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Image Title:  Agassi
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 By: Andre Denis  
  Copyright ©2006

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Photographer Andre Denis  Andre Denis {Karma:66407}
Project #24 The Decisive Moment Camera Model Nikon Nikkormat FTN
Categories Sports
Film Format Film 35mm

Lens Vivitar 70-150 Macro-Zoom
Uploaded 9/2/2006 Film / Memory Type Kodak  Kodacolor Gold GB
    ISO / Film Speed
Views 3794 Shutter
Favorites Aperture f/
Critiques 26 Rating
/ 4 Ratings
Location City -  Montreal
State -  QUE
Country - Canada   Canada
About A little tribute to one of the best.

Scanned from a Kodacolor Gold 200 print, taken in summer 1999 during a practice session for the Canadian Open in Montreal.

Converted to B&W, levelled, and adjusted in Photoshop. Converted back to colour and toned with a slight brown tint.
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There are 26 Comments in 1 Pages
The Pilgrim The Pilgrim   {K:64396} 5/29/2023
Fantastic spots shot! Excellent details and I love the back ground!
Congrats on your well deserved awards!


Andre Denis Andre Denis   {K:66407} 7/27/2014
Thanks so much Steve!
This one was taken at a practice court in Montreal. He was with Brad Gilbert at the time.


Steve Miller Steve Miller   {K:236} 7/27/2014
This is a great photo shot of a great tennis shot by one Andre (Denis)of another Andre (Agassi). Quite a few similarites of shot making between the two Andre's! Lol. You caught Agassi in a great two handed backhand shot, and that effect you created, black & white then toning it slightly with brown tint, gave the whole feel more impact in my opinion. Good photo and great topic matter!


Andre Denis Andre Denis   {K:66407} 12/25/2006
Hi Laci,
Hope you are having a great Christmas! I looked through your pbase tennis images. I see some familiar faces and some not so familiar (local tournament players I assume) I have a lot of images of Thomas Johannessen from very close up because we were sitting quite close behind him at a tournament a couple of years ago. Also some of Jonas Bjorkman. I'll send you some of the better ones if you like.


Andre Denis Andre Denis   {K:66407} 12/23/2006
Thanks Laci,
I will check out the site.


Laszlo Illes Laszlo Illes   {K:2019} 12/22/2006
Yes Andre, you have absolutely right. He was and he is a great sport man! He has been changed during his carrier indeed. From being a rebel he cahnge“d to be a person with a lot of empathy...
I wish you a wonderful Christmas holiday and Happy New Year! Best regards, Laci
If you wanted see some local tennis pictures from my club I put some pictures to my pbase account... The pictures are not good at all but I ilike them because they are from my club... The address is


Andre Denis Andre Denis   {K:66407} 12/21/2006
Thanks Laci,
I suppose his retirement marked the end of another era. One of the things that makes his career so interesting was the up and down aspect. Reaching the top, falling down low in the rankings and then reaching the top again is what makes an athlete truely great.


Laszlo Illes Laszlo Illes   {K:2019} 12/20/2006
Great capture of a fantastic player. Perfect timing! The tennis world is really missing him... Best regards, Laci


Andre Denis Andre Denis   {K:66407} 11/11/2006
Thanks Richard,
I took this one during a practice session for the Canadian Open in Montreal, a few years ago. I thought I would look for an Agassi shot of mine to post during the US Open this year, the day he retired. I may have missed it by a day or two because he won a couple of rounds that he wasn't expected to. I had a couple of others from the start of his career, but decided to just post this one.
He definitely earned my respect over his career!
He was a good example of the "Iron John".
Someone who reached the pinnacle of his sport, only to slide down to the lowest depths and then rise back to the top again. They say that those are the people who are truely great. Another example being Mohammed Ali. When he had his title taken from him, only to win it back, lose it again then win it back again. It doesn't get any better than that. :)


Richard Dakin   {K:12915} 11/11/2006
So many to choose from, after so long an absence on my part. This image however was the obvious choice, not only because it is very well done, but also because Andre is my fav player of all time. The image is well balanced, and beautifully toned. More important than the technical merits however, you have captured the intense concentration that was the essence of his game. Congrats.


