WTA Finals Singapore 2018
Camera Gear: Fujifilm X-T3, XF200mm F2, XF56mm 1.2
Disclaimer: I am a Fujifilm X-Photographer (ambassador). They are not my clients for this shoot. All views expressed are my own and individual, I naturally have a bias towards the brand, yes, because it is my gear of choice.
Goodbye WTA Finals in Singapore, as it ends its contract here and moves to China, Shenzhen for the next 10 years. This is my 4th and final year at the courtside photographing the matches - first-class seats admiring the game from court-side - sometimes long-drawn, sometimes incredibly fast-paced, and always requiring intense concentration, and some guts to be pushy around the big guys.
It's always a learning curve shooting alongside some of these international pro sports photographers, who have flown in from Hongkong, Thailand, Australia and this time round (to photograph Naomi Osaka) from Japan.
You learn from them when to click. Where to sit yourself, when to move yourself.
You also learn when to stop clicking, take a break, and just enjoy the game.
I made a friend or two from the courtside, who could give me valuable advice on those pics, all of which are hard to come by.
I also got brushed numerous, camera-hit and this year, a tall photographer rest his long lens on my head during the great big fight to get centre position for the prize ceremony. That happens when you're not tall enough and stuck in a squeeze with a crowd of tall male photographers with big lenses trying the get the best shot.