One a year the folks at QUAC host the Ski-n-Swim Weekend. It often falls on President’s Day Weekend but this year was an exception. The weekend is a combination of dinners, parties, a Saturday swim meet in the morning, water polo game in the afternoon, ice skating in the evening at Gallivan Center, and Sunday is a day of skiing in Park City or one of the resorts near Salt Lake City.
I was there to photograph the swim meet, water polo, and some skating. It was fun and I was able to create some cool photographs. I did want to create a number of portraits by the pool of both swimmers and water polo players. It is pretty challenging to photograph people while they are swimming… some strokes are more photogenic but often people spend most the time underwater.
The water polo game was held at the Steiner Aquatic facility near an unknown University campus. I decided to get creative and use my off camera lighting to help the water polo players standout and look awesome. It worked. I would love to do this for a number of games. Getting great sports photographs takes practice, planning, patience, and sometimes luck. You never know what is going to happen—but you have to be ready for it when it does. And you hope you are in the right spot.
This was one of my favorite shots. You see the player, the ball, and you have movement and action.
I didn’t make it up the the ski event on Sunday but I did get some photos of the skating and then the dinner. I am posting just a few photographs.