Focused backhand

Laura Hemlepp, ITA National Hardcourt Championships, Columbus, Ohio.

The story: My daughter on court

This has been one of my favorites since I shot it in 2005. 

My daughter Laura, who was preparing for her sophomore year as a student-athlete at the University of Akron, was playing in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association National Hardcourt Championships at The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio. The tournament draws top college players from around the country competing for a national title.

There are a lot of things I really like about this shot. Laura’s concentration is very evident in the image. Her eyes are right on the ball, which is headed for the sweet spot on her racket. The muscles in her left arm are tensed as she prepares to drive a backhand return. And it’s my daughter. That fact alone helped it make the cut as one of my favorite images.

I was using the Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L at 280mm on a Canon 20D. Exposure was 1/1600th of a second at f/6.3 at ISO800.