Collin J Örthner – Photographer

April 6, 2013

Banff National Park – Vermillion Lakes

Filed under: Black & White, Hi Res, Ice, Nature, Sigma DP2 Merrill, Sigma DP2M, snow, Travel, Trees, Winter — collin j örthner @ 8:13 am


[Sigma DP2 Merrill]



March 21, 2013

Quiet Evening

Filed under: Hi Res, Ice, Nature, Night, Sigma DP2 Merrill, Sigma DP2M, snow, Travel, Trees, Water, Winter — collin j örthner @ 9:46 pm

My good friend Doug Williamson has been doing an Artist in Residency at the Banff Centre this month and he suggested I come down for a visit. Obviously it doesn’t take me very long to decide when I get to go see a good friend and visit Banff at the same time! On Sunday he spent the better part of the day in the studio and I had freedom to wander around the Banff Centre campus, which included visiting the Paul D. Fleck Library – oh my, if you want to see an art centred library, you need look no further than this one! Anyway enough about the centre and library. In the evening we grabbed a bite to eat and decided to head over to the Vermillion Lakes, which is immediately west of the town of Banff along the old Trans Canada highway. Following the road for a few kilometres we found a small bit of open water and clear ice with some of last years’ reeds reflecting beautifully with Mount Rundle gracing the horizon. It is so amazing to be able to see a scene this beautiful so close to home! It was getting later and the light was falling quite quickly and I had managed a couple of different compositions when the idea of light painting came to me. I had no flashlight with me and quite obviously my iPhone doesn’t have have nearly the power necessary to light up anything, but hey, what about my cars headlights? I quickly ran back to where we had parked it and drove over to where my camera was set up. I needed to turn the car sideways on the road so the lights hit the composition where I wanted the light. Many people have suggested on different forums that the Sigma DP2 Merrill is incapable of doing long exposures – well this is a 13 second time exposure and I can see absolutely no reason to complain. I re-sized this image in Photoshop to a 50″ print and it holds up excellently.



[Sigma DP2 Merrill]



March 18, 2013

Snow Squall

Filed under: Abstract, Movement, Nature, Sigma DP2 Merrill, Sigma DP2M, snow, Square, Storms, Travel, Trees, Wind, Winter — collin j örthner @ 10:06 pm

A heavy snow squall, that lasted only a minute or two, blows through the trees in Banff, Alberta.



[Sigma DP2 Merrill]



January 23, 2013

Acquiring Gratitude

Filed under: Hi Res, Nature, Sigma DP2 Merrill, Sigma DP2M, snow, Trees, Winter — collin j örthner @ 7:57 pm


“While the earth remains, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night, shall not cease.”

Genesis 8:22  ESV


So often, winter to me feels far too long. I long for spring and the new green. Birds return and  life returns to the Canadian prairie and parkland. But winter is a season in good time just as the creator intended. Depending on where we live, some of us endure a lot more cold than others, building endurance and creating a very strong appreciation for the first warm days of spring and the heat of summer. The almost complete silence of a cold day in winter can be exhilarating just as easily as the raucous noise of a spring slough come alive with birdsong. Maybe “endurance” is the wrong word, how about “gratitude”??



[Sigma DP2 Merrill]



January 13, 2013

September’s Green

Filed under: Autumn, Hi Res, Nature, Sigma DP2 Merrill, Sigma DP2M, Trees, W2W — collin j örthner @ 3:59 pm

This image goes back into September last year. Only because I haven’t been out much lately to get new work, I decided to go back through some of my early work with the Sigma DP2 Merrill camera. “September’s Green” comes from my second day with the new camera. I was walking to work and didn’t even take a tripod(So bad!). There is only a tiny bit of camera movement as I was very conscious of my breathing and finger pressure on the shutter release. There were so many different shades of green, just before the first fall frosts hastened the change to yellows, reds, and oranges.




[Sigma DP2 Merrill]



January 7, 2013

Prefab and Winter

Filed under: Architecture, Documentary, Hand of Man, Sigma DP2 Merrill, Sigma DP2M, Trees, Winter — collin j örthner @ 3:09 pm

It may be just me, but many prefab buildings seem very cold, architecturally speaking. Bland, boring, inorganic somehow. They don’t feel as though they have any character. This image made in -17°C this morning really echoes my feelings towards this building in Red Deer.



[Sigma DP2 Merrill]



December 16, 2012

Monochromatic Colour

Filed under: Autumn, Hi Res, Ice, Nature, Sigma DP2 Merrill, Sigma DP2M, Trees, Winter — collin j örthner @ 8:10 am

A gloomy morning in Red Deer County a few weeks back after some freezing rain and heavy fog. This is a colour image although you have to be really paying attention to see any colour at all. It’s amazing how creation can vary so dramatically from season to season, not just temperature, but colours. From the beautiful vibrant greens in spring and intense yellows in fall to this almost monochromatic winter. I call it winter because it looks and felt like it, but actually it was only halfway through fall this year.



[Sigma DP2 Merrill]



December 10, 2012

Pantone Color of the Year – Emerald 17-5641

Filed under: Abstract, Hand of Man, Industrial, Sigma DP2 Merrill, Sigma DP2M — collin j örthner @ 3:56 pm


[Sigma DP2 Merrill]

December 9, 2012

Bower Woods Triptych

Filed under: Documentary, Hi Res, Ice, Nature, Sigma DP2 Merrill, Sigma DP2M, Trees, Winter — collin j örthner @ 8:36 pm

For anyone following my blog, sorry for a repost of the middle image. I really think it works well though as such a simple and clean image that contrasts with the  messy complexity of the other two framing it. Woods are like that, at least around here. There is some effort involved in cleaning up the “mess” in the viewfinder while looking for an image that holds together compositionally. The two outside images could stand on their own for me, but likely not for many viewers who will probably find the complexity too confusing and unappealing. As a triptych though, they tell a more complete story of the Bower Woods and most of my viewers will enjoy this to a much greater extent. I tend to enjoy looking for hidden patterns and lines etc to pull a very complex scene into something that feels coherent, and I understand that I am in a small minority too! No problem, as I am really out in the woods for myself and making images that allow me to explore my surroundings fully even when they may seem chaotic at first glance. I also enjoy looking at abstract art and many people have no time whatsoever for it and that’s OK. Not everyone enjoys the same things. The world would be a far more boring place if it were so!

Click on the image to embiggen it.



[Sigma DP2 Merrill]



December 8, 2012


Filed under: Hi Res, Ice, Nature, Sigma DP2 Merrill, Sigma DP2M, Trees, Winter — collin j örthner @ 9:01 pm



[Sigma DP2 Merrill]




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