Collin Orthner – Photographer

August 12, 2014

Textures Around the Block

Filed under: Abstract, Black & White, Hand of Man, Leica T — collin orthner @ 9:08 pm

Once again I took out the Leica T with the very useful 18-56mm lens. I love the versatility of this lens, but could see the use for a high speed f/1.8, maybe f/1.7 normal lens in the 45mm to 50mm range. I know this isn’t super high speed, but it would be enough while keeping the physical size small. Anyway, off I went around the block from work and literally these images are all made within about a 100ft from my office, as were the first batch I posted a few days ago, except the flowers. I had one issue happen to me with the camera when it completely locked up and I was forced to extract the battery and replace it when all was good again. It has only done that once so far and will almost certainly get addressed with a firmware update.







[Leica T, Leica 18-56mm]



August 8, 2014

Leica T

Filed under: Abstract, Architecture, Flowers, Hand of Man, Leica T, Plants — collin orthner @ 11:13 pm

Nothing like having the Leica rep drop by the shop and offer to leave the new Leica T camera for me to play with for a bit. I immediately went for a walk around the block and wow am I ever enjoying this camera. It is carved from a solid block of aluminum and the screen on the back takes up the whole back of the camera and is a touch screen just like an iPhone. In fact this thing looks like it could have come out of an Apple factory with it’s complete minimalism of 2 dials and a shutter button and clean lines. The image quality appears to be very nice too. I am looking forward to doing a lot more with it shortly, but the few minutes I’ve used it so far are making me a happy camper!







[ Leica T ]



August 3, 2014

False Creek Yacht Club / Granville Street Bridge

Filed under: Architecture, Documentary, Hand of Man, Industrial, Sony RX100 III, Travel, Water — collin orthner @ 2:24 pm

The False Creek Yacht Club’s building had it’s grand opening May 5th, 1990. The building was designed by Bing Thom Architects and construction commenced in the spring of 1988.




On February 4, 1954, the current Granville Street Bridge, costing $16.5 million, opened. This is actually the third bridge at this location. The first was a wooden structure completed in 1888 and opened in 1889, and the second made of steel in 1909. A million cars would cross over the bridge in its first month. The city of Vancouver funded the bridge itself. It crosses False Creek and Granville Island, connecting downtown Vancouver to the Fairview and South Granville neighbourhoods and shopping districts.



[Sony RX100 III]



Silver Sea

Filed under: Architecture, Documentary, Hand of Man, Industrial, Sony RX100 III, Travel, Water — collin orthner @ 12:45 pm

Another fine condo/apartment building along the waterfront of False Creek in Vancouver is this one, named “Silver Sea”. It sits almost under the Granville Bridge and is right across the water from the fabulous Granville Island Market. A 3 bedroom 1840sq/ft furnished apartment rents for $7900/mth, so maybe not one I’ll be booking anytime soon!



[Sony RX100 III]



July 31, 2014

The Erickson

Filed under: Architecture, Documentary, Hand of Man, Sony RX100 III, Travel — collin orthner @ 1:00 am

The Erickson is an 18 floor luxury condo unit along the waterfront in the False Creek North neighbourhood of Vancouver. It is a design by the famous Vancouver architect Arthur Erickson. We were walking along the seawall one evening not too long ago and I made a quick grabshot of the building on my way by. There are many architectural gems in Vancouver and I am pretty sure I could spend a lot of my time wandering around looking for the best spots to line up images.



[Sony RX100 III]




June 23, 2014

Noctilucent Clouds

Filed under: E-M5, m4/3, Nature, Night, Olympus MZuiko 60mm Macro, Panorama, Panoramic, Skyscape, Trees, Water — collin orthner @ 10:34 am

