Tennis Practice Photos

Here are my first attempts at sports photography with my hubby playing tennis. Three practice sessions and 1,322 photos later, these are the best of the best.

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Plus, I let him get some shots of me as well. :)

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  1. says

    @Ben: I played a bit in college, and just got back into it last July. And happy photographing! Once you start, you just can’t stop.

    @Sean: Getting out into the outdoors when it is warm again is definitely a good thing!

    @Jonathan: It’s not easy at all. I still haven’t figured out the shutter speed to capture his fast swing clearly, but I’m working on it. He definitely wins – we started playing last July, and he’s now rated a 3.5 NTRP, whereas I’m a 2.5. :)

  2. says

    @Eric: Thanks. I keep meaning to mention the camera I use in my posts… these were taken with a Fuji S5100, an older SLR, 4MP that does the job. :)

  3. says

    I think those are pretty good, especially for your first attempts. I think the ones where he is in the air are pretty neat.

    I used to do some black and white photography when younger and had tried taking pictures of my friend skateboarding once. They ended up fairly poor, certainly no where even close to as good as yours…

  4. says

    Aloha Kristi,

    Followed the Hawaiian connection to your site. The photos are good! There is a definite learning curve for tennis action photos. I started about 1.5 years ago for my gf Leilani, who is a pro/coach/organizer in the islands. Her website is Hawaiian Isles Tennis, http://www.HITennis.net (HIT). I have posted over 2,500 select photos in galleries and articles there from community events. You can see some obvious improvement over time. Keep at it, get the timing and you will get solid action shots.

    Do you return to Hawaii ever? If so look us up and feel free to join HIT, have your own page and share your writing and photos. E komo mai… Evan

    Evans last blog post..UH TENNIS REPRESENTS AT BLUE GRAY CLASSIC

  5. says

    NICE!! you look like a really tennis PRO..hehehehehe, nice shots for a 4MP camera…it looks just awesome…keep it up, btw…i want to introduce u to some1 who shares similarities with u…she’s a friend of mind ;) CRAZY abt photography….and a good photographer her self!! checkout her blog Nonowrites hope u enjoy her blog as much as i enjoy ur :D

  6. says

    Great photos, the weather there always looks so nice unlike the UK which is dark and miserable for half the year. Does the camera have a sports setting with fast shutter speed or do you set the shutter manually. I find I only end up using the manual settings if I have plenty of time, the slightest bit of pressure to get a photo and its straight back to auto mode. Guess just not comfortable enough with aperture and shutter speed yet, but getting there.
    On a different note have the baby humming birds left the nest yet?

  7. says

    @Steve: I love the ones where he’s in mid-flight… the first one I took was by luck, but then I went to trying to capture that moment, which was tricky but fun.

    @Evan: My middle name is Leilani. It’s funny, because my husband and I were talking about traveling to Hawaii and playing tennis there just before I made this post. :) Also, I just registered for the site, and once my membership is approved, I will take a look around at your photos. Thanks for stopping in! :)

    @ponnuswami: I’m usually the one behind the camera, so it is usually something for me to be in front of it.

    @Celes: Thanks! The beginning level tennis is kind of slower paced, but once you get better, it gets faster. A lot faster. Especially when you get hard hitters in long rallies.

    @Daniel: Well, I’m glad I at least look like a pro! :) The camera does a great job for being at least 6 years old. I’ll definitely take a look at her site, as I’m always into photography. Thanks!

    @khaled: It does have sports mode, plus 4 shots in continuous shooting. I’m only good with the manual settings when taking moon photography with my telephoto lens. Otherwise, I stick with the auto settings.

    The baby hummingbirds did leave the nest. The first started flying on Friday, and the second on Saturday. I was happy I got to get a little video of the first one flying, and photos of the second one right before it left the nest.

    @alex: You’re welcome. Glad you enjoyed them!

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    @Kevin: Thanks! I’m glad they came out well for my first attempts at it.

    @Barb: Definitely a way to test your photography skills.

    @Gennaro: Hehe… he has to take it easy on me more likely. :)

  9. says

    I just started playing tennis a few months ago. I really love it and I’m progressing really fast. I have a tournament next week. I really want to try out for JV next year, but I need a way to practice. Does anyone know any exercises (drills) I can do at home to improve my playing? I don’t have a court near me, and there isn’t even a high wall anywhere close to me. I just need something to help out my playing. Thanks!

  10. says

    wow nice photography I love game of tennis here is good photo, now saniya mirza going to ready for marriage i love her game, saniya mirza is my favorite tennis player….

  11. says

    Excellent Photo’s. I love the excellent use of angles. High speed sports such as tennis can be hard to photograph. I know my first attempts took alot of adjustments with the camera’s features to get it right. Great job!
    .-= College Tennis Camp´s last blog ..Physical Training =-.