So you may (or, probably, did NOT) notice that I didn’t post anything on Monday. That’s because I was in Springfield, Missouri, snapping photos of the Washington Kastles of World TeamTennis winning their fourth straight championship.
Though the Kastles certainly have a lot of championship experience (it’s also their fifth in six years), it was my first time shooting photos for sports. I rented a Canon 5D Mark III, a 70-200 2.8 and 24-70 2.8 for the trip, but given the evenness of the light, I actually shot most of the match on my 100-400 5.6 (if you’ve never seen one of these, it’s akin to a bazooka). Thanks to a last minute purchase from the nearby Walmart, I shot photos mostly off a monopod during the match.
I’ve worked with a lot of photographers in my time with the Kastles, but this was certainly an enlightening and humbling experience. I learned a lot very quickly, and had a great time doing it. Maybe it’s time to upgrade my gear?
Have a look at some of the work. For someone used to doing landscape photography and film work, I’m pretty happy with the results.