I had already crawled into bed last night about 11:30pm and took a peek out the bedroom window and noticed that it was very clear out when I remembered that the summer solstice is one of the best, or only, times that we get a chance to see a somewhat rare phenomena – noctilucent clouds. Sooooooo…..  I got dressed again, put on my boots, and grabbed my cameras. Off I headed east and south of town to find a nice dark place to hopefully capture these clouds. I had been out almost an hour before a slight wisp of what looked to be the clouds I was after. I had driven on a bunch of back roads hoping for a nice view that would show the clouds off nicely and fog was forming on many low lying spots. It was a gorgeous night and I came across this large prairie lake and quickly pulled off the road and scrambled to get my gear set up, being extra careful to make all the settings how I needed them. I did not want to mess this image up! I had two cameras going and alternated between them as each was taking 20-30 second exposures. This image is actually 5 images stitched together and could be printed very large if someone was so inclined. I currently have it sized to 2.3m(90″) and it looks very nice indeed. The humidity was amazing and listening to owls hoot and the odd duck call, I honestly wish I could have just stayed out all night, only it makes it tough to get up and get things done today! I finally closed my eyes back in bed just after 3am. GREAT NIGHT!!

Night clouds or noctilucent clouds are tenuous cloud-like phenomena that are the “ragged edge” of a much brighter and pervasive polar cloud layer called polar mesospheric clouds in the upper atmosphere, visible in a deep twilight. They are made of crystals of water ice. Noctilucent roughly means night shining in Latin. They are most commonly observed in the summer months at latitudes between 50° and 70° north and south of the equator. They can only be observed when the Sun is below the horizon.

They are the highest clouds in Earth’s atmosphere, located in the mesosphere at altitudes of around 76 to 85 kilometres (47 to 53 mi). They are normally too faint to be seen, and are visible only when illuminated by sunlight from below the horizon while the lower layers of the atmosphere are in the Earth’s shadow. Noctilucent clouds are not fully understood and are a recently discovered meteorological phenomenon; there is no record of their observation before 1885.

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[Olympus E-M5, Olympus M.Zuiko 60mm Macro]



June 21, 2014

Mount Murchison, Banff National Park, AB

Rain clouds were engulfing Mount Murchison a few mornings back as I was helping lead a photo excursion through Banff and Jasper National Park last weekend. It was raining off and on, but never kept us from anything.



[Olympus E-M5, Olympus M.Zuiko 75-300mm]



June 9, 2014

Disintegrating Storm

Filed under: Black & White, Nature, Panorama, Panoramic, Sigma DP3 Merrill, Sigma DP3M, Skyscape, Storms — collin orthner @ 11:13 pm

Red Deer County, Alberta (click the image to embiggen it)



[ Sigma DP3 Merrill]



June 3, 2014

First Storm of ’14

Filed under: Agriculture, E-M5, Hand of Man, m4/3, Nature, Olympus Fisheye Body Cap Lens 9mm, Skyscape, Storms — collin orthner @ 10:11 pm

The storm was breaking up as the sun was setting last night, but it left a lot of rain and some hail in it’s wake. This image was made just S.E. of Red Deer at around 9:35pm. I had my first good chance to try the new Olympus Body Cap Fisheye 9mm f/8 lens. I must say it works rather nicely for this sort of image. I bent the horizon slightly in post to compensate for the barrel distortion the fisheye lens gives as I didn’t keep the horizon dead centre, but aimed the camera up slightly. The distortion is not as severe as I would get from the Rokinon 7.5mm. This tiny Olympus lens sees a mere 140° compared to the Rokinon’s 180° which may be why the distortion doesn’t seem so severe. Of course the Rokinon is easily the better lens, especially in the corners and it’s far faster, but being able to pop the Olympus lens in my shirt pocket for a “just in case” image makes it worth having in the arsenal. If I were shooting aurora or starlit nightscapes, it will be the 7.5mm Rokinon every time.



[ Olympus E-M5, Olympus Body Cap Fisheye 9mm f/8 ]





May 28, 2014

Kicking Horse River, Yoho National Park, B.C.

Filed under: E-M5, m4/3, Mountain, Movement, Nature, Olympus M.Zuiko 40-150mm, Rocks, Square, Travel, Water — collin orthner @ 7:51 pm

While co-leading a photo excursion in Banff and Yoho National Parks, our group made a stop at the Natural Bridge just a few kilometres from Field B.C. We spent a fair bit of time wandering below the falls photographing the many variations of the fast moving water as it tumbles over rocks on it’s way to the Pacific Ocean.



[Olympus E-M5, M.Zuiko 40-150mm]





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