As I mentioned in my prior article, I have been looking forward to the day that I would be able to photograph the Miami Dolphins Cheerleaders. I regard the MDC as one of the top three or four squads in the NFL. They seem to have it all…beautiful girls from the top to bottom of the roster…glamorous and sexy uniforms that flatter the feminine form…and a staff that is keenly aware of the marketing and PR potential of the squad. So it comes as no surprise that the MDC are on the top of my shoot list…and maybe one day I’ll actually make to a game.
But for now, I will have to content myself with their auditions. And let me say, this was a great one to attend. It was a lot of fun…for spectator and photographer alike…and there were a lot of photographers there, mostly family but there were a couple of super fan boys…you know the type. What they heck, I’m sure the Dolphins know what they are doing when they opened the finals up to the public.
It was a challenge shooting in that venue because there wasn’t a media section cordoned off and the layout of the auditorium wasn’t conducive to shooting the event. Bottom line, you had two choices: 1) shoot from the sides of the auditorium…close, but a very odd and harsh angle or 2) shoot from the back of the seating section and face the front of the stage. I choose the latter. Even though I was 20 rows back and around 60 feet from the stage, I just couldn’t fathom shooting from the wings at that angle. So, I had to make due being so far away from the stage and the resultant light fall off.
Like everything in life, there are tradeoffs and shooting from the back of the auditorium was one of them. And the final challenge was to shoot and post process around the judges, who were at stage level and the tops of their heads intruded into the lower part of a full body shot image of the girls…tradeoffs…life is a series of tradeoffs.
That being said, I still got over three hundred useable photos for my article…so here are some of the left overs. Enjoy.
Shooting from so far back, you are going to get a lot of red eye. I have figure out how to batch process red eye reduction in Photoshop Elements…I was on deadline, so I did not have the time to remove the red eye manually. That would have taken too long to do. But it is what it is…tradeoffs…damn tradeoffs.
Blondes…lots of blondes. Actually, there were three noticeable demographic candidate groups: 1) blondes, 2) black girls, and 3) brunettes who were Hispanic. And there were at least three Asian girls from Japan. Actually not a bad distribution…very distinctively Miami, IMHO.