Mermaid Paparazzi 2016

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.

 

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Mermaid Paparazzi

I have to admit. I’m a lazy ass New Yorker. On June 22nd, I attended my first Mermaid Parade ever and it’s been around since 1983! After seeing some pics from my photographer friends of previous parades, I realized I had to get in on the action. Getting there early was a real treat for photographers and hopefully the participants. With the purchase of a wristband, Photographers were allowed in the staging area before the parade. Unfortunately, the parade organizers did not limit the amount of wristbands sold so It seemed like there were just as many photographers as there were participants. This led some folks to engage “paparazzo mode”… In some instances, there would be a gaggle of photographers trying to shoot a participant, stepping on one another, shouting directions, calling out vying for a subject’s attention. I even heard one guy say “hey, turn around and show me those tits!”. I understand the need to nail the perfect shot and all, but c’mon, it’s the freaking Mermaid Parade not a porn shoot! Rude photographers aside, I managed to get some cool portraits.

Soon after the parade started, I got a text from “King Neptune” to have a drink at the Freak Show Bar. I convinced myself that it was too hot to continue shooting and spent the remainder of my day hydrating with the King, brother Stone and friends. Special thanks to “The Dark Mermaid” for sharing her sunblock and accompanying me on my very first ride on the Cyclone.

“The Dark Crystal”
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“Poison Ivy”20130723-171553.jpg

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