Collin J Örthner – Photographer

July 6, 2015

Giant Sparks

July 3rd, 10pm, my wife and I are enjoying the evening reading books on our deck. We noticed some “interesting” clouds moving our way. After much deliberation I decided to pack up my cameras and head out just in case it turned into something. It did! There were a lot of giant sparks emanating from the clouds and heading more or less earthward. It was very enjoyable to watch. My first stop was south of Joffre across the river looking NE as one of the storms was heading away from me. It almost seemed like the thunderstorm was dissipating as very few lightning strikes were present. I tried an exposure anyway and managed to capture this lightning strike.

 

Within minutes of this strike the storm gained some life as it started putting the odd CG(cloud to ground)strike from the back of the storm, although there were many that only lit the clouds up from inside. After setting up my camera I hit the shutter and waited, and waited, and waited. I was only seconds from stopping the exposure, to head for another location as more storms were around me, but thought I would pack up my second tripod first and then end it. As I was getting the other tripod into the car I saw a flash out of the corner of my eye. Quickly swinging my head to the screen on the back of my camera, I confirmed that it had indeed captured the strike pretty much exactly where I would want it!

 

My second location was north of the river now and slightly SW from Joffre looking south. A very active storm was travelling perpendicular to me about 10 km or so away. It was getting dark at this point and was very hard to focus the camera. Subsequently, I missed the focus on this second image slightly, so unfortunately no large prints can be made from it even though it looks fantastic on the internet.

 

 

I travelled a bit further to the NW and situated myself near a very tall radio antenna somewhat SE from Blackfalds and almost directly south of Lacombe. Another very large storm was approaching quite quickly with a rather high volume of CG strikes. Blackfalds and Lacombe were in the direct line of fire. I put on a zoom lens allowing me to get a tighter shot of the strikes and a lens which is weatherproof, just in case. It was far easier to focus now as I had all the streetlights to use as an aid.

 

As the storm moved east it was about to hit Lacombe. I really wanted a shot of a CG right into the city There were a few near misses like this one.

 

But, perseverance paid off and wammo! Right into the middle of the city. From what I have heard, it knocked out some power locally and was a very loud crack that was quite frightening for those near it! I was quite a distance away as I was using a telephoto zoom lens remember. I did hear the boom, but it took a bit of time, travelling at 3 seconds a kilometre, to reach me.

 

 

A completely satisfying time. I could easily have stayed out much later, but I had to work in the morning. I returned back home around 12:30am or so, but was pretty pumped after all the excitement and it took me another hour at least to finally fall asleep!

 

[ Olympus E-M5II, M.Zuiko 9-18mm, M.Zuiko 14-150mm ]

 

 

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April 17, 2015

Starland County

Filed under: Agriculture, Hand of Man, m4/3, Olympus E-M5II, Olympus M.Zuiko 14-150mm II, Skyscape, Travel — collin orthner @ 2:54 pm

A couple more images fro a few days back from down near Drumheller. I love the FYI sign, “You are entering….” not the usual “Welcome to….” 🙂 I grew up in Starland County, so these photos are very easy to relate to for me. Other may find them to feel very stark and sparse, but that is the prairies of Canada and I find the prairies to be very beautiful. The views are almost endless and the sky becomes a big part of the experience. I can recall, after having spent a few weeks in the mountains of BC, while travelling back onto the prairies along highway 1 out of Canmore as the mountains recede behind and the sky before me opening up and feeling a relieved sensation and an ease to my breathing with all the open space before me. Hard to describe that feeling, but it was very real.

 

 

 

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

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 26, 2015

Piper Creek – Spingtime

Filed under: Ice, m4/3, Movement, Nature, Olympus E-M5II, Olympus M.Zuiko 14-150mm II, snow, Water, Winter — collin orthner @ 10:47 pm

The water is running nicely in Piper Creek with all the warm weather we are having, although the recent dump of snow cooled things down for a few days. We also got to enjoy some fresh clean whiteness as well before it all melted again.

 

 

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

March 23, 2015

Late Snow (at least for this year)

Filed under: Black & White, Ice, m4/3, Nature, Olympus E-M5II, Olympus M.Zuiko 14-150mm II, snow, Trees, Water, Winter — collin orthner @ 5:02 pm

I am calling it a late snow, as we had none on the ground last week and the weather had me thinking it was really spring just like the calendar said, but nooooooooo I was wrong!

I spent some time back in Bower Woods again this morning. 🙂

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

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