Factory Floor

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We had a very humbling experience working at several of  Lilydale's factories, on an editorial assignment for their head office.

The first thing we noticed was how grateful these people were to have a job and work for a company that treated them well. Regardless of the work they did, they were happy to be working and helping their family achieve a better life. The vast majority of them were immigrants who had moved to Canada by choice or by neccesity.

Regardless of the work they were doing, it was far better than what they would have been doing if they had stayed in their home country, assuming that they would even have a job.

It's times like this that make us so grateful to be doing what we do, we really are blessed, and always thankful for what we have.

 

Volant Field Services

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Volant Oilfield Services provide a maintenance and service program for all the products that the  parent company manufactures and sells.


A walk through their maintenance shop to see the 'process' of testing, repairing and maintaining the products that are on the work board attest to the process developed by Volant to keep their products in top form. No process is any better than the people running them, and the technicians at Volant are craftsmen at their professions, acquired through years of experience and on-going training.


 

Millarville Races

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The 115th running of the Millarville Races is a great way to spend a Sunday afternoon, especially if the weather is perfect, which it was. It has become more popular than ever as word spreads through the surrounding communities just how much fun this event is. The crowds were out in force and parking your vehicle became quite a challenge, especially if you arrived late.

Good food, live entertainment, horse racing and fun for the kids, all with a decidedly western feel to it, made for a perfect Sunday outing.

Sexy Industrial Pipes? – YES!

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So here's the challenge - how do you make some industrial steel pipe look sexy?

Play with the lighting, and sprinkle in some post production work, and follow the KISS theory - keep it simple stupid. Our motto for most of everything. Industrial projects can be quite a challenge, and we definitely enjoy finding solutions for our clients requests.

It’s Just a Building – NOT!

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Norcal Group

It's just a building.

We've had this comment from some people and I guess to them, it really is just another building. To our client, it's something that is very important to them and they might just possibly take some pride in it. For us, it's another project that we feel very fortunate in being able to help our client show it off as best we can. Every job is important and we take pride in doing our best to help clients show their best side.

We just completed this project for Norcal Group, and I think we will all feel a little pride in what we have here.

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The 1% Experience

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Imagine spending a long work day with constant noise, heavy equipment, dangerous and dirty conditions. Now imagine doing this for twelve hours every day, for two to three weeks at a time, with one week off, and then back at it, 365 days a year. This is what the drilling industry expects, this is what the rig hands endure, and this is why they are paid very well. It's a tough choice to make and for those who choose to have a family at some time that can be a game changer.



We got a brief glimpse into this industry when we spent several days (1% of a year) at a triple rig situated on the east slopes of the Rocky Mountains, late in the fall. This location was definitely not convenient, it took the better part of a day to reach the location, and another day to get home. We were also reminded of the requirements expected of anybody working on, or near the rig platform, as we suited up in our Nomex fireproof coveralls, steel toed boots, safety vest, gloves, safety glasses and hard hat. It didn't matter if the temperatures were +30, or -30 degrees, this is what we had to wear to be on or near the rig platform. It definitely made the job more difficult once we added all our photo and video equipment to the equation.

Would we do it again? Absolutely!  It wasn't the first time, and this is part of what we love so much about our work, we get to see and experience what other people do for work and where. Even if it's only a 1% experience.

A Week in The Rockies

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The Canadian Rockies - It Doesn't Feel Like Work

We spent a fantastic week in the Canadian Rockies Shooting for the Canadian Tourism Association and Travel Alberta. We won't forget this one because it was in one of our top choices for destinations in the world. Fantastic scenery, wildlife, fresh air and an opportunity to do what we love to do in all of this.

 

 

 

Our beloved director leading the troops, whilst we take all the risks climbing ladders and swimming with the sharks. Well, how about minos. The water was so cold we were convinced nothing would want to live in it, nor would they survive more than a few moments, including us.