Behind the Camera: The Ecstasy and the Agony by Scobel Wiggins

July 04, 2013  •  12 Comments

There hasn't been a tournament yet that I've walked away from without a moment of absolute anguish over the shots I missed.  Usually I sit quietly in the car for the storm to rage and dump before I can pick up the pieces and go on.

At that moment there is no solace afforded by the shots that I did get, because I haven't seen them yet. The mirror flips up when the shutter opens.  The moments I catch are the ones I don't see.

Every game is a loss, with no one to blame but myself.

Ben Marean lays out for the defensive bid in the Masters division of 2013 Eugene Solstice Tournament.

 

It took me six years to get a layout coming toward me.  I wanted that shot so bad. It looks so simple from the sidelines, but to the camera it is a perfect blur. With the narrowest possible depth of field, it takes a little magic to catch it.

Scobel Wiggins

Seth Wiggins of Oregon's Ego and Chase Sparling-Beckley of Carlton fly for the grab in the semi-finals of 2003 UPA College Nationals held in Austin, Texas.

 

My first thought after taking this shot of my son was that pregnancy was worth it because I knew when that boy was going.  It was just lucky that the other best face in ultimate was the trigger.   It was a superhot game at the UPA's 2003 College Nationals and I was on the sideline with the legendary photographer, a true inspiration and a mentor, Hart Matthews.  We both got the shot, but I was there a fraction of a second before him.  That's all it takes to make the difference.  I still feel for him.  Seth hates this shot.  Le sigh.

Jimmy Chu and Ron Kubalanza fly for the disc at 2006 UPA Club Nationals held in Sarasota, Fla.

 

This shot at 2007 UPA Club Nationals is another full-on layout.  I knew I got it, and I was so excited I couldn't stop shooting.  I was as surprised and gratified as everyone that I got to witness this epic demonstration of spirit. Talk about lucky!

But the truth is I dump almost everything.  I shoot 1000 frames a game, and cut them down to 35.  That's 965 that are taunting me with what a wipeout I am.  There are so many ways to mess up, and I think I've done them all.

If you are crushed that a bystander moved into your way, beat up by a glitch you did not see coming, or flattened because you came so close and still missed it— smile buddy, and welcome to my wheelhouse. To our wheelhouse. You are one of us.


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Kathy Smith(non-registered)
Hello my name is Kathy Smith and i want to testify about the powerful magical mirror that helped my life in positive ways and that blessed me. I have been hearing about this magical mirror for long and i have been searching for a way to get it but to no avail all my efforts seemed to be in vain but my cousin's friend told me how she ordered for the magical mirror from Dada Magical a powerful man from Africa and how she used it and how she became blessed. At first i thought it was a joke but i decided to order for it by contacting Magicalmirrorofgoodness@yahoo.com and i got it. To my greatest surprise, the mirror was even better than what i expected. The magical mirror is really a good one and it worked and it is still with me and it is still working. The magical mirror is HARMLESS and it is not scaring. it tells me what to do and what not to do, it reveals deep secret to me, it protect me and it tells me who is against me and who is my true friend. It suggest good ideas for me and it has made me rich too and in fact the magical mirror is a solution because is provide and can tell you solution to your problems. Am so excited and am so endowed and blessed to have the magical mirror with me. This magical mirror helps protect against evil. This is real and you can get it and see for your self so if you need the magical mirror don't hesitate to get it and you can get it by contacting Magicalmirrorofgoodness@yahoo.com
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