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>What Have You Done For Me Lately?

Added on by Thomas Boyd.

With my new scanner I've been scanning new negs, and old prints. In July and August I'll be showing my sports work to other photographers (more on that later) so I dug out some really old sports photography. This image stuck out immediately. I remember it like it was yesterday....except it was 1993. I was working for Casey Madison at The Columbian. I was sent to this gym that was the darkest I've encountered since. It was notorious among the veteran photographers as being the worse in the Portland/Vancouver metoropolitan area...and Milan Chuckovich said it was darker than any gym in Idaho as well.

Anyway, I was using Nikon F4's with the first version of the 80-200/2.8. It was loaded with Kodak TMZ 3200 pushed one stop to 6400 iso. There was literally no room to stand on the baseline, but there was a balcony over the court. I shot from there and got really lucky with the player falling to the ground and trying to pass. Then, a defender steps in for the steal.

Even though I really didn't know what I was doing that early in my career, I managed to pull a decent shot out of very difficult circumstances. Casey was very pleased. The funny thing is, I know I couldn't do any better now, even though I've got another 14-years of experience and way better equipment. That night, I made a few right decisions and had something interesting happen in front of my camera. I still feel the same way when it happens now....pleased.

I was also amazed by the image quality. This print has grain the size of golf balls. It's dark and gritty...but I there's something kind of cool about it. Photoshop can't do that...at least I don't know how to do it.