This might not be a great shot by many standards… maybe not even by some of my own. However, this photo represents a turning point in my sports photography. This is the best live action tennis photo I’ve ever made. I don’t have many opportunities to photograph this sport. In past attempts I’ve tried shooting from a hill that allowed me to see over-top the fences that surround the courts. For what ever reason… this time I decided to actually breech the perimeter and make myself at home right on the court. The main drawback to shooting from this location is having to crouch so low that it makes it difficult to maintain proper focus of the athlete because of the high horizon of the net. But, I didn’t want to stand and be too obvious. Also, I learned to just really let my shutter fly. Now, some of you that are photographers might say… “you should have learned that a long time ago!” Well, I did… but for some reason I’ve always held back a little. Not today. I let the Mark III do it’s thang and I got a lot more shots with the ball in a decent position within the frame. Funny side note about the ball in this photo is that I nearly took it off the 300 2.8 I was looking through. Actually, I never saw it coming… not even through the viewfinder. Because of that, I didn’t even flinch… which had to made me look like a badass.
Johannes John, EKU Sophomore Tennis Player from Dresden, Germany