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Re: Babblelot's Photo Album
« Reply #60 on: September 07, 2010, 04:07:26 PM »
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« Reply #61 on: September 07, 2010, 04:09:30 PM »
Nice pics!!!  :cool:

Thanks man!  :cool:
I wish I was there.  :(

BTW is your cousin married?  :innocent:


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Re: Babblelot's Photo Album
« Reply #62 on: September 07, 2010, 04:38:12 PM »
I would have loved to chill with you those few days.  Just not meant to be.  I might have to wait until I retire to get up there.
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« Reply #63 on: September 07, 2010, 05:23:41 PM »
Nice pics!!!  :cool:

Thanks man!  :cool:
I wish I was there.  :(

BTW is your cousin married?  :innocent:


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Re: Babblelot's Photo Album
« Reply #64 on: September 07, 2010, 05:25:18 PM »
I would have loved to chill with you those few days.  Just not meant to be.  I might have to wait until I retire to get up there.

If I had a better phone, I would have sent more pictures and longer texts. But it was fun to keep you updated.  :)
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Re: Babblelot's Photo Album
« Reply #65 on: September 07, 2010, 05:48:00 PM »
Nice pics!!!  :cool:

Thanks man!  :cool:
I wish I was there.  :(

BTW is your cousin married?  :innocent:


Single. Chris, take note!  ;-()

Oooo my! Single and living in Manhattan :swoon: somebody best get me fixed up by the sound of things  :innocent: The 'stick to being single route' certainly worked for her hey Babble, so there's more than just hope :)

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« Reply #66 on: September 08, 2010, 08:23:45 AM »
Cool pics ,you guys  :cool:
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« Reply #67 on: September 08, 2010, 11:12:02 AM »
Looks like Nalbandian lost some weight.


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Re: Babblelot's Photo Album
« Reply #68 on: September 08, 2011, 08:31:46 PM »
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Re: Babblelot's Photo Album
« Reply #69 on: May 13, 2012, 04:47:52 PM »
2012 Madrid

The problems with the surface aside, I'm really not sure there's anything else to complain about this event because the Mutua Madrid Open grounds are nothing less than amazing. Having once been an indoor event, the facility features 3 stadiums with retractable roofs. And beyond that, they got virtually everything right--a promenade bridge for the outer courts from which you can watch two matches simultaneously.


Additionally, all courts, including the outer courts, have individual seats, most of which slide so that if a fat person sits next to you you can slide your seat so that their fat isn't sitting on top of you. Really well conceived. 

Center Court, Santana Stadium, isn't much larger or taller than Armstrong Stadium at the US Open.




The other 2 stadiums are tiny and during the week, it's GA. Except for a few matches I watched in Santana, I sat in the first row of Stadiums #2 (Sanchez-Vicario) and #3 all week!
Sanchez-Vicario


Stadium #3


Outer courts/Promenade bridge


The mall is located inside; since I didn't have a ticket for the night session this evening, here's where I watched Djokovic v. G-Traver


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Outer Court #6






Outer Court #4




Outer Court #5


Turns out, in Spain at least, it's not uncommon for women to go to the event alone. Can't say I've seen that in the US. I had to get a picture with this one...  :wub:
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Re: Babblelot's Photo Album
« Reply #70 on: May 13, 2012, 06:33:05 PM »
Nice yo!  There is a great one of Tsonga and another of Stan!  The last one is not too shabby either, well, more-so the imagery in the background....
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Re: Babblelot's Photo Album
« Reply #71 on: May 13, 2012, 08:02:59 PM »
Fun stuff but the quality is a bit off....from your usual very clean pics. :confused1:

Totally unimportant. :bonks own head:
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« Reply #72 on: May 14, 2012, 03:53:23 AM »
gr8 pics !! :)) :)
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Re: Babblelot's Photo Album
« Reply #73 on: May 14, 2012, 06:30:10 AM »
Fun stuff but the quality is a bit off....from your usual very clean pics. :confused1:

Totally unimportant. :bonks own head:
Did you have a fabulous time?


OK, I sacrificed size for quality.

I think the pics look better, agreed?  :)

The change had to do with lighting and, I possibly, the setting I had it on, "Easy," a setting I've never used before. Regardless of the setting, the lighting was extremely difficult. For the most part, it was sunny and cloudless, and I was inside metalic roofed stadiums that threw off a lot of glare. From where I was taking pictures in the bright sunshine, I often was shooting players standing in semi-to-deep shadows. Just really difficult conditions for my camera. The one day I went to the outer courts, the conditions were very overcast, so the lighting was poor there, as well. My camera just doesn't do well in challenging light conditions regardless of the setting. And night matches, forgettaboutit! I was lucky to get a couple of decent snaps of Fed and Raonic.

