Just one more thing…

Mülheim, 27/9/17 — After two years of shooting now’s the time for revisiting, selecting, deleting, editing, publishing. Thought, this would feel a little bit less cool than sitting at the tennis courts with my camera, somehow like homework (which it actually is). Just didn’t expect it to be as enjoyable as it now finally turned out to be.

And how good it feels to get up early every morning working on the files for two or three hours before even the daylight starts to come up. And to see, that I had some new visits again, for which I am really thankful. The coffee, then the tea is steaming in my cup. There is music or silence. If I find a pic that inspires me to turn it into one of my infamous → ‘Wallpapers’, I often spend a long time with it, hours sometimes, experimenting, varying… I prepare the six or seven images which I want to publish here the next day. Then I go through the folders sorting the wheat from the chaff. Plenty of chaff, but lots of wheat as well.

“It’s here and now. All over!”

Having spent all the rest of my inherited money for this project, I had to pull in the reins and now I’ll have to try to find some construction which would allow me to continue with it, as I’d very much like to do. Next week I’ll probably find the courage to write some mails on that behalf. But even if I wouldn’t succeed with this quest at once and would have to find me some ‘decent work’ instead, perhaps by even being required to sell my photo gear, which indeed would be the hardest thing to do, I will be happy and thankful for the rich and worthwhile journey.

And continue to work on the treasure I have collected, and to publish it here, six or seven new pics every day, some new words sometimes, so that, after a while, maybe there comes a solution naturally. Or there will come something else. Everything is lesson. That, which led me to choosing tennis as topic of my photographic endeavors, the eastern-inspired philosophy of cherishing the moment, is of course even more valid when having to take it up with the obstacles of strong emotions, wishes or other more practical issues.
It’s here and now. All over!

P.S.: Hey, players, interested in some personal photo shooting? Or in donating? Or in purchasing some pics in high resolution including the permission to use them for your own purposes? Or do you perhaps have any other idea of how to help this ‘BeautifulWTA’ project to stay alive and breathing? Would it make sense to recommend me to the officials at the ITF or WTA? Any idea is welcome. You can contact me here:

or via the form in the side bar of this page, where you find a donation button as well. But you’re cordially invited to enjoy the services here anyway. In closing I apologize for bothering you with that nonsense. In fact I would understand, if nobody would react on this. But I hope as well, that you understand, that I have to try nevertheless… Don’t worry, be happy!

A Letter from Dubai

Yesterday I got the following email from a guy from Dubai via the contact form of my page:

Hello christian,

I am an avid follower of WTA tennis since the steffi graf, sanchez vicario, mary pierce, monica seles era. Then came masha, kirilenko, hantuchova, kournikova; then wozniaki, aga,georges, cibulkova,giorgi, cirstea and now the fresh era of eugenie, witthoeft, siniakova,kalinskaya, gibbs and co.

I like collecting pics for my personal album and in no way involved in commercial uses of the images.

Without mincing words, I like to collect pics of the so called beautiful/hot/sexy female tennis players and since we are talking money, i will be interested in special UHQ PICS which are exclusively :1)  unreleased,    2) shows some nice postures like – upskirts, ass, bendovers etc and  3) of players especially of my likings(i have a long list  of famous and less famous players.).

If you are interested christian, then we can talk money and other deatils like watermark etc in the following mails.

I believe women beauty is for cherishing and WTA pics is sort of my passion to collect.

Regards,

R.




My reply was:
Hello R.,

as my approach to tennis photography seems to be quite different from yours, I simply don’t have any pics that could be of any interest for you.

Regards,
Christian



I strongly hope to be spared from approaches like that in the future!!!



Tennis is a dancer. And a thinker.

“The more I shoot on court photos, the more I come to the conclusion, that tennis is nothing but another dance form.”

Let me explain, what I mean by that.

To dance is to move, alone, with a partner, in a group. One tries to follow certain rules in a most elegant or effective way. But there are entirely free forms as well.

