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CanDyne Pump Services Inc.
I am what you might call a wide shooter.   I love the wide angle lens as it allows me to move close to the subject and I can still capture everything around it.   Without this background the photo would lose its context.   In industrial photography context is the key.
Calgary, Alberta
Skid Fabrication
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CanDyne Pump Services Inc.
People are an important component of a shot used for advertising.   But sometimes industrial photography needs to simply show the steps taken in the manufacturing process.   Here the skid is in its first steps of construction.   The next photo shows the final product.
Calgary, Alberta
Finished Skid
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CanDyne Pump Services Inc.
The completed skid, prior to shipping to the customer.   The explosion proof lights are quite heavy so they’re not installed until the skid is at its final location.
Calgary, Alberta
CanDyne Pump Skids
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CanDyne Pump Services Inc.
Every time CanDyne calls me in to photograph one of their new skid designs, I am amazed at how clean and colourful their equipment looks right after production. A week in the oil and gas industry and this skid will look nothing like it does here.
Calgary, Alberta
CanDyne Pump Skids
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CanDyne Pump Services Inc.
This is my favorite photo out of all the CanDyne shoots. I always try and preserve vertical lines as much as possible, but here the symmetry of the top down view works for me.
Calgary, Alberta
CanDyne Pump Skids
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CanDyne Pump Services Inc.
The trick in this kind of commercial photography is to evenly distribute the lighting all the way into the far end of the building, while keeping the studio lights invisible in the shot. Keeping shadows on the walls under control is also a challenge as this inevitably shows where the lights are hidden.
Calgary, Alberta
CanDyne Pump Skids
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CanDyne Pump Services Inc.
The walls and ceiling are super reflective. This has the advantage of bouncing the light around but also makes it easy to create hot spots which have to be eliminated. It’s a balancing act of small adjustments in lighting until the shot is perfect.
Calgary, Alberta
Plains Fabrication & Supply
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CanDyne Pump Services Inc.
The skid was a Candyne skid, but it was manufactured at the Plains Fabrication facility.  I am always impressed when a skid is super clean and all the paint is touched up, especially when the environment from which it came is anything but clean.  I rave about cleanliness because it makes my job easier.  This facility is something to rave about.  The cleanest shop anywhere.  No dirt on the floor, and no tools on the floor either.  Very cool.
Calgary, Alberta
Brochures
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SAGE Energy Corp.
Calgary, Alberta
Skid
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CanDyne Pump Services Inc.
Calgary, Alberta
Double Skid
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Warwick Structures Group Ltd.
A skid of this size is hard to transport to it's final location.  It is manufactured in two pieces which are shipped separately and later reassembled.  Directly over the motor in the foreground, you can see two posts supporting the roof.  That's where the skid is split for transport.
Calgary, Alberta
The Uberclean
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KPS Industries Inc.
I have been inside more skids than I can count.  And I'm sure to have used the line "the cleanest skid ever" already.  This company beats them all, and it shows.  I have to say KPS skids look like artwork.  Unfortunately mine are the first foot prints on the floor.
Calgary, Alberta
Open Skids
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SAGE Energy Corp.
Almost all of the skids I photograph for Sage have no buildings to them.  They aren't shipped up north, that's why.
Calgary, Alberta
Skid with a sun shade
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SAGE Energy Corp.
This skid is destined for Australia so no building is required.  It comes with a pretty interesting roof assembly.
Calgary, Alberta
Trailer Skid
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Kemira USA
Kemira specializes in water treatment.  They have very unique skids since they aren't really skids at all.  The entire package is built inside an intermodal container or sea can.
Calgary, Alberta
Double Skid
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SAGE Energy Corp.
Calgary, Alberta
Sea Can Skid
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Kemira USA
This is the skinniest skid and such a challenge to photograph.  There are very few options when it comes to placing my strobe lights.  But when there are a lot of shiny surfaces, the lights are a must and the effort is well worth it.
Calgary, Alberta
Another Uberclean
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KPS Industries Inc.
Most of the time, the overhead lights are removed as they are packed away for transport.  Their explosion proof enclosures are so heavy they would put undue stress on the attachment points.  I was pleasantly surprised not to see the usual wires hanging from the ceiling.  The lights left on, gives a very finished look to the overall image.   I like that.
Red Deer, Alberta
Predator Rig 14
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Predator Drilling Inc.
Fort Nelson, British Columbia
Tension Torque Sensor
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Pason Systems Corp.
Midland, Texas
Triple
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Pason Systems Corp.
Red Deer, Alberta
Predator Rig 14
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Predator Drilling Inc.
Odessa, Texas
Savanna Rig
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Pason Systems Corp.
The funniest was finding out that the entire crew of this drilling rig was from Alberta.
Odessa, Texas
Service Call
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Pason Systems Corp.
Utah, USA
Rig Maintenance
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Pason Systems Corp.
Red Deer, Alberta
Predator Rig 14
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Predator Drilling Inc.