Collin J Örthner – Photographer

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 12, 2015

Badlands

Filed under: Abstract, Desert, m4/3, Nature, Olympus E-M5II, Olympus M.Zuiko 14-150mm II, Rocks, Travel — collin orthner @ 11:28 pm

Our extended family, including two Japanese exchange students and  a friends son (so seven of us), took a trip this afternoon to visit the Royal Tyrrell Museum of Palaeontology and the badlands of the Red Deer River valley downstream of Drumheller. Having grown up in the badlands they hold a special place in my heart and I absolutely love every chance I get to re-visit the area! These were all made at the world famous hoodoos between Drumheller and East Coulee.

 

 

 

 

[ Olympus E-M5II, Olympus M.Zuiko 14-150mm II ]

 

 

March 31, 2014

Bits from Phoenix

Filed under: Abstract, Architecture, Canon G10, Desert, Hand of Man, interior Design, Plants, Travel — collin orthner @ 11:20 am

The hotel we stayed in was insured by the world famous architect Frank Lloyd Wright. Every part from the lobby, the roof, the rock work, and even the window coverings conveyed this inspiration. I made an image of the window blind in our room and like that there was a palm tree in the background outside to give a sense of place. Laura and I drove through downtown Phoenix and stopped in at the Phoenix Art Museum, but we got there with only about an hour and a half before closing, and I honestly didn’t think we could do it justice in such a short time. It’ll have to wait for the next trip!

 

 

 

 

[Canon G10]

 

 

March 28, 2014

Man vs. Creation

Mesa Arts Center, Arizona

Grand Canyon from 11000m (36000′)

 

[Top – Sigma DP1Merrill w/Ricoh GW3,  Bottom – Sigma DP3Merrill]

 

 

February 24, 2014

Desert On Fire

Filed under: Canon G10, Desert, Documentary, Fire, Mountain, Nature, Travel — collin orthner @ 10:08 pm

Laura and I travelled to Phoenix last week with my parents. We took part of our last day before flying home, to travel into the desert northeast of the city. We headed into Tonto National Forest on the N. Bush Highway a few miles past Saguaro Lake, which is a body of water created by the Stewart Mountain Dam. This was actually not the road I intended on travelling and so I turned the car around and headed back. As we past the dam we noticed a lot of smoke ahead, so I pulled over to have a look. The bushes along the Salt River had caught fire somehow and were burning quite intensely. Whenever  the flames engulfed another tree or bush the flames would leap skyward sending smoke hundreds of feet high. The temperature was around 30°C and so felt rather warm for someone who had just come from a weeks worth of  at least -30°C, and it felt already like the desert was on fire, just not literally. It was a spectacular sight and I quickly made some images before the rangers started clearing out those of us watching the spectacle.

 

 

[Canon G10]

 

 

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