I was at the Hong Kong Tennis Classics 2011 this week, and would not miss the chance to shoot some of the players in action. I think it’s the first time I try to photograph tennis players and to say the least, it’s not as easy as it looks.
First 2 matches (Kirilenko vs. Oudin & Zvonareva vs. V. Williams), my seat was less than ideal. Right in front of the baseline, the players were either on their profile or too far…
I brought along my 135mm f/2 on my 7D. Light was reasonably fine, though the position of the spots gave me big flare on the court’s ground.
For the third match, I was more or less invited in the President’s Box, right behind the players: McEnroe vs. Kafelnikov. This position was much better in terms of lighting.
The IS would have helped a lot but not only: the crop format of the APC-S sensor does not give a DOF shallow enough to completely blur the background.
Obviously, those guys had the best spot:
- Hong Kong’s Tennis Classic Draws Stars (blogs.wsj.com)
- Venus loses to Zvonareva in first match back (cbssports.com)