I was fortunate enough to attend a Sports Photography Workshop in Santa Clara California. The workshop was hosted by Canon U.S.A and conducted by former Sports Illustrated photographer Peter Read Miller. The workshop was limited to sixteen photographers. Most participants were sports photographers or had their own photography business. We gathered the first evening to get the agenda and what to expect at each location. There were three planned events we were going to photograph – an International swim meet, an Oakland A’s / Boston Red Socks baseball game, and a high school field hockey game. The first evening we had the opportunity to sign out for whatever Canon gear we wanted to use over the next two days. The equipment consisted of Canon’s top of the line camera, lenses, and teleconverters. They had lenses from fisheye to 800mm super telephoto lenses.
The first event was the International swim meet at the Santa Clara outdoor pool. Swimmers attending were from Europe, Mexico, and the United States. There were 19 U.S. Olympic swimmers at the meet. Michael Phelps, Missy Franklin, Elisabeth Bissel, and more. I’ve attended many swim meets in my day with two kids that swam on a local club team. The atmosphere was pretty charged and there was a lot of activity around the pool. Our group was given permission to photograph the meet by the Colorado offices. We were allowed access to all parts of the pool and the only rules we had to follow were not to get in the officials way and to allow the press photographers to have access to locations they wanted to shoot from.
This was my first swim meet as a photographer. Some strokes were more difficult to get good shots than others but I thoroughly enjoyed myself. I would love to be able to photograph at more meets.
The first session we shot photos at were the qualifying events Friday morning. We were to return Saturday evening to shoot some of the finals. We were there for the freestyle, butterfly, and 400 I.M’s. Attached are some of the photos I took during this meet.