Collin J Örthner – Photographer

February 17, 2013

St. Hubertus Estate Winery

Filed under: Agriculture, Hand of Man, Lomography, Medium Format, Square, Travel — collin j örthner @ 2:13 pm

Laura and I paid a visit to this beautiful little winery in Kelowna and I just happened to have along my Holga camera. 🙂 This old truck was sitting in an open garage and I could tell it wanted to have it’s picture taken!



[Holga 120S by Holgamods]




January 31, 2010

New York City 50

Filed under: Architecture, Hand of Man, Lomography, People, Square, Travel — collin j örthner @ 7:31 pm

Well, here is the 50th image from New York City. I think I’ll end it here with a slightly different view of a New York City icon. This image was made from aboard a Statue Island boat heading towards the Statue of Liberty. My good friend that was the impetus for this whole trip, Murray Lawrence, is seen with the light shining through his glasses, straining to see out the window to get a glimpse of Lady Liberty as we got close. It was a wonderful trip Murray, I only wish things had worked themselves out differently, but I guess life has it’s ways. We’ll have to go on another foray together again someday.

I have really enjoyed working on these images, and transforming them into a Lomography type Holga look, was very satisfying. I think it adds some charm and uniqueness that just doesn’t come across in your everyday digital snapshot. When everything is clear and undistorted , photographs can have a very clinical clean feel to them, kind of along the lines of listening to CD’s instead of a vinyl LP. I’m not saying that superb images can’t be made when everything is perfect or that CD’s don’t have a good sound, just that they’re different. There is a place for both and really can depend on a persons mood and feelings. I’ve worked these images before trying to perfect them, and sometimes it worked. This past while though, reworking them in a different manner, has been a joy and very rewarding. I found that I have chosen some of the same images as the first go round, but many of them are images I never considered as holding any value visually. Hopefully you have enjoyed these images. I plan on doing a few different things photographically than I am used to doing. For example, I have an old Kodak box Brownie that I am going to load up and a Holga pinhole panorama camera that looks to be a very exciting camera to work with. Where this will all lead I don’t know, but I do know that I can’t wait to get out shooting again with a different outlook to what the final product might look like.

New York City 49

Filed under: Hand of Man, Lomography, Square, Travel, Vehicles — collin j örthner @ 6:53 pm

This parking garage in downtown Manhattan was jammed full for a mere $25.00/hour! I don’t understand why a person would drive their vehicle into downtown, only to pay an astronomical price to park, when you could jump onto the subway for only $2.00.


New York City 48

Filed under: Architecture, Hand of Man, Lomography, Square, Travel — collin j örthner @ 5:13 am


January 28, 2010

New York City 47

Filed under: Architecture, Hand of Man, Lomography, Square, Travel — collin j örthner @ 5:12 am


January 27, 2010

New York City 46

Filed under: Hand of Man, Lomography, Square, Travel — collin j örthner @ 5:37 am

Strand Books 828 Broadway (at 12th St.) is really a superb bookstore that couldn’t be missed. They have more used and overstock photography books alone than the the University of Calgary Library has. Really amazing place that I could spend countless hours in. How, though do you pick just one book to fly home with!!?? I managed to find a volume by Ray McSavaney that I had been searching for a very long time to find used, and it was in excellent condition – so that’s the one that came home.


January 25, 2010

New York City 45

Filed under: Black & White, Hand of Man, Lomography, Night, People, Square, Travel, Vehicles — collin j örthner @ 7:03 pm


January 23, 2010

New York City 43 & 44

Filed under: Architecture, Hand of Man, Lomography, Square, Travel — collin j örthner @ 5:26 am

Gate and door along 5th Avenue across from Central Park.


January 21, 2010

New York City 42

Filed under: Birds, Hand of Man, Lomography, Square, Travel, Water — collin j örthner @ 4:51 am

Looking north at Manhattan from Liberty Island which is located in New Jersey waters. The land of Liberty Island is within the territorial jurisdiction of the State of New York, a status that was established in 1664, reaffirmed in 1834, and which has never been officially disputed. Who knew?


January 20, 2010

New York City 41

Filed under: Abstract, Hand of Man, Lomography, Night, Square, Travel — collin j örthner @ 4:12 am

It was a dark and stormy night….

not really, but it looks a bit spooky.

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