Today I got to take part in a pretty fun event. I got to play professional sports photographer at the Bank of the West Classic tennis tournament down at Stanford. Since Olympus sponsors the US Open women’s tournament, they invited me to come pick up my E-520 review unit, throw some nice glass on it, and take some photos. Since I go to Stanford every few weeks in the first place, why not?

I took probably 300 photos in the 4-5 hours that I was there. I must have a thing for Eastern European tennis players! I shot from two locations: up in the sky box, and down on the court level, in the "Olympus Photo Pit", which was ironically filled with pro photographers with Canon gear.

The photos were taken with the E-520 and a variety of lenses, including the 8mm fisheye, F2.0 150 mm, F4.0-5.6 70-300 mm, F2.8 90-250 mm, and more. The ISO sensitivity was locked at 400. The only editing I’ve done here is cropping or straightening — that’s it!

Hit the link to see my favorite shots from the day.

Match 1: Dominika Cibulkova vs. Kateryna Bondarenko

Floating on air

Match 2: Anna Chakvetadze vs. Shahar Peer

One of my favorite shots

Match 3: Ai Sugiyama vs. Daniela Hantuchova

As you may have noticed, I took most photos in the portrait orientation

Intense concentration

I can’t imagine being an athlete for a living!

Match over!

Those are my favorites… and boy was it hard to pick them! Thanks to Sally, Ray, and Jeff from Olympus for inviting me to this fun event!