Collin J Örthner – Photographer

February 14, 2011

Alberta Badlands in Green

Filed under: Nature, Travel, Water — collin j örthner @ 12:47 am

A bit of a rare site found in the Alberta badlands near Drumheller, actually downstream close to  Dorothy. Sure every spring it turns green in the badlands, but it rarely lasts as it is so dry like a desert, but last year was the exception. It rained and rained and kept things green for far longer than normal. In this image, using contre jour technique to accentuate the greens, there is even water running in the small channel. Almost always some stagnant water can be found, but running water is mostly only seen after a rainstorm. If I recall correctly, it hadn’t rained for a few days when I captured this image.

[Canon 5DmkII, 24mm f/3.5L II TS-E II]

Shooting directly into the sun, you must be very careful about making sure that the suns rays don’t shine directly into the lens at it causes massive flare and reduces contrast drastically. This second image shows you just how bad flare can affect you images. I simply held my hand out front of the lens to shade it for the first image shown, but a hat or a friend holding something will work great.



  1. A great image and total contradiction of the stereotypical view of the badlands as a beige wasteland. It’s amazing how, under the right conditions, nature explodes with life. Just shows how fundamental water is to life.

    What the heck is “contre jour technique”. Maybe I use it but didn’t know what it was called.

    I’d love to have you post these images in my blog with a little lens flare article. Interested?

    Comment by Dwight Arthur — February 14, 2011 @ 7:05 am

  2. Hi Dwight, you definitely use the technique all the time, contre jour means “against daylight” in French, but basically means shooting directly into the light source. I’ll see if I can put together an article for you soon.

    Comment by collin orthner — February 14, 2011 @ 10:04 pm

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