Collin J Örthner – Photographer

November 27, 2013

Still, Quiet, Crisp

Filed under: Black & White, Hi Res, Nature, Sigma DP3 Merrill, Sigma DP3M, snow, Trees, Winter — collin orthner @ 10:27 pm

Standing in a cold winter forest with a fresh coat of snow when all is still, quiet and crisp is almost second to nothing. I wonder how silence can be so loud! Even the slightest bit of snow falling through the branches of the spruce sounds loud. Every now and again a chickadee or a nuthatch flutters about stirring up the stillness, or I hear the knock, knock, knock of a downy woodpecker as it searches out the bark of a dead snag looking for sustenance.

 

 

[Sigma DP3 Merrill]

 

 

November 25, 2013

Deer Trail

Filed under: Black & White, Hi Res, Nature, Ricoh GW3, Sigma DP1 Merrill, Sigma DP1M, snow, Trees, Winter — collin orthner @ 11:30 am

A deer trail in Bower woods that I have walked down many times. This day, however, I was pretty much on my own and saw only one or two other people, and the only thing to venture down this beautiful pathway were the deer themselves. I left it that way.

 

 

 

[Sigma DP1 Merrill, w/Ricoh GW-3]

 

 

November 24, 2013

Bower Woods, Red Deer, AB

Filed under: Black & White, Hi Res, Nature, Ricoh GW3, Sigma DP1 Merrill, Sigma DP1M, snow, Trees, Winter — collin orthner @ 12:15 pm

 

 

 

[Sigma DP1 Merrill, w/Ricoh GW-3]

 

 

November 22, 2013

Someone Heard This

Filed under: Black & White, Hi Res, Nature, Ricoh GW3, Sigma DP1 Merrill, Sigma DP1M, snow, Trees, Winter — collin orthner @ 10:41 pm

 

 

 

 

 

[Sigma DP1 Merrill w/Ricoh GW-3]

 

 

November 21, 2013

Seeing a Forest in the Trees

Filed under: Black & White, Hi Res, Nature, Ricoh GW3, Sigma DP1 Merrill, Sigma DP1M, snow, Trees, Winter — collin orthner @ 10:09 pm

 

“… let the field exult, and everything in it! Then shall all the trees of the forest sing for joy”

Psalm 96:12 ESV

 

Bower Woods is full of surprises. I decided to follow a deer trail I had only ever wandered a few meters down before. Up and over a small ridge and across the frozen creek and before me lay this wonderful collection of trees that had me scrambling to find just the right arrangement. I looked from up high and down low and from left to right lining up the trunks in many subtly different possibilities! This is what I came up with after a few minutes minutes of intensive “seeing”.

 

 

[Sigma DP1 Merrill, w/Ricoh GW-3]

 

 

November 20, 2013

From Under the Boughs

Filed under: Black & White, Hi Res, Nature, Ricoh GW3, Sigma DP1 Merrill, Sigma DP1M, snow, Trees, Winter — collin orthner @ 9:47 pm

Same day, same Bower Woods. I found a beautiful big spruce tree spreading it’s boughs right down to the ground. I ducked under to get a feel for what a deer might see if it had taken shelter from the snowstorm under this magnificent tree.

 

 

[Sigma DP1 Merrill w/Ricoh GW3]

 

 

November 19, 2013

Collected Flakes

Filed under: Black & White, Hi Res, Nature, snow, Trees, Winter — collin orthner @ 10:09 pm

Bower Woods, Red Deer, Alberta (But you likely knew that didn’t you?)

 

 

 

[Sigma DP3 Merrill]

 

 

November 18, 2013

Later That Same Fall

Filed under: Black & White, Hi Res, Nature, Ricoh GW3, Sigma DP1 Merrill, Sigma DP1M, snow, Trees, Winter — collin orthner @ 10:02 pm

I decided to go out for a few hours this afternoon to see what Bower Woods looked like after almost 50cm of snow in the last couple of weeks. Virtually no one else was around, likely because the trails were rather difficult to walk and the temperature was around -14°C. There wasn’t the slightest breeze and the only sounds, other than background city noise, were a few squirrels who seemed to be overreacting to my presence, and a few Downy Woodpeckers pecking away at some old dead snags. The squirrels managed to knock quite a bit of snow onto me as they jumped from tree to tree above me, some of which made it’s way down the back of my neck!! Piper Creek meanders through Bower Woods and is now completely frozen over and covered with snow.

 

 

[Sigma DP1 Merrill w/Ricoh GW3]

 

 

Fall in the Woods

Filed under: Autumn, Hi Res, Nature, Sigma DP3 Merrill, Sigma DP3M, Trees — collin orthner @ 11:00 am

Going back through some files from a month or so ago, I came across a couple of images which I had worked on and completely forgot about.  I had been walking through Bower Woods here in Red Deer before any snow had come down yet with my Sigma DP3 Merrill camera. It was one of my favourite sort of fall days with cloudy skies and virtually no wind and if I recall it was drizzling a bit of rain, so I needed to protect the camera from getting wet. Colours were gorgeous and even if I hadn’t captured any images I would have been completely satisfied just exploring and looking at the created forest!

 

 

 

 

[Sigma DP3 Merrill]

 

 

November 16, 2013

2.25 x 2.25

Filed under: Abstract, Documentary, Hand of Man, Industrial, Medium Format, Square, Yashicamat — collin orthner @ 8:12 am

2 1/4 x 2 1/4 is one of my favourite ratios to photograph in and the numbers here represent the size of film being used in inches. The square. I can either pick up a medium format camera, as I did for this image, or I can crop one of my digital cameras. You can check out more of my images made as squares by clicking on the “square” tab on the right. This image was made quite a few years ago in Edmonton while I was waiting for my wife to get off work. She was working at the Charles Camsell Hospital in Edmonton and so I would sometimes get there a bit early and wander about the area with my Yashicamat 124G twin lens camera. I really enjoy using twin lens cameras for their relatively small size and simplicity, but that doesn’t mean I don’t enjoy working with a Hasselblad either. The main advantage to the Hasselblad is that I can change lenses, but also that I view what I am photographing through the taking lens. I don’t recall what film was used in this case, although I suspect it was Fujichrome 50D. I couldn’t find the original this morning, but when I do come across it I’ll update the post, not that it really matters all that much.

 

 

[Yashicamat 124G, Fujichrome 50D]

 

 

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