Posted on October 30, 2013
I had the brilliant (I thought) idea to do a photo/video of the salmon making a late fall run up Red Hill creek in Hamilton. I started Monday, spending part of the afternoon in pursuit of a photo. Of course, anyone can point a camera into the water and get a picture of a fish. I wanted something better. I would use my GoPro camera, plop it into the creek, and capture something great. I soon learned that fish are inherently smarter than me, so finished the day with exactly zero worthwhile pics or video to show for my efforts. Since I also hate to lose in situations like these, it was now game on – man vs. fish.
I headed back to the creek today. Took a quick look at the locations of the fish (which, by the way, are plentiful) and hatched a plan. I found a rocky spot where the fish would have to swim through as they head upstream, and set my GoPro back in the water. I took up residence on the far shore, with a second camera on a tripod. Double video, double results. This time, it was gonna be great!
I watched as several salmon gathered in the pool near the rocky rise. Jostling about, getting ready to continue their journey upstream. Everything coming together nicely, until….the sun came out.
Within 5 minutes, all my wonderful fishes had retreated to deeper water in the shade. And stayed. And stayed. There was not a cloud within 800 miles of my location; just blue sky and bright sun. I could feel my opportunity slipping away.
I returned after lunch. I waited patiently, watching as clouds finally began to roll in from the west. With overcast conditions, I set up the 2 cameras again, and waited. A half hour later, no fish had gotten even remotely close again. The fish were now thumbing their gills at me from some hidden location.
Humbled and beaten, I left soon after. After all, a guy can only take so much. -Barry Gray
Posted on July 8, 2013
During the Hamilton Tiger Cats home opener against Edmonton in Guelph Sunday, I ventured into the stands to get the name of a soggy fan I had photographed. The woman sitting in front of him turned to me in the rain and said, ” How are those (my cameras) in the rain?” “I’ll let you know,” I said, because, in 30 years as a newspaper photographer, I have never tried to work through a downpour like the one that drenched everything at Alumni Stadium. I drove home from Guelph with the heat on in my car, since I was soaked like I had fallen into a pool instead of covering a football game. As far as the game goes, the Cats looked soggy before the rains even started, fell behind quickly, and never got the ship righted fully. here’s hoping for better – or at least drier – things in their next game – Barry Gray
Posted on July 7, 2013
Those classic Canadian rockers, Rush, played to a packed house at Copps Coliseum in Hamilton Saturday night. Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson and Neil Peart proved that, like all the other rock bands that refuse to fade quietly into the night, they can still rock with the best of ’em.
Posted on June 9, 2013