Johan Le Bail

Johan Le Bail



French guy living in Madagascar... Thanks for stopping by to read my profile ! I've been into amateur photography for a couple of years now. I'm also studying photography @ Open College of Arts. Enthusiastic comments and even hard criticism are welcome. I know I still have so much to learn. My main interests in photography are concert, travel and portrait pictures. But I'm exploring and open to all fields of photography. Thank you to those who have already made me a contact for your support. Your great pictures give me a lot of daily inspiration.
  • Nikon D4
  • iPhone 5s
  • Nikon AW1
  • 50mm f/1.4
  • 70-200mm f/2.8
  • 16-35mm f/4
  • 50mm f/1.4
  • iMac

One day at Roland Garros

Published January 12th, 2013

Being at Tennis French Open Roland Garros is a great moment.

As an individual sport, I think tennis brings naturally focus on personality and feelings of the players.

In addition, at Roland Garros, tennis is played on clay court… slips and dust add some theatrical effects to the play and to pictures ! :)

I shoot more than 1000 shots… (high-volume partly due to burst mode shoot) !

My major issues was :

- Focus

To make players fill the frame, I mainly used my 70-200mm set on max zooming position. I also used an aperture as wide as possible (2.8) to really have a shallow depth of field on the player and make distractions fade in the background. With these settings, depth of field was minimal and a tennis player is moving so fast ! I set my D3s on continuous focus mode and 3D focus mode. It really helps !

- Tack sharp

I usually prefer to freeze actions when shooting sports. And I think it's really better here. Two reasons : first, to freeze clay sent in the air by players footsteps ...

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