Boston Patriots Cheerleader Tryouts

Three hundred young women showed up on March 19, 2011 for the 2011 Patriots Cheerleaders tryouts at the Dana Farber Fieldhouse at Gillette Stadium. (Essdras M Suarez/ Globe Staff)

Behind the Scenes:

It’s been a couple of years since I did this event and this year the Patriots’ organization allowed us to cover the tryouts as long as we adhere to a maximum of 10 photos only in our www.boston.com slide show.

That proved to be a daunting task since I shot about 1,100 images in about 2.5 hours and to narrow it down to 10 was a very exacting task.

Anyhow these five are a good representation of the essence of the event.

Tech Stuff:

  • Two cameras with a 24-70mm 2.8 and an 80-200mm 2.8. WB fluorescent. Speed 1/ 125th of a second. Aperture: mostly 2.8- 5.0.
  • The lights at the field house emit a pulse frequency that can not be seen by the human eye but it is sadly enough caught by the camera. This means every other 4th frame the exposure was off.