Collin J Örthner – Photographer

April 30, 2012

Slack Slough

Filed under: Birds, E-M5, Nature — collin j örthner @ 5:42 am

Slack Slough resides immediately beside HWY2(stupid busy road) in Red Deer, Alberta. It is home to an amazing amount of birdlife. I visited the slough this evening to take in the sights and sounds. Of course I dragged along my camera and telephoto lenses to see what I might capture. I got there kind of late so didn’t have a lot of time before the light was gone for the day. Using a Canon FD 800mm f/5.6 with an adapter to fit my Olympus E-M5, I ended up using only 1/80 sec. at ISO 800 when I finally packed it in as that is really starting to push the envelope of what can be done! This monster telephoto gives me the equivalent focal length lens as a 1600mm on a 35mm/full frame camera, or a 32x spotting scope. Obviously one must use a large and very sturdy tripod/head combo. In this case,for those that care, it consists of a set of Gitzo 3 Series carbon fibre legs and a Sachtler FSB8 fluid head.

All that said, here are a few images of some Lesser Yellowlegs (Tringa flavipes):








[Olympus E-M5, Canon FD 800mm f/5.6]



  1. I personally like all of these quite a bit, although those with a more blurred background (1,5, & 7) dig a little deeper into me. It is amazing how emotionally far removed these are form that stretch of highway! Thank you for posting these. (From a guy who has popped into the store from time to time.)

    Comment by Dean Z — May 1, 2012 @ 3:21 am

  2. Thanks Dean, I’m certainly glad you like the images! It is so true that we usually just ignore this beauty that is right there beside just about the busiest highway in Canada!!

    Comment by collin orthner — May 1, 2012 @ 4:18 am

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