Photos: 2014 BNP Paribas Open – Day 3.

"Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer speak to the press before the start of their matches at the 2014 BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California Thursday, March 7, 2014."

“Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer speak to the press before the start of their matches at the 2014 BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California Thursday, March 7, 2014.”

"Maria Sharapova smiles during the unveiling of a mural of herself at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden in Indian Wells, California Thursday, March 7, 2014."

“Maria Sharapova smiles during the unveiling of a mural of herself at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden in Indian Wells, California Thursday, March 7, 2014.”

"Maria Sharapova poses for a photograph during the unveiling of a mural of herself at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden in Indian Wells, California Thursday, March 7, 2014."

“Maria Sharapova poses for a photograph during the unveiling of a mural of herself at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden in Indian Wells, California Thursday, March 7, 2014.”

"Jack Sock reacts after losing a point to Tim Smyczek at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California Thursday, March 7, 2014."

“Jack Sock reacts after losing a point to Tim Smyczek at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California Thursday, March 7, 2014.”

"Victoria Duval hits a forehand during her qualifying round match against Alisa Kleybanova at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California Thursday, March 7, 2014."

“Victoria Duval hits a forehand during her qualifying round match against Alisa Kleybanova at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California Thursday, March 7, 2014.”

"Bethanie Mattek-Sands adjusts her headband during a match at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California Thursday, March 7, 2014."

“Bethanie Mattek-Sands adjusts her headband during a match at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California Thursday, March 7, 2014.”

"Caroline Garcia reacts after defeating Bethanie Mattek-Sands in straight sets in a first round match at the 2014 BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California Thursday, March 7, 2014."

“Caroline Garcia reacts after defeating Bethanie Mattek-Sands in straight sets in a first round match at the 2014 BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California Thursday, March 7, 2014.”

Another very busy day today, but here are just a few selects from all the buzz yesterday.

Photos: 2014 BNP Paribas Open – Day 2.

"Novak Djokovic serves during a practice session at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden in Indian Wells, California Wednesday, March 5, 2014."

“Novak Djokovic serves during a practice session at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden in Indian Wells, California Wednesday, March 5, 2014.”

"Madison Keys waves to the crowd after defeating Tsvetana Pironkova at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden in Indian Wells, California Wednesday, March 5, 2014."

“Madison Keys waves to the crowd after defeating Tsvetana Pironkova at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden in Indian Wells, California Wednesday, March 5, 2014.”

"Alex Kuznetsov hits an overhead during a match against Taro Daniel in Indian Wells, California Wednesday, March 5, 2014."

“Alex Kuznetsov hits an overhead during a match against Taro Daniel in Indian Wells, California Wednesday, March 5, 2014.”

"Fans watch a match as the sun sets over the Indian Wells Tennis Garden in Indian Wells, California Wednesday, March 5, 2014."

“Fans watch a match as the sun sets over the Indian Wells Tennis Garden in Indian Wells, California Wednesday, March 5, 2014.”

"Paul Henri Mathieu picks up his towel during a match against  James Ward in Indian Wells, California Wednesday, March 5, 2014."

“Paul Henri Mathieu picks up his towel during a match against James Ward in Indian Wells, California Wednesday, March 5, 2014.”

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.

Photos: 2014 BNP Paribas Open – Day 1.

"Rafael Nadal drinks water during a workout on the practice courts at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden in Indian Wells, California Tuesday, March 4, 2014."

“Rafael Nadal drinks water during a workout on the practice courts at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden in Indian Wells, California Tuesday, March 4, 2014.”

"Rafael Nadal hits a forehand on the practice courts at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden in Indian Wells, California Tuesday, March 4, 2014."

“Rafael Nadal hits a forehand on the practice courts at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden in Indian Wells, California Tuesday, March 4, 2014.”

"Rafael Nadal unveils a mural of himself outside of Stadium 1 at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden in Indian Wells, California Tuesday, March 4, 2014."

