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|| News Item: Posted 2015-03-24

TRI-X CONTEST WINNER - Sponsored by Adorama
By Gene Boyer

Tri-X Remembered
Several months back we published a tribute to celebrate the 60th anniversary of Tri-X. As part of that tribute, we held a "pop-up contest" asking Sports Shooter members and Sports Shooter Academy alums to submit an image captured on Tri-X and write a short remembrance about the images and this iconic film.

Thanks to Roberts Distributors, Adorama and Think Tank Photo for supporting this first "pop-up contest".

" It was a special moment, something we don't see today around MLB" Gene Boyer

Photo by Gene Boyer

Photo by Gene Boyer
Tri-X, we started in January 1966 while I was recovering from injuries suffered in an auto accident. I was out of school for the semester and my mom said I could not send all of my time just watching TV, I had to read so what did I want to read about. Something made me say "photography".

For the next 6 months I read about photography, played with my dad's Zeiss Ikon camera once I was well enough and began making pictures of what ever I could reach. By May I was walking again and my "reward" was a trip to NYC to buy a darkroom set up. I spent the rest of my summer getting more mobile and making more pictures and falling in love with the moment the image appeared in the bottom of the tray of Dektol. By August I was finishing summer school--mom said I could not take the summer off since I was walking again and paid a visit to the journalism department's PJ professor, Phil Geraci and some how talked him in to letting me take his class in the fall despite not being a J major and not having junior standing yet. The rest is history: 30 years of newspaper work, 15 years of freelancing, but nothing beats those old days of Tri-X and the magic it could create. I do have to admit, I don't miss smelling like hypo and having brown fingernails...

This image is from the Orioles 1979 magical season. It was clinch night, we needed one win or one loss by who ever was chasing but it was raining so our game was delayed so there was a lot of just hanging around. Orioles catcher Rick Dempsey came out to chat with fans and this lady Flo Kells reached out to touch her hero. It was a special moment, something we don't see today around MLB and I was way too tight with a Nikkor 180 2.8 on an F2 but it worked. Full frame, no room at all to crop.

(Thanks to Jeff Snyder and Adorama for sponsoring this award.)

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