For your delectation today, a T-Max P3200 picture, which seems only appropriate.
The photography staff at The Boston Globe were among the first photographers to ever use the film—they received several pre-production batches, in unmarked black cassettes and plain yellow boxes. Among themselves they referred to Kodak's gift as "magic film." Former staff photographer (and TOP reader) John Bohn says, "Lots of smiles on those of us shooting sports at night!" Months later, the film officially went on sale, and they finally found out what they'd been shooting with.
Here, Edmonton Oilers Captain Mark Messier hoists the Stanley Cup after the Oilers defeated the Boston Bruins in five games. About the middle third of a 35mm negative, John says. A 16x20 print of it hangs in his office to this day.
(Thanks to John)
John Bohn adds: "The photograph of Mark Messier was shot at ASA 3200 in the old Boston Garden. The film was developed in an eight reel stainless tank, using T-Max developer. We found that by using minimal agitation, three gentle agitations, no more, that P3200 film was able to deliver very pleasing grain structure. Please keep in mind that this work was done quickly, while on tight newspaper deadlines, after a late night Stanley Cup final game. Shot while using a Nikon F3 and a 300mm ƒ/2.8 AIS Nikkor lens, hand held. Several pints of locally brewed Boston area beers were consumed after all was said, photographed and done. Thank you for your interest."
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GKFroehlich: "Looks like it's been photoshopped—the hockey player has all of his teeth."
Steve Smith: "That's some lens he is holding. If I remember correctly, that's a silver-plated ƒ/1.2 2000mm."
Greg Mironchuk: "John is a terrific photographer...whatever the media...and a terrific guy. A very nice surprise to see his name on TOP...and one my favorites of John's photos."