Photos and Video: BNP Paribas Open – Day 3.

 

"Ana Ivanovic, Rafael Nadal, and Roger Federer shovel dirt Friday, March 8, 2013 during a groundbreaking ceremony for a new stadium set to be built at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden in Palm Springs, California."
“Ana Ivanovic, Rafael Nadal, and Roger Federer shovel dirt Friday, March 8, 2013 during a groundbreaking ceremony for a new stadium set to be built at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden in Indian Wells, California.”

 

“Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer chat Friday, March 8, 2013 during a groundbreaking ceremony for a new stadium set to be built at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden in Indian Wells, California.”

 

"Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer chat Friday, March 8, 2013 during a groundbreaking ceremony for a new stadium set to be built at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden in Palm Springs, California."
“Rafael Nadal autographs construction helmets Friday, March 8, 2013 during a groundbreaking ceremony for a new stadium set to be built at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden in Indian Wells, California.”

 

"Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer chat Friday, March 8, 2013 during a groundbreaking ceremony for a new stadium set to be built at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden in Palm Springs, California."
“Novak Djokovic addresses the media at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California Friday, March 8, 2013”

 

“Ball kids await the start of a ‘Salute Our Heroes’ ceremony on Stadium One court at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California Friday, March 8, 2013.”

Day three was a crazy day for me, but I was able to shoot some pretty unique things. After editing video from the Player Party in the morning, I shot a Q&A with former World No. 1 and eight time Grand Slam champion, Jimmy Connors, which you’ll see up top. 
The questions come from fans of the tournament on Facebook and Twitter, and Jimmy was great for the camera. I shot this quick hit on a Canon 7D DSLR and recorded with wireless lavaliers. 
I then rushed over to the outskirts of the Indian Wells Tennis Center, where I shot stills at the groundbreaking ceremony for a new stadium that will be built and ready for play by next year’s tournament. Present at the ceremony were Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic, Ana Ivanovic, and Victoria Azarenka. It’s difficult to screw up the photos when you have all those people in one place.
After that, I shot a Djokovic presser, and in the evening, a ceremony on the main stadium court honoring the military. I’m wiped, but I’m proud of all this content. We’re set for an exciting weekend of tennis.

The 2011 US Open through Photos

"2011 US Open men's singles champion Novak Djokovic (SRB)(1) poses with the US Open trophy atop the Empire State Building in New York City Tuesday, September 13, 2011."

"2011 US Open women's singles champion Samantha Stosur (AUS)(9) poses with the US Open trophy in Times Square Monday, September 12, 2011."

I’m currently on the Bolt Bus on my way back to Baltimore from New York City after an amazing two weeks working as a photo editor and photographer for usopen.org at the 2011 US Open. 

My main responsibility was to work alongside a photo team in editing images of US Open matches and events shot by our team of photographers. This involved cropping and resizing, as well as adjusting saturation, levels, sharpness, and curves. I also built organized, created, and produced a large collection of photo galleries. We were told last night that we had uploaded over 3, 300 photographs over the two week period. Given that high volume of photos, the work was monotonous and hectic at times, but after working for a website that gets approximately 35 million page views worldwide on each day of the tournament, I leave feeling very accomplished. 

I also got to shoot more photographs than I anticipated, which I’m thrilled about. In the hours I wasn’t working, I spent my time on the courts or around the grounds, making pictures and adding to my portfolio. Life as a photographer can be pretty exciting sometimes. As you can see, yesterday I was in Times Square with the women’s champion, and this morning I was on top of the Empire State Building with the men’s winner. 

That being said, the daily grind of the tournament definitely took a toll on me. Traveling an hour and a half to and from the National Tennis Center on the subway every day was grueling. I worked the night shift, which kept me there until midnight or later just about every night. 

I was tired at times, but I’ll remember this experience most for the people I was around. I’m grateful for the incredible usopen.org staff for their help, advice, and inspiration. I was able to make lots of new connections, and got a taste of the New York City media lifestyle. I’m also thrilled to have met up with so many friends I haven’t seen in  awhile I was there, and I’m glad to have yet again worked alongside Ben Snyder for another media adventure (also, thanks for the NYC pad!).

Tonight, it’s back to work at the O’s!

