Collin Orthner – Photographer

October 19, 2014

It Gets Dark Early Now

Filed under: Architecture, Autumn, Black & White, Documentary, E-M5, Hand of Man, m4/3, Night, Panasonic 20mm f/1.7, Trees — collin orthner @ 10:33 am

Yeah it’s dark pretty early now, although this was around 10pm or so. I felt restless and it was a beautiful evening, so I decided to go for a walk in the dark. Well, lo and behold I had a camera with me, so I decided to make a few nightie images. I was out for likely an hour or so wandering around the Lancaster neighbourhood of Red Deer. These are all handheld images at very high ISO ranging from 3200 – 10000.





[ Olympus E-M5, Panasonic 20mm f1.7 ]



October 13, 2014

On the way to Swartz Bay

Filed under: Architecture, Hand of Man, Industrial, Mountain, Nature, People, Sony RX100 III, Travel, Water — collin orthner @ 11:11 am

The mountains of Ruckle Provincial Park on Saltspring Island loom on the horizon as we threaded our way through the gulf islands on our way between Tsawwassen and Swartz Bay aboard Coastal Celebration. The light was soft and gorgeous on a bright overcast day. What a beautiful view!! I think I need to live out on the coast.




[ Sony RX100III ]



October 9, 2014

Cougars Touchdown!!

Filed under: Autumn, Black & White, Documentary, GF2, Hand of Man, m4/3, Night, Panasonic 20mm f/1.7, People — collin orthner @ 10:59 pm

My family attended the rival high school football teams, Notre Dame Cougars and Lindsey Thurber Raiders, play their final match of the year this evening at Great Chief Park along the river here in Red Deer. The Raiders won handily tonight, but that didn’t hamper the celebrations when the Cougars got a touchdown! These guys were into the game in a big way – such a fun atmosphere!




[ Panasonic GF2, Panasonic 20mm f1.7 ]



October 3, 2014

Morning Walk in Bower Woods

Filed under: Autumn, Nature, Sigma DP2 Quattro, Trees, W2W — collin orthner @ 8:48 pm

Almost every morning I have my wife drop me off so that I can get a 20-30 minute walk to work through the Bower Woods. I know many people are tired of tree images, but I can’t help myself. I love the forms of trees especially in fall when there is still a bit of colour before all the leaves are gone and I can see how the branches trace their paths next to each other so much easier when many of the leaves have dropped. These were from a short stint along the edge of the woods along the path I walk along I was late today so didn’t have much time to work. i posted this poem about 6 years ago on this blog, but I keep it as one of my favourites and felt like posting it again:


You shall ask
What good are dead leaves
And I will tell you
they nourish the sore earth
You shall ask
What reason is there for winter
And I will tell you
To bring about new leaves
You shall ask
Why are the leaves so green
And I will tell you
Because they are rich with life
You shall ask
Why must summer end
And I will tell you
So that the leaves can die

Nancy Wood
from Many Waters









[ Sigma DP2 Quattro ]

October 1, 2014

Serious Chrome

Filed under: Abstract, Black & White, Hand of Man, Leica X Vario — collin orthner @ 11:11 pm




[ Leica X Vario ]



September 26, 2014

A Funeral, Decrepit Building, and Signs of Harvest

Filed under: Architecture, Black & White, Documentary, GF2, Hand of Man, Industrial, m4/3, Panasonic 20mm f/1.7, Travel — collin orthner @ 10:19 pm

Last Saturday my wife, oldest son and I were in Drumheller for the funeral of the father to some good friends from back in high school days. What a fantastic man he was too!

We got into town a bit early and so we walked along main street for a couple of blocks and found the “Sports Room” entrance. Unfortunately the town feels pretty run down and almost uninviting. A real shame as the potential is huge!



Later in the evening we left before sunset as I don’t like driving central Alberta highways at night because of all the deer and moose. As we got near the small town of Carbon we found these silos glinting from the sun.




[Panasonic GF2, Panasonic 20mm]



September 25, 2014

Heading to the Game

Filed under: Black & White, GF2, m4/3, Panasonic 20mm f/1.7, People — collin orthner @ 10:59 pm

Last week on Thursday we headed to Great Chief Park as a family to watch my wife’s cousin’s son playing in his high school football game. It was very pleasant out as darkness gathered for the evening, but my two sons were not taking any chances that it wasn’t going to get cold and were bundled up pretty good. Can you tell if there is any difference between personalities between them? LOL Love them both!




[Panasonic GF2, Panasonic 20mm]



Vertical T’s

Filed under: Abstract, Hand of Man, Leica T — collin orthner @ 12:35 am

Back to a few more images, that I never got around to earlier, that were made with the Leica T camera. This time all verticals:







[Leica T, Leica 18-56mm]





September 23, 2014

The White Picket Fence Life

Filed under: Abstract, Black & White, Documentary, GF2, Hand of Man, m4/3, Panasonic 20mm f/1.7, Square — collin orthner @ 10:06 pm

“I grew up with the white picket fence. My dad went to work nine to five, and he had a station wagon.”

Matt Dillon







[Panasonic GF2, Panasonic 20mm]

September 22, 2014

Keeping Things In or Out

Filed under: Architecture, Black & White, Documentary, GF2, Hand of Man, Industrial, m4/3, Night, Panasonic 20mm f/1.7 — collin orthner @ 10:31 pm


By function

  • Agricultural fencing, to keep livestock in and/or predators out
  • Privacy fencing, to provide privacy and security
  • Temporary fencing, to provide safety, security, and to direct movement; wherever temporary access control is required, especially on building and construction sites
  • Perimeter fencing, to prevent trespassing or theft and/or to keep children and pets from wandering away.
  • Decorative fencing, to enhance the appearance of a property, garden or other landscaping
  • Boundary fencing, to demarcate a piece of real property
  • Pest-exclusion fence
  • Pet fence
  • Pool fence
  • Snow fence

- Wikipedia






[Panasonic GF2, Panasonic 20mm]




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