Monday, June 30, 2008

Last of the Mermaids

Here are some shots of other people that were hanging out in the staging area.

Here's the guy off to the side staring at all of the women. Despite his intentions, I liked the set up with the painted wall behind him.

This little boy is anxious to get the parade going.

More people coming in with their props.

This was a very typical scene with the girl surrounded by photographers. This was one of the more tame versions of the scene.

This is what was happening outside on the street as people gathered early to get a good spot.

Sunday, June 29, 2008

Mermaid Parade Characters

Here are some more shots from the Coney Island Mermaid Parade. This is a collection of individuals I encountered in the staging area or in line.

Loved the eyelashes!

You couldn't miss this guy!

More fun with the Cyclone in the background. A very disturbing Ronald McDonald.

A few more preparation shots.

There's even more to come, so stay tuned!

Monday, June 23, 2008

Coney Island Mermaid Parade 2008

I ventured to Coney Island on Saturday to document the Mermaid Parade with oh...about a zillion other people. I paid my $5 camera fee and ventured into the staging area. This was the jackpot for photos and what I imagine it would be like to be a real deal press photographer. I had to jockey for position, duck, bob, weave...I kinda felt bad for the real press with all of us in there too, but what are you gonna do? Here are some shots of the preparation taking place.

The line to check in.

This poor mermaid wasn't enjoying her time in line with all the cameras and the heat. Trying to cut the edge...

Most people didn't mind the photos...some really didn't mind!

Amateurs, professionals and even other participants all crowded in for the shot.

I loved this angle with the Cyclone in the background.

I wish the light was a little better here, but like this shot.

The wide angle works with this bizarre scene.

I took heaps, so look for more posts soon.