The 2011 US Open through Photos

"2011 US Open men's singles champion Novak Djokovic (SRB)(1) poses with the US Open trophy atop the Empire State Building in New York City Tuesday, September 13, 2011."

"2011 US Open women's singles champion Samantha Stosur (AUS)(9) poses with the US Open trophy in Times Square Monday, September 12, 2011."

I’m currently on the Bolt Bus on my way back to Baltimore from New York City after an amazing two weeks working as a photo editor and photographer for usopen.org at the 2011 US Open. 

My main responsibility was to work alongside a photo team in editing images of US Open matches and events shot by our team of photographers. This involved cropping and resizing, as well as adjusting saturation, levels, sharpness, and curves. I also built organized, created, and produced a large collection of photo galleries. We were told last night that we had uploaded over 3, 300 photographs over the two week period. Given that high volume of photos, the work was monotonous and hectic at times, but after working for a website that gets approximately 35 million page views worldwide on each day of the tournament, I leave feeling very accomplished. 

I also got to shoot more photographs than I anticipated, which I’m thrilled about. In the hours I wasn’t working, I spent my time on the courts or around the grounds, making pictures and adding to my portfolio. Life as a photographer can be pretty exciting sometimes. As you can see, yesterday I was in Times Square with the women’s champion, and this morning I was on top of the Empire State Building with the men’s winner. 

That being said, the daily grind of the tournament definitely took a toll on me. Traveling an hour and a half to and from the National Tennis Center on the subway every day was grueling. I worked the night shift, which kept me there until midnight or later just about every night. 

I was tired at times, but I’ll remember this experience most for the people I was around. I’m grateful for the incredible usopen.org staff for their help, advice, and inspiration. I was able to make lots of new connections, and got a taste of the New York City media lifestyle. I’m also thrilled to have met up with so many friends I haven’t seen in  awhile I was there, and I’m glad to have yet again worked alongside Ben Snyder for another media adventure (also, thanks for the NYC pad!).

Tonight, it’s back to work at the O’s!

Below is a list of galleries comprised of photographs I took:

  1. Monday, August 29, 2011, Day 2: USTA Serves Night
  2. Wednesday, August 31, 2011, Day 3: Ivanovic/Zimonjic vs. Chan/Fyrstenberg
  3. Thursday, September 1, 2011, Day 4: A walk through the Grounds
  4. Sunday, September 3, 2011, Day 6: US Open From The Ground Up
  5. Monday, September 5, 2011, Day 8: Around the grounds
  6. Monday, September 12, 2011, Day 15: Olympus Photos of the Day

Below is a list of galleries I created or contributed to: 

  1. Thursday, August 25, 2011, Qualifying Round: Nadal Tennis Clinic
  2. Thursday, August 25, 2011, Qualifying Round: Draw Ceremony
  3. Tuesday, August 30, 2011, Day 2: Night Matches on Ashe
  4. Wednesday, August 31, 2011, Day 3: Sharapova vs. Yakimova
  5. Thursday, September 1, 2011, Day 4: Djokovic vs. Berlocq
  6. Thursday, September 1, 2011, Day 4: Azarenka vs. Dulko
  7. Thursday, September 1, 2011, Day 4: King vs. Gajdosova
  8. Friday, September 2, 2011, Day 5: Blake vs. Ferrer
  9. Friday, September 2, 2011, Day 5: Roddick vs. Sock
  10. Friday, September 2, 2011, Day 5: Kirilenko vs. McHale
  11. Saturday, September 3, 2011, Day 6: Ivanovic vs. Stephens
  12. Saturday, September 3, 2011, Day 6: Tsonga vs. Verdasco
  13. Saturday, September 3, 2011, Day 6: Stars at the Open
  14. Saturday, September 3, 2011, Day 6: Djokovic vs. Davydenko
  15. Sunday, September 4, 2011, Day 7: Murray vs. Lopez
  16. Sunday, September 4, 2011, Day 7: Lisicki vs. Zvonareva
  17. Monday, September 5, 2011, Day 8: Federer vs. Monaco
  18. Thursday, September 8, 2011, Day 11: Federer vs. Tsonga
  19. Thursday, September 8, 2011, Day 11: Court 13
  20. Saturday, September 10, 2011, Day 13: Quarterfinal: Kerber vs. Stosur
  21. Saturday, September 10, 2011, Day 13: Semifinal: Murray vs. Nadal
  22. Saturday, September 10, 2011, Day 13: Men’s Doubles Final
  23. Saturday, September 10, 2011, Day 13: Semifinal: Wozniacki vs. Williams
  24. Monday, September 12, 2011, Day 15: Stars at the Open
  25. Monday, September 12, 2011, Day 15: Men’s Final: Nadal vs. Djokovic
  26. Monday, September 12, 2011, Day 15: Men’s Final Goes Into the Night 

From the New York Public Library.

"People work in the Rose Main Reading Room of the New York Public Library on Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street in New York City Wednesday, Septebember 7, 2011."

I’ve been in New York City for the past week for my Photo Editor job at this year’s US Open. I have tons of work from the Open that I haven’t posted yet. I’m still collecting my thoughts about this incredible experience, so I’m going to hold off on posting them, and my work, until after the tournament is over.

I’m currently in the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, more commonly known as the main branch of the New York Public Library. I’ve been spending lots of time here during the day, as I don’t work at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center until the evening.

This particular room is where I’ve gravitated to most often. It’s a pretty impressive space, and carries a different atmosphere than the library I’m most familiar with, the Athenaeum. People are actually quiet here. It’s strange.

A few from NYC

"A bus drives through Times Square in New York City, New York Thursday, August 25, 2011."

