Here’s a selection of photos from yesterday’s tennis action, as well as the Connecticut Open Legend’s Event with former stars Andy Roddick and James Blake.
Here are some photos from a busy day yesterday at the Connecticut Open.
I’m here in London, England, where I’m lucky enough to be photographing my third straight Wimbledon Tennis Championships.
This year, I’m working as a member of the official tournament photography staff, which shoots for both the tournament website, wimbledon.com, as well as for marketing and publications within the All England Lawn and Tennis Club. This is my first year working for this department, so it’s needless to say that I’m thrilled to have this opportunity.
Today was my first day shooting, so I spent it getting my bearings and learning the new system. These photos are a mix of activity out on the practice courts and a few introductory press conferences.
I’m looking forward to posting every day as the tournament goes on!
I think this is the first time in my life that I’m actually sore from carrying photo gear and climbing stadium steps, and I’ve done a lot of that. Yesterday made for a crazy day, which included editing the video above and shooting photos at 13 different matches throughout the day.
It was a grind, but I had a blast doing it. If anything, it was a good leg and shoulder workout.
The video is similar to the WTA All-Access video I produced several days ago, but from the men’s side of the draw. It’s kind of a fun watch, if only to see the top five players in the world talk about each other.
As for the photos, I’ve posted a variety of action and features. It’s always a good challenge to mix things up while shooting tennis, particularly during the early rounds when you have so many matches to cover. For the first few days when you’re bouncing from court to court so quickly, it’s more about speed and efficiency rather than creativity. The above is a selection from the day.
Today is another big day! Enjoy!
I’m out in Palm Springs, California, where I’m working as a Multimedia Producer for the online team at the 2013 BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells Tennis Garden. I’ll be here throughout the entire tournament, so I’ll be posting the content I create and produce daily, so be sure to stay tuned for more!
The first video above is a piece I shot and edited. I’ve worked as a still photographer and social media editor at several tournaments on the professional tennis tour, including twice at the US Open and once at Wimbledon, but this tournament marks the first time that I’ve brought video into the mix.
In the video, reporter Scott Hennessee asked the top eight seeded players on the women’s side of the draw a series of questions to find out how well they knew each other. I filmed, shooting with a Canon 7D body and recording with wireless lavaliers, and then pulled together a quick edit to be posted on the tournament’s website and various social media outlets.
Featured in this video are Maria Sharapova, Victoria Azarenka, Agnieska Radwanska, Petra Kvitova, Angelique Kerber, Caroline Wozniacki, Samantha Stosur, and Sara Errani. The players gave us great material to work with, and I’m happy with the pace and flow of the piece. And, what could be better than interviewing the world’s best tennis players on the roof of the stadium at Indian Wells Tennis Garden under perfect, sunny, 80 degree skies?
I’ve also included some still images from All-Access Day, as well as some frames from an promotion event for Maria Sharapova’s line of gummy candies, “Sugarpova.”
As always, I welcome your thoughts, comments, suggestions, criticisms, or questions. Enjoy!
Here is a selection of images from Day 3 of the 2012 US Open. Things are starting to heat up, and emotions were running high on many of the courts yesterday. I caught the tail end of a few very intense matches, including a couple five set battles.
It was nice to get some good expression out of the players. Screams, fist pumps, and racquet throws serve as a nice break from the normal forehand, backhand, and serve photos.
Here is a link to the photo galleries from the day.
Now, on to Day 4!
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:
- Monday, August 29, 2011, Day 2: USTA Serves Night
- Wednesday, August 31, 2011, Day 3: Ivanovic/Zimonjic vs. Chan/Fyrstenberg
- Thursday, September 1, 2011, Day 4: A walk through the Grounds
- Sunday, September 3, 2011, Day 6: US Open From The Ground Up
- Monday, September 5, 2011, Day 8: Around the grounds
- Monday, September 12, 2011, Day 15: Olympus Photos of the Day
Below is a list of galleries I created or contributed to:
- Thursday, August 25, 2011, Qualifying Round: Nadal Tennis Clinic
- Thursday, August 25, 2011, Qualifying Round: Draw Ceremony
- Tuesday, August 30, 2011, Day 2: Night Matches on Ashe
- Wednesday, August 31, 2011, Day 3: Sharapova vs. Yakimova
- Thursday, September 1, 2011, Day 4: Djokovic vs. Berlocq
- Thursday, September 1, 2011, Day 4: Azarenka vs. Dulko
- Thursday, September 1, 2011, Day 4: King vs. Gajdosova
- Friday, September 2, 2011, Day 5: Blake vs. Ferrer
- Friday, September 2, 2011, Day 5: Roddick vs. Sock
- Friday, September 2, 2011, Day 5: Kirilenko vs. McHale
- Saturday, September 3, 2011, Day 6: Ivanovic vs. Stephens
- Saturday, September 3, 2011, Day 6: Tsonga vs. Verdasco
- Saturday, September 3, 2011, Day 6: Stars at the Open
- Saturday, September 3, 2011, Day 6: Djokovic vs. Davydenko
- Sunday, September 4, 2011, Day 7: Murray vs. Lopez
- Sunday, September 4, 2011, Day 7: Lisicki vs. Zvonareva
- Monday, September 5, 2011, Day 8: Federer vs. Monaco
- Thursday, September 8, 2011, Day 11: Federer vs. Tsonga
- Thursday, September 8, 2011, Day 11: Court 13
- Saturday, September 10, 2011, Day 13: Quarterfinal: Kerber vs. Stosur
- Saturday, September 10, 2011, Day 13: Semifinal: Murray vs. Nadal
- Saturday, September 10, 2011, Day 13: Men’s Doubles Final
- Saturday, September 10, 2011, Day 13: Semifinal: Wozniacki vs. Williams
- Monday, September 12, 2011, Day 15: Stars at the Open
- Monday, September 12, 2011, Day 15: Men’s Final: Nadal vs. Djokovic
- Monday, September 12, 2011, Day 15: Men’s Final Goes Into the Night