Andre Denis Andre Denis   {K:66407} 9/12/2006
Thanks again Nacho!


Andre Denis Andre Denis   {K:66407} 9/12/2006
Thanks again Anne!

I think tennis is one of those sports where every image caught can look like a sculpture of the male or female form.



RC. Dany RC. Dany   {K:64104} 9/11/2006
Excellent .


Jose Ignacio (Nacho) Garcia Barcia Jose Ignacio (Nacho) Garcia Barcia   {K:96391} 9/10/2006
great timing. fantastic. marvelous details. superb. 7


Andre Denis Andre Denis   {K:66407} 9/10/2006
Thanks Marcus,
I also remember when he had hair. That wild 80's mullet with a head band :) I have some shots from about 1986. Maybe I'll do one of them later.


Andre Denis Andre Denis   {K:66407} 9/10/2006
Thanks Nil,
One of the things I like about Agassi is the way he fought his way back to the top after he had an up and down career. It is always good to see a sports figure fight their way back to the top after suffering some kind of setbacks.


Andre Denis Andre Denis   {K:66407} 9/10/2006
Hi Kes,
I suspect with guys like Andre Agassi, money is not really an issue any more. It may never have been in his case. He was a child prodigy of sorts, that never really had what you could call a nine to five job. The pain and sacrifice is still real however.


Marcus Armani Marcus Armani   {K:36599} 9/4/2006
haha Andre shooting Andre, really nice action scene, I really like the lighting and tones, I remember when he had hair:) but when you married to brooke shields i guess the look works for you !


Nilanjan Mitra Nilanjan Mitra   {K:12955} 9/4/2006
Wonderful capture.. a true tribute to one the best sports person I have ever seen :)


Nelson Moore [Kes] -  Nelson Moore [Kes] -     {K:20241} 9/3/2006
Hi again Andre, I don't follow tennis, but after viewing this I chanced upon an article about the match your referred to. Wow, playing with such pain & injections...but I guess it's worthwhile ($) for Agassi.


Andre Denis Andre Denis   {K:66407} 9/3/2006
Thanks Hugo,

You certainly are an eagle eye when it comes to analysing an image! You are 100% correct on both counts. The image was scanned from a "drugstore" 4x6 print. (not bad quality but not the greatest)
I always found my Vivitar 70-150 to be a bit on the soft side as well. Definitely not as crisp as the Nikkor lenses. To make matters even softer, I really pushed the size and crop of the image to quite a bit bigger than normal. Having said all that, I personally don't mind the way it came out, and was even a bit surprised how good it came out considering the source. A bit like an image from an old newspaper though, I admit :)

Here is a copy of the original print.

Thanks for the comments Hugo.


original print

Hugo de Wolf Hugo de Wolf   {K:185110} 9/2/2006
Hi Andre,

It's been a while - sorry, been rather busy...

Timing and moment are excellent in this photo, as is the pose / composition. I feel a bit ambiguous about the image quality. I figure it's either the scanning quality or it's a severe crop from the original, hard to tell. Good action shot, though.

I won't question the toning, I guess that's something we'll never solve, nor need to solve.

Great to hear from you, though. I'll respond in kind...:)




Andre Denis Andre Denis   {K:66407} 9/2/2006
Thanks Dave,
As I said to Kes, there really is no other kind of shot for tennis. Concentration is an easy capture. It's the nature of the game :)


Dave Stacey Dave Stacey   {K:150877} 9/2/2006
Good actiion shot, Andre! You've really caught the look of concentration on his face.


Andre Denis Andre Denis   {K:66407} 9/2/2006
Thanks Kes,
I think the concentration is always there with sports shots. So you can't really miss it. You still have to take quite a few shots to get a couple worth working with.
If you follow tennis, there is another aspect to the timing of this shot. Andre Agassi will most likely play his last match this week after a long and successful career. He should have been eliminated two days ago. Quite a story at the US Open this week!


Nelson Moore [Kes] -  Nelson Moore [Kes] -     {K:20241} 9/2/2006
Hi Andre,

Fantastic timing! You've captured his concentration and strength well. You can see him think! The toning looks good too.





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