Jerry Biddlecom  

Tennis In The Age Of Covid-19 by Jerry Biddlecom

June 2020 - Tennis In The Age Of Covid-19

June 2020 - Jerry Biddlecom


About the Image(s)

This is probably an example of the story behind the picture being better than
the actual picture itself. I was driving around looking for images to shoot when
I came across this couple whacking a tennis ball back and forth. This was at
the height of the self quarantining and these two were making the best of a difficult
situation, finding an empty (deserted?) parking lot since all public facilities were
closed. I started out wanting to include the store’s name to emphasize the fact that
everything had been shut down. I just kept cropping in to the point where I thought the
best composition was, inasmuch as the store logo was detracting away from where
I figured the story was.

This round’s discussion is now closed!
7 comments posted

Joseph J Zaia   Joseph J Zaia
Nice action picture Jerry. We can see the action going on in both players and the ball in mid air. I also like that the head of the left player only lightly near merged with the tree leaves. I would consider removing the red disposal and giving the left player more room to move also by cropping the top windows, we can concentrate more on the players. It would be nice toes a little motion on the ball, but gosh, can we have everything?
  Posted: 06/04/2020 09:58:05
Comment Image
Joseph J Zaia   Joseph J Zaia
On a second look, I noticed that your original picture is a different picture. The ball is by the left player.   Posted: 06/06/2020 11:35:02

Peggy Reeder   Peggy Reeder
Yes, I think you have captured the story well. You have a good eye to spot this. I do like the title - it says it all!! Good job!   Posted: 06/04/2020 10:42:24

Marti Buckely   Marti Buckely
It does tell the story. I see a little halo around the tree but I like the capture - especially with the ball in midair.   Posted: 06/05/2020 15:15:48

Mike Patterson   Mike Patterson
I'll be the odd one out but most viewers wouldn't get the quarantine connection. Although the title explains the image, this is still a scene that could be taken whether there was a quarantine or not. So to me, it doesn't speak isolation. Rather, you've got a nice shot of a couple of people hitting a tennis ball around. I'd probably even crop closer to the couple to draw more attention to the action.
  Posted: 06/08/2020 14:09:03

Al Swanson   Al Swanson
An interesting title and image. I think you've captured the moment but I agree that I would crop this much closer in on the players since that is actually the focus and subject of the image. Good exposure.   Posted: 06/10/2020 10:43:59

Kaylyn Franks   Kaylyn Franks
What a fun shot to capture. I do like the top windows cropped out and I'd also try to clone the tree away from the left players hair. It would also be nice to clone the pole out of her left hand.   Posted: 06/13/2020 09:30:40