While the greats of tennis were rousing the crowds with their eye-watering serves at this year's Wimbledon, Nikon headed behind the lens to catch up with Head of Sports Photography for Shutterstock/BPI Javier Garcia, to find out how his Nikon kit helped him capture a very different view of the tournament…

You first began photographing Wimbledon in 2005, why do you enjoy it?

Wimbledon is the one tournament where still imagery is as important as footage. Wimbledon is the model that other sporting events in the world should be taking.

How do you differentiate yourself from other photographers?

I liken the way I shoot to having two independently moving eyes, one eye is looking through the viewfinder but the other is also constantly looking around rather than at the subject...

What do you like about shooting on Nikon?

Nikon has always been there for me. My real first hands experience with Nikon cameras was with the F5 and I've always striven to have the same in a digital body.

On the Thursday before Wimbledon started I was lucky enough to take delivery of three new D5s. It was like unwrapping a Christmas present! There have been functional changes but it's the same Nikon chassis that I've been used to for the last 20 years and I could start firing straight away. I've been using the D3s and D4 for the last few years and although they've never let me down, the opportunity to have some new equipment for the best tournament in the world was too good to be true.

You've been using the Macro 200mm lens at Wimbledon. Why did you choose this lens for tennis?

Using the Nikon 200mm f/4 micro lens (which is about 25 years old) is about differentiating myself from other photographers. I've always played around with macro and extension tubes and to get the pure one - to - one macro lens in your hands, coupled with the kind of light you can get at Wimbledon, fills your soul! If there's beautiful light before an event starts and I've taken a picture I'm really happy with, I've got a spring in my step and the rest of the day can go as badly as it wants.

Do you have any advice for budding tennis photographers?

Don't be mesmerised by the crowd. The go-to place used to be the net but with tennis developing, so too is photography and you now have more photographers who migrate to the baseline. Tennis photography is very subjective, but try to be yourself and have confidence in your ability. It's the best job in the world.

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