A couple of weeks ago I was lucky enough to go to the Aegon International tennis tournament in Eastbourne. I really enjoy watching tennis (Wimbledon is on the TV as I’m writing this) but I’d never been to a ‘live’ tennis match before. Seeing any sporting event live, in person, is so very different from watching it on the small screen. There are advantages and disadvantages to both, but nothing really beats being there. The atmosphere of the crowd, the side-dramas and comings and goings are never fully captured by television coverage.
For much of the day, the light was not right for photography (and frankly the games were too absorbing to worry about making images). However, by the early evening, long shadows were being cast over the court and the possibilities were more interesting. At other sporting events I’ve attended, I’ve only taken a small point and shoot camera or iPhone. I’ve recorded the fact that I’ve been there, but nothing much more than that. At Eastbourne though I wanted to try to capture action so, I had my Olympus OMD E-M5 with a Panasonic 35-100mm f/2.8 lens with me. The combination of camera and lens made making action shots so much easier.
I sent week 25’s card to my friend, Sue Hills, who was with me at Eastbourne. After Sue received the card she e-mailed me, saying, “It takes me back to when I used to buy postcards at Wimbledon of my favourites in action. At about the same time as you took this postcard I had become fascinated by a few fleeting glimpses of shadows of racquets showing up the grid work of the stringing on the grass. It must just have been the angle of the sun as I only saw it a few times.” I hadn’t realised the card would bring back memories of Wimbledon or that Sue had also been captivated the shadows cast on the court.