“Rafael Nadal unveils a mural of himself outside of Stadium 1 at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden in Indian Wells, California Tuesday, March 4, 2014.”

"Rafael Nadal's shoes are shown before the unveiling of a mural of himself outside of Stadium 1 at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden in Indian Wells, California Tuesday, March 4, 2014."

“Rafael Nadal’s shoes are shown before the unveiling of a mural of himself outside of Stadium 1 at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden in Indian Wells, California Tuesday, March 4, 2014.”

"Jo-Wilfried Tsonga plays soccer on the player lawn at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden in Indian Wells, California Tuesday, March 4, 2014."

“Jo-Wilfried Tsonga plays soccer on the player lawn at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden in Indian Wells, California Tuesday, March 4, 2014.”

"Petra Kvitova gets a Sushi rolling lesson from Gregorio Stephenson, head chef at Nobu in the newly constructed Stadium 2 at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden in Indian Wells, California Tuesday, March 4, 2014."

“Petra Kvitova gets a Sushi rolling lesson from Gregorio Stephenson, head chef at Nobu in the newly constructed Stadium 2 at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden in Indian Wells, California Tuesday, March 4, 2014.”

"Fans gather to watch the ATP Draw Ceremony for the 2014 BNP Paribas Open at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden in Indian Wells, California Tuesday, March 4, 2014."

“Fans gather to watch the ATP Draw Ceremony for the 2014 BNP Paribas Open at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden in Indian Wells, California Tuesday, March 4, 2014.”

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!

Photos: 2014 BNP Paribas Open – Day -3.

"A hot air balloon is set up before a ride above the Coachella Valley with WTA player Lucie Safarova in Indian Wells, California Monday, March 3, 2014."

“A hot air balloon is set up before a ride above the Coachella Valley with WTA player Lucie Safarova in Indian Wells, California Monday, March 3, 2014.”

"WTA player Lucie Safarova takes a ride in a hot air balloon above the Coachella Valley in Indian Wells, California Monday, March 3, 2014."

“WTA player Lucie Safarova takes a ride in a hot air balloon above the Coachella Valley in Indian Wells, California Monday, March 3, 2014.”

"WTA player Lucie Safarova takes a ride in a hot air balloon above the Coachella Valley in Indian Wells, California Monday, March 3, 2014."

“WTA player Lucie Safarova takes a ride in a hot air balloon above the Coachella Valley in Indian Wells, California Monday, March 3, 2014.”

"An aerial view of California's Coachella Valley is shown from a hot air balloon Monday, March 3, 2014."

“An aerial view of California’s Coachella Valley is shown from a hot air balloon Monday, March 3, 2014.”

"Camila Giorgi hits a forehand during a qualifying much against Irina Falconi at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden in Indian Wells, California Monday, March 3, 2014."

“Camila Giorgi hits a forehand during a qualifying much against Irina Falconi at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden in Indian Wells, California Monday, March 3, 2014.”

"Draw chips are shown during the 2014 BNP Paribas Open WTA Draw Ceremony at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden in Indian Wells, California Monday, March 3, 2014."

“Draw chips are shown during the 2014 BNP Paribas Open WTA Draw Ceremony at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden in Indian Wells, California Monday, March 3, 2014.”

"Jelena Jankovic is introduced during the 2014 BNP Paribas Open WTA Draw Ceremony at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden in Indian Wells, California Monday, March 3, 2014."

“Jelena Jankovic is introduced during the 2014 BNP Paribas Open WTA Draw Ceremony at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden in Indian Wells, California Monday, March 3, 2014.”

"The sun sets over the grounds of the Indian Wells Tennis Garden in Indian Wells, California Monday, March 3, 2014."

“The sun sets over the grounds of the Indian Wells Tennis Garden in Indian Wells, California Monday, March 3, 2014.”

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. 

Photos: 2014 BNP Paribas Open – Day -2.

