Collin J Örthner – Photographer

October 24, 2014

Leaves on Film

Filed under: Autumn, Film, Kodak Max 400, Minolta, Nature, Trees — collin j örthner @ 8:30 pm

I have been using some film lately in a few of my cameras. I have always liked using film and I have a fair bit of outdated film of all sorts and brands in my freezer, so I thought I would start using it. This image was made on Kodak Max 400. The very early light is just skimming across the leaves revealing some gorgeous texture and highlights the great colours of fall. I am unfamiliar which tree these are from in downtown Red Deer, but the purples are amazing!


Available as a print on my Etsy store.



[ Minolta X-570, Minolta MD Rokkor-X 50mm f1.7 ]



October 22, 2014

Self Portrait

Filed under: Uncategorized — collin j örthner @ 10:07 pm

I made a self portrait the other night while out for a walk. A usually very dark corner at a local school, was lit up by a passing vehicle and there I was ! The Pleiades star cluster is visible just above the roofline of the school.



[ Olympus E-M5, Panasonic 20mm ]



October 19, 2014

It Gets Dark Early Now

Filed under: Architecture, Autumn, Black & White, Documentary, E-M5, Hand of Man, m4/3, Night, Panasonic 20mm f/1.7, Trees — collin j örthner @ 10:33 am

Yeah it’s dark pretty early now, although this was around 10pm or so. I felt restless and it was a beautiful evening, so I decided to go for a walk in the dark. Well, lo and behold I had a camera with me, so I decided to make a few nightie images. I was out for likely an hour or so wandering around the Lancaster neighbourhood of Red Deer. These are all handheld images at very high ISO ranging from 3200 – 10000.





[ Olympus E-M5, Panasonic 20mm f1.7 ]



October 13, 2014

On the way to Swartz Bay

Filed under: Architecture, Hand of Man, Industrial, Mountain, Nature, People, Sony RX100 III, Travel, Water — collin j örthner @ 11:11 am

The mountains of Ruckle Provincial Park on Saltspring Island loom on the horizon as we threaded our way through the gulf islands on our way between Tsawwassen and Swartz Bay aboard Coastal Celebration. The light was soft and gorgeous on a bright overcast day. What a beautiful view!! I think I need to live out on the coast.




[ Sony RX100III ]



October 9, 2014

Cougars Touchdown!!

Filed under: Autumn, Black & White, Documentary, GF2, Hand of Man, m4/3, Night, Panasonic 20mm f/1.7, People — collin j örthner @ 10:59 pm

My family attended the rival high school football teams, Notre Dame Cougars and Lindsey Thurber Raiders, play their final match of the year this evening at Great Chief Park along the river here in Red Deer. The Raiders won handily tonight, but that didn’t hamper the celebrations when the Cougars got a touchdown! These guys were into the game in a big way – such a fun atmosphere!




[ Panasonic GF2, Panasonic 20mm f1.7 ]



October 3, 2014

Morning Walk in Bower Woods

Filed under: Autumn, Hi Res, Nature, Sigma DP2 Quattro, Trees, W2W — collin j örthner @ 8:48 pm

Almost every morning I have my wife drop me off so that I can get a 20-30 minute walk to work through the Bower Woods. I know many people are tired of tree images, but I can’t help myself. I love the forms of trees especially in fall when there is still a bit of colour before all the leaves are gone and I can see how the branches trace their paths next to each other so much easier when many of the leaves have dropped. These were from a short stint along the edge of the woods along the path I walk along I was late today so didn’t have much time to work. i posted this poem about 6 years ago on this blog, but I keep it as one of my favourites and felt like posting it again:


You shall ask
What good are dead leaves
And I will tell you
they nourish the sore earth
You shall ask
What reason is there for winter
And I will tell you
To bring about new leaves
You shall ask
Why are the leaves so green
And I will tell you
Because they are rich with life
You shall ask
Why must summer end
And I will tell you
So that the leaves can die

Nancy Wood
from Many Waters









[ Sigma DP2 Quattro ]

October 1, 2014

Serious Chrome

Filed under: Abstract, Black & White, Hand of Man, Leica X Vario — collin j örthner @ 11:11 pm




[ Leica X Vario ]



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