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QUAC Ski-n-Swim 2015

by dav.d

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.

Aerial view of a swim race starting

Aerial view of a swim race starting

The QUAC team gathers for a team photograph

The QUAC team gathers for a team photograph

Swimmers start for the backstroke relay

Swimmers start for the backstroke relay

Swimmers start the race on blocks

Swimmers start the race on blocks

A successful start to a swimmer's race

A successful start to a swimmer’s race

Swimmers come from around the state and from around the country for the Ski-n-Swim

Swimmers come from around the state and from around the country for the Ski-n-Swim

The men show of QUAC's newest swimsuit for men

The men show of QUAC’s newest swimsuit for men

Ready for the martini race. Carry the duck in a glass.

Ready for the martini race. Carry the duck in a glass.

Male swimmer posing for the camera by the pool

Male swimmer posing for the camera by the pool

Warm up before the race

Warm up before the race

The breaststroke

The breaststroke

Trying to time the breaststroke for photography

Trying to time the breaststroke for photography

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.

Water Polo teams gather for a game of water polo

Water Polo teams gather for a game of water polo

Water Polo players hanging out

Water Polo players hanging out

A Canadian water polo player came to the Ski-n-Swim

A Canadian water polo player came to the Ski-n-Swim

Offense and defense in water polo

Offense and defense in water polo

Water polo balls

Water polo balls

This was one of my favorite shots. You see the player, the ball, and you have movement and action.

Water polo player takes a shot on goal

Water polo player takes a shot on goal

Farook takes a shot on goal during a water polo game

Farook takes a shot on goal during a water polo game

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.

Ice Skaters pose for the camera

Ice Skaters pose for the camera

Folks gather Saturday night for an evening of ice skating

Folks gather Saturday night for an evening of ice skating

A christmas tree made out of locks for some reason

A christmas tree made out of locks for some reason

Ice Skating

Ice Skating

Dinner after ice skating

Dinner after ice skating

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