Collin Orthner – Photographer

March 26, 2015

Piper Creek – Spingtime

Filed under: Ice, m4/3, Movement, Nature, Olympus E-M5II, Olympus M.Zuiko 14-150mm II, snow, Water, Winter — collin orthner @ 10:47 pm

The water is running nicely in Piper Creek with all the warm weather we are having, although the recent dump of snow cooled things down for a few days. We also got to enjoy some fresh clean whiteness as well before it all melted again.

 

 

[ Olympus E-M5II, Olympus M.Zuiko 14-150mm II ]

March 23, 2015

Late Snow (at least for this year)

Filed under: Black & White, Ice, m4/3, Nature, Olympus E-M5II, Olympus M.Zuiko 14-150mm II, snow, Trees, Water, Winter — collin orthner @ 5:02 pm

I am calling it a late snow, as we had none on the ground last week and the weather had me thinking it was really spring just like the calendar said, but nooooooooo I was wrong!

I spent some time back in Bower Woods again this morning. :)

 

 

 

 

[ Olympus E-M5II, Olympus M.Zuiko 14-150mm II ]

 

 

March 11, 2015

The Addition of Small Quantities of Red Light

Filed under: Abstract, E-M5, Hand of Man, m4/3, Movement — collin orthner @ 9:44 pm

 

 

 

The Addition of Small Quantities of Red Light

March 10, 2015

Follow Along

Filed under: Abstract, E-M5, Hand of Man, m4/3, Movement, Night, Panorama, Panoramic, Travel — collin orthner @ 8:29 pm

 

 

 

Follow Along

March 3, 2015

Winter in Bower Woods (Trees, Trees, Trees)

Today I am posting few more images from yesterdays snow squall. I showed them to my wife, Laura Lee, last evening and she was quite honest when she said “You’ve shot these before.” in a bored sort of tone. It’s not that she doesn’t think they are competent images, it’s just that it’s more tree images. t certainly have made many images of Bower Woods and also just of trees as a subject. I thoroughly enjoy searching out character trees or dramatic lighting in the woods to make images, but then I do have a lot of them!

 

 

It’s pretty difficult for me to not do it, as I have always had a strong love of nature and here in Red Deer, I don’t find much else worthy of photographing. We don’t have much interesting architecture and our river is frozen solid for almost 6 months of the year. If I only have a few hours to make images, I can’t drive out to the mountains(2.5-3 hours one way) or the badlands(one hour – one way), so I am often either walking through Bower Woods looking at trees or I am wandering around the backroads of Red Deer County, which is mostly a lot of farming. I can’t say I don’t have quite a few interesting and nice images from around the county, but I find the area photographically lacking.

 

 

I know many an established pro will say there are pictures to be made wherever you are, and they aren’t lying. I’ve been known to say the same thing. It’s just that you can only do the same thing for so long before you start to become extremely bored with the idea. Trees, so far at least, are still working for me as a subject, but having been making images in Bower Woods for 17 years, I sincerely hope they have something left for me!

 

 

Even my oldest son, Thomas, said “You should do more abstract series. I like your nature stuff, but you have lots.”  I do love looking for abstracts and maybe that’s what I’ll go after for awhile for a change. Sorry for sounding negative! I can’t imagine what it must be like to live in a large city, out at the coast, or in the state of Oregon. The variety of subjects at your, virtually, instant access, must be very freeing and enjoyable!

 

 

Hopefully this hasn’t been too much of a downer for a post. I’m just voicing my thoughts on my own photography and it is my blog after all. If anyone wants to add their thoughts, good or bad, I’m open to hear them. Just leave me a comment.

 

[ Pentax 645Z, Pentax-D FA 55mm AL SDM, Pentax-FA 120mm Macro ]

 

 

 

 

March 2, 2015

Snow Squall

Here in Red Deer today we have had some very strong winds and along with the wind came some very heavy snow squalls. They wouldn’t last more than five minutes each, but did it ever come down! I was out again today with my borrowed Pentax 645Z as I only get it until Wednesday morning, so it didn’t matter to me if it was cold and snowy out, I wanted to play with this machine. The camera is completely weatherproof, so there was no worries about it getting wet either, which makes working in these conditions so much easier. Just so long as no moisture gets on the front element you are good to go. Clicking on the image will make it a bit larger.

 

 

[ Pentax 645Z, Pentax-D FA 55mm f/2.8 AL SDM ]

 

 

March 1, 2015

601st

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

Surfaces

February 25, 2015

Dark Journey III

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

 

Blue Jets

 

 Deep Yellow Core

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