Driving it deep: extreme vertical shots

Serena Williams serves

Serena Williams serves to Francesca Schiavone in the second round of the China Open on Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2013 in Beijing.

One of the things I miss about working at a newspaper is those occasional times when we would shoot photos in a weird shape, just to give the page a different look.

That’s what I was doing today as I watched Serena Williams’ second singles match of the China Open. I was trying to “drive it deep” as we would say, having the image fall into a long, vertical shape, driving it deeper onto the page.

It doesn’t work quite as well on a website because a shot like this can’t be seen in its entirety on the screen. But it’s still fun to do.

I wanted to spend some time actually watching the game today, so I was working from the upper levels of Diamond Court instead of taking a valuable spot in the photographers’ pit. The blue court is just a wonderful, clean background.

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