This was a order viagra no prescription last minute gig, a common occurrence at this time of year. We were talking about creating a set of intimate portraits of the client’s CEO when the question was raised. “Do you also shoot tennis?” A quick look at my previous work with a handful of tennis superstars on the Burj Al Arab helipad, the Mubadala Tennis Championship and a library build for Tennis Emirates and the job was secured.
The 15th Habtoor Tennis Championship is the only pure ladies tournament in the Middle East with some of the best players from the world coming to Dubai to compete for the trophy. It proved an intimate tournament with a great atmosphere and the perfect opportunity to get up and close to the action.
In a country where it rarely rains, it was a real shame to see the ladies doubles final get halted thanks to a massive downpour. Being stuck under an umbrella certainly felt unusual.
As it happened, I only actually shot the singles final between Kimiko Date Krumm from Japan and Yulia Putintseva from Kazakstan. I loved the atmosphere and the shoot worked a dream. The nice thing about these intimate tournaments is that I can get really close to the athletes and capture their love for the sport. I managed to nail some great action imagery in the very early stages of the game. Needless to say, the fast full frame Canon 1Dx with a set a stunning lenses is a great partner to work with … so capable of capturing these crystal clear shots. A quick review and I was happy with the shoot, which left me time to play and work the unusual compositions. Yulia Putienseva was very theatrical, openly displaying her frustrations of being beaten by such a strong player double her age. I probably photographed more than necessary but it felt good to continue clicking away … a chance to get creative and have a play.
Yet again, the Canon 1Dx proved wonders, effortlessly producing colourful, crisp and saturated images, just the way I like them. The conditions were pretty gentle but it did get a little rained on. I’m sure the rugged housing can cope with that.