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A new cover for my Flower Photography e-book

I’m happy to say that my e-book, “Flowers: fine art photography techniques and tips, has a new cover! It’s the same great book, but with a zoomier cover. And, not only is it available for purchase on my 44th Parallel Photography website, but it is now available through the fabulous new Earth & Light digital media website.

 

The new cover for my e-book.

The new cover for my e-book.

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NEW e-book for sale – Flowers: fine art photography techniques and tips

I’m happy to announce that my new e-book on fine art flower photography is now for sale. You can purchase it from Photo44 Press on my website, 44th Parallel Photography.

 Flowers is a 109 page full colour e-book available as a downloadable pdf file for only $8.95 CDN.

What’s the book about?

This book is all about teaching you how to make your own beautiful fine art photos of flowers.  It will open up a whole new world of image-making to many photographers, new and advanced. You’ll learn about key aspects of making great flower images (e.g. depth of field, focus, lighting etc). But this book is about far more than just  technical aspects of producing great flower photos. It’s all about illustrating creative approaches and providing inspiration, about getting you outside your comfort zone to broaden your photography. It’s about learning new ways of seeing, developing a photographic vision, and enhancing and honing your creative skills to make stunning fine art flower images.

I love to teach and I truly believe that people learn best by doing and by seeing concrete examples. So not only have I provided detailed descriptions of techniques for you to practice and master, but I’ve also provided loads of examples of how I have used these techniques and creative approaches myself, to achieve specific results. Each image in the book has a description of how the image was made, so that you can see exactly how certain techniques and approaches yield specific results. For some images, I explain my thinking behind the image-making process and what led me to achieve the final result. Understanding why a certain approach is used is just as important as understanding  how it is used. With this book, you’ll learn both.

What’s in the book?

I cover the following topics:

  • Flower portraiture

  • Depth of field

  • Lighting

  • Selective focus

  • Composition

  • Indoors vs. outdoors

  • Macrophotography

  • Image processing

  • Equipment

  • And…. a large section on creative photography techniques, including multiple exposure, panning, zooming, image overlay, Lensbaby and a whole lot more!

What does the book look like?

Flowers: fine art photography techniques and tips is a 109 page full colour pdf e-book that you purchase as a downloadable file. You can view it on any device – desktop or laptop computer, iPad, Android tablet, or even your smartphone.

The book is brimming with vibrant, colour images illustrating each technique and creative approach.

Here are some sample pages….

For more page samples, click HERE.

To purchase Flowers: fine art photography techniques and tips, click HERE.

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Lanark County Colours

Today I spent part of the day driving around Lanark County, where I live, and into North Frontenac County, here in Ontario. This year’s show of fall colours has been nothing short of spectacular. Because of our drought this summer, it was predicted that the fall colours would be far more muted than usual. In fact, this fall has been just the opposite, with some of the most vibrant colours in years!

Nothing soothes the soul more than driving along a quiet country road, soaking in the vibrant colours of fall. Here are some photos from today’s outing.

Wishing all of you here in Canada, a Happy Thanksgiving. Take a moment to reflect on the things you are grateful for, especially the people you love most. And cherish every moment with them.

Poplar Leaf

Balance

Subtlety

Maple and Birch

Maple and Birch II

Birch Bark

Maple Vibrance

Muted

Contrast

Cattails

Birch and Gold

Golden Forest

Reaching

Orange Poplar

Craggy Poplar

Forest Mystique I

Forest Mystique II

Don’t know about you, but I”m rooting for the turkey! Travel safely this holiday weekend.

Vibrance


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A New E-book, Flowers: fine art photography techniques and tips

This month, my new e-book, Flowers: fine art photography techniques and tips will be on sale through the 44th Parallel Photography website. Over 100 pages of photos, descriptions of techniques, examples, and inspiration to help you make beautiful flower images.

I’ll be posting an announcement in the next few weeks on how to purchase the e-book online.

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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.

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Photo of the Week – Queen Anne’s Lace

44th Parallel Photography’s Photo of the Week is Queen Anne’s Lace. It’s in full bloom so grab your camera and get shooting. You won’t be disappointed!

Click on the image below to see the Photo of the Week.

 

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Practice what you preach

During dinner tonight, I was thinking about today’s blog post on wildflowers, realizing that I hadn’t spent nearly as much time photographing our local wildflowers as I usually do. It’s just been that kind of year – lots of challenges and distractions and as a result, fewer photo opps. I noticed during dinner that the evening light was approaching golden and that now was the time to get out and shoot. And so I did! It was time to practice what I was preaching, which is practice, practice, practice! I have to say that I’m glad I followed my own advice. The wildflowers on our property won’t be here forever. The species in bloom now will go to seed soon and others will bloom in late summer and early fall. But if I want photos of daisies and brown-eyed susans and the like, now’s the time.

Here is a selection of photos from tonight’s shoot. They range from quite literal to completely abstract and everything in between. All I can say is, man, that was fun! 🙂 I hope you enjoy my images.

Yellow-eyed Daisies

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Can you tell daisies are the most abundant flower on our property? 😉

 

I love abstracting flowers. Who says any part of the image really needs to be in focus?! 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

 

Change the exposure, tweak the colour, and have fun!

 

 

Brown-eyed Susan

 

 

 

 

Differences in colour temperature can great wonderful variety in your images.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Vetch

 

 

Cinquefoil

 

 

Vulper’s Bugloss

 

 

Milkweed

 

 

Look for lines that create a geometry to your image.

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