Collin J Örthner – Photographer

November 18, 2017

“Walking Tree” and “Fallen Branch”

Filed under: Black & White, Fujifilm GFX50s, Hi Res, Mamiya 645 210mm, Medium Format, Nature, snow, Trees, Winter — collin j örthner @ 8:55 pm

 

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This past Monday morning I dropped Laura off at her office downtown and headed into Red Deer County through a thick ice fog that had enveloped Red Deer and the surrounding area. I didn’t get far before I started to see the potential for some pictures. I slowed down along one of the range roads heading south as the fog was very thick, but when I get on backroads it’s what I tend to do anyway. As soon as I saw these trees I slammed on the brakes. They reminded me of Ray McSavaney’s pictures of the “Walking Tree” that he made in Yosemite National Park in the 80’s. I set up and waited until the fog drifted off a bit so I could see the front trees a bit better. It took a few minutes but I did’t mind. There was almost no wind and the fog was absorbing most of the sounds from around me. The quietness was very enjoyable!
Ray McSavaney is one of my favourite photographers and his book “Explorations” should not be missed and better yet, be in your library! I believe it was Ray McSavaney that first found the tree he photographed in Yosemite, but John Sexton photographed the “Fallen Branch” beautifully as well. Speaking of books, you should likely round up copies of John Sexton’s “Listen to the Trees” and “Recollections”!

 

12″ x 10.3″ print, signed, numbered, and shipped (open edition) http://www.paypal.me/collinorthner/175

24″ x 20.6″ print, signed, numbered, and shipped (prints 1-5 available at this price) http://www.paypal.me/collinorthner/500

40″ x 34.3″ print, signed, numbered, and shipped (prints 1-5 available at this price) http://www.paypal.me/collinorthner/1000

 


 

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5 Comments »

  1. Your wait paid off. I love the layering the fog has created. Your B&W conversion works very well here. Where is Red Deer County? Aspens or birch?

    Comment by denisebushphoto — November 19, 2017 @ 8:13 am

    • Hi Denise, Red Deer County is roughly half way between Calgary and Edmonton, Alberta. I believe these are Trembling Aspen (Populus tremuloides). I photographed this using Fuji’s film simulation mode on the GFX for Acros b&w film. The layering really does separate the background nicely from the foreground. Quite honestly there would not have been a good image here without the fog as it would have been far too busy!

      Comment by collin j örthner — November 19, 2017 @ 9:20 am

      • We have ‘Trembling’ or ‘Quaking’ Aspens here in the San Juan Mountains of Colorado too. I did a post earlier in the fall called ‘All About Aspens’ with several photos!

        Comment by denisebushphoto — November 19, 2017 @ 10:09 am

      • You have some great photographs on your site! It would appear that Colorado is spoiled with aspens!
        I’ve subscribed to your blog and looking forward to your future posts.

        Comment by collin j örthner — November 19, 2017 @ 10:46 am

      • Thanks so much Collin! Welcome to my blog … I look forward to sharing with you!

        Comment by denisebushphoto — November 19, 2017 @ 2:20 pm


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