"A boy plays tennis during Kids Day at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden sponsored by the Coachella Valley National Junior Tennis and Learning Network Saturday,  March 1, 2014 in Indian Wells, California."

“A boy plays tennis during Kids Day at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden sponsored by the Coachella Valley National Junior Tennis and Learning Network Saturday, March 1, 2014 in Indian Wells, California.”

"Kids participate in a tennis clinic during Kids Day at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden sponsored by the Coachella Valley National Junior Tennis and Learning Network Saturday,  March 1, 2014 in Indian Wells, California."

“Kids participate in a tennis clinic during Kids Day at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden sponsored by the Coachella Valley National Junior Tennis and Learning Network Saturday, March 1, 2014 in Indian Wells, California.”

"Kids pet a snake at the petting zoo station during Kids Day at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden sponsored by the Coachella Valley National Junior Tennis and Learning Network Saturday,  March 1, 2014 in Indian Wells, California."

“Kids pet a snake at the petting zoo station during Kids Day at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden sponsored by the Coachella Valley National Junior Tennis and Learning Network Saturday, March 1, 2014 in Indian Wells, California.”

"An entertainer on stilts hits tennis balls into the crowd during Kids Day at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden sponsored by the Coachella Valley National Junior Tennis and Learning Network Saturday,  March 1, 2014 in Indian Wells, California."

“An entertainer on stilts hits tennis balls into the crowd during Kids Day at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden sponsored by the Coachella Valley National Junior Tennis and Learning Network Saturday, March 1, 2014 in Indian Wells, California.”

"A mural of John McEnroe is unveiled at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden before the McEnroe Challenge for Charity presented by Esurance Saturday,  March 1, 2014 in Indian Wells, California."

“A mural of John McEnroe is unveiled at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden before the McEnroe Challenge for Charity presented by Esurance Saturday, March 1, 2014 in Indian Wells, California.”

"The National Anthem is sung during the opening ceremonies for the newly constructed Stadium 2 at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden before the McEnroe Challenge for Charity presented by Esurance Saturday,  March 1, 2014 in Indian Wells, California."

“The National Anthem is sung during the opening ceremonies for the newly constructed Stadium 2 at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden before the McEnroe Challenge for Charity presented by Esurance Saturday, March 1, 2014 in Indian Wells, California.”

"Dignitaries take part in a ribbon cutting ceremony for the newly constructed Stadium 2 at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden before the McEnroe Challenge for Charity presented by Esurance Saturday,  March 1, 2014 in Indian Wells, California."

“Dignitaries take part in a ribbon cutting ceremony for the newly constructed Stadium 2 at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden before the McEnroe Challenge for Charity presented by Esurance Saturday, March 1, 2014 in Indian Wells, California.”

"A ribbon is shown in the newly constructed Stadium 2 at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden before the McEnroe Challenge for Charity presented by Esurance Saturday,  March 1, 2014 in Indian Wells, California."

“A ribbon is shown in the newly constructed Stadium 2 at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden before the McEnroe Challenge for Charity presented by Esurance Saturday, March 1, 2014 in Indian Wells, California.”

"Jimmy Hopper sings the National Anthem during the opening ceremonies for the newly constructed Stadium 2 at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden before the McEnroe Challenge for Charity presented by Esurance Saturday,  March 1, 2014 in Indian Wells, California."

“Jimmy Hopper blows a kiss to the crowd after singing the National Anthem during the opening ceremonies for the newly constructed Stadium 2 at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden before the McEnroe Challenge for Charity presented by Esurance Saturday, March 1, 2014 in Indian Wells, California.”

"John McEnroe hits a forehand during the McEnroe Challenge for Charity presented by Esurance Saturday,  March 1, 2014 in Indian Wells, California."

“John McEnroe hits a forehand during the McEnroe Challenge for Charity presented by Esurance Saturday, March 1, 2014 in Indian Wells, California.”

"Jim Courier reacts after winning a point during the McEnroe Challenge for Charity presented by Esurance Saturday,  March 1, 2014 in Indian Wells, California."

