Collin Orthner – Photographer

March 1, 2015


No, it isn’t 601 Street, but it is my 601st post on this blog! I had to do inventory at work today from 8 – 4:30 and my Pentax rep dropped by to lend me his demo 645Z medium format camera. Needless to say, even though I was rather tired from the work all day, I had to go for a bit of a drive before the sun went down. So, off I went to some of my favourite areas south of Red Deer. This small stand of trees will likely be torn down shortly as it is one of the last stands in the area that hasn’t been ripped out and burned. So sad, as they look beautiful and I’m pretty sure the birds enjoy them as much as I do! Cross lighting from the beautiful late day sun was really showing off all the texture of the field. The wind was howling across this open field, so I used my extra large, heavy duty tripod to keep things still. The image really doesn’t make you feel as cold as I was!!



[ Pentax 645Z, Pentax-FA 120mm f/4 Macro]




February 28, 2015

Dark Journey V

Filed under: Abstract, E-M5, m4/3 — collin orthner @ 8:44 am


Great Divide / Looking Up

Entrance Core

February 26, 2015

Dark Journey IV

Filed under: Abstract, E-M5, m4/3 — collin orthner @ 9:43 pm


 Beautiful Journey


February 25, 2015

Dark Journey III

Filed under: Abstract, E-M5, m4/3 — collin orthner @ 10:32 pm


Blue Jets


 Deep Yellow Core

February 24, 2015

Dark Journey II

Filed under: Abstract, E-M5, m4/3 — collin orthner @ 8:56 pm


“Successful Passage Through The Blue”


“Guiding Lights”




February 23, 2015

Dark Journey

Filed under: Abstract, E-M5 — collin orthner @ 11:50 pm

A new series of abstract images which I am titling “Dark Journey” starts with the two images below. So far I have maybe 10 or 12 images in this series which I will be posting. These are photographic images in a style quite foreign even to me and unlike the majority of my previous work up to now. I have  enjoyed working on this series  and we’ll see how far I go with it.


“Difficult Send-Off”


_COP0256-2 In_The_Deep

“In The Deep”


February 19, 2015

Ha Ling Peak

Filed under: Mountain, Nature, Sigma DP3 Merrill, Sigma DP3M, Travel, Trees — collin orthner @ 8:17 pm

Ha Ling Peak sits immediately south of the town of Canmore, Alberta. There are hiking trails up the south face and a few technical routes on the north face. I was up in the area last June and as I drove up the road to the Spray Lakes it got very foggy. In fact for a while it was hard to see anything, but as the fog lifted a bit details started to emerge and it felt like I was standing on the west coast somewhere. It was very beautiful! It is hard to tell looking at this image, but this is a colour photograph.




[ Sigma DP3 Merrill ]



February 7, 2015

White Pyramid

Filed under: Abstract, Mountain, Movement, Nature, Rocks, Sigma DP3 Merrill, Sigma DP3M, Travel, Water — collin orthner @ 7:25 pm

White Pyramid reflecting in Waterfowl Lake, Banff National Park, AB




[ Sigma DP3 Merrill ]



February 4, 2015


Filed under: Black & White, Nature, Sigma DP3 Merrill, Sigma DP3M, Travel, Trees — collin orthner @ 10:09 pm

A favourite spot for me to stop and photograph in Banff National Park is the Muleshoe Picnic Area. It’s along Highway 1A not too far along (5.5km) to the west of the Banff townsite. The site has a beautiful aspen grove that has almost too many options for images. I made this image last summer from right alongside the parking area and after getting out of my vehicle, I immediately saw a composition that reminded me of something Ansel Adams might have made an image of. Just recently I made a 40″x50″ print of this image that looks really amazing!




[ Sigma DP3 Merrill ]



February 3, 2015

Shed, Red Deer, AB

I took a walk through a small neighbourhood I haven’t  spent much time in on my lunch break a few days ago. I came across this great old shed, and I was quite intrigued by the shadows playing on it’s walls and across the snow.




[ Leica M3, Zeiss ZM 50mm Planar, Lomography 400 Colour ]




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