The Bride Receives The Ring

AUGUST 2008 – The groom puts the ring on the finger of his wife during an official wedding ceremony in Utting am Ammersee, Germany. Photo © Mark Zanzig/

The story behind the image

The room where the official wedding ceremony would take place was small. No, that’s wrong. It was tiny. Maybe it would fit maybe ten or twelve people altogether. There were nine people already: the official, the couple, the witnesses, the parents. And I needed to capture the moment of the ring exchange. Geez.

So I stood behind the couple with my back pressed to the wall and held my camera up high, aiming for the right position. The wide angle (24 mm) and moderate aperture (f/6.3) helped achieving a decent sharpness. The flash fired to the ceiling, providing a nice indirect light. The moment was perfect. The bride was smiling. The official had folded his hands. The ring was in the middle of the finger and had not yet settled in fully. I totally adore this photo.

The high resolution image

Capture Date & Time16-AUG-2008, 12:22
LocationUtting am Ammersee, Germany
CameraCanon EOS-1Ds Mark II
LensCanon EF 24-70 mm 2.8 L USM
Exposure1/60 sec at f/6.3 (flash has fired)
Digital Image Source FormatCanon Camera RAW (CR2)
Edited Image FormatJPEG, 24 bits/pixel, sRGB
Edited Image Dimensions4744 x 2951 Pixels
Copyright© by Mark Zanzig/

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