92nd Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

Photo Shoot and Recap Article

Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City, NY

Photoshoot and Article for Splice-Magazine.com in Manhattan, New York City, NY on November 22, 2018.

Cold. Yes, that sums it up. 19° with 20mph winds brought the wind chills to single digits. Hey, at least my Canon cameras (80D & Rebel T6) held up to low temps, and thanks to the multiple layers of clothing I had on, I was really not worse for wear either.

Photographing a parade is an interesting undertaking. First, you have the huge balloons contrasted with the walkers. Lenses for the day were 24-70 and 75-300. They both came in handy for various situations. Shooting the gaps was about all you could do. With heads, hats with puffballs, phones, GoPros on selfie sticks, and about anything else you could think of, a clean shot was not really in the mix.

I was fairly deep in the crowd, I would say 7 people back, which leads to difficulty. I chose an outside street corner position which helped me shoot down the street at 300mm. This helped get past all of the heads in front, and besides some soft focus, gave up really good results.

My favorites are the huge balloons next to the buildings with windows full of spectators. Those photos really show the dynamic size of the balloons, which can seem very small amongst the Manhattan skyscrapers.

Example

Enjoy the photos and article HERE!

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