Another very busy day today, but here are just a few selects from all the buzz yesterday.
A long, very busy day filled with activity. I don’t have much time to post, as we have another crazy day today. Here are a few grabs that I liked.
There’s always a buzz around the grounds when the big guys get to town. That’s what it was like yesterday, as Rafael Nadal made his first appearance in Indian Wells this year.
I wanted to shoot something different than the normal forehands and backhands at his practice session, and caught that quick glance he shot across the court as he took a water break. A moody moment.
A busy day lies ahead today!
What a fantastic day!
Riding in a hot air balloon wasn’t necessarily on my bucket list, but it’s neat to say that I can check that off my list. The WTA tennis tour arranged for Czech player Lucie Safarova to take a hot air balloon ride this morning over the Coachella Valley, so I was called to ride along and take photos.
We caught an absolutely perfect morning, and by the time we were airborne the sun had just come up over the horizon. Golden light, a great subject to work with, and beautiful scenery from 2,000 feet in the air made for a happy photographer.
Here is the WTA video from the ride, which will give you a better sense of it all.
After that, it was all the other “run of the mill” stuff – tennis, draw ceremonies, and sunsets. A day to remember.
Another busy but exciting day at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden yesterday. I was on hand to shoot the McEnroe Challenge for charity, which featured the unveiling of a mural of John McEnroe on the tournament grounds, an opening commemorating the first match played on the newly constructed Stadium 2, and exhibition matches with former tennis legends including Jim Courier.
I also shot Kids Day earlier in the afternoon, which made for some fun, refreshing images.
A fun day overall!
Good morning from Palm Springs, California, where I’m here for the next three weeks shooting photo and video for the tournament website and social media outlets at the BNP Paribas Open tennis tournament. I’m really happy to come back here after a great few weeks at this tournament last year.
I’m out here a few days early to cover events related to the grand opening of a brand new Stadium 2, seen above, as well as some incredibly impressive expansions to the grounds at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden, which we’ll be documenting more as the tournament goes on.
Last night, I shot the opening draw ceremony to the McEnroe Challenge for Charity, an exhibition match with former tennis legends who will play to raise money for four different charities.
It’s great to be back into tennis season! Lots more to come over the next several weeks.