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gully
03-13-2006, 06:18 AM
I got to IW for Sunday's action. The lines were crazy: an hour to get from I-10 to the parking lot and then another half-hour to wait to buy tickets. The people in front of us gave up waiting and asked my (tres cute) seven-year old "Who do you belong to?" -- and then gave us their stubs from Saturday's night rainout, good for grounds passes for Sunday action. Nice!

(If you're reading this, THANKS, DUDE!)

So -- we went in on the grounds pass, no stadium action. But here's a few photos: Haas v. Clement, Andreev v. Tursunov, Baghdatis v. Bjorkman, Gonzalez v. Soderling.

Here's the link: Try the link

here (http://www.flickr.com/photos/61351815@N00/sets/72057594083470973/show/)


More coming from the next two days, I hope!

Guevin
03-13-2006, 01:26 PM
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gully
03-16-2006, 02:58 PM
Link is not working for me:
Try the link

here (http://www.flickr.com/photos/61351815@N00/sets/72057594083470973/show/)

instead, and I hope you enjoy them. These are from Sunday-Tuesday. (I humbly bow to the photographic ability of the admin in the top thread!)

rilokiley
03-16-2006, 04:19 PM
Thanks, gully. Hope you are having a good time there.


Damn... does Mirza have a broken arm or something? :\

gully
03-16-2006, 04:35 PM
Damn... does Mirza have a broken arm or something? :\The one picture of her solo is from the practice session Monday. She was pretty well bandaged up then, but wore less during her matches. I haven't seen her play enough to tell if it bothered her, but there were no outward signs of it doing so (grimacing, fidgeting, etc.).

Wow, could she crack a forehand, though. Must not hurt her much on that side, anyway!

And I'm back home in Wisconsin, just in time for another snowstorm....

oscar_2424
03-16-2006, 05:39 PM
excellent pictures!!

Yours!05
03-16-2006, 05:45 PM
Great pics gully! Camera?

Guevin
03-16-2006, 07:33 PM
Try the link

here (http://www.flickr.com/photos/61351815@N00/sets/72057594083470973/show/)

instead, and I hope you enjoy them. These are from Sunday-Tuesday. (I humbly bow to the photographic ability of the admin in the top thread!)

Great pics, thanks much!

FREDDY
03-16-2006, 08:33 PM
you must of had some good seats or really a really good lense

gully
03-17-2006, 03:39 AM
The camera is new: a Fuji FinePix S5200, which has a 10x optical zoom. (It was discounted pretty deeply on Amazon, with a $50 rebate and a free memory card.) I like the camera -- it has a nice three-shot-in-a-row feature which I used a lot. I also used a monopod for most of these, but the cmaera does not have image stabilization, which is available for about another $100 and might be worth it for this kind of shooting. I bet I shot 500 images there, so these are the best of a large bunch.

At Indian Wells, you can sit about as close as you want on Stadium 2 and 3 and the other side courts. A few of these (Sanguinetti, Mirza, Blake and his brother) are from the practice courts, where you can practically stand right next to the players. Elena Dementieva smiled at me as she walked by, and I'd have taken a picture of her, too, had I been conscious at the time.

All reasons to like this tourney a lot!

Shaolin
03-17-2006, 10:41 AM
Nice pics! Thanks for posting. Wish I had your camera when I was there, mine has practically no zoom.