Collin J Örthner – Photographer

January 28, 2015

Lacombe County

Last fall I spent a beautiful Saturday leading a few retired folks on a photo excursion north of Castor, AB. We had a good time visiting a few different sites and later that evening I headed back home and enjoyed the views of a beautiful autumn Alberta day. I didn’t really want to get home as the light and sights were great! South of Alix I came across this recently harvested and baled field and had to pull over to capture an image.



[ Plaubel Makina 67, Kodak Portra 160 ]



January 19, 2015

Butchart Gardens

Filed under: Agriculture, Flowers, Hand of Man, Hi Res, Nature, Plants, Sony RX100 III, Travel, Water — collin j örthner @ 10:59 pm




[ Sony RX100 III ]



Comet Lovejoy

Filed under: Documentary, E-M5, Ice, m4/3, Nature, Night, Olympus M.Zuiko 9-18mm, Skyscape, snow, Stars — collin j örthner @ 8:08 am

I went out a couple nights ago in the hopes of seeing Comet Lovejoy before it starts to get to faint to see. I couldn’t see it, but had a pretty good idea where to look more intensely and to point my camera in it’s direction. I made a few images zoomed in, but really it is just a smudge in the sky and so decided to make a wide-angle view of the sky over Red Deer County tonight as well. You can easily see Sirius, Orion and the Pleiades, and there, just to the right of the Pleiades, is Comet Lovejoy, a small green smudge.



[ Olympus E-M5, M.Zuiko 9-18mm ]



January 14, 2015

Along the Clearwater River

Filed under: Black & White, Hi Res, Ice, Mountain, Nature, Sigma DP2 Merrill, Sigma DP2M, snow, Travel, Trees, Water — collin j örthner @ 8:50 pm




[ Sigma DP2 Merrill ]




January 11, 2015


Red Deer County has seen it’s share of foggy mornings this fall and winter. I was surprised that on this particular morning the wind was howling and it wasn’t warm to say the least. Windchill kept me inside my car for the most part, but I was not about to give up on a great opportunity to capture the sombre mood of the enveloping fog.





[ Leica M3, Zeiss ZM 50mm Planar, Kodak Gold 200 ]



January 8, 2015

Trails and Bales

There was scant snow in the fields of Red Deer County in mid-December. It certainly isn’t like this now that we are really in the winter season. We have had a fair bit of snow and plenty of wind that has built some impressive drifts. The fog was almost finishing clearing off when I came across these fields of bales along the hills  SE of Red Deer.

[ Leica M3, Zeiss ZM 50mm Planar, Kodak Gold 200 ]

January 3, 2015

De-Beautifying our County

While driving around Red Deer County the last few months I have noticed a large of amount of windrows being torn out. These windrows were made up of very large poplar trees and some Manitoba Maples as well as a few caragana hedges. The ones that bother me the most were some huge and healthy poplars pictured here. These windrows certainly don’t occupy much land and I can’t imagine it makes much of a difference to the farmer in regards to crop size. Not only is our countryside becoming far less beautiful to look at but so many small prairie birds won’t have the homes they had last year. I don’t know what the county regulations are regarding pulling down all these trees, but I find it disturbing and it bothers me that they don’t hold value to our farmers. I’ve made these images in b&w and rather grainy as it fits with my mood when I was out looking at this scene.





[ Leica M3, Zeiss ZM 50mm Planar, Kodak Gold 200 ]



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