About me

I have always been fascinated by nature's wonders and recall reading about them and watching wildlife documentaries on television when I was young. I was born and raised in Saint John, New Brunswick which is situated beside the beautiful Bay of Fundy on Canada's East Coast.

In university my studies focussed first on terrestrial wildlife biology and later my interest turned to marine biology something that I've always been passionate about. I obtained a B.Sc. and a M.Sc. with marine biology specialisation. As a biologist I have come to understand just a very small portion of its mysteries.

During my post secondary studies and my early professional life in marine biology I've lived in both New Brunswick and Newfoundland. In 1990 my wife Kay and I moved our three now adult children Laura, Emma and Peter to Ottawa, Canada's capital. I retired from the federal public service in 2014 and now enjoy quality time with our growing family.

Photo courtesy of friend and fellow photographer Wayne Wood.

Although Ottawa lacks the sounds and smell of the sea that I love it has many other natural and cultural beauties to share. Many people, including some local residents, would probably be surprised at the variety and abundance of wildlife that can be found within the city's parks, nature trails and wild areas.

I had been doing 35mm film photography for many years when I moved to digital photography in 2005. The move to digital photography has allowed me to continue to pursue my passion for nature and to advance my photography skills enormously although I still have much to learn.

My images may be found in a number of publications including: the Second Atlas of Breeding Birds of the Martime Provinces (2016); Species at Risk in Nova Scotia (Identification & Information Guide (2nd Edition, 2015); The Country Connection Magazine (Ontario); Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters (2014 poster calendar); Lee Valley Tools sales catalogues and, a calendar for the the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS) Ottawa. I have written two articles for the "Canadian Nature Photographer" online e-magazine. I have also given nature talks, featuring my photography, at numerous venues including: the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS) Ottawa; the Eastern Ontario Woodlot Owners Association; the Kemptville Horticultural Society and numerous retirement residences here in Ottawa. Finally, I have acted as a photography contest judge on a number of ocsasions for both the Camera Club Of Ottawa and the Kemptville Horticultural Society.

I currently use Canon's new R5 full frame mirrorless camera and Canon's 7D Mark II Digital Single Lens Reflex (DSLR) camera, the Canon 500mm F 4 IS L Prime Lens, the Canon 100-400mm IS Mark II and Sigma EX APO (Professional Series) lenses including: the 17-70 F 2.8-4.5, the 70-200 F 2.8 and the 150mm F2.8 Macro.

I have tried to capture some of nature's beauty through my photographs and I wish to share them with you. I hope that you receive as much enjoyment in viewing these images as I have had in creating them.

Thank you for taking the time to visit.

God Bless.

All photographs are copyright of Stephen J Stephen.

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