Look at the shadows in this picture. I was sitting in conditions similar to that where Dolgo is standing often shooting into shadows from bright sunshine. The quality of this picture is better because Dolgo was standing in the sunshine. Just not a very exciting pic.


Compare to this, same court, same day, same seat, but Delpo is standing in deep shadow.


Ideal conditions. Right sunshine, no shadows, no glare from a metalic roof.


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Re: Babblelot's Photo Album
« Reply #74 on: May 14, 2012, 06:48:37 AM »
nice pictures ,thanks

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mate you are old.....  :confused1:  ( sorry but i was expecting somebody much younger  :gleam: )

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« Reply #75 on: May 14, 2012, 08:20:55 AM »
nice pictures ,thanks

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mate you are old.....  :confused1:  ( sorry but i was expecting somebody much younger  :gleam: )

Now you understand why I hate you people. You're all a bunch of tweens.
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« Reply #76 on: May 14, 2012, 09:22:55 AM »
You always manage to get action shots, each one of your pics can be blown up and framed by a fan of these players. Love it! Thanks Babs and I hope you had a great time! !


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Re: Babblelot's Photo Album
« Reply #77 on: May 14, 2012, 10:21:34 AM »
You always manage to get action shots, each one of your pics can be blown up and framed by a fan of these players. Love it! Thanks Babs and I hope you had a great time! !

Thanks pawan.

Scott, I was wondering if you wanted to use any pictures for your website...??? Your homepage could look better.
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« Reply #78 on: May 18, 2012, 07:28:23 PM »
Great pics!

did you have a great time in the venue?
and in Madrid?
what was good and bad?

I went to the venue in 2009 and the park outside the venue, close to the river was still a desert/work in progress. (your 6th pic). Then about the retractable roof on 3 stadiums, never rains there, and the capacity of Santana and ASV have been criticised.
What was your impression about the fans? lot of foreigners? the event gets a bad reputation about the fans not knowing too much about tennis and behaving as in a soccer match, or davis cup tie, cheeering unforced errors.
favorite place in Madrid?

hope one day you will visit the rctb event in barcelona, the crowd is wimbledonesque but you can talk to the players/coaches/umpires and it's very easy to interact with them.

again thanks for the pics!
wishing you had a wonderful experience in the first event played on blue clay and in your first visit to Spain.  :)
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« Reply #79 on: May 19, 2012, 01:27:53 AM »
Great pics!

did you have a great time in the venue?
and in Madrid?
what was good and bad?

I went to the venue in 2009 and the park outside the venue, close to the river was still a desert/work in progress. (your 6th pic). Then about the retractable roof on 3 stadiums, never rains there, and the capacity of Santana and ASV have been criticised.
What was your impression about the fans? lot of foreigners? the event gets a bad reputation about the fans not knowing too much about tennis and behaving as in a soccer match, or davis cup tie, cheeering unforced errors.
favorite place in Madrid?

hope one day you will visit the rctb event in barcelona, the crowd is wimbledonesque but you can talk to the players/coaches/umpires and it's very easy to interact with them.

again thanks for the pics!
wishing you had a wonderful experience in the first event played on blue clay and in your first visit to Spain.  :)


The venue is world class.
"I'm really not sure there's anything else to complain about this event because the Mutua Madrid Open grounds are nothing less than amazing. Having once been an indoor event, the facility features 3 stadiums with retractable roofs. And beyond that, they got virtually everything right--a promenade bridge for the outer courts from which you can watch two matches simultaneously...Additionally, all courts, including the outer courts, have individual seats, most of which slide so that if a fat person sits next to you you can slide your seat so that their fat isn't sitting on top of you. Really well conceived."

All stadiums are small and fan friendly. Courts don't have to be any larger, especially here, because they weren't being filled. At other venues, I guess you want larger stadiums to accomodate the crowds, but you sacrifice seating position. Honestly, I'll take 10,000 seats over 15,000 every time, and 3,000 over 8,000. Some may want to feel like they're at a football game, I like intimacy. ASV, Court #3, and all outer courts were GA, so I sat in the front row for every match save for the few I saw on Santana.

I was disappointed that they don't give updates on other courts like they do at the USO. Always want to know what's going on on other courts and since my phone didn't work in Spain, I couldn't get that info. On the other hand, if you've got a smartphone, it's not an issue.

I was there Mon-Thur and the fans were tame and polite. Only several cheers for "Nico" and a few for "David." At the Ivanovic-Petrova match, I was the only one saying, "Come on, Nadia!" a few "Ana". Otherwise, nothing but polite applause. Monfils did get a standing ovation for that between the legs volley. Few foreigners. I did hear two sets of Americans and the Argentines, as always, travel well. Some Columbians, too. Otherwise, it was didn't compare to majors in terms of being an international event. I've never been to Cincinnati, but I imagine the same is true of that event, too.

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Marabella won a big game and the drunk footballers were :yay: :toot: all night.

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