Photo Opp: 2015 New York Puerto Rican Day Parade

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If you’re into red, white and blue, the Puerto Rican parade is your thing. Sunday, I spent once more several hours amidst the Puerto Rican crowds with their colorful flags, clothing and national pride to photograph the annual parade marching – dancing, actually – up Fifth Avenue in New York.

Last year, I wrote at length on how to photograph this parade and what to keep in mind. Most of that stands unchanged. If anything, this year the sun bearing down on the avenue made photography even more interesting or challenging, depending on your take.

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I found myself looking for shadows of dancers, whenever the sun was out. When a cloud moved in front of it, I sometimes missed a nice opportunity, but at the same time was relieved by the temporary shade.

The main difference this year was that I started at the very beginning of the parade, both in time and in location. [Read more…]

Coming Up: the NY Puerto Rican Day Parade

Regulars know that I have made it a habit to go out and shoot the annual Puerto Rican Day Parade in New York. It’s energetic, colorful, loud, happy and makes for a great shooting experience if you like that kind of thing.

I wrote about last year’s parade with tips on how to cover it in this article.

If you want to photograph this year’s event, it’s on Fifth Avenue between 44th and 79th Streets from 11 AM to 5 PM.

Have fun!

Photo Opp: 2014 New York Puerto Rican Day Parade

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So, I did go and take pictures of the Puerto Rican parade Sunday. With almost 1400 shots, editing them down becomes quite a job. More about that in the next post.

My selects are below, intertwined with my impressions from shooting the parade. Hopefully, my experience is of some use to photographers planning to cover this or other festive parades in the future.

The crowd loved to be photographed. A little girl looking bored, pepped up and struck a cute pose the moment she noticed my camera pointed at her.

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You’d think I’m a popular guy, because every time I steered my camera toward the crowd, I got cheers and kisses thrown my way. People would call me over to be photographed. Only one time did a guy refuse to have his picture taken. He was a tough-looking guy with bright red sunglasses and a bright red bandana. Admittedly, I was right in his face, because it was extremely crowded. Still, it would have made an interesting shot.

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Photo Opp: New York’s Puerto Rican Day Parade

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This Sunday, Manhattan’s Fifth Avenue will turn blue, red and loud. It’s that time of the year, when the otherwise stodgy Upper East Side will be invaded by boisterous Puerto Ricans as the annual Puerto Rican Day parade marches northward along the avenue.

It’s a worthy photographic expedition, at least if you can deal with the loud music and the NYPD’s habit of penning people in.

The nitty-gritty: the parade starts at 11 am at the corner of Fifth Avenue and 44th Street. It then goes north on Fifth until 79th Street. People line up early and if you want to actually shoot the parade itself, you need to stake out your spot so you don’t have to shoot over people’s heads. Keep in mind that depending on where you are at what time, the sun might be a challenge as one side of the avenue will be brightly lit and the other will be in the shade.

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