Collin J Örthner – Photographer

December 30, 2014

Ice And Snow Will Break The Stone

Filed under: Abstract, Black & White, Film, Fuji Superia 400, Ice, Leica M3, Nature, Rocks, snow, Travel, Winter, Zeiss, ZM 50mm Planar — collin orthner @ 10:33 pm

Snow gathers on stone ledges along the Red Deer River southwest of Sundre. There are many tiny pull-offs along the roads in the foothills of Alberta and many times I enjoy stopping to wander around and have a look. This was one of those pull-offs, that my friend Gary and I spent half an hour wandering along the rivers edge watching an American Dipper fly back and forth and listening to the water gurgling along the edge of the ice on the river where it had remained unfrozen.

[ Leica M3, Zeiss ZM 50mm Planar, Fuji Superia 400 ]


December 27, 2014

Clearwater River

A few images from where the Clearwater River crosses under the bridge on Highway 40, otherwise known as the Alberta Forestry Trunk Road or Highway 734. It all depends on which segment of the road as to which road you are technically on, but most people I know simply refer to it as the Forestry Trunk Road no matter where you are travelling on it. Personally I steer clear anytime a long weekend is taking place as the road turns more or less into a racetrack of 4×4’s and fifth wheels all looking for a place to free camp and party. Unfortunately this is taking a toll on the quality of the experience unless you are into lots of noise and dust from quads and bikes and late night partying with all the garbage and junk these people leave scattered all about when they leave. Enough with being negative though. If you have the opportunity to drive anywhere along this route when camping isn’t likely to occur, it can be a fabulous experience with some spectacular scenery along the way. There are a few designated provincial campgrounds along the road that are well kept and very nice to stay in. Keep in mind there isn’t any electricity at these campgrounds.








[ Leica M3, Zeiss ZM 50mm Planar, Fuji Superia 200 ]



December 12, 2014

I ❤️ Granaries

It was almost as much fun finding how to type a ❤️ as it was to be out and about making images! Hahaha. Actually no, being out photographing is always more fun than working on my computer, I found this granary south of town in Red Deer County with a very vibrant ❤️ adorning it’s ribs.




[ Leica M3, Zeiss ZM 50mm Planar, Fuji Superia 400 ]



December 10, 2014

The North and the South

While cruising around Red Deer County with my camera a few weeks ago I found the heavily re-engineered Waskasoo Creek, now frozen over, near the small town of Penhold. I got out and wandered around a bit, soaking up the quiet country scene. There was a herd of black cows and a few magpies about, but in all honesty the near silence of the scene was what grabbed my attention. As I stood on the little bridge enjoying the view I decided to have a look from both the north and the south sides of it.



Available as a print on my Etsy Store.


[ Leica M3, Zeiss ZM 50mm Planar, Fuji Superia 400 ]


December 6, 2014

The Old FORD

Filed under: Autumn, Film, Fuji Superia 400, Hand of Man, Leica M3, Vehicles, Zeiss, ZM 50mm Planar — collin orthner @ 11:47 am

This old workhorse had a new engine installed not too many years ago and has a lot of hard working miles under it’s belt, but it’s been parked now for quite a while at my in-laws acreage and likely isn’t roadworthy any longer. It certainly has attained a nice patina though!


Available as a print on my Etsy store.

[ Leica M3, Zeiss ZM 50mm Planar, Fuji Superia 400 ]



December 1, 2014

Edmonton is Red

Sometimes just wandering around with a loose idea of a theme to shoot can be a lot of fun, and it forces me to search beyond the obvious. Many times I wouldn’t even think to make an image of these sorts of things, but I am really starting to enjoy photographing the ordinary or mundane. Keeping my eyes open for unique ways of seeing these type of images helps me also to understand a place I am visiting a bit deeper, but this could easily be the kind of things I walk past on my way to work every day as well.



Available as a print on my Etsy store.





[ Leica M3, Zeiss ZM 50mm Planar, Fuji Superia 400 Xtra ]



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