Nothing brings in the summer quite like Coney Island’s annual Mermaid Parade. Now celebrating its 34 year, it just keeps getting bigger. Thanks to the parade organizers’ decision to let photographers roam the staging area for a small fee, I got up close access to all the participants. Shooting the staging area of the Mermaid Parade is not without its difficulties. One of the downsides is there are just as many photographers as there are participants in the staging area. We are in effect the “mermaid paparazzi” vying for the attentions of all the mermaids. I have to acknowledge and thank the participants for being patient with all the photogs, especially the rude ones(you know who your are!). Weather is always a big challenge especially full blown, high noon, bright sunlight. My goal this year was to capture some portraits and limit the harsh shadows across the face produced by these weather conditions. Below is the equipment list I used for this shoot.
Nikon D810 w/ 24-70
SB-910 speed light
SD-9 battery pack
Nikon SC-29 TTL Coiled Sync Cord
Pro Media Boomerang Flash Bracket
Small Rogue Flash Bender
If you were a participant and I captured your photo below, feel free to contact me and I’ll gladly send you a copy.