“Jim Courier reacts after winning a point during the McEnroe Challenge for Charity presented by Esurance Saturday, March 1, 2014 in Indian Wells, California.”

"Fans cheer during the McEnroe Challenge for Charity presented by Esurance Saturday,  March 1, 2014 in Indian Wells, California."

“Fans cheer during the McEnroe Challenge for Charity presented by Esurance Saturday, March 1, 2014 in Indian Wells, California.”

"John McEnroe reacts after winning a point during the McEnroe Challenge for Charity presented by Esurance Saturday,  March 1, 2014 in Indian Wells, California."

“John McEnroe reacts after winning a point during the McEnroe Challenge for Charity presented by Esurance Saturday, March 1, 2014 in Indian Wells, California.”

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!

Photos: 2014 BNP Paribas Open – Day -3.

"The newly constructed Stadium 2 at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden is shown during the McEnroe Challenge for Charity VIP Draw Ceremony in Palm Springs, California Friday, February 28, 2014."

“The newly constructed Stadium 2 at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden is shown during the McEnroe Challenge for Charity VIP Draw Ceremony in Palm Springs, California Friday, February 28, 2014.”

"Guests attend the McEnroe Challenge for Charity VIP Draw Ceremony in the newly constructed Stadium 2 at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden in Palm Springs, California Friday, February 28, 2014."

“Guests attend the McEnroe Challenge for Charity VIP Draw Ceremony in the newly constructed Stadium 2 at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden in Palm Springs, California Friday, February 28, 2014.”

"BNP Paribas Open tournament owner Larry Ellison shakes hands with former player John McEnroe during the McEnroe Challenge for Charity VIP Draw Ceremony in the newly constructed Stadium 2 at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden in Palm Springs, California Friday, February 28, 2014."

“BNP Paribas Open tournament owner Larry Ellison shakes hands with former player John McEnroe during the McEnroe Challenge for Charity VIP Draw Ceremony in the newly constructed Stadium 2 at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden in Palm Springs, California Friday, February 28, 2014.”

"(From left to right) Former players John McEnroe, Peter Fleming, Jim Courier, and Rick Leach are introduced during the McEnroe Challenge for Charity VIP Draw Ceremony in the newly constructed Stadium 2 at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden in Palm Springs, California Friday, February 28, 2014."

“(From left to right) Former players John McEnroe, Peter Fleming, Jim Courier, and Rick Leach are introduced during the McEnroe Challenge for Charity VIP Draw Ceremony in the newly constructed Stadium 2 at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden in Palm Springs, California Friday, February 28, 2014.”

"John McEnroe is interviewed during the McEnroe Challenge for Charity VIP Draw Ceremony in the newly constructed Stadium 2 at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden in Palm Springs, California Friday, February 28, 2014."

“John McEnroe is interviewed during the McEnroe Challenge for Charity VIP Draw Ceremony in the newly constructed Stadium 2 at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden in Palm Springs, California Friday, February 28, 2014.”

"Nikita Kahn, girlfriend of BNP Paribas Open tournament owner Larry Ellison, holds a Baccarat crystal draw ceremony dish during the McEnroe Challenge for Charity VIP Draw Ceremony in the newly constructed Stadium 2 at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden in Palm Springs, California Friday, February 28, 2014."

“Nikita Kahn, girlfriend of BNP Paribas Open tournament owner Larry Ellison, holds a Baccarat crystal draw ceremony dish during the McEnroe Challenge for Charity VIP Draw Ceremony in the newly constructed Stadium 2 at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden in Palm Springs, California Friday, February 28, 2014.”

"Storm clouds form over Stadium 1 at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden before the start of the 2014 BNP Paribas Open in Palm Springs, California Friday, February 28, 2014."

“Storm clouds form over Stadium 1 at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden before the start of the 2014 BNP Paribas Open in Palm Springs, California Friday, February 28, 2014.”

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.