Perspectives on Ultimate Frisbee
Start of Play Me (black shirt) covering Dave (tan shirt),     Dennis (red shirt) covering Rich (white shirt) Photo by Zhihui Huey Hu -- Sunnyvale, California, United States -- Copyright 2006 Jeffrey Eric Francis Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D200 + Nikkor 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 VR @ 18mm — 1/200 sec, f/3.5, ISO 640 — map & image datanearby photos
Start of Play
Me (black shirt) covering Dave (tan shirt),     Dennis (red shirt) covering Rich (white shirt)
Photo by Zhihui Huey Hu

Visiting my photo archives, I came across a bunch of shots from when I last played Ultimate Frisbee with a few friends at Yahoo!, in Sunnyvale California, about a year and a half ago. At the time, I posted a sequence of shots I took of a well-executed goal. Here are a few shots that others took with my camera while I played.

I like the perspective in these first two shots, and the colors; it was late – past 7:30pm – so the sun was just setting.

Almost Photo by David Filo -- Sunnyvale, California, United States -- Copyright 2006 Jeffrey Eric Francis Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D200 + Nikkor 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 VR @ 32mm — 1/200 sec, f/4.2, ISO 640 — map & image datanearby photos
Almost
Photo by David Filo

Ten minutes later it was much darker, but play continued...

“ No Soup for You ” Huey (at left) just gets a finger on the disk to thwart an otherwise-assured score Photo by David Filo -- Sunnyvale, California, United States -- Copyright 2006 Jeffrey Eric Francis Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D200 + Nikkor 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 VR @ 80mm — 1/200 sec, f/5, ISO 640 — map & image datanearby photos
No Soup for You
Huey (at left) just gets a finger on the disk to thwart an otherwise-assured score
Photo by David Filo

Huey made a great play there, but was running out of steam, as the next two shots from a few minutes later illustrate...

Impending Arrival Photo by David Filo -- Sunnyvale, California, United States -- Copyright 2006 Jeffrey Eric Francis Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D200 + Nikkor 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 VR @ 80mm — 1/200 sec, f/5, ISO 640 — map & image datanearby photos
Impending Arrival
Photo by David Filo
“ You Go Ahead and Relax, I'll Get It ” Photo by David Filo -- Sunnyvale, California, United States -- Copyright 2006 Jeffrey Eric Francis Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D200 + Nikkor 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 VR @ 80mm — 1/200 sec, f/5, ISO 640 — map & image datanearby photos
You Go Ahead and Relax, I'll Get It
Photo by David Filo

All 4 comments so far, oldest first...

It’s nice to see that Dave Filo has found work taking photos for your blog. I bet it will be on his resume now. Maybe now he will amount to something!

— comment by Mike on January 24th, 2008 at 4:57am JST (9 years, 11 months ago) comment permalink

I just came to the comment page to say how I like the “Impending Arrival” shot. Somehow it works better without the Frisbee even in the shot. The timing and tension and expressions are so good, it’s like Cartier-Bresson himself picked up your camera and took it.

There was an amazing Cartier-Bresson exhibit at the Kyoto Museum of Art (one Frisbee throw from your front door, just about) just a few years ago, in conjunction with a disappointing DaVinci exhibit that included a grand total of ONE painting by DaVinci. The photos made up for it.

Yeah, if that Filo guy isn’t satisfied with fundamentally changing the world, he could try photography.

— comment by nils on January 24th, 2008 at 10:15pm JST (9 years, 11 months ago) comment permalink

I used to play Ultimate for PE at high school.
Really liked it, but in college it was waaaay too competitive for me.

Was the Yahoo! team very competitive/serious?

“team” is way more serious than we were; “mailing list” was more like it. Some people took it more serious than others, but it was all about fun.

I never did much sports, but when a mailing went out in 1997 about frisbee, I gave it a try, and really liked it. It was the first Yahoo Ultimate get-together, and I ended up doing it for years,
more or less giving up on it when I started work on the 2nd edition of my book. It was really good when I did it, both physically and mentally. I miss it and the people. —Jeffrey

— comment by Zak on January 26th, 2008 at 1:22am JST (9 years, 11 months ago) comment permalink

Nice shots from the old days, Friedl… it really was a lot of fun playing out there by the dump – a much better field than the first one. I wonder if the guys still play. It’s hard to get a hold of Filo on IM these days, and I’m living down in LA, so I’m out of the loop. I miss it all, too.

the question Zak asked: “Was the Yahoo! team very competitive/serious?” made me smile. Answer: “Yes, brutally competitive. Deadly serious.”

😉 hope all is well in Japan.

— comment by peter b on November 9th, 2008 at 1:47am JST (9 years, 1 month ago) comment permalink
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