Collin J Örthner – Photographer

November 8, 2015

Season of Perfect Works

Filed under: Abstract, Autumn, Hi Res, Minolta 100mm f2.5 Rokkor-X, Nature, Sony A7R, Trees — collin orthner @ 6:11 pm

“The landscape looked singularly clean and pure and dry, the air like a pure glass being laid over the picture, the trees so tidy and stripped of their leaves; the meadow and pastures clothed with clean, dry grass, looked as if they had been swept; ice on the water and winter in the air, but yet not a particle of snow on the ground. The woods, divested in great part of their leaves, are being ventilated. It is the season of perfect works, of hard, tough, ripe twigs, not of tender buds and leaves. The leaves have made their wood, and a myriad new withes stand up all around, pointing to the sky, and able to survive the cold. It is only the perennial that you see, the iron age of the year.”

Autumn From the Journal of Henry D. Thoreau, 1892

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Bower Woods, Red Deer, Alberta

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October 23, 2015

A Cold Autumn Rain

Filed under: Abstract, Autumn, Canon FD 80-200mm f4 L, Hi Res, Nature, Rain, Sony A7R, Trees — collin orthner @ 11:24 pm

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a cold autumn rain

saturating all colours

there soon will be snow

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–  Collin J Orthner

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October 8, 2015

Infinity

Filed under: Abstract, Autumn, Movement, Nature, Sony RX100 II, Water — collin orthner @ 8:27 pm

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In the reflection of a moment’s light,

the voice within cries,

“There is God!”

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Waskasoo Creek, Red Deer, Alberta

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September 20, 2015

Late Summer Rain

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“Today the softest, gentlest rain of all
Whispers in the wind of coming Fall,
Its promise of caressing, sunlit breeze,
With nights that pull us close before the freeze.
Now sparrows that worked hard all summer long
Steal little time from eating for their song;
They, too, know winter’s grasp will come again
And, better than we, know exactly when.
But first come weeks of golden Autumn sun
And time for vines to make their final run,
For butternuts to turn their lovely buff,
Beans, herbs, tomatoes, pumpkins–all enough
To store for colder days and drifts of snow
And show us sunlight’s warmth when cold winds blow.”

Jane M. Woodman

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September 4, 2015

Shuswap River Potholes

Filed under: Abstract, Black & White, Hi Res, Minolta 100mm f2.5 Rokkor-X, Nature, Rocks, Sony A7R, Travel — collin orthner @ 9:55 pm

Rare Phenomenon at Shuswap Falls 

A rare phenomenon exists at Shuswap Falls so mysterious that geologists remain puzzled to this day. Pot-holes are rather rare geographical features found in hard-rock riverbeds.

Known to geologists as a Giant’s Kettle, Giant’s Cauldron or Pothole these cavities or holes appear to have been drilled in the surrounding rocks by eddying currents of water bearing stones, gravel and other detrital matter. Potholes vary in size and they most commonly occur in shields like the Canadian Shield, where there are ancient rocks (granite, gneiss) with different resistances to erosion. Small pebbles from these ancient rocks can be very hard and can fall into small cavities in stream bottoms and swirl, making the cavities wider and deeper. The hardness of the pebbles must be the same or higher than the rock at the bottom of stream where the kettle or pothole is forming. Where diamonds and quartz pebbles occur in the geology these hard substances can be found trapped at the bottom of potholes that they have carved. That is why these potholes are a good place to find diamonds (the hardest natural mineral on Earth).

The pot-holes at Shuswap Falls are situated in the bottom of the gorge, just below the new bridge, and are visible at low water, however they are being covered by layers of sand and silt carried by the river and deposited in the reservoir backed up by the hydro dam.

Early accounts describe four large potholes, four to six feet in diameter whose depths were difficult to determine since these early observations noted that they were almost entirely filled with sand. One had a communication cut through to the river, as its water was constantly moving. There was a log floating in it that was four feet long. Beside these there are twelve more holes of smaller diameter.

In the spillway channel a few potholes can be seen during low water flows and are present on the side of the canyon. These holes having been cut at a time when the river occupied a higher channel, before the gorge was cut. These sections are about 20 feet deep.

The illustrations of pot-holes in geological text books are usually about two feet in diameter, so the ones found at Shuswap Falls are considered singularly large. Besides it is also unusual for so many to be in one place. Thus at Shuswap Falls these pot-holes are phenomena worth more than a passing notice, however they continue to disappear from the landscape under layers of sand.

       Taken from The Monashee Almanac

 

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August 9, 2015

Thuja plicata

Filed under: Abstract, Black & White, Hi Res, Minolta 100mm f2.5 Rokkor-X, Nature, Sony A7R, Travel, Trees — collin orthner @ 11:43 pm

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Western Red Cedar (Thuja plicata), Mount Revelstoke National Park, British Columbia

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May 25, 2015

The Effect of Heat upon the Visual Acuity of Large Compression Telephoto Images

Filed under: Abstract, Hand of Man, Industrial, m4/3, Olympus E-M5II, Panasonic 100-300mm, Square — collin orthner @ 1:37 pm

 

 

[ Olympus E-M5II, Panasonic 100-300mm ]

 

 

May 14, 2015

Graphically Speaking

I really enjoy the graphic qualities presented here. Essentially monochrome with a jolt of orange, this image has straight lines, curved lines, triangles, short lines, long lines, thick lines, thin lines, organic shapes, man-made shapes, dark tones, light tones, large blank area, and small detailed areas. It was fun to make the image even though I was being buffeted by very strong winds! I was shooting across a highway in order to get the composition I was after and got a lot of strange looks from people travelling by. It’s as if they have never seen someone with a camera on a tripod. I think they wouldn’t have even hardly glanced over my way if I had of been holding up my phone! 🙂

 

 

 

[ Olympus E-M5II, Olympus M.Zuiko 75mm f/1.8 ]

 

 

May 6, 2015

Red Deer River Badlands

Filed under: Abstract, Desert, m4/3, Nature, Olympus E-M5II, Panasonic 100-300mm, Travel — collin orthner @ 10:58 pm

The Red Deer River badlands were my home for many years and now I can’t wait to get back as often as I can to photograph. Anyone want to take a road trip?

 

[ Olympus EM5II, Panasonic 100-300mm ]

 

April 30, 2015

Gull Lake, AB

Filed under: Abstract, Documentary, Film, Hand of Man, Ice, Leica M3, Lomography 400 Colour, snow, Winter, Zeiss, ZM 50mm Planar — collin orthner @ 11:10 pm

Going back to what was an almost unbearably cold day with a high windchill. I really was in the mood to go after some images on this day, so I headed the 30 minutes up to Gull Lake to see what I could find. Well, I almost froze my fingers off! The wind was howling over the snow and ice. I trudged through the snow along the shore until there were no distractions in the foreground and fired off a frame capturing the fishing huts out on the ice. Immediately, I thought I had found a unique image and threw my hands back in my pockets and headed straight back to the car. I had the film in the camera for a while before I finished the roll. It’s always nice to see images I almost forgot about! I think sometimes it’s more about me being able to simply get out to see, and not so much about the end result. Capturing what I found exciting to see on a piece of film is quite gratifying though, and it allows me to show others my vision of the world we are living in.

 

 

[ Leica M3, Zeiss ZM 50mm f2 Planar, Lomography 400 film ]

 

 

 

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