Sunday, February 22, 2015

Utah Gymnstics vs Stanford - February 21, 2015

What was touted as a showdown between two of the Pac-12's elite gymnastics programs played out as the domination of the Utah Red Rocks over a squad that has some work to do if it hopes to challenge for the Pac-12 Championship scheduled for March 21 in Salt Lake City.  Utah posted a season-high score of 198.050 to Stanford's 195.900.  A crowd of 15,202 was on hand, performances were stellar (including a 10.0 for Georgia Dabritz on bars), and goosebumps were never more than a stuck landing away.  Here are a bunch of photos from the meet.  As always, comments welcome. (Click on the images for larger versions.)


  1. It was a great meet and when I saw you had ‘Old Faithful’ out I was excited to see the results. You certainly do not disappoint! Just love the timing on 4, 9, 11 and the eyes. Those eyes of determination (as JC puts it) on 18 make that a favorite of this set for me. With 29 you caught such a great pose. Since I can make out myself in the background of that one, I’m thinking you probably got it with the 70-200. I follow your comments over on FM’s board but since I am not a member there, add my 2 cents here. After watching the effort involved with the 200 1.8 and looking through these I can see what you mean about it might not be worth it for the beam. Although I really like those shots I’m not sure that with the 1.4x on you are really head and shoulders above what you could have gotten up closer with a shorter lens. To be at the right spot without the 1.4x you’d need to be in the middle of the floor, (which doesn’t go over so well in the middle of a meet). On the bars and floor it was definitely worth your trouble IMHO. Just can’t beat that IQ and bokeh.

  2. Ivo: As always, thank you for your detailed and informed feedback. I agree with you about the ideal spot without the 1.4x would be the floor mat, and I was having a hard enough time negotiating with the Stanford team who wanted to be standing where I was trying to shoot from. I'm not sure about how the numbers correspond to the images, but on floor, the second lens I was using was a 24-70 f/2.8. It really was a great meet and every year I feel just a bit more fortunate to have the opportunity to photograph such great athletes in such an amazing setting. It's great that we'll have a chance to be part of the Pac-12 Championships.