Collin J Örthner – Photographer

August 31, 2012

Harvesting under a “Blue” moon – E. Smith Farms

Filed under: Agriculture, Autumn, E-M5, Hand of Man, m4/3, Skyscape — collin orthner @ 11:51 pm

I went out this evening in the hopes of catching some images of the “Blue” moon. I almost didn’t even leave the house as I could see a band of clouds all along the east horizon. I went anyway as i love driving around in Red Deer County anyway. Sure enough the clouds were blocking my view of the moon as it was rising so I turned around from my high spot and started to head back home.A few kilometers down the road and I found some combing action. I decided to grab a few shots as the sun was setting.




As I was watching the combines I noticed the moon, which was now quite high off the horizon, poking through the clouds. I think the clouds were thinning out as the evening progressed. I saw that if I would just move down the road a couple hundred meters I might just be able to line things up for a nice composition. As the combine would crest the small hills I set off a barrage of shots with my camera. Unfortunately the moon was so high already as I was envisioning an image of the moon on the horizon behind the combine, but alas, you get what you get. as they finished each row I simply shuffled down the road a bit further to keep the machinery and the moon lined up nicely.

I stopped to chat for a quick minute and to find out the name of the farm E.Smith Farms runs their operation just to the southeast of Red Deer in beautiful Red Deer County.

My evening ended listening to the coyotes howling their approval of a great night while watching the farming in action. I absolutely love this time of year!!



[Olympus E-M5, Olympus OM 300mm f/4.5]




August 29, 2012

Mason Jars

Filed under: Abstract, E-M5, Hand of Man, M.Zuiko 75mm f/1.8, m4/3 — collin orthner @ 10:22 pm


I had a chance to try the new Olympus 75mm f/1.8 lens this evening. I had only a short time to play with it and really only managed one image worth posting. Whew – check out the bokeh! That is some great OOF. I really wish it could focus closer and wasn’t so noisy focusing though. It really chatters a lot.


[Olympus E-M5, Olympus 75mm f/1.8]



August 28, 2012

A Really Big Tree

Filed under: Black & White, E-M5, m4/3, Nature, Olympus M.Zuiko 40-150mm, Panorama, Panoramic, Travel, Trees — collin orthner @ 7:39 pm

I made this image of a very large cedar tree in B.C. this past July. I stitched four images together vertically to get maximum detail instead of cropping a single image. You will need to scroll to see it all.



[Olympus E-M5, Olympus 40-150mm]



W2W – 3

Filed under: Abstract, E-M5, m4/3, Nature, Panorama, Panoramic, Rocks, Trees, Water — collin orthner @ 7:12 pm




[Olympus E-M5, Minolta 58mm f/1.2]



Subtle Colours

Filed under: Abstract, E-M5, m4/3, Nature, Panasonic X 12-35mm f/2.8, Panorama, Panoramic, Trees — collin orthner @ 7:02 pm

I enjoy searching out subtle tones in nature and this birch tree was a great find at Carson-Pegasus Provincial Park this past weekend!



[Olympus E-M5, Panasonic 12-35mm f/2.8]



August 27, 2012

McLeod Lake, Carson-Pegasus Provincial Park

Filed under: Abstract, E-M5, m4/3, Nature, Panasonic X 12-35mm f/2.8, Panorama, Panoramic, Plants, Skyscape, Travel, Trees, Water — collin orthner @ 3:44 pm






[Olympus E-M5, Panasonic 12-35mm f/2.8]



August 22, 2012

W2W – 2

Filed under: Abstract, E-M5, Hand of Man, m4/3, Nature, Panasonic 20mm f/1.7, Panasonic X 12-35mm f/2.8, Square, W2W — collin orthner @ 7:13 pm




[Olympus E-M5, Panasonic 20mm f/1.7, Panasonic 12-35mm f/2.8]



August 21, 2012

W2W – 1

Filed under: Abstract, GF2, m4/3, Nature, Panasonic 20mm f/1.7, Plants, Square, Trees, W2W — collin orthner @ 10:03 pm

W2W or “Walk to Work” is a small project that just sort of began without an idea even. I just would(still do) carry a camera with me on my 20-40 minute(depends on which route I take) walk to work in the mornings. I make quick, almost thoughtless, photos of things that catch my eye, and once a few fit together I put them together as their own small “story”. It is a lot of fun and I have no goals or objectives in mind other than keeping my eye “practiced” and can explore my world with a bit more attention. This first story was made on one short walk in late June. It’s obvious that summer is upon us here with all the incredible tones of greens.



[Panasonic GF2, Panasonic 20mm f/1.7]



August 20, 2012

Colours and Textures

Filed under: Abstract, E-M5, m4/3, Nature, Panasonic X 12-35mm f/2.8, Rocks, Travel — collin orthner @ 10:02 pm

Dry Island Buffalo Jump Provincial Park








[Olympus E-M5, Panasonic 12-35mm]



August 18, 2012

Extraordinary Finds

Filed under: Abstract, Autumn, E-M5, m4/3, Nature, Olympus M.Zuiko 40-150mm, Panorama, Panoramic, Trees, Water — collin orthner @ 11:43 pm

A couple more images from this evening’s drive through Red Deer County. Driving through some initially boring country can be a bit tedious while on the search for something worthy of an image. All the ordinary enables the extraordinary to stand out like a sore thumb, and the more ordinary that we suffer through makes the bits of extraordinary seem very special!





[Olympus E-M5, Olympus 40-150mm]



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