April 7, 2018

Slow Ride Photography

Terry Hayes and I go way back to Gr. 7 in Capreol but we never stayed in touch much after I moved away to start Gr. 12 in Ohio.

Interestingly, we both got the shutterbug bug at the same time. Santa delivered his first camera, a Kodak X15, when he was 12 years old. A photo of a sunset got him hooked.

That same fall, I was shooting the hell out of chickens and pheasants with a little 110 while on an army cadet field trip somewhere behind Skead. My dad’s eyeballs almost popped after he spent hard-earned cash to get the film developed and it was mostly farm bird portraits. I think he wanted to wring my neck.

Terry bought an SLR soon after, when he was 15, and eventually got into body building while becoming an upstanding citizen.

I got into less productive things.

Careers and families ensued and photography became bigger things in our lives again when we had young ones to document. Eventually, through Facebook, we connected again.

I’ve been impressed with his photography for years now and marveled at how many times his family hiked, kayaked and skied all over the place. Most of the adventures, it seemed, branched out from his Sudbury home with an interesting seasonal circle encompassing Manitoulin Island, Killarney Park, Nipissing and Mattawa. Truth be told, I explored our beautiful region vicariously through his photography.

They were on the slope of Mt. Antoine just the other weekend, in fact.

So, that said, it’s my honour and pleasure to feature his work as one of the first guest photographers on my website. Please follow the photo gallery tab on the navigation bar to a sampling of his work. And please check out his Facebook page Slow Ride Photography. He does a lot of architectural work as well as the specialized portraits. It’s pretty sharp stuff and I like his eye for landscape and wildlife.

He’s come a long way from that Kodak X15 and you can say he’s a Nikon man now, currently swinging a D7000 and D700 around with a 70-200 VRII 2.8 lens his “go to” glass.

I’m jelly.

Hmmm. I just had a thought. Wouldn’t it be great if he could shoot the North Bay Stand Up Comedy for Cancer Cure event for us at the Davedi Club Thursday, June 14?

It’s a fundraiser for the Relay for Life event at CFB North Bay June 22. I turn 53 on June 14 and it would be a shame if I had to do the photography as well as my first big-crowd comedy routine (the rookie feature in a full lineup of more experienced comics). No guilt in that public ask, eh? lol


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