Tennis, Anyone...?

Discussion in 'Other Genres' started by jc_rex, Mar 5, 2011.

  1. jc_rex

    jc_rex Mu-43 Regular

    43
    Dec 17, 2010
    Menifee, CA
    Hello fellow mu-43ers!
    I've been fortunate to be living close to one of the major tennis tournaments in the world and probably the most accessible of them (meaning, the tournament where there are least boundaries separating the players from the spectators). That tournament is the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, CA... previously known as Pacific Life Open...
    I've been going there each year for 6 years already... I am a tennis nut and this tournament is the reason I got into photography... :biggrin:

    Here are some photos from my previous visits shot with my s5

    sir roger federer
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    this photo is a good representation of why this is called the most accessible tournament in the world:
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    that's roger federer, he was number 1 player in the world and I am sitting on one of the steps going to the court...

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    i wish i had a better camera when i shot this :biggrin::
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    that's novak djokovic, the guy to beat this time of the year... :biggrin::biggrin:

    Now, I'm excited to take my E-PL1 to the tournament... I'll be there for four days and will be taking thousands of shots... I'll post photos here :smile::smile:
     
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  2. Hyubie

    Hyubie Unique like everyone else

    Oct 15, 2010
    Massachusetts
    Herbert
    wish I could join you with my e-pl1! :(
     
  3. PENpal

    PENpal Mu-43 Veteran

    386
    Feb 15, 2011
    Vamos!
     

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  4. cbrock

    cbrock Mu-43 Regular

    42
    Feb 12, 2011
    Pittsburgh, PA
    Nice work! Great composition on shots 3-5. I love the intensity and focus on the 4th shot. Have fun at the rest of the tourney with the Oly!
     
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  5. jc_rex

    jc_rex Mu-43 Regular

    43
    Dec 17, 2010
    Menifee, CA
    me too! :(

    Davai! Ajde! haha
    nice trophy shot! is that you? :)

    thanks cbrock! 2 more days til i go there! been practicing with the camera at a local tennis club here! I'm making everyone uncomfortable while playing! lol
     
  6. BBW

    BBW Super Moderator Emeritus

    Great shots! I am so jealous of your being able to be so close - let alone being able to take photos. Tennis is a great game to play and almost as enjoyable to watch.

    Promise to keep us up-to-date!:cool::biggrin:
     
  7. jc_rex

    jc_rex Mu-43 Regular

    43
    Dec 17, 2010
    Menifee, CA
    Thanks BBW! :D
    I'll post shots as soon as I can! :D
     
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  8. syilim

    syilim Mu-43 Regular

    54
    Jan 31, 2011
    WoW! Amazing shots jc_rex. Wish I was there too! Have watched the grand slams on and off during the past 5 years or so, but wasn't until last year that i really got into it and started some lessons too. Really wish I could watch a live tournament soon.

    Agree with cbrock, shots 3-5 are awesome. Great job!!
     
  9. jc_rex

    jc_rex Mu-43 Regular

    43
    Dec 17, 2010
    Menifee, CA
    thanks syilim! wow! cool that you're really getting into it! it's a fun sport to play... gets really addicting, especially after the first time you take a full swing at the ball and hit the sweetspot! what a wonderful feeling that is! :)
     
  10. jc_rex

    jc_rex Mu-43 Regular

    43
    Dec 17, 2010
    Menifee, CA
    Just got done importing pictures from today's session! what a wonderful weather! glad it didn't rain today... yesterday was looking really bad!

    anyway, here are some photos from today shot with the E-PL1 with the 100-300mm lumx g vario... the sun was really bright today so I'm really glad I have the VF-2 attached!

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    you could see ball fuzz in this photo
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    some ball fuzz flying here as well :)
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    thanks for viewing! more to come after I come back this friday! :)
     
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  11. Hyubie

    Hyubie Unique like everyone else

    Oct 15, 2010
    Massachusetts
    Herbert
    I see you've also taken Gasquet's picture. Along with The Fed's earlier ones, you now have 2 out of 3 of my favorite players, the other one being Justine Henin. Common factor? Backhands to die for.
     
  12. f6cvalkyrie

    f6cvalkyrie Mu-43 All-Pro

    Feb 12, 2010
    Brussels, Belgium
    I'm not sure you'll see her playing again anytime soon :frown:

    Greets from Justine's home country,
    Rafael, who is actually more a fan of Kim
     
  13. jc_rex

    jc_rex Mu-43 Regular

    43
    Dec 17, 2010
    Menifee, CA
    I've seen Justine last year! too bad she's retired again :(
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    yeah, that backhand is to die for! the power that small body of hers generates is amazing!

    kolschreiber's one hander is not too shabby either!
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    all time favorite backhand is safin's double hander
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  14. jc_rex

    jc_rex Mu-43 Regular

    43
    Dec 17, 2010
    Menifee, CA
    Hi rafael! I love those 2 players... great players with great personalities! :2thumbs:
     
  15. Hyubie

    Hyubie Unique like everyone else

    Oct 15, 2010
    Massachusetts
    Herbert
    You're lucky to have two of the greatest players ever. Is it pushing it too far when I named my first daughter after her? :biggrin: Anyway, yes I was sad she had to leave for the second time, but we should just appreciate the times she gave us pretty special games (2003 US Open, vs Capriati has to be one of the best matches. Ever). Allez!
     
  16. jc_rex

    jc_rex Mu-43 Regular

    43
    Dec 17, 2010
    Menifee, CA
    no it's not! Justine's a pretty common name, and a pretty one too! Not like my cousin who thought of naming his daughter Svetlana... they're not Russian at all!! :D
     
  17. jc_rex

    jc_rex Mu-43 Regular

    43
    Dec 17, 2010
    Menifee, CA
    a few more from Tuesday's session...

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    some guy's hat was in the way!!
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    That guy on the ground is using a Red camera! :2thumbs:
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    I'll be coming back to the tournament tomorrow and will be there til Sunday!
     
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  18. Hyubie

    Hyubie Unique like everyone else

    Oct 15, 2010
    Massachusetts
    Herbert
    I'm ... speechless.
     
  19. jc_rex

    jc_rex Mu-43 Regular

    43
    Dec 17, 2010
    Menifee, CA
    here are some of the shots I took from Friday - Sunday in the tournament

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  20. pjohngren

    pjohngren Mu-43 Top Veteran

    560
    Oct 15, 2010
    And I thought m4/3 was not for sports photography - these pictures prove that to be a myth!