Tennis is to move. Not so often alone, but with a partner or in a group of four. Within the numerous and tightly controled rules one is moving as freely and as elegantly as possible and with the goal of maximun effectiveness.

In eastern philosopBeautiful WTA - Tennishy, awareness, abandon and being nowhere else than in this very moment are high goals. In order to reach that (a life-long approaching process perhaps) one practices to concentrate on one thing. My own breath, the sounds around me, a prayer or mantra or whatever.

In tennis, being in the moment is a high aim. Or precondition. The one thing one is concentrating on is constantly moving and nowadays mostly green.

As a tennis photographer with a camera that cannot take more than three or four pics per second (those of the pros nowadays reach 15 to 20 or more) one is obliged to be very aware of that very moment to push the release button. While outdoors, the light and wind situation has to be considered. What time of the day is it. Did everybody have to wait for hours due to rain delays. And,  generally, how is the mood of the players. Are they healthy.  How long did they have to be on court the days before. Are they close friends or enemies outside. Same or different nation. How’s the audience. Are they fair. If not, is the disadvantaged player intimidated by that or pushed to even fight harder. Are there some kin or friends in the box. Is the chair umpire well accepted or a goal of constant doubt and criticism. Is the hawk-eye-system involved and working well…

All that and much more is to be considered in order to find out the right split seconds to react. Is the chosen setting of aperture, shutter time and ISO best for that shot. Did I sleep and eat well. Do I work in a hospitable and friendly context (like here in Linz for example, where everybody is really friendly and helpful). How long have I been working today. Is my back hurting. Etc. etc.

And, the most important thing: Am I interested. Interest means to be within. If I am not within, I cannot find the essential moments to react on. So I have to watch myself constantly, but without making this little wag a subject of otiose discussions.

So, these are some of the reasons, why I love tennis. And I do, I really do. Tennis is a dancer. And a thinker. And a thriller. You bet!

Traveling again.

How I like the days before the departure to new destinations.

  • Is everything thought of?
  • Photo-gear ok? Batteries charged? Lenses clear and clean?

Then, after the ultimate doublecheck, entering the car, setting up the GPS. From now on I’ll just have to obey that friendly voice, thinking, dreaming, driving.
Plenty of time is arranged, I can make rests where and as much as I want to.
If I drive through the night hours, I can stop and have a nap or two when and wherever I want.
In case of snarl-up’s I take the smaller roads. Often I prefer them anyway.
Driving the highway is to have a goal, taking the small roads is to live here and now.

“Come on! Every point!”

Beautiful summer of sunburn, mosquito bites…

“Besides the WTA tournaments (from which I could cover those in Stuttgart, s’Hertogenbosch, Eastbourne, Luxemburg and Linz) it’s fascinating to watch this sophisticated network of smaller ITF events and to spot the current activities and locations of all the players I had the chance to meet this season along with the coaches, dads, mums, partners, dog owners, juice sellers, other photographers, staff members, umpires and tournament directors – lots of nice chats and easy going communication during this beautiful summer of sunburn, mosquito bites, cruising through awesome landscapes by often taking the small roads, hanging around in some local laundrette once a week, having enjoyable stays on campsites or in affordable private accomodations much cozier than hotel rooms (via ‘Airbnb’), enjoying delicious meals (the menu in these local clubs often is extraordinarily good), nevertheless following an all in all smoothe and by all means non-masochistic dinner cancelling strategy, which had me surprisingly lose 18 kilos – and pics, pics, pics.

Ah, and lots of good tennis as well… Had some nice galleries here, which I will hurry to get in an even better shape, too. It’s fun to select, and perhaps even more fun to get rid of all the useless scrap. Great to see by browsing the pics of the year chronologically, how much I was able to learn about the essence of tennis photography during those months. Looking forward to continuing this learning process in 2017!”
[Dec ’16]