Collin J Örthner – Photographer

October 19, 2014

It Gets Dark Early Now

Filed under: Architecture, Autumn, Black & White, Documentary, E-M5, Hand of Man, m4/3, Night, Panasonic 20mm f/1.7, Trees — collin j örthner @ 10:33 am

Yeah it’s dark pretty early now, although this was around 10pm or so. I felt restless and it was a beautiful evening, so I decided to go for a walk in the dark. Well, lo and behold I had a camera with me, so I decided to make a few nightie images. I was out for likely an hour or so wandering around the Lancaster neighbourhood of Red Deer. These are all handheld images at very high ISO ranging from 3200 – 10000.





[ Olympus E-M5, Panasonic 20mm f1.7 ]




October 9, 2014

Cougars Touchdown!!

Filed under: Autumn, Black & White, Documentary, GF2, Hand of Man, m4/3, Night, Panasonic 20mm f/1.7, People — collin j örthner @ 10:59 pm

My family attended the rival high school football teams, Notre Dame Cougars and Lindsey Thurber Raiders, play their final match of the year this evening at Great Chief Park along the river here in Red Deer. The Raiders won handily tonight, but that didn’t hamper the celebrations when the Cougars got a touchdown! These guys were into the game in a big way – such a fun atmosphere!




[ Panasonic GF2, Panasonic 20mm f1.7 ]



September 22, 2014

Keeping Things In or Out

Filed under: Architecture, Black & White, Documentary, GF2, Hand of Man, Industrial, m4/3, Night, Panasonic 20mm f/1.7 — collin j örthner @ 10:31 pm


By function

  • Agricultural fencing, to keep livestock in and/or predators out
  • Privacy fencing, to provide privacy and security
  • Temporary fencing, to provide safety, security, and to direct movement; wherever temporary access control is required, especially on building and construction sites
  • Perimeter fencing, to prevent trespassing or theft and/or to keep children and pets from wandering away.
  • Decorative fencing, to enhance the appearance of a property, garden or other landscaping
  • Boundary fencing, to demarcate a piece of real property
  • Pest-exclusion fence
  • Pet fence
  • Pool fence
  • Snow fence

– Wikipedia






[Panasonic GF2, Panasonic 20mm]




September 18, 2014

Great Chief Park

Filed under: Autumn, Black & White, GF2, Hand of Man, Industrial, m4/3, Night, Panasonic 20mm f/1.7, People — collin j örthner @ 11:17 pm

My family headed off this evening to watch the rival high school football teams, Notre Dame Cougars and the Hunting Hills Lightning, play at Great Chief Park here in Red Deer. It was a spectacular evening as it was very warm and completely calm. Unfortunately “our” team (Cougars) got kicked pretty bad, but the atmosphere was great with over 550 people at the game.





[Panasonic GF2, Panasonic 20mm]



June 23, 2014

Noctilucent Clouds

Filed under: E-M5, Hi Res, m4/3, Nature, Night, Olympus MZuiko 60mm Macro, Panorama, Panoramic, Skyscape, Trees, Water — collin j örthner @ 10:34 am

I had already crawled into bed last night about 11:30pm and took a peek out the bedroom window and noticed that it was very clear out when I remembered that the summer solstice is one of the best, or only, times that we get a chance to see a somewhat rare phenomena – noctilucent clouds. Sooooooo…..  I got dressed again, put on my boots, and grabbed my cameras. Off I headed east and south of town to find a nice dark place to hopefully capture these clouds. I had been out almost an hour before a slight wisp of what looked to be the clouds I was after. I had driven on a bunch of back roads hoping for a nice view that would show the clouds off nicely and fog was forming on many low lying spots. It was a gorgeous night and I came across this large prairie lake and quickly pulled off the road and scrambled to get my gear set up, being extra careful to make all the settings how I needed them. I did not want to mess this image up! I had two cameras going and alternated between them as each was taking 20-30 second exposures. This image is actually 5 images stitched together and could be printed very large if someone was so inclined. I currently have it sized to 2.3m(90″) and it looks very nice indeed. The humidity was amazing and listening to owls hoot and the odd duck call, I honestly wish I could have just stayed out all night, only it makes it tough to get up and get things done today! I finally closed my eyes back in bed just after 3am. GREAT NIGHT!!

Night clouds or noctilucent clouds are tenuous cloud-like phenomena that are the “ragged edge” of a much brighter and pervasive polar cloud layer called polar mesospheric clouds in the upper atmosphere, visible in a deep twilight. They are made of crystals of water ice. Noctilucent roughly means night shining in Latin. They are most commonly observed in the summer months at latitudes between 50° and 70° north and south of the equator. They can only be observed when the Sun is below the horizon.

