Collin J Örthner – Photographer

June 8, 2015

Fireflies and Star Trails

Filed under: m4/3, Nature, Night, Olympus E-M5II, Panasonic 20mm f/1.7, Skyscape, Stars, Travel, Trees, Water — collin j örthner @ 8:18 am

Hoping to catch a nice sunset I headed off to Gull Lake last night. It’s only a 30 minute drive, so a bit of a last minute desicion was no big deal. The temperature was 28ºC and the parking lot at the beach was packed solid when I arrived. I’m not one for big crowds anywhere, malls, carnivals etc. I much prefer quiet and so I didn’t haul out my cameras as they grab far too much attention. Instead I parked my butt on a bench and enjoyed the setting sun. It was interesting too, as I noticed thousands of small fish feeding on the insects on the surface of the water just like trout do and birds, both gulls and terns in turn skimming the surface picking off these fish as they surfaced. I have no idea what kind of fish they were, but I’m curious to know. While I was enjoying the warmth of the sun I got an e-mail alert about possible aurora, so I thought it would be nice to wait and see if they showed up.

Pretty much as soon as the sun disappeared below the horizon the crowds started thinning out quite quickly and I didn’t feel so conspicuous with my camera. It takes a long time to get dark at this time of year! The sun set at around 9:50pm and it takes a couple of hours for the sky to get dark.  A few minutes before 11 a park warden came by to tell me they were locking up the gates and I would have to leave. I explained what I was doing and the warden said he wouldn’t kick me out of the park if I was to park outside the gate and walk back in. It’s under a kilometre to get in so I was all for the idea! He also mentioned that the evening before there had been a lot of fireflies around and that they were seen around midnight for an hour or so. This perked my interest as I have only ever seen fireflies once before while out chasing thunderstorms around this time of year a long time ago. I parked my car outside the gate and gathered together the minimum amount of gear I felt was necessary and wandered back down to the beach. The warden had given me a good tip and almost as if on que the first flash of greenish light of a firefly appeared in a small group of trees next to the beach. I set up my camera and took a twenty minute time exposure looking out over Gull Lake. As you can see the earth rotates and creates star trails in the sky, but the main attraction for me was the squiggly green lines tracing out the flight path of these amazing little insects!



[Olympus E-M5II, Panasonic 20mm f/1.7]




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 26, 2014

A Funeral, Decrepit Building, and Signs of Harvest

Filed under: Architecture, Black & White, Documentary, GF2, Hand of Man, Industrial, m4/3, Panasonic 20mm f/1.7, Travel — collin j örthner @ 10:19 pm

Last Saturday my wife, oldest son and I were in Drumheller for the funeral of the father to some good friends from back in high school days. What a fantastic man he was too!

We got into town a bit early and so we walked along main street for a couple of blocks and found the “Sports Room” entrance. Unfortunately the town feels pretty run down and almost uninviting. A real shame as the potential is huge!



Later in the evening we left before sunset as I don’t like driving central Alberta highways at night because of all the deer and moose. As we got near the small town of Carbon we found these silos glinting from the sun.




[Panasonic GF2, Panasonic 20mm]



September 25, 2014

Heading to the Game

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

Last week on Thursday we headed to Great Chief Park as a family to watch my wife’s cousin’s son playing in his high school football game. It was very pleasant out as darkness gathered for the evening, but my two sons were not taking any chances that it wasn’t going to get cold and were bundled up pretty good. Can you tell if there is any difference between personalities between them? LOL Love them both!




[Panasonic GF2, Panasonic 20mm]



September 23, 2014

The White Picket Fence Life

Filed under: Abstract, Black & White, Documentary, GF2, Hand of Man, m4/3, Panasonic 20mm f/1.7, Square — collin j örthner @ 10:06 pm

“I grew up with the white picket fence. My dad went to work nine to five, and he had a station wagon.”

Matt Dillon







[Panasonic GF2, Panasonic 20mm]

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]




Paris – San Francisco

Filed under: Autumn, GF2, Hand of Man, Panasonic 20mm f/1.7, Skyscape, Travel — collin j örthner @ 9:11 pm

Air France flight AFR84 was travelling a bit higher than 12000m and at 900km/h as it passed over the Alberta prairie north of Three Hills on Saturday between Paris and San Francisco.



[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]



Off to the Market Once Again

Filed under: Abstract, GF2, Hand of Man, m4/3, Panasonic 20mm f/1.7, Square — collin j örthner @ 11:09 pm





[Panasonic GF2, Panasonic 20mm]





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