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Ferrigno Legacy Show is a Fitness Photographer’s Dream

Ferrigno Legacy Show is a Fitness Photographer’s Dream

Follow My Thanksgiving weekend was atypical to most given that I traded heaping plates of leftover turkey for a chance to spend a couple days with some of the strictest dieters in the world, and the Ferrigno Legacy Show did not disappoint. The stage lights of the historic Granada Theatre displayed some of the world’s premier body builders and physique competitors in picturesque Santa Barbara, a true dream of any fitness photographer. Hundreds of walking fitness advertisements gathered along the coast for an entire weekend…photo magic!   Lou Ferrigno’s personal and professional legacy surpasses his accomplishments as an IFBB Pro, which includes Mr. America and Mr. Universe titles. Lou is also known for his acting, motivational speaking, and work as a fitness trainer/consultant. Fitness Photography at the Ferrigno Legacy Show The Incredible Hulk himself kicked off the competition then passed the mic to 1991 Arnold Classic Champion Shawn Ray, who finished in the top 3 at the Mr. Olympia contest five times. One by one the competitors took the stage showcasing the months of meticulous dieting and exercise through several distinct poses. (Not to mention passing up on Thanksgiving dinner—the worst!) Both pre-judging and closing night featured some of the most impressive physique competitors I have ever seen. The Ferrigno Legacy is truly a sports photographer’s dream given the intimate display of dedication on one of the most unique stages in the industry. The stage lights are built to help the competitors show off their chiseled physiques, but they pose a fun challenge for a fitness photographer. Managing the exposure and color balance (and the 10,000 photos taken!) was...