They are the highest clouds in Earth’s atmosphere, located in the mesosphere at altitudes of around 76 to 85 kilometres (47 to 53 mi). They are normally too faint to be seen, and are visible only when illuminated by sunlight from below the horizon while the lower layers of the atmosphere are in the Earth’s shadow. Noctilucent clouds are not fully understood and are a recently discovered meteorological phenomenon; there is no record of their observation before 1885.

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[Olympus E-M5, Olympus M.Zuiko 60mm Macro]



August 30, 2013

Sweet CG!!

Filed under: Hi Res, Lightning, Nature, Night, Sigma DP3 Merrill, Sigma DP3M, Skyscape, Storms — collin j örthner @ 7:46 am

Immediately south of Red Deer looking straight west at 9:51pm MST, Aug.28th, 2013.

I was about to give up on this little storm. A fair bit of lightning, but I kept missing the strikes, or I might only capture a bit of one. It had appeared to be over with no further strikes, but I kept thinking maybe one more, and kept at it. This was literally the last strike from the storm. So thankful to get to witness this awesome power and capturing an image like this is a huge bonus!

CG = Cloud—>Ground



[Sigma DP3 Merrill]



August 28, 2013

Window Into The Past

Filed under: Abstract, Documentary, Hand of Man, Hi Res, Night, Sigma DP1 Merrill, Sigma DP1M, Travel — collin j örthner @ 8:35 pm

While strolling through downtown Portland we came across an antique shop with a fantastic window display showing off a few of their gems. It became an immediate need for me to make an image. With the sun already having set and some street lights on already I needed to turn up the ISO a bit on my camera (what a luxury!) and made this image handheld as I did’t have my tripod with me. That is how we operated for the most part in Portland, drive around trying to find someplace to park and then simply wonder around  with no real goal in mind other than to see what makes Portland tick.



[Sigma DP1 Merrill]



June 30, 2013

Solar Storm

Filed under: E-M5, m4/3, Nature, Night, Rokinon 7.5mm Fisheye, Samyang 7.5mm Fisheye, Skyscape — collin j örthner @ 8:30 am

June 28-29, we had a nice showing of Aurora Borealis in central Alberta. I went out around 11pm and the best part of the show was from about 12:45-1:0a.m. Temperature was warm and watching the last its of sunset disappear was amazing considering how late it was. Originally I had found a slough that would have reflected the lights nicely, but the quantity of mosquitos made me rethink the desicion. Instead, I headed for open fields. There were still a few mosquitos, but at least they were tolerable enough that I could concentrate on my camera gear enough to make some images.




[Olympus E-M5, Rokinon 7.5mm Fisheye]



June 17, 2013

Two Jack Lake

Filed under: E-M5, m4/3, Nature, Night, Olympus M.Zuiko 12mm, Skyscape, Travel, Water — collin j örthner @ 4:53 pm

Evening blues take over at Two Jack Lake in Banff National Park, and a few stars peak through the darkness over Mount Rundle as it gets close to midnight.




[Olympus E-M5, Olympus m.Zuiko 12mm f/2]



May 20, 2013

CME’s at Camp Teepee Pole

Filed under: E-M5, m4/3, Nature, Night, Rokinon 7.5mm Fisheye, Samyang 7.5mm Fisheye, Skyscape, Storms, Travel, Trees, Water — collin j örthner @ 7:41 pm

My family and I just returned from a great weekend away at Camp Teepee Pole which is near the Forestry Trunk Road west of Sundre in the foothills of Alberta. The first night out on Friday the 17th we experienced the Aurora Borealis for about 40 minutes. The aurora are caused by CME’s  (Coronal Mass Ejection) which release huge quantities of matter and electromagnetic radiation into space from the surface of our sun. The aurora weren’t super bright and I couldn’t see the reds with my eyes, but I have enhanced the contrast a bit and my camera has much better vision than I do when it comes to seeing the very dim red spectrum at night. I used a Rokinon fisheye lens which sees a full 180 degree view and also introduces severe barrel distortion which explains the dramatic curvature around the edges of the images. This image is one of my favourites and was taken just as the display was coming to an end at around midnight. I had made my way down to the nearby James River and caught the moon setting and some beautiful streaks of red Aurora.



[Olympus E-M5, Rokinon 7.5mm Fisheye]



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