Wimbledon 2021 - Centre court, Day 4 (picture heavy)

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OK – this all started in the “what photography item did you buy today” with this post: slightly photography linked which then veered into which lenses I should take and the fact that the seats might be the deciding factor in how good aor how many pictures I might take.

First the (relatively) bad news: the seats were good for viewing, not so great for sports shots, so even the beloved plastic fantastic was a bit short. Here's a shot at 40mm from my seat (80mm ff equivalent):

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The good news: I could focus on the tennis a bit more and loved it (bit of background, the first time I ever went was 1986, the only thing I got to see was Ivan Lendl and Leonardo Lavalle knock up then the whole day was rained off: I still really enjoyed it!)

I did take some pictures, naturally, so here they are, most of the centre court ones are savagely cropped, look a bit grainy and are probably not up to much pixel peeping, but needs must:

First up was Ash Barty – for some reason most of the shots have her with her eyes closed – who beat Anna Blinkova. Was really impressed by Barty – her sliced backhand is a thing of beauty!

Rough or Smooth?

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Low Volley

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First Serve

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Next up was Coco Gauff, who beat Elena Visnina quite comfortably.

Elena Visnina looking a little blurred, but I liked the balletic nature of the pose!

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Coco Gauff - eyes on the ball

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Coco Gauff - backhand in full flight

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Then came the mighty Fed, vs Richard Gasquet. First set was really tight and Gasquet hit some tremendous one-handed backhands. But Federer was too strong in the second and third sets.

Flying backhand

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The mighty forehand

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Timeless Federer (ok, I played with the noise reduction - a bit too much - on this one, made him look younger!)

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Right on the racquet. Using the Barty eyes closed technique!

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Here are a few "incidental" pics, taken in and around Centre or on one of the ourside courts a bit later:

Sasnovich, who "retired" Serena:

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Are these guys too good for us? (They were!)

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Caruso as D'Artagnan

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Thirsty work.....

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Court 17

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Volunteer Stewards

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Fancy Hat

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A last couple from the Federer Gasquet match:

Federer Framer PLaying with slower shutter speeds)

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A two shot pano, stitched in Affinity (which I'm a real novice on) which makes it look like they're hitting shots simultaneously!

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Well done Steve.
You obviously had a wonderful day and your photos are a great representation of that.
You may be slightly critical of the sharpness in your Centre Court photos, but.....
you've grabbed the action. :thumbsup:
Brilliant effort.
 

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There are many players that rise to the top, but many often fade just as fast. But to have a long successful career is something quite special, especially when the "old guys" are taking it to the kids. Roger Federer in tennis, Chris Chelios in hockey, Randy Johnson in baseball, Phil Mickelson in golf. Coincidentally, Randy Johnson was as good as any photographer at nailing a BIF.
 

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