Collin J Örthner – Photographer

April 21, 2012

Fleming Slough, Red Deer County

Filed under: Birds, E-M5, Nature — collin j örthner @ 12:23 am

I took my E-M5 out today to Fleming Slough which is just on the south end of Penhold, AB. I’ve never been there before and quite enjoyed the couple hours I spent there. Unfortunately it was extremely windy so much of the birdlife was hiding amongst the cattails and grasses. I still managed to grab a few shots  using my Tamron 500mm which is equivalent to a 20x spotting scope on this camera.

Mallards heading west…. and Canvasbacks heading east.

Thankfully Coots aren’t very shy, so the afternoon wasn’t a complete bust. Ducks were sure jittery today!!

I am including three images made last night which I didn’t get a chance to edit until today. They aren’t from Fleming Slough, but are in Red Deer County.

[Olympus E-M5, Tamron 500mm]



  1. You could have waited until the rest off got our cameras instead of making us drool over great images like this….Robert

    Comment by Robert Goerzen — April 24, 2012 @ 5:18 am

  2. Thanks Robert. I must say the wait for this camera felt like an eternity! I had sold my other gear rather quickly, so not having a go-to camera was a bit disconcerting. E-M5 is certainly a fun camera to use!

    Comment by collin orthner — April 24, 2012 @ 1:10 pm

  3. The photos on your website are fantastic. What kind of equipment did you use to get the birds in flight?

    Comment by Len — May 6, 2012 @ 4:42 pm

    • Hey Len, Glad you like the images. The birds in flight were made with an Olympus E-M5 camera and a Tamron 500mm f/8 telephoto mirror lens. Quite a challenge as it is huge magnification for handheld manual focus photography, but a very small & light outfit for this kind of work.

      Comment by collin orthner — May 6, 2012 @ 6:23 pm

  4. […] Made very good use of this lens. So much smaller and lighter than the 800mm and less magnification. Some examples made with the lens. And […]

    Pingback by Show us what your adapted lens looks like on your camera - Page 145 - Micro Four Thirds User Forum — August 14, 2012 @ 9:33 pm

  5. Robin? Where? Not this ‘spring’ right? Really appreciate your pictures. Wonderful!

    Comment by Lynn — March 15, 2013 @ 11:53 am

    • Hey Lynn, Thanks for the comments! The robin was from last spring. Soon though, right!

      Comment by collin orthner — March 15, 2013 @ 12:07 pm

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