Collin J Örthner – Photographer

August 31, 2010

Driving Home

Filed under: Abstract, Hand of Man, Movement, Nature, Night, Panorama, Panoramic, Skyscape, Storms, Travel, Vehicles — collin j örthner @ 5:23 am

Dwight Arthur (Photek), commercial photographer, along with his son Timothy and myself, were down in Calgary photographing some buildings for a developer and on the way back to Red Deer late in the evening, we drove through a couple of small thunderstorms. I decided to drag the shutter on my G10 to see if I might capture a stroke of lightning. I held the camera on the dash (Dwight was driving! I know you were thinking I was.) and pressed the shutter button for a 15 second exposure. A few cars and one large semi-trailer truck drove by on the other side of the highway during the exposure. Obviously I couldn’t hold the camera very steady and so the light streaks became jagged as the camera bounced around in my hands. I got a few images and mostly they were a disappointment, but this one I felt was interesting.

[Canon G10]

Allstones Creek #7

Filed under: Abstract, Nature, Rocks, Travel — collin j örthner @ 3:47 am

This is the last of the work from Allstones Creek, although I made many more images here. As I said in an earlier post about the abundance of material available  – wow! I spent 2 1/2 hours along about 2km of the creek and came out with what I would consider an abundance of images which please me. Many times in the past I would head off on a day-trip to some great location in hopes of seeing and photographing amazing sites only to come back empty handed. I’ve spent the whole day trying my hardest to come up with an image that tells the story about the location only to be frustrated. My wife Laura tells me, on days like that, to just relax and enjoy what I’m seeing and not to worry about capturing “the” image. It’s hard to do that though when you’ve lugged 10kg or more around all day and not made good use of it. It’s almost like you are obligated to come back with something. This trip I had only one small camera with me, so I could move quickly, I had to, as the other two on this trip were making good time and I needed to play lots of catch-up. I think by simplifying my equipment I give far less thought into which camera or lens should be used for each image and instead having just the one camera, my eye starts to see the way that camera sees within it’s capabilities. The freedom is great, but I must decide in advance which gear to take. It is so tempting to haul it all along for the “just in case” scenario, but if I’m are seeing the way only one lens sees and a “wow” moment presents itself, I am far more likely to capture the moment instead of missing it while fumbling with lenses and tripods or what have you. Sometimes things just fall into place or I am in the right mood too. I think God just opened my eyes to His creation in a way that I was ready to receive! Maybe all the years of carrying every last bit of gear around while learning my technique paid off in being able to “see” and capture what was presented to me by Him! It was truly exhilarating.

[Canon G10]

August 28, 2010

Allstones Creek #10

Filed under: Abstract, Black & White, Ice, Movement, Nature, Rocks, Travel, Water — collin j örthner @ 3:35 am

[Canon G10]

August 27, 2010

Allstones Creek #4 and #5

Filed under: Abstract, Black & White, Movement, Nature, Rocks, Travel, Water — collin j örthner @ 5:21 am

Sometimes colour just doesn’t cut it, you know. I decided to convert both of these into B&W, and believe it or not, I was thinking of them in B&W when I made them. It’s odd how sometimes my mind can switch between seeing in colour and then almost instantly just turn off those thoughts and start seeing in graphic B&W. It’s not a bad exercise either to force oneself to see only the graphic elements which make up an image instead of colour. Many times the colour can really overpower images to the point of distraction. I think that’s why so many people completely love all of Ansel Adams work. The images are letting them see something in a way they couldn’t themselves. Try it sometime when you are out enjoying a walk, try to see in B&W. What do you see??

[Canon G10]

August 26, 2010

Allstones Creek #9

Filed under: Abstract, Nature, Rocks, Travel — collin j örthner @ 2:33 am

[Canon G10]

Allstones Creek #12

Filed under: Abstract, Movement, Nature, Rocks, Travel, Water — collin j örthner @ 2:32 am

[Canon G10]

Allstones Creek #11

Filed under: Abstract, Nature, Rocks, Travel — collin j örthner @ 2:22 am

[Canon G10]

August 20, 2010

Allstones Creek #6

Filed under: Ice, Movement, Nature, Rocks, Travel, Water, Winter — collin j örthner @ 3:48 am

I can’t say enough how much I enjoyed the short time I had along this creek. I do enjoy making images of rocks and water at any given chance, but to have this abundance in such a small area was astounding!

[Canon G10]

Allstones Creek #14

Filed under: Abstract, Nature, Rocks, Travel — collin j örthner @ 3:42 am

Another from Allstones Creek. I suppose that was fairly obvious if you read the title!!

[Canon G10]

August 18, 2010

Edge Gallery – Allstones Creek

Filed under: Abstract, Nature, Rocks, Travel — collin j örthner @ 3:33 am

If you have an opportunity to be in Canmore, look up the Edge Gallery (612 Spring Creek Drive). Both the owner/managers David and Kathy Foxcraft are great folks and a pleasure to visit with. They currently have a show titled “Summers Edge II” which is hanging until September 7th, and I have the pleasure of showing this image(Allstones Creek #2) made along Allstones Creek, which is to the west of Nordegg. I visited there in spring after being told about it by my friend Gary Kuiken. It is an easily accessible small canyon that wanders slowly along a very narrow canyon with what I consider spectacular rock formations. The Edge Gallery has a second image from my day along the creek, the second image here(Allstones Creek #1), but as far as I know it isn’t hanging in this show. It is of a tiny portion of the canyon wall where a small outcropping of shiny black coal can be seen.

[Canon G10]

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