Below is a list of galleries comprised of photographs I took:

  1. Monday, August 29, 2011, Day 2: USTA Serves Night
  2. Wednesday, August 31, 2011, Day 3: Ivanovic/Zimonjic vs. Chan/Fyrstenberg
  3. Thursday, September 1, 2011, Day 4: A walk through the Grounds
  4. Sunday, September 3, 2011, Day 6: US Open From The Ground Up
  5. Monday, September 5, 2011, Day 8: Around the grounds
  6. Monday, September 12, 2011, Day 15: Olympus Photos of the Day

Below is a list of galleries I created or contributed to: 

  1. Thursday, August 25, 2011, Qualifying Round: Nadal Tennis Clinic
  2. Thursday, August 25, 2011, Qualifying Round: Draw Ceremony
  3. Tuesday, August 30, 2011, Day 2: Night Matches on Ashe
  4. Wednesday, August 31, 2011, Day 3: Sharapova vs. Yakimova
  5. Thursday, September 1, 2011, Day 4: Djokovic vs. Berlocq
  6. Thursday, September 1, 2011, Day 4: Azarenka vs. Dulko
  7. Thursday, September 1, 2011, Day 4: King vs. Gajdosova
  8. Friday, September 2, 2011, Day 5: Blake vs. Ferrer
  9. Friday, September 2, 2011, Day 5: Roddick vs. Sock
  10. Friday, September 2, 2011, Day 5: Kirilenko vs. McHale
  11. Saturday, September 3, 2011, Day 6: Ivanovic vs. Stephens
  12. Saturday, September 3, 2011, Day 6: Tsonga vs. Verdasco
  13. Saturday, September 3, 2011, Day 6: Stars at the Open
  14. Saturday, September 3, 2011, Day 6: Djokovic vs. Davydenko
  15. Sunday, September 4, 2011, Day 7: Murray vs. Lopez
  16. Sunday, September 4, 2011, Day 7: Lisicki vs. Zvonareva
  17. Monday, September 5, 2011, Day 8: Federer vs. Monaco
  18. Thursday, September 8, 2011, Day 11: Federer vs. Tsonga
  19. Thursday, September 8, 2011, Day 11: Court 13
  20. Saturday, September 10, 2011, Day 13: Quarterfinal: Kerber vs. Stosur
  21. Saturday, September 10, 2011, Day 13: Semifinal: Murray vs. Nadal
  22. Saturday, September 10, 2011, Day 13: Men’s Doubles Final
  23. Saturday, September 10, 2011, Day 13: Semifinal: Wozniacki vs. Williams
  24. Monday, September 12, 2011, Day 15: Stars at the Open
  25. Monday, September 12, 2011, Day 15: Men’s Final: Nadal vs. Djokovic
  26. Monday, September 12, 2011, Day 15: Men’s Final Goes Into the Night 

US Open Time!

"Novak Djokovic prepares to hit a forehand in the first set of a match against Rafel Nadal during the BNP Paribas Open in Palm Springs, California Thursday, March 18, 2010."

*In lieu of the so-called “Bolt” Bus arriving in Baltimore an hour late, and the so-called “Free Wi-Fi” they advertise not working at all, I’m posting what I wrote during that ride now that I’m settled here in New York.* 

I’m currently on Interstate 95 en route to 33rd and 7th Ave. in New York City, where I’ll be for the next three weeks. I was hired as a Seasonal Photo Editor for the usopen.org media team for this year’s US Open at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows, New York!

I’ll have a better idea of what exactly it is I’ll be doing after tomorrow’s orientation, but I know that I’ll be editing, correcting and keywording images shot by the US Open team of photographers. I’ll also be writing captions, creating galleries, and updating the tournament website every day.

I really don’t know what to expect. I’ve never been to this tournament before, I’m not familiar with the tennis media world, and I’ve been surrounded by nothing but baseball for the past several months. I also don’t know what I’ll be able to post on this blog throughout the tournament, if anything at all.

As you can see, I don’t know much at all. The only thing I’m absolutely sure of is that I’m ridiculously excited. This will be a great opportunity to make new connections, get more professional experience under my belt, and add to my portfolio. It’ll also be interesting to compare the professional tennis world to the more familiar world of professional baseball.

Here’s a frame I shot last year in California of world number one ranked Novak Djokovic, who I predict will be this year’s champion.

My work starts bright and early tomorrow morning, so, here we go!

*Don’t forget to vote for “Billie with an I.E.” for Baltimore’s Most Valuable Blog! You can vote once per day per computer or smartphone until September 9, 2011. Click here to vote! Thank you so much for your readership!*