Tennis - ATP Visit Panama Challenger 2014

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CE Barnes
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Tennis - ATP Visit Panama Challenger 2014
Mar 17, 2014

Hi,

A couple pictures from yesterday afternoon during the qualifying rounds of the ATP Visit Panama Challenger. This year there are even better players... This year we saw as in the past, junior players trying to get their first ATP points. I sat down to see 2 great matches, one between Alexander Zverev (winner of the Australian Jr. Open) and Tiago Monteiro (#272) where Monteiro beat Zverev easily. The other match was between doubles partners Jarmere Jenkins and Bjorn Fratangelo. This second match was pretty close and went down to a tie breaker in the third, won by Jenkins.

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Charlie

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Hello. I assume you want CC, so here it goes. My guess you were using a 70-200mm from the stands. A lot photographers feel they need to capture the entire player. Well, the result is you will get a lot of background distractions, and not much of the expression of the player making the shot. Sure, a few of them should include information of the location of the match, maybe even the advertisers of the event. But, most of the time, try capturing the action...expressions, ball on racket, the reach and extension of the arm.

In your situation, I would shoot at 200mm, and crop the photo tightly.

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Hello. I assume you want CC, so here it goes. My guess you were using a 70-200mm from the stands. A lot photographers feel they need to capture the entire player. Well, the result is you will get a lot of background distractions, and not much of the expression of the player making the shot. Sure, a few of them should include information of the location of the match, maybe even the advertisers of the event. But, most of the time, try capturing the action...expressions, ball on racket, the reach and extension of the arm.

In your situation, I would shoot at 200mm, and crop the photo tightly.

Hi wasserball,

Yes, I was using a 70-200 as it was a small stadium.  I did not want to go down to the ground floor to take pictures, so I took them from the stands at the center of the court as this was "just" the qualifying rounds...   Since I just wanted to post some pictures including the tournament logo I did take the "full players".  I hear what you are saying, nevertheless the young players prefer to have pictures as the ones I posted.  Being an avid tennis player, and having kids who play at the competitive level these are just my observations based on past experience.

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Charlie

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CE Barnes wrote:

wasserball wrote:

Hello. I assume you want CC, so here it goes. My guess you were using a 70-200mm from the stands. A lot photographers feel they need to capture the entire player. Well, the result is you will get a lot of background distractions, and not much of the expression of the player making the shot. Sure, a few of them should include information of the location of the match, maybe even the advertisers of the event. But, most of the time, try capturing the action...expressions, ball on racket, the reach and extension of the arm.

In your situation, I would shoot at 200mm, and crop the photo tightly.

Hi wasserball,

Yes, I was using a 70-200 as it was a small stadium. I did not want to go down to the ground floor to take pictures, so I took them from the stands at the center of the court as this was "just" the qualifying rounds... Since I just wanted to post some pictures including the tournament logo I did take the "full players". I hear what you are saying, nevertheless the young players prefer to have pictures as the ones I posted. Being an avid tennis player, and having kids who play at the competitive level these are just my observations based on past experience.

Cheers,

Charlie

Fully understand your reasoning. I shoot lower level players where they want to see everything. What I have found from being in the center is that I have the tendency of trying to capture both players, therefore, I swing the camera back and forth. Rather, concentrate on one player, with the sun to your advantage. I find that I get into the rhythm of timing the shot as the player hits the ball.

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Hi waserball,

When you shoot tennis, particularly as the playing level gets more intense, when you sit in the middle of the court you should not swing from side to side to capture the play action. You should try to shoot with both eyes open but concentrate on one side of the court.  With the non dominant eye you should be able to have some peripheral vision and determine if the ball is coming back.  The shots were you have racket-ball contact are not always the best...  I don't aim and spray, although my equipment can do it, as I have great timing for the shots.

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CE Barnes wrote:

Hi waserball,

When you shoot tennis, particularly as the playing level gets more intense, when you sit in the middle of the court you should not swing from side to side to capture the play action. You should try to shoot with both eyes open but concentrate on one side of the court. With the non dominant eye you should be able to have some peripheral vision and determine if the ball is coming back. The shots were you have racket-ball contact are not always the best... I don't aim and spray, although my equipment can do it, as I have great timing for the shots.

Cheers,

Charlie

I think that's what I was saying, in the end, if you read it again. 

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In reply to CE Barnes, Mar 19, 2014

Shot #2 with the clay dust coming off the racquet is awesome.

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bruxi wrote:

Shot #2 with the clay dust coming off the racquet is awesome.

Thanks bruxi !

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In reply to CE Barnes, Mar 20, 2014

A couple more of picture from Wed night singles action where Potito Starace lost against Blaz Rola in 2 straight sets.

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