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In the Old Days…


I used the same setup but with a telephoto. Rugged Canon F-1 with a 250 exposure back.  Heap of moolah back then.

In the “old days”, we shot with 35mm cameras that used something called…film.

You loaded your own bulk film if you shot a lot.

You manipulated something called “ASA”.

You had to meter the light and set your shutter speed and f/stop.

There was no auto focus.

Me on the left with my motor driven Canon F-1 dangling from my shoulder. This was my mom and aunt’s war time refuge in the town of Fukui. At my relative’s home.

The cameras were made out of steel with metal gears – weighed a ton…especially if you carried an external motor drive with EIGHT AA batteries.

You developed your negatives at home – according to temperature.

Processing tanks. For 250 exposure lengths, I used a tub.

There was no “Photoshop”.  You used an enlarger and “dodged” and “burned” your prints to make corrections.

You all have it easy now.  Well, I guess me too.

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Just for memory’s sake (and my ego), here are two of my award-winning sports shots from 1972.  From one statewide photo contest.  These are surviving test prints, i.e., boo-boo prints that had been stashed away by luck. 🙂

The final prints – from the best printing efforts – were mounted and submitted.

Available light (and lighting was poor, believe me).  I didn’t use flash as I felt it distracted the players trying their best to win.

Exposed Tri-X at 2400 ASA and “cooked” the negatives in HC-110 replenisher.  Brutal stuff.

I usually shot from the stands, rim level, for a different perspective.

You had to anticipate the play and pre-focus.

And some luck.

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1st Place

Recently scanned and unretouched. That’ll be cheating now, wouldn’t it?

Honorable Mention:

Ditto.

Not bad for not having taken photo classes.  All self-taught.

OK.

My ego’s placated…and no criticisms from the pros who might be peeking.

Bad for ego.