Collin J Örthner – Photographer

December 31, 2008

Light Pillars

Filed under: Hand of Man, Nature, Night, Skyscape, Winter — collin j örthner @ 5:37 am

We had a beautiful display of light pillars this evening. It was about -21C and virtually clear out when these crystals formed. They only lasted maybe 45 minutes or so and I managed to get an image with the crescent moon along with both Jupiter(the brightest “star”) and Venus(down from Jupiter). The two planets and our moon were best viewed on December 1st as they were then closest together. Unfortunately that night Red Deer was clouded over.
[Canon 5DmkII, 24-105mmL]

Christmas Lights

Filed under: Hand of Man, Night, Winter — collin j örthner @ 5:33 am

We spent Christmas day at my in-laws near Spruce Grove this year and they had lit up a few trees along their driveway.
[Canon 5DmkII, 24-105mmL]

December 12, 2008

Bower Woods

Filed under: Abstract, Black & White, Nature, Trees, Winter — collin j örthner @ 4:39 am

After getting my new 5D MkII camera I have had precious little time to be out shooting. Monday I forced the issue and played quite a bit with the HD video capabilities, which I am very impressed with. Of course I have no idea if I’ll ever figure out how to post a sample video to my blog(maybe somebody can help me with that!) and so far, and I doubt ever, Adobe is not supporting this camera for RAW conversions in CS3 and so have used the medium size jpegs to process these images. They were both made in the Bower Woods along Piper Creek here in Red Deer. We have only had a very tiny amount of snow so far this winter, just enough that the coyote tracks are visible in the snow covered ice.
[Canon 5d MkII, Nikkor 55mm f1.2]

December 5, 2008

Liquid Silver

Filed under: Abstract, Black & White, Movement, Nature, Square, Water — collin j örthner @ 4:47 am

Water has a special place in my heart. I just can’t get enough time to sit and admire the infinite possibilities that reflections of light play on the tiny waves of a creek!! The smallest change in your viewing angle can make for a completely different mood and feel to the water. How often we zoom past these tiny marvels of creation without a second thought as to the processes and unbelievable beauty that surrounds us!
[Canon G9]

December 4, 2008

Summerland Ornamental Garden

Filed under: Autumn, Nature, Travel, Trees — collin j örthner @ 4:05 am

Each year in fall we try to visit the beautiful garden at the Agriculture Canada Research Center in Summerland B.C. A slow leisurely walk among the towering ponderosa pines and along the edge of the canyon makes for a wonderful time and I always come away wishing I had more time to spend there. [Canon G9]

December 1, 2008


Filed under: Autumn, Nature, Trees — collin j örthner @ 10:45 pm

It would only take a tiny bit of a breeze to topple this tree! Beavers have been working feverishly to knock it down, and maybe were scared away by our approach as there was frost on most of the leaves surrounding the tree but not on the wood chips. I was out for a walk with my sister and brother-in-law a week ago and found the tree along the edge of the Red Deer River downstream from Red Deer.
[Canon 5D, 16-35mmL ]

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