I’m an official photographer for USA Ultimate Club Championships 2011 shooting both for USA Ultimate and Ultiphotos. Club Championships is the annual national (well, North American, as there are U.S. and Canadian teams) championship tournament in Sarasota, Florida for the sport of Ultimate Frisbee, and this year’s installment runs from Thursday, October 27 to Sunday, October 30, featuring 60 teams in four divisions – men’s, women’s, mixed (coed) and masters (old folks).
This photo depicts action between mixed teams Amp (Philadelphia) and Bucket (Atlanta), playing a pre-quarterfinal matchup today. The Amp player (in white) caught this pass to set up the game-winning score. I shot this with my 300/2.8 AF-I on a rented D300s, which I’ve been using alongside my D300 and 80-200/2.8. I also brought my D700 and 24-70/2.8, but I’ve found that it’s more trouble than it’s worth to carry it around as a third body. I missed the focus on this one a bit – the focus is on the Bucket player’s cleats rather than the Amp player’s face, where I’d like it to be. That’s what makes it a web photo instead of one that I’m reserving for possible use in the USA Ultimate magazine. My absolute best shots from the weekend won’t see the light of day for a while, until USA Ultimate decides what to buy for the magazine.
Those top-notch shots aside, photo highlights are being published multiple times per day on the USA Ultimate website, in various galleries here. Much larger galleries are available at Ultiphotos; I am posting galleries at the end of each day and hundreds more photos will be uploaded in the weeks to come after the tournament.
(Sorry for the enormous watermark in the photo above. Not sure what happened there.)