"People sit on the subway in Brooklyn, New York Friday, August 26, 2011."

"A father and his children walk toward the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing, New York Friday, August 26, 2011."

Whenever I come to New York City from Baltimore, I’m always taken aback by how much is going on. There’s so much energy and excitement here, and while there’s a lot that happens in Baltimore, there’s really no comparison. 

Here’s a few miscellaneous shots from my first days here. 

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Nadal, Fish among many stars to appear at 2011 ‘Taste of Tennis’ event in New York City.

"Rafael Nadal poses for the media during the 12th annual Taste of Tennis Hotel at the W New York Hotel in New York City Thursday, August 25, 2011."

"Tommy Haas poses for the media during the 12th annual Taste of Tennis Hotel at the W New York Hotel in New York City Thursday, August 25, 2011.

"Fernando Verdasco poses for the media during the 12th annual Taste of Tennis event at the W New York Hotel in New York City Thursday, August 25, 2011."

"Mikhail Youzhny poses for the media during the 12th annual Taste of Tennis event at the W New York Hotel in New York City Thursday, August 25, 2011."

"Janko Tipsarevic and his wife, Biljana Sesevic, pose for the media during the 12th annual Taste of Tennis event at the W New York Hotel in New York City Thursday, August 25, 2011."

"Gilles Simon poses for the media during the 12th annual Taste of Tennis Hotel at the W New York Hotel in New York City Thursday, August 25, 2011."

"James Blake poses for the media during the 12th annual Taste of Tennis eventl at the W New York Hotel in New York City Thursday, August 25, 2011."

"Vera Zvonareva poses for the media during the 12th annual Taste of Tennis event at the W New York Hotel in New York City Thursday, August 25, 2011."

"Mardy Fish and his wife, Stacey Gardner, pose for the media during the 12th annual Taste of Tennis event at the W New York Hotel in New York City Thursday, August 25, 2011."

After a bit of last minute planning, I got to shoot the 12th annual Taste of Tennis event at the W New York Hotel in Manhattan last Thursday night on behalf of the very hip tennis fashion and style blog, Tennis Served Fresh. An opening celebration of sorts as we gear up for the 2011 US Open, Taste of Tennis brought the world’s best tennis players and chefs together for a night of cooking, partying, and plenty of photo opps. Be sure to check TSF for a full report of the night’s activity.

This was the first time I’ve shot a red carpet event, although this carpet happened to be green. It was exactly like what we see on television at these types of occasions: hordes of photographers packed together like sardines for two hours screaming at famous people to look their way. 

I was beat by the end of it, but it was extremely exciting to be there. It’s exhilarating to be so close to so many tennis players my own teammates and I have watched throughout the years. 

Thank you to Nick McCarvel for allowing me to shoot for him, and to Ben Snyder for making the connections!

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US Open Time!

"Novak Djokovic prepares to hit a forehand in the first set of a match against Rafel Nadal during the BNP Paribas Open in Palm Springs, California Thursday, March 18, 2010."

*In lieu of the so-called “Bolt” Bus arriving in Baltimore an hour late, and the so-called “Free Wi-Fi” they advertise not working at all, I’m posting what I wrote during that ride now that I’m settled here in New York.* 

I’m currently on Interstate 95 en route to 33rd and 7th Ave. in New York City, where I’ll be for the next three weeks. I was hired as a Seasonal Photo Editor for the usopen.org media team for this year’s US Open at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows, New York!

I’ll have a better idea of what exactly it is I’ll be doing after tomorrow’s orientation, but I know that I’ll be editing, correcting and keywording images shot by the US Open team of photographers. I’ll also be writing captions, creating galleries, and updating the tournament website every day.

I really don’t know what to expect. I’ve never been to this tournament before, I’m not familiar with the tennis media world, and I’ve been surrounded by nothing but baseball for the past several months. I also don’t know what I’ll be able to post on this blog throughout the tournament, if anything at all.

As you can see, I don’t know much at all. The only thing I’m absolutely sure of is that I’m ridiculously excited. This will be a great opportunity to make new connections, get more professional experience under my belt, and add to my portfolio. It’ll also be interesting to compare the professional tennis world to the more familiar world of professional baseball.

Here’s a frame I shot last year in California of world number one ranked Novak Djokovic, who I predict will be this year’s champion.

My work starts bright and early tomorrow morning, so, here we go!

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New York City.

 

"Cars whiz around Columbus Circle as rush hour begins in New York City, New York Thursday, December 2, 2010."

I’m told that when I saw New York City for the first time as a little boy, I looked out the window and said something along the lines of, “What is this pile of junk?”

Obviously, my thoughts have changed since then.

Yesterday I was sent to New York City to speak on a panel for Goucher College. The reception was at the Museum of Arts and Design in Columbus Circle.

Amidst the crazy schedule I had, I found a few moments to walk through the streets with my camera. I wish I could have stayed out there and shot all night. The city is so alive. It’s got an energy that I sometimes feel Baltimore lacks.

So, I take it back. New York City is definitely not a pile of junk.

Graduate School

"The sun sets behind Alma Mater, a statue of the goddess Minerva, at Columbia University in New York City Sunday, August 8, 2010."

It’s hard to believe how quickly these four years have passed by.

I went to New York City this weekend to look at some Graduate programs for Journalism. I haven’t yet decided that Graduate School will be my next step, but I want to keep my options open for life after Goucher College.

I learned a lot this weekend and looked at some truly impressive programs. New York City was equally impressive, and Baltimore seemed like a bit of a ghost town when I drove in this morning.

This was one of the many good-looking statues on the campus of Columbia University in Morningside Heights. This shot turned out nicely: a Greek goddess silhouetted against a sky made of fire and ice.