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Featured in The Hum….

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I have the incredible good fortune to be the featured artist in the September issue of The Hum – a fabulous monthly arts, entertainment and ideas newspaper that promotes people and events in small towns and rural areas in the Ottawa Valley. You can subscribe to The Hum or pick it up for free at one of the many businesses in Almonte, Perth, Carleton Place, Westport, Pakenham, Carp, Arnprior, Smiths Falls, Burnstown, White Lake, Renfrew, Balderson and also Ottawa.

When I was contacted by The Hum journalist, Sally Hansen, I thought she’d ask me the typical questions about what kind of camera I use, what kinds of photography I like to do, my favourite lenses etc. Short and sweet. Instead I had the most wonderfully engaging time with Sally, sharing stories, and talking about deeper things such as my sources of photographic inspiration, what motivates me to make the images and do, and what I do with those images. She wanted to know ‘my story’. I was really thrilled to provide it as one thing I’ve always loved is to find out what makes people tick – what’s their story, their life experiences and the things that makes that photographer, writer, artist or whomever, produce the kind of work they do. It’s context. I still like to know the details of the medium they use (e.g. kind of camera they use, for photographers, lenses they shoot with, etc.). But knowing something about the person fosters a greater connection to their work and an understanding of why they produce what they do. So, a very big thank you to The Hum and to Sally Hansen, for the opportunity to share my story.

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I’m extremely grateful to Sally and The Hum for highlighting how I use my photography to enable my passion for environmental education, conservation, and environmental communication. Being able to combine my career and passion as a biologist, with my passions for photography and the environment is a dream come true and hopefully a pursuit that will continue for many more years.

The Hum article also highlights that I’ll have some of my work on exhibit and for sale as part of the Perth Autumn Studio Tour. I’ll be exhibiting at Rita Redner’s studio at 549 Brooke Valley Road. The studio tour will take place over the Thanksgiving weekend, October 11th, 12th, and 13th, from 10 am to 5 pm. Click here to see a map of the tour and here to see the tour’s Facebook page. I hope you’ll come along on the tour to see the work of a number of very talented artists who will be exhibiting everything from pottery, to paintings to hand-made chocolate…. and so much more. See you there!

Perth Autumn Studio Tour



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Birds, Birds, Birds!

With early mornings filled with the melodic sound of bird song, it’s a great time of year to enjoy hearing and seeing  our local birds. Thanks to Bob and Louise at Gilligallou Bird Inc shop in Almonte, Ontario, yesterday I was able to help people see what some of our local birds look like close up.

Bob and Louise have a fabulous shop that is all about birds – feeders, houses, seed, books, binos, and a ton more! It’s one of my favourite shops in Almonte and my visits there usually take a while as I look at all the fantastic things they have in their store. I have my eye on a gorgeous glass bird bath they sell, so I know I’ll be back soon.

Bob, outside the Gilligallou Bird Shop in Almonte. It's a fabulous shop for all things bird..... :o)

Bob, outside the Gilligallou Bird Shop in Almonte. It’s a fabulous shop for all things bird….. 🙂

Bob and Louise very kindly provided me with the opportunity to exhibit 14 of my bird images in their shop. So as of today, I am Miss July – my photos will be up in their shop for the month. 🙂

Me, in front of my display of bird photos. They'll be on display for the month of July, so drop on by to have a look.

Me, in front of my display of bird photos. They’ll be on display for the month of July, so drop on by to have a look.

I have 14 photos on display in the store. All the birds in my exhibit are species that occur in the Ottawa area.

I have 14 photos on display in the store. All the birds in my exhibit are species that occur in the Ottawa area.

If you’re in the Ottawa area, I hope you’ll pop down to Gilligallou to check out my images. While you’re there, you will have to take some time to look around the shop at all the amazing bird feeders, houses and other incredible things. I guarantee you that you can’t just pop in for a quick look. There are too many neat things to see. If you’re needing a new bird feeder or have run out of seed, this is the place to shop. And if you have questions about your feathered friends – what to feed them, what kind of feeder you need for them – Bob and Louise are incredibly knowledgeable and will be able to help you.

