For the fifth year in a row I spent two weeks of January in the glorious Melbourne sun for the Australian Open for Shutterstock. As always it was great fun capturing a mix of the roller-coaster of emotions, as well as looking to use the Melbourne sunlight to capture some beautiful light and dark moments. Here are some of my Australian Open photos from 2023.
All shot with the following:
- 2x Nikon Z9 cameras
- Nikon 14-24mm f2.8
- Nikon 24-70mm 2.8Z
- Nikon 70-200mm 2.8Z
- Nikon 105mm f1.4
- Nikon 300mm f2.8
- Nikon 400mm f2.8E
This was my eighth tennis grand slam tournament, and one of my favourite yet. Despite being incredibly grumpy at the time, watching Andy Murray until past 4am to win his 5 set second round match was a career highlight for me.
It was a real shame to see Nadal bow out so early with injury, and to not get a chance to see Alcaraz in action, but it was an impressive honour to see Djokovic storm his way to a 10th Aus Open Title.
One of the great things about the Aus Open as opposed to many other tournaments is the flexibility the media ops team give photographers as many options as possible to shoot from, so it is always a joy trying to use as many of the angles as possible to try and get something new every year. Tennis can be a repetitive and difficult sport to photograph if you can’t get the right angles, but that is never the case in Melbourne.
Let me know what you think below in the comments, have you got any questions? Let me know! To see more of my tennis photography click here!