Ultimate Practice on The ‘Point

Total Shots taken 376
Number of 5 star ratings (5* yield %) 28 (7.4%)

 

Sunrise on Promontory Point (affectionately called The ‘Point by local residents), a small peninsula near Chicago’s 57th Street Beach is home to many athletic pursuits, so it should not have surprised me to find several Ultimate practice teams out on this balmy fall morning.  What is “Ultimate” you say?  To non-practitioners like myself, it looks like a team game of Frisbee.  But, according the Ultimate Chicago website (ultimatechicago.org), Ultimate combines  “the non-stop movement and athletic endurance of soccer with the aerial passing skills of football …a game of Ultimate is played by two seven-player squads with a high-tech plastic disc on a field similar to football.”  The disc they are referring to is what I thought looked like a Frisbee (for the record, Frisbee is a registered trademark of the Wham-O corporation, who does not sanction, nor is a sponsor of this sport). But I digress…

Given the athleticism of the game, it offers plenty of opportunities for the budding photographer, such as myself.  From the almost horizontal lean to throw the disc, to the leaps in the air to catch one, and everything in between, there is a lot there.  Or so I found.  Here are my 5* images.

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  • 45 Degrees (2): This player has serious ‘body English’ in his disc throwing!  I loved his 45 degree lean, the twist to his body after he has let go of the disc, and the way his hands are flexed in the second image.  For me, those were all a part of the story.

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  • Caught!  This player was up in the air as he caught the disc, pretty high too.  Wow, lookit that!

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  • Eye of the Disc: (Again, I want to use that registered trademark name, cause I am old school!).  I love the perspective of the disc, as if it were looking at the player who just threw it.

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  • Caught in the Middle: Ultimate is a non-contact, self-policed sport that requires a lot of agility in fairly close quarters.  Intercepts are allowed, and it looks like the yellow team almost have it…

I was quite taken with the team practice, and I look forward to coming back to see this or other teams when the spring mini-season and fall season starts.  The ‘Point will definitely be part of the mix!  For more Sunrise activities at the ‘Point, see  Sunrise at the Point — 5* Pix or Sunrise Swim at Promontory Point — 5* Pix.

See more outtakes from this and other photography outings by following me on Instagram @eyevpointofview.

 

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