Gilligallou Bird Store in Almonte - for everything you need for your birds

Gilligallou Bird Store in Almonte – for everything you need for your birds


Thanks Bob and Louise, for such a great opportunity!

Visit Gilligallou at:

14 Mill Street, Unit #3, Almonte (Almonte, ON)



Filed under Birds, Exhibits, Featured Wildlife Photographer, photography, Wildlife Photography

Fine Art Nature Prints For Sale – by 44th Parallel Photography

Fine Art Prints by Shelley Ball of 44th Parallel Photography are now for sale through Committed Photography.

I now have some of my  nature images – florals, abstracts and photo-impressionism, wildlife, and landscapes – available for purchase as fine art prints through the fantastic new online gallery at Committed Photography, a Toronto-based company.

I have a number of images available as prints and will be adding more over the coming weeks. Committed Photography offers a variety of print sizes ranging from 4 x 6  to 24 x 36 inches. Several different media are available including beautiful fine art canvas wrapped prints, Bamboo Gicleé, premium photographic prints or metallic prints, and Plexi-mount premium or metallic photographic prints. You also have the option of having your print expertly framed. Committed Photography ships worldwide.

These are the first in a series of fine art prints I’ll have available. I will soon have prints for sale on additional media including images printed directly onto metal, which creates a stunning presentation. Also, eye-popping High Definition Acrylic prints, where the image is printed onto an optically pure acrylic sheet, which gives colours an incredible punch! Images printed directly onto birch wood will also be part of the coming line-up. So keep checking back for updates and tune in regularly to the 44th Parallel Photography website for announcements and information.

If there is a specific kind of image or print medium you are looking for and don’t see on my website, please don’t hesitate to contact me to discuss your needs.


Filed under Abstracts, Creative Photography, Digital Photography, Exhibits, Flowers, Landscape, Macro photography, Nature, nature photography, Photo-impressionism, photography, plants, Wildflowers, wildlife

International Conservation Photography Awards – 2012 winners

Have a look at the winners of this years ICP Awards. Some fantastic images!

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A Wildlife Photography Interview with Shelley & France….

Back in May I posted on my blog (May 14, 2011), the announcement of a photographic exhibit of the reptiles and amphibians of Gatineau Park, by me, France Rivet, Claus Vogel and members of the  Club de photographie Polarisé de l’Outaouais. Shortly after that announcement we were contacted by Charles Hodgson, who has created an extremely wonderful and popular blog about Gatineau Park. It’s a fantastic resource about anything having to do with the park. I encourage you to check it out. Charles asked France and I if he could interview us about the images in the reptile and amphibian exhibit and put the audio recording of parts of the interview with our images in a video. Of course we enthusiastically agreed and our colleagues agreed to have their images in the video too.

Well, here it is! The end product. Watch the video. Charles did a fantastic job on putting the video together. It’s a great way to showcase the images of the park and also provide some context to and comment on the images in the exhibit. You can also go directly to Youtube to watch the video.

Have a look and let us know what you think!

Eastern Newt (red eft stage).

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A Photographic Exhibit – the Reptiles and Amphibians of Gatineau Park

It’s spring. The weather is great (well, mostly…) and it’s time to get out and about. So why not head to Gatineau Park for a walk. And while you’re there, how about stopping by the visitors centre for a look at our new photography exhibit, showcasing the reptiles and amphibians of Gatinueau Park.

The exhibit consists of 18 images representing 17 of the  26 species found within the park – a variety of frogs, salamanders, turtles and snakes. Images were contributed by me (Shelley Ball), Claus Vogel, France Rivet and several of France’s colleagues from the Club de photographie Polarisé de l’Outaouais (Robert Amiot, Robert Gravel, Lucie Béland, Jean-Pierre Riffon, Gilles Bechdolff, and Sheila Martineau).

Go have a look and let us know what you think!

Where: Gatineau Park Visitors Centre

When: Now until the end of August.

Here are some images from the exhibit….

France and I in front of a couple of our images. France - in front of her great image of turtles. Me, with my shot of an Eastern Newt (above my head)

Me (Shelley) beside my image of a Grey Tree Frog.

Our exhibit at the Gatineau Park visitors centre.

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