Small Town Photo Feature
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Light and shadow, movement and stillness
Every drop of light adds to the flood of photos that capture my eye every waking moment. I can't breathe without seeing a neatly cropped and naturally illuminated vision.
Sometimes I can't recreate it, the magic of the moment lost.
I go long times forcing myself to leave the camera alone and long times dragging it everywhere.
But every fall, I can't help myself and give it a whirl. The colours draw me in and the shadows hold me there.
Snapshots in time.
Dave Palangio shoots for the peak of action
Dave Palangio, 81, still loves fast cars, hot women, striking photography and most of all, making people feel happy ... sometimes all at the same time. You can see for yourself at this Saturday's 10th annual Cruisin' Downtown Car and Bike Show on Main Street (and if you miss that, every Tuesday evening on North Bay's Civic Square in front of the museum).
"I grab the camera if I'm walking about," Palangio said of his habit of making sure it's set for the light conditions before heading out, joking about his news background that helps him get ready for anything. "When I see something, I shoot first and ask questions later."
But that doesn't mean Palangio, who retired from the North Bay Nugget after 38.5 years in 1993, is not thinking before hitting the shutter.
"It's the creative eye that does it, I try to get to the moment that has meaning to it, you want to nail the photo at the peak," he said. And because he also drew editorial cartoons, Palangio said he likes to add a description with punchline flavour.
As an example, for a shot of robin, which looked in on him through his screen door while building a nest nearby, he wrote: "Tap, tap on the screen…I’m building a nest and I’m your new neighbour…!!!!"
"I hate to see people downtrodden, I like to bring humour into their lives. I get an awful kick out of it (making them smile)," he said, describing how seeing the lighter side of things is vital to enjoying life. "You're wasting your time in this life if you don't ... and if you're not happy, don't make others unhappy."
Palangio said his love of cars and motorcycles came early and never left him.
"I've always been crazy about cars," he said, noting his first vehicles were British, starting with a Triumph TR3 and then an Austin-Healey, which he regrets selling when he got married for the first time in 1964.
A long line of cars followed, including a 1970 Cougar, Grand Prix, Buick Sports Regal, Toyota Celica Supra and of course, there's the Miata he's had for 29 years.
A long-time member of the North Bay Cruisers (memberships are only $20 to be part of the shows that run May to September, as well as the annual show at Lee Park), he said the weekly gathering of "gear-heads" and car lovers brings together a lot of great people.
As for appreciating the beauty of women, Palangio laughed and said: "I've always had an eye for that ... and I'm not dead yet" even though his flirtations sometimes raises his wife's eyebrow at times. It's all harmless fun, he said, adding there's the "old story about pushing a rope" that comes to mind.
Palangio said he appreciated his days in the news business. "I absolutely loved the career I had," he said, adding that it wasn't all roses as it required a lot of sacrifice and the relentless deadlines were taxing. "I loved the work but hated the job."
Palangio said riding and driving gives him a sense of "freedom."
And if you follow his Facebook postings, with almost daily uploads of his artistic expressions shared with little one-line quips, it's clear Palangio is on a life-long quest to capture that peak moment that tells it's own story.
It's cool to see that flame still burning bright for a big-time North Bay talent like Palangio.
Fox and Fiddle Stand Up Comedy Open Mic - May 22, 2018
There were nine comics and aspiring comedians at the Fox and Fiddle Open Mic Tuesday, May 22, representing a wide-range styles and perspectives.
Retired and working teachers, students, reporters, moms, dads, bouncers, bartenders and hamburger-flippers tried out their new and refreshed material between 9 and 11 p.m. Two were brand new, a pair drove over from Sudbury and three of the four local club members who will be performing at the North Bay Comedy for Cancer Cure at the Davedi Club June 14 took part.
Andre Raymond hosted like a champ and organizer Eric Bowman put the biggest charge into the room when he inadvertently triggered a violent response from one individual. It was so traumatic he needed a hug from Matt to recover. Lesley Piche and Tim Kraft scooted over from the Nickel Capital, Brad Carr shared bar stories and Mary Ann Johnson did some cool teacher shtick. Rob Deleo, Adam Beanish and myself rounded out the middle end of the aspiring equation.
It was probably the smallest crowd of patrons this year for the monthly event, likely due to it following the Victoria Day long weekend. But those who took it in, and stayed, seemed to have a good time and there was still energy in the room right up until the mic decided it couldn't take one more non sequitur.
I'll update this with more commentary, maybe, as well as the date of the next open mic. Right now, as the initial post uploads, I'm hungry and it's time for breakfast. (I didn't get a shot of myself so I threw in an old-school selfie taken in 1991 with a real camera using a mirror, because that's how we rolled back then.)
Slow Ride Photography - Terence Hayes
Terry Hayes got hooked on photography when he was 12 years old. Santa dropped off a Kodak X15 and one sunset pic was all it took. He bought an SLR soon after, when he was 15. 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. It's my honour and pleasure to feature his work as one of the first guest photographers on my website. 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 a Nikon man currently swinging a D7000 and D700 around with a 70-200 VRII 2.8 lens his “go to” glass.
Hacienda flora #1
My little slice of heaven in Corbeil, Ontario is nicknamed the hacienda. It's barely three acres but surrounded by unoccupied bush and swamp with hundreds of acres of private hunting property looking northeast toward the end of Trout Lake, Turtle Lake and the Mattawa River heading east to Ottawa. My favourite peace is found wandering through my front and backyard checking on the growth of various trees, shrubs and wild flowers. I planted more than 60 trees so far and add a few more every year.