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Within presentations and reports for work, I try to make the boring text and numbers a little more interesting.  In the main, I use photos of terminals, tank farms and refineries from a distance; but I also like using shots from a nearby town.  Last year I used an image of Sur in Oman when discussing the LNG terminal located there.  It gave the people who don’t leave the office a feeling for where our equipment ends up around the world.

Unfortunately, the oil industry is not very photographer-friendly.  Almost all my meetings are in no-photography zones.  Sometimes the reason is genuine: avoiding the use of electronics in areas with gas and chemicals; most times however it’s due to this horrible word: Security! I don’t understand it… Aren’t all the sites are visible on Google Earth anyway?

I took this shot yesterday after a meeting in Jebel Ali (Dubai).  There were no signs prohibiting photography and I was outside the main wall.  It’s not fantastic, but I do like how it came out.  It will feature in my visit report for the UAE later this week.

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7 Comments

  1. Its not the photography at times its the thought of sharing with your readers or shall I say hungry readers 😉

    I have worked in the desert for 5 years I know there are no good scenes around except sand storms :p

    Have a safe trip…

    • Thanks.

      I’ve always been more on the downstream side, so I don’t know deserts 🙂

  2. any meetings in Dubai next Tuesday?

  3. I agree. Some of the best presentations I’ve seen hardly contain any words, but pictures to tickle an emotion or, dare I say it, tell a story.

    I have since tried to copy that style and though it’s not near as good as I want them to be, I can see the effects are good. Now I try to embody videos too…

    If you want, there is one site I follow for inspiration which you might find useful too:

    http://www.presentationzen.com/

    Love the picture by the way, I’m a sucker for the abstract!

    • Thank you for the site, Mahmood. A quick glance and I know it’s going to be useful. Their latest post uses TED talks as an example. I have watched every single TED talk and there are some fantastic presentations with wonderful style.

  4. I know what you mean! That term drives me nuts! I hate when they tell me that! I honestly love taking pictures, and so its annoying dealing with security, and I don’t play nice with security!


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