Seven days at the Madrid Open

MADRID, SPAIN - MAY 10: Spanish tennis player Rafael Nada looks on during day nine of the Mutua Madrid Open tennis tournament at the Caja Magica on May 10, 2015 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by David Aliaga)

DAVID ALIAGA/ It’s been seven days covering the Mutua Madrid Open, an ATP/WTA tennis tournament held in Madrid from May 1st to 10th. Seven days going up and down through the Caja Magica – Magic Box -, and watching this picture I think it’s worth the name. Sometimes the light and shadows projected on the court were unbelievable. It’s one of the Major Events I have been where light counts the most if you want to get stunning and out of the crowd pictures. The workflow at Madrid Open was pretty the same as the one I had at Valencia Open 500 last years. One of the big differences and handicaps were… It was my first time there so I spent the whole first day looking for court accesses, ways to the sky lounge, finding the press conference room, and getting with the building and the surroundings. Oh, and I even had the time to shot some sport pictures!

MADRID, SPAIN – MAY 06: Danish tennis player Caroline Wozniacki serves during day five of the Mutua Madrid Open tennis tournament at the Caja Magica on May 06, 2015 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by David Aliaga)

Covering the Mutua Madrid Open is a bit stressing. ATP and WTA tournaments are running at the same days in several courts at the same time so, having a hard copy of the order of play with you is a must! Basically, I go from the Photographers room to the courts – sky lounge, stands or the tribunes next to the clay -, back to my desk, editing some pictures, sending the to the client and wait for the Press Conference time announcement, normally half an hour after the end of the games. Stressing, yes, but also challenging. Looking for the best shots in a fast paced environment with the shooting, editing and sending tasks just around the corner after every single game is highly demanding. And achieving  getting use to it it’s a big step to face the next big event.

MADRID, SPAIN – MAY 06: Spanish tennis player David Ferrer in action during day five of the Mutua Madrid Open tennis tournament at the Caja Magica on May 06, 2015 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by David Aliaga)

As I said before, I had to be careful with the sunlight and how to make the most of it. In this post you can see pictures playing with light and shadows – even combining multi-exposure tool with a shadow/black background can give you the chance to get great pictures where others just see hard day light. Stay tuned!!

MADRID, SPAIN - MAY 06: Italian tennis player Fabio Fognini in action during day five of the Mutua Madrid Open tennis tournament at the Caja Magica on May 06, 2015 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by David Aliaga)
MADRID, SPAIN – MAY 06: Italian tennis player Fabio Fognini in action during day five of the Mutua Madrid Open tennis tournament at the Caja Magica on May 06, 2015 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by David Aliaga)