Photographer's Note

An old slide retrieved from a slide tray and scanned shows the eight-man crew from Princeton University (white shirts) edging out the crew from Harvard University (crimson shirts) in the 1988 National Championship Crew Regatta. In third place, approximately one boat-length behind, was Yale. The three great Ivy League schools bunched together, easily outdistanced their western rivals (UCLA, UC-Berkeley...).

In the photograph it appears that Harvard (crimson) is slightly ahead of Princeton. However, the two boats are within a few meters of the finish line, and Princeton's rowers are at the verge of dropping their oars into the water for a "catch." Princeton surged ahead of Harvard in a virtual photo-finish. The members of the eight man crew, from left-to-right, are the coxswain, stroke, #7, #6... #2, bow. Here the bow is slightly late for "the catch." (In one of two workshops, I created the proper harmony by PhotoShopping #3's oar onto the bow's.) In another workshop, the ideally synchronized oars can be seen.

The frame was cropped 800x494 pixels, producing an aspect ratio of 1.618 or the "golden rectangle." Unhappily, my lens 70-210 lens, even at widest angle setting, did not allow me to include the bows and sterns (nose and tail, respectively) of both boats. Even with the widest angle setting on the lens (70 mm), the bow of the Harvard boat and the stern of the Princeton